When NBC announced its fall schedule this week, fans surely noticed the conspicuous absence of one critically acclaimed freshman drama. Hannibal is now the only existing series on the network to not have its fate decided, and reports are floating that NBC may not even make a decision until the current round of thirteen episodes ends. That said, no matter what the Peacock decides to do, it seems that everyone's favorite cannibal psychiatrist may get a chance to continue his practice elsewhere.
The ratings for Hannibal started off quite well, but have since been on a steady downward slide. Despite this, the show is a critical darling, and has inspired a small but loyal cult fanbase. It is not at all out of the question that NBC will end up electing to renew the series itself, but if it doesn't, the word is that at least one (as yet unnamed) cable network is very interested in continuing the series. With the already incredibly high level of gore and violence Hannibal contains, cable might actually be a better fit.
Also said to be interested in picking up Hannibal's adventures is Amazon Streaming, which is steadily making inroads into the original programming department. The service already "airs" repeats of the show, and they apparently do quite well. Another factor working in Hannibal's favor is that the drama is a big hit overseas, having already been sold to multiple international markets. It is also produced under an atypical production model, enabling networks to license it at a fraction of what similar dramas cost. In short, it seems much more likely than not that we'll see at least one more season of Will Graham, Jack Crawford, Dr. Lecter, and some of the most bizarre murder cases I can ever recall seeing on TV.
Do you want Hannibal to continue? Or do you find Dr. Lecter's meals lacking the necessary spice?