NBC has renewed its serial killer drama Hannibal for a second season.
Its first season, which is currently airing on the network, has been turning heads -- and stomachs -- with its graphic content. It is, after all, a series about a cannibalistic killer who lives a double life as a forensic psychologist.
Perhaps due to its late spring premiere, Hannibal has received middling ratings, with recent episodes averaging only 2.6 million viewers. The show was so on the bubble that NBC didn't make the decision to renew the series until after upfronts were over.
But, it seems, we're promised another season of Hannibal now, which will premiere "no earlier than midseason" 2014. NBC likely will schedule the premiere earlier than April, which was when this season premiered.
Season 2 will, like the first season, only consist of thirteen episodes. It's rather rare for a network series to have such an abbreviated yearly run (most shows get between 22-24 episodes a year) -- which means that NBC is holding as a serious contender against cable fare (which also air shorter seasons).
What do you think? Are you excited for Hannibal's renewal? Will you start watching now that the show is guaranteed for a second year?
Hannibal's next episode, "Buffet Froid," airs tonight, May 30, on NBC.