Amazon & Cable Networks Interested in Picking Up ‘Hannibal’ Season 2

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 20th, 2013 at 8:24 pm,

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To make room for its fall lineup, NBC was forced to do some spring cleaning last week, which resulted in the cancellation of several shows, including Go On, Up All Night, Guys With Kids, Whitney, Smash, Deception and 1600 Penn. However, the jury is still out on some of its programs, including the critically-acclaimed hour-long drama Hannibal.

Though Hannibal’s ratings haven’t been cause for celebration, the show in general, has been celebrated in reviews from viewers and critics alike. Due to the adulation the show has received, it’s likely that NBC will renew it for a second season, but if not, Hannibal season 2 could still find a life on cable or at Amazon Studios.

This is according to Deadline‘s report that at least one cable network is interested in picking up Hannibal if NBC ends up passing. The source also reveals that Amazon, which currently carries repeats of the show, is interested in the prospect as well.

Since NBC is still pondering what to do with its intriguing prequel series, no official talks with any other network have taken place, but with the knowledge that Hannibal is a sought-after commodity, maybe NBC will want to hold on to it for another season.

Considering Hannibal has had a tough time building an audience in its 10 p.m. Thursday timeslot, NBC has to realize that it might not be the best home for the dark and disturbing exploits of a cannibalistic serial killer. Though the show isn’t overtly violent – at least compared to The Walking Dead – it is extremely graphic in its depiction of mutilated corpses and the subject matter alone seems like it would be better serviced on cable television, where it would also most likely attract more viewers.

Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal Sorbet Amazon & Cable Networks Interested in Picking Up Hannibal Season 2

Though Amazon is still trying to get its own original programming off the ground, it too appears to be a better and more appropriate Hannibal suitor. Not only is it still looking for new shows, but its streaming and downloadable formats are better suited to disseminate the show to viewers hungry for dark meaty content.

No matter where the show lands, we definitely would love to see Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s origin story continue to unravel. Our own Kevin Yeoman has consistently praised the show for its style and its handling of the complex psychology of its titular character, which is something that continues to fascinate those who are tuning in.

Where would you like to see Hannibal end up? Or should it be renewed at all? Let us know your thoughts in the comments  below and continue to watch Hannibal every Thursday @10 on NBC.


Source: Deadline

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  1. i really love this series. Hope it will continue so that we can learn more about the psychopatic mind of Hannibal.

    • I can’t wait till Thursday night at 10pm to watch the show . It’s brilliantly written .im mad about Mads!! And Hugh Dancy .please keep it going

  2. Love this Show.

    Its not the best thing to send it after the comedy block. Put it on monday or Tuesday and it would be better.

    After all I think CBS would had make this series to gold.
    But it’s NBC. So I hope it get not canceled and I hope amazon don’t get it. They have no idea from series making. So AMC or USA would be nice.

    I hope we all get or second season and more :)

  3. Love this Show.

    Its not the best thing to send it after the comedy block. Put it on monday or Tuesday and it would be better.

    After all I think CBS would had make this series to gold.
    But it’s NBC. So I hope it get not canceled and I hope amazon don’t get it. They have no idea from series making. So AMC or USA would be nice.
    I hope we all get or second season and more :)

  4. I love this show i hope it continues. Want to watch more of Hannibal and Will

  5. I only hope NBC cancels it *if* A&E or some other cable network picks it up. Hopefully it will be A&E because it would be a fantastic show to air after “Bates Motel.” “Hannibal” is, by far, the BEST show on TV. I absolutely love Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal.

  6. Hannibal is easily the best show on regular TV or basic cable right now.I would even go as far as saying that it’s been better than Game Of Thrones.

    I would honestly be surprised if NBC brings it back.It’s almost too good for network tv,and NBC’s track record isn’t very good of late as far as the longevity of dramas goes.

    Awake was one of my favorite shows last season,and NBC didn’t do it any favors either.I can easily see Hannibal following suit.

  7. I love the show. I find this show a lot more interesting than the Following. The Following has become predictable and has too many plot holes. With Hannibal the writing is just outstanding with excellent acting. I really hope A&E, AMC, Showtime, or Starz picks it up. I think these networks can really do wonders to take this show to the next level

  8. Disappointing Guys with Kids got cancelled. Not a bad show.
    Hannibal is good. But the one killer per episode is becoming to much like other shows.

  9. A series that is food for thought ! The viewer has to be active in order to follow the intrigue. For once I’m not doing anything else while watching the episodes.
    Hannibal is not only intellectually interesting but also wonderfully produced : the aesthetic, the acting ,the perspective… It offers us a whole new side of the story as we know it from the books and films.
    Nevertheless having one killer per episode while following the main plot makes the murder investigations sometimes sloppy. It could be beneficial to sometimes investigate one murder/killer over a couple of episodes. The best example is “Trou Normand” in which the investigation is totally forgotten about in order to focus on the trio Abigail/Hannibal/Will…

    It is anyway a series worth supporting and that deserves to be developed. Looking forward to upcoming seasonS ;)

  10. This is an awesome series with Mad Mickelsen perfecting the Character.

    Love to watch it even for 10-Seasons

  11. this show is both educational and thrilling.
    (AXN doesn’t always put up new shows, but when it does it sets captures our heart). this show does not create a negative impact on the viewers but rather helps us understand the society better. Its really an impact sequal
    i’am really looking forward for a season 2. a show like should not end just like

  12. Of course I want to see more. I love this show and I don’t want to think about end. It will depressed to me so please deal comes true…

  13. Asq a fellow Dane I am very happy to see Americans discover Mads Mikkelsen. You should check out his movies. Very diverse.


  15. This is one of the hottest and greatest shows on public T.V.; not only is it publicized on NBC, but it shows more than what you can anticipate. This is like a mixture of Dexter, Niptuck, and CSI all collaborated into one! I love what the directors and producers did with this series, it really brings out the character of Mads Mikkelsen. He is a genuine A character on my books. I’m just craving for the 2nd season. I really enjoy how Hannibal cooks fresh organs from human remains and serves the dish as bistro or high class meals. He’s also mastered the manipulation in Will and other clients. He has been 10 steps ahead everyone before getting any suspicions traced up himself. The gruesome scenes with bodies and human organs is scientifically educational, but it can be a stomach spinner for lightly imaginative individuals that have a weak sense and taste of blood with gore. You can imagine what real police officers, coroners, forensic csi, have to go through. Majority of this is reality, but the story of course is non-fiction and based on a few real serial killers.

    Thank you, directors and producers for putting such a great series together. I really admire your film work. Please make this series go 6-10 seasons!

  16. Absolutely fabulous proramme, by far one of the best out there. Please don’t stop it like all the other good programmes you’ve stopped. It would be like giving a child a sweet snd just before they go to eat it, you take it away.

  17. I really enjoyed the season of Hannibal. I hope to see a season 2 regardless of if it is cable or NBC. I looked forward to it every week.