‘Hannibal’ Cancelled: NBC Gets An Earful From Furious ‘Fannibals’ On Twitter

News that the macabre TV series Hannibal was cancelled by NBC earned the network an earful from furious “Fannibals” on Twitter.

The unexpected announcement, as Season 3 is barely warming up and we have yet to meet Richard Armitage’s serial killer, the Red Dragon, left fans and show executives in shock. However, it didn’t take long for so-called “Fannibals” to voice their opinions and a barrage of tweets criticizing the unpopular decision made the show trend Monday evening.

The acting in Hannibal is superb, from a cast led by Mads Mikkelsen in the role of Hannibal Lecter, Hugh Dancy as his patient and FBI profiler, Will Graham, Caroline Dhavernas as Dr. Alana Bloom, and Gillian Anderson as Hannibal’s wife, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier, among others. Fans have clearly recognized the quality of the stars and the writing team, which brings a storyline that keeps them coming back again and again.

The hashtag #SaveHannibal was also very popular on Monday evening, as more and more fans found out about Hannibal being cancelled. It is clear that viewers feel very strongly about this show, which pushes the boundaries of what is acceptable on television, but has undoubtedly hit a cord.

Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller is an avid Twitter user and took to the social media site to ask for fans to stand with his creation. He wasn’t disappointed and thanked Fannibals for their support before retiring for the evening.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hannibal was cancelled because of a rights issue that arose when Fuller wanted to include Clarice Starling, the character played by Jodie Foster in the 2001 film Hannibal, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Lecter. We shall see if the cries on social media will move NBC or another outlet to pick up the excellent series. Stay tuned, this is not the last of it.

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