Bryan Fuller ‘Confident’ of ‘Hannibal’ Season 3 Renewal

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Bryan Fuller Has Confidence in Season 3 Renewal Bryan Fuller Confident of Hannibal Season 3 Renewal

NBC’s Hannibal series is one of the more beloved and well-reviewed shows on television – just read our own Kevin Yeoman’s reviews – but its ratings are consistently “meh.” This has created a certain degree of agita in fans of the show, who not only want to see it graduate to season 3, but also want to see showrunner Bryan Fuller’s vision of Silence of the Lambs eventually realized.

The good news is, Fuller recently indicated that he’s feeling “very confident” about the show’s chances of renewal.

In an interview with Digital Spy, Bryan Fuller spoke in depth about his confidence…with a modicum of doubt, as well:

“I hear very positive things. All of the creatives at NBC are so supportive of the show and want it back, and the schedules and salespeople are like, ‘It’s a new show, get rid of it’. We are banking on the creative people winning out over the salespeople.”

Uh-oh. Who usually wins out in these sorts of battles? The creatives or the salespeople? (That’s an honest question.) And if the ratings are so ho-hum, what hope is there at all for the show – which looks beautiful and probably doesn’t have an insubstantial budget – to get its renewal?

Well, according to Fuller:

“The ratings are not anything to jump up and down about, but the critical acclaim is great, and we’re sort of a prestige project for the network, so we’re hoping that’s enough, like it was last year. There have been indications that it will be.”

When fuller says Hannibal is a “prestige project for a network” and that he’s hoping that’s enough to get a renewal “like it was last year,” he’s referring to the series’ ability to garner accolades (awards, reviews, staying power, et cetera). It’s obviously not as important as ratings, but when you have so few truly critically-acclaimed shows that can stand the test of time – as NBC does at the moment – it’s not nothing.

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Unfortunately, if Hannibal doesn’t get a season 3, fans might be more than a little bit perturbed – Fuller hints that the season 2 finale will leave things hanging. On a cliff, as it were.

Says Bryan Fuller:

“We end season 2 in such a strange way – boy, I would be pissed [if that were the end]! We don’t quite land the plane, we leave the plane in the air.”

On the plus side, even if NBC drops Hannibal, it might not be the end for the show. Could a future on Netflix, Amazon, or a cable channel be in the cards?

“The confidence hasn’t stopped us from seeking out backup plans that would get us a third season one way or another. There are many more options than there have been in the past. So I feel very confident about a season 3.”

Beyond being a prestige project, this is one of the other reasons NBC renewed Hannibal last year – other networks were more than willing to swoop in and pick up the pieces. Because really, that’s just how good the show is.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you enjoying Hannibal? Are you crossing your fingers for a season 3? Drop us a line in the comments.


Hannibal airs Fridays @10pm on NBC.

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Source: Digital Spy

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  1. I am in love with this show and I truly hope there will be a season 3!!!

  2. season 3 has already been given a green light :)

  3. if i dont get a season 3, i’ll be the new hannibal

  4. This is the best show I have ever watched! Please renew it!

  5. Hannibal is great.Impressive lighting,and camera work.I really enjoy the thought provoking articulate dialogue.Great cast,stellar acting.It would be a great shame to see this fall short of a several seasons run.Love it.

  6. There must be a season 3.

  7. I don’t have TV so me and my friends all go over and watch the recorded episode at another friends house. There’s at least nine of us that watch that one recording. We all would be furious if the series ended at Season two, cause that ending was mind-blowing and a horrific Cliffhanger!!!

  8. Hannibal its a show that would actually meet and exceed the high standards of Dr. Lecter himself (were he an actual person). The superb acting, thought provoking intellectual dialog, the depth of each character, the scenery and background combined with a dark, sinister storyline and massive amounts of blood and carnage make for a show that is beyond perfection! The way they combine a gorgeous snow covered wilderness with the horrific aftermath of hellish murderous deeds and still make it a scene of beauty is absolutely amazing! NBC would be fools not to renew the contract for AT LEAST a third season. But then again NBC canceled Revolution, a show that was the second best television series on their network this season, coming in just behind Hannibal. The secret to staying on NBC for a good long while is to not be too good of a show. Mediocrity is what NBC strives for. Not so good that the entire nation would watch it, but not so bad that no one watches. NBC is notorious for cutting its best shows and renewing the ones that are just blah. But it is nice to know that other networks are waiting in the wings to pick up Hannibal should it be cut from the lineup. Hopefully they’ll wave it in NBC’s face!

  9. Hannibal is one of the best shows I have had the pleasure of following. I truly wish a third season will be taken on. This show keeps u on your toes. In suspense and thrill. Keep up the good work.

  10. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, this show!! Amazing acting, beyond beautiful sets (both gruesome & lush), gorgeous costuming-its a visual orgy for my eyes & the psychological exploits keep myself & hubby coming back for more. Please don’t end this, bring back Season 3. I am trying to get more people to watch over the summer!!

  11. Hannibal was officially renewed for season 3. It would be nice to see an update to this article stating this.


  12. LOVE this show!!! It is so well done and deserves a third season. The actors are top notch and have done an amazing job. I can’t wait for the third season!

  13. If this show does not run its full course and eventually realizing silence of the lambs, it is just cruel and most probably give rise to lot of chesapeake rippers banging on NBC’s door.

  14. I can’t wait for the third season!!!

  15. Its a great show. I was always skeptical wheather the show could live to expectations of the movies but im glad to be proven wrong. Its a amazing series. One of the best ive ever watched.

  16. I love this show. I really hope there will be a season 3 if there ain’t then I will be furious!

  17. This is an awesome show that totally ROCKS! Bring us more in Season 3 please! The fan base will continue to grow. I also like the time slot immediately after GRIMM, which also ranks very high on my viewing list! Continue to exercise my brain with the great story lines!

    The JoJo

  18. This show is a masterpiece!!! There has to be season 3, because the masterpiece has to live on!

  19. This show is amazing. AMAZING. A M A Z I N G

  20. i cant wait for season 3 … its so freaking amazing the psycholgist story.. love it


  22. Season 3 is a must,best show on tv

  23. OMG this is one of the best series on tele in years, series one was great, but series two smashed it, it’s very clever and I thoroughly enjoyed it but please don’t leave us hanging a 3rd series must be made, pllleeeeeaaaaaassse

  24. Cannot wait to see if Will Graham and Jack Crawford really died in the last episode. Also the relationship of Hannibal and His Psychiatrist. There is so much to expand upon here. In the original Hannibal Will Graham lives and is recruited to help find Red Dragon. Will we find out that the client that almost killed the lady psychiatrist ( cannot think of her name)is indeed Hannibal and will she join him in planning future “dinners”