NBC surprised everyone on Monday after they announced the cancellation of their TV show, Hannibal, which featured Mads Mikkelsen as the most famous fictional serial killer of our time, Hannibal Lecter. NBC of course will air all the remaining episodes of Hannibal’s ongoing third season before they say goodbye to Bryan Fuller’s TV-show.

Hannibal was about as unique as a network series could get. Although it aired on NBC, its structure resembled cable shows with every season consisting of only 13 episodes. This allowed the show to spend more money on visual effects and high quality storytelling, as the phenomenal play of Mads Mikkelsen became recognized by the viewers and critics alike.

Although the announcement came suddenly, implying that things got rough between Bryan Fuller and NBC, it turned out that the parties have parted ways peacefully. Mr. Fuller thanked NBC for the opportunity that they saw in the TV show even after every other channel skipped the project. The creator remained hopeful that one day he’ll get the chance to once again work with NBC on another TV show.

Hannibal’s reign on NBC is certainly set to end after the current season finale, but the show’s fate remains open. Just hours after the shocking announcements, fans of the show already started a petition online to save their beloved TV series. As of Tuesday afternoon more than 27,000 people signed the petition, hoping for the best.

A return to NBC is out of the question, but the show still has many options to survive. Hannibal’s success and big fan base may have opened up the eyes for some cable channels that are in dire need of a new hit in their programming schedule. If none of those take a chance on Hannibal, Netflix may still play the role of the savior as it did before with season 3 of The Killing. Although most of these petitions end up futile, there have been some cases from history which succeeded, e.g. Jericho season 2.

Still, there’s a big chance that Hannibal cannot be saved. It’s kind of sad because it was certainly extraordinary as far as criminal TV shows go. On the other hand, with Bryan Fuller’s American Gods adaptation coming out next year, this opens the door for Mads Mikkelsen to play the character Wednesday, if he ever wants to return to the world of TV shows.

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