NBC has finally announced the fate of their gourmand drama Hannibal and it is a favorable one. Despite low numbers, NBC has decided to take a chance on Bryan Fuller’s story about the legendary cannibal.
We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling, there are many great stories still to be told. — Jennifer Salke, NBC Entertainment President, via EW
This is good news for Fuller especially, because despite the fact his show has been renewed in the first place, he told EW last year that he already has the story planned out for an entire seven season run. When a show is pitched it is customary to have a general idea as to the story arc for at the very least a couple of seasons but I’d imagine that seven years of planning is out of the ordinary.
For my own curiosity, I’m quite pleased NBC decided to let Hannibal live another day as I really want to see how the 13 episode season does in the future on network television. The second season of Hannibal will likely be another mid-season schedule but perhaps they won’t put the premiere so late in the year so as to avoid the inevitable drop off with the coming of summer and people watching less TV that isn’t reality crap. Could this herald in a new era of network scheduling? With cable becoming increasingly more popular by the day, it certainly can’t hurt to try.