Hannibal got a slow start, but managed to find its footing and began to draw a dedicated following thanks a combination of strong writing, a strong cast, and strong cinematography. As a matter of fact, the following was enough to warrant an additional season for the infamous Hannibal Lecter’s morbid story to be told.
However Hannibal’s origins as a show was rooted in the kind of run-of-mill, crime of the week drama that shows like the Law & Order series are known for and that NBC basically built its prime time on. It was the backdrop of the Hannibal series that gave the show more potential mileage and allowed for it to develop earlier and faster than other known procedural dramas.
It was two years when Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller was praised by NBC for his work on the series. “We’re so proud of Bryan [Fuller]’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said. “There are many great stories still to be told.” This was at the time Hannibal was green lit for a second season.
NBC is known for canceling drama series with strong followings and long term potential such as Revolution, Heroes, and recently Constantine. The producers of the show are trying to save Hannibal from the chopping block with the #SaveHannibal campaign on Twitter. These show saving/show revival campaigns are rarely successful, but there are places for the show to go. Many are looking at Netflix and Hulu, but within the NBC Universal family of networks there’s a potential home in Syfy.
Hannibal is scheduled to end the third season September 3rd.