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.
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.