NBC Renews Hannibal for Season 2

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Hugh Dancy, Mads MikkelsenNBC is hungry for more Hannibal: The network has renewed its killer drama for a second season.

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Executive producer Bryan Fuller’s (Pushing Daisies) tale of profiler Will Graham and cannibal shrink Dr. Lecter will return no earlier than midseason for a 13-episode run.

“We’re so proud of Bryan’s vision for a show that is richly textured, psychologically complex, and very compelling,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a statement. “There are many great stories still to be told.”



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  • Honestly, I’m surprised. Although as a midseason show, I suppose it wasn’t TOO bad all things considering.

    Comment by Esaul – May 30, 2013 04:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • it wasnt too bad?, i’m quite curious as to what are some good shows of the same “genre” right now, i mean no rectify’s and justified’s, oh please enlighten me

      Comment by Alex – May 30, 2013 06:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • A show’s ratings ≠ the quality of a show.

        Comment by Esaul – May 30, 2013 06:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh no, i got that, still, what are some of the shows that are good?, i mean, according to you, because hannibal is just brilliant, so if you think it isnt that bad…

          Comment by Alex – May 30, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Alex is referring to the ratings not being too bad for a mid-season show. He’s not talking about quality. Go back to your hole.

            Comment by HB – May 30, 2013 07:25 PM PDT  
          • Again I refer to my comment about ratings. I am solely discussing the numbers of the show, not the quality. I haven’t seen the show myself, so I can’t give judgement to the quality.

            Comment by Esaul – May 30, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  
          • I have a sister who doesn’t like the same shows I do and vs versa. We have been texting and calling each other and spurring each other on over all of this. I’m glad it’s going to proceed ahead!!! Whoo Hooo!!!

            Comment by Sherry Clark – July 18, 2013 02:00 AM PDT  
      • I agree with you.. I just finished watching and I think it’s an excellent show.quality, not quantity.

        Comment by guest – June 27, 2013 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, yes, YES. Now I can forgive NBC for canceling The New Normal. So happy right now. ^^

    Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – May 30, 2013 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I said the same damn thing! *high five* I’m so glad we’re getting more Hannibal!

      Comment by valeriel40 – May 30, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • now that its been renewed I can finally allow myself to watch it! Hate getting attached to new shows just for them to get cancelled

      Comment by B – May 30, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed! I’ve dvred the last 5 episodes and haven’t watched them for exactly this reason!

        Comment by SP – May 30, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • This show is amazing. I can’t wait for Fuller to write the episode for David Tennant like he promised in an interview last month…

          Comment by JD – May 30, 2013 09:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not surprised. Sure the numbers were small but it’s critically acclaimed and it’s already gaining a cult following. Give it some time and it will be a good keep for NBC.

    Comment by c0rinne – May 30, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d likecto think they learned their lesson from cancelling AWAKE too soon. They need yo give high concept shows like these a real chance.

      Comment by big cheddar – May 30, 2013 07:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Sooo completly agree. The networks have been doing that way too often. People don’t want to get too interested in a show if it has the least bit of chance of getting canceled. Especially dramas like Hannibal.

        Comment by Mary Rose – June 2, 2013 09:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So right! I was really getting into AWAKE and I was reluctant but I REALLY got hooked on Hannibal, even a coworker of mine is hooked and we are both SOOOO happy and ready for the new season. We agree the show is best for cold weather. Curled up under the covers and watching Hannibal! Nothing better!

        Comment by Diane Stock – September 11, 2013 06:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

    Comment by Meg – May 30, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Did NOT at all see this coming! But I am very very very happy about it. I have enjoyed every bit of Hannibal but I thought it was done for. Thumbs up NBC.

    Comment by riffles☝❤ (@riffleserryday) – May 30, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • you enjoyed *every bit*?… ;)

      Comment by guest – June 27, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a good show!

    Comment by Jared – May 30, 2013 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FUC*ING CALLED IT.

    Comment by Guilherme – May 30, 2013 04:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Is that kind of language necessary? You edited out ONE letter.

      Comment by ajintexas – May 30, 2013 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Go away

        Comment by brycealexander – May 30, 2013 07:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Says right above where you comment, NO FOUL LANGUAGE. Some of us don’t care to see it and will say something about it.

          Comment by ajintexas – May 30, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yes it is. and I would second it. f*cking amazing.!!

        Comment by guest – June 27, 2013 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • f*cking right on

      Comment by carol – June 7, 2013 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

    Comment by N – May 30, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now I could breath a sigh of relief. This is the only freshman show I cared to be renewed this season. Pretty sure a cult fandom backlash would ensue as well had NBC canceled it, so great decision on their part. Incredibly happy Bryan Fuller gets to continue his vision for another year. Such a compelling story, characters, and cast.

    Comment by Aiden – May 30, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Pretty sure a cult fandom backlash would ensue as well had NBC canceled it – YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! :)

      Comment by Alyssa M – June 21, 2013 11:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news!! I’m addicted to this show! It’s outside of my normal choices for television. I was curious to see how it was going to work so I tuned in and was instantly hooked! Hopefully more people will start watching.

    Comment by Lauren – May 30, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YESSSS!!! I stopped watching, not because it was bad, but because I felt like I needed to marathon it instead and I was afraid it would have gotten cancelled, but now I have one new thing to do this summer: Catch up on Hannibal and get ready for Season 2!!!

    Comment by iMember – May 30, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not too surprised; it’s a quality series, is critically praised (could contend come award season), and also has an enthusiastic following which can only grow. If NBC dropped it another network surely would have picked it up. Smart choice to renew :D
    Now let’s party, who’s got the hors d’oeuvres?!

    Comment by Saint Alicia – May 30, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve only watched two episodes, but it seems like really well made television and now that I know there’s going to be a S2 I won’t feel like catching up is a fruitless endeavor.

    Comment by Paul – May 30, 2013 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I didn’t see this coming at all. I stopped watching a couple weeks ago because I was worried it was going to get canceled and I didn’t want to get too involved. I guess I’ll catch back up/

    Comment by Andy – May 30, 2013 04:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I understand the part about not wanting to get involved with a show that you are afraid will be cancelled, but by not watching the show all you are doing is letting other people decide what you watch on TV.

      Comment by johnhelvete – May 30, 2013 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news, but I’m not getting my hopes up for a season 3.

    Comment by Mike R. – May 30, 2013 04:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Are you serious! Already forecasting doom for season 3 and we haven’t even finished season 1 yet. Unbelievable.

      Comment by Wrstlgirl – May 30, 2013 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I love this show, but I’m only being realistic, it is not doing that amazing at the moment. Sorry, but I’m a realist.

        Comment by Mike R. – May 30, 2013 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If you really love the show just continue watching, and if you’re still hooked after the finale, stick with it through season 2. That should improve the chances of a season 3 renewal alone.
          Viewer pessimism is a vicious cycle. When people quit a show because they’re afraid it’ll be canceled (or even refrain from watching in the first place) that hurts the show’s chances of survival. Ratings will be suppressed because people are afraid to get invested, which in turn can lead others to think “hey, no one’s watching, this show must suck”, and now THEY’RE discouraged from tuning in.
          Hannibal needs as many eyeballs as possible (no pun intended); people should just watch because it’s great television and stop worrying about the rest.
          /$0.02

          Comment by Saint Alicia – May 30, 2013 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Great point, but I’m not going to stop watching, in just always realistic when it comes to NBC shows.

            Comment by Mike R. – May 30, 2013 06:46 PM PDT  
          • Unless you’re a Nielsen household it doesn’t matter if you stop watching. Those 25,000 boxes are almost entirely responsible for what stays and what goes. Sure, some DVR numbers might play into it, but not much.

            Comment by RyanC – May 31, 2013 03:17 AM PDT  
          • ^^I’m familiar with how the ratings are calculated, but if NBC based Hannibal’s renewal on the Nielsen rating alone there’s no way they would have greenlit a second season.
            DVR numbers actually DO play a significant role; (per EW) “Hannibal averaged 4.7 million viewers and a 2.0 rating when including seven days of DVR …NBC points out that its rating by this measurement is actually 75 percent higher than its overnight rating, demonstrating rather steep weekly growth from DVR use.”
            Since Hannibal’s viewership more than doubles when you factor in DVR numbers (and I believe they’re counting Hulu/NBC.com viewers as well) it’s crucial for people to watch any way they can, ESPECIALLY since statistically any given viewer doesn’t have a Nielsen box.

            Comment by Saint Alicia – May 31, 2013 04:28 AM PDT  
  • Thank God, I was so afraid for Hannibal. Undoubtedly the best show to come out of the 12-13 season.

    Comment by Warren – May 30, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good decision by NBC. Hannibal is a fine made tv show. Glad to see that quality won.

    Comment by Dani – May 30, 2013 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Meh.

    Comment by angie – May 30, 2013 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So happy, I at least wanted to see all their faces when they figured out Hannibal is a killer and the Cannibal!!

    Comment by K. – May 30, 2013 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I figured it had a strong chance of returning I figured it would end up on a cable net though. I wonder how far NBC thinks they can take this show, cause it’ll take forever to reach syndication. Maybe they renewed it to buy time like with Southland, then cancel before it airs and pass I on to someone else. Anyhow great for the show and fans.

    Comment by Ram510 – May 30, 2013 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • When I saw the headline on twitter I gasped and fist pumped the air. There is a god and it wants Mads Mikkelsen to stay on air

    Comment by Aegon Targ – May 30, 2013 05:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Reblogged this on thehiltonburnellfiles and commented:
    Hell freakin’ yeah!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Justin Burnell – May 30, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s not a bad show, and i watch it but with ratings like these it seems like NBC wants to be No.4 again. I have a weird feeling that either Dracula or Crossbones will bomb right out of the gate and Hannibal will replace in midseason (Dracula bombs – Crossbones is rushed a bit and replaces that/Dracula finishes run ok, Crossbones takes over – bombs and is replaced by Hannibal in midseason). I for some reason think Crossbones is more likely to bomb than Dracula, although considering this is NBC and new dramas not out of big lead-ins have a 1 record of renewal (still shocked, pleasantly, about Chicago Fire – not renewal but retention from series premiere) in recent memory, they both could end up bombing.

    Know it’s a stretch but maybe Hugh Dancy could get his wife (Claire Danes) to guest star next season, in between breaks on Homeland.

    Comment by Martin – May 30, 2013 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What role would Claire Danes play? She already has one of the best female roles on TV.

      Comment by johnhelvete – May 30, 2013 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Laurence Fishburne’s wife Gina Torres – who also has a great role on another fantastic show, Suits – guest starred on Hannibal, but she has the advantage of location as both Suits and Hannibal film in Ontario. Homeland is filmed in NC, so it would be a bit more difficult depending on schedules. It would be neat to have her though.

      Comment by CJ – May 30, 2013 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay! Bout time.

    Comment by kirads09 – May 30, 2013 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! It’s one of the best shows on television. :)

    Comment by Mark – May 30, 2013 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news.

    Comment by sabrina – May 30, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m surprised but I’m so incredibly happy! I love Bryan Fuller, and he has managed to deliver yet another amazing series.

    Comment by Eric – May 30, 2013 06:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!!!!!! I practically jumped up and down in my living room at this news.

    Comment by CJ – May 30, 2013 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • HOORAY!! So happy that it’s coming back.

    Comment by Heather – May 30, 2013 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES! Best news! This show is really good!!

    Comment by Mari – May 30, 2013 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hot dog! Although, I hope Hannibal doesn’t make his own hot dogs. Who knows what gets put into those.

    Comment by TigerNightmare – May 30, 2013 06:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great show! The tension is so thick each episode I am pitting my tshirts out!

    Comment by mrjzn – May 30, 2013 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is bad news.

    There was talk of Amazon picking up the show. Now that it got a second season, and most likely won’t get picked up after that, Amazon might not want it.

    It happened with The New Adventures of Old Christine. ABC wanted it if CBS didn’t pick it up for a 5th season. When CBS canceled it after the 5th season Amazon didn’t want it.

    Comment by Midori – May 30, 2013 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • THERE IS A GOD!

    Comment by Andy – May 30, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can’t say I “love” this show, but I’ve been watching it, mostly because it’s a Bryan Fuller show, and has Caroline Dhavernas, though I wish they’d have a different makeup artist/hairstylist for her. I plan on watching it again, maybe marathon style (maybe? hah!) and seeing if I’ve been missing something that would make me love it more. I just get the feeling that maybe it’s been on a tight leash and could loosen up a bit.

    Comment by bobbie – May 30, 2013 07:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good news! Now I can finally watch season 1. I didn´t even started, because I thought it would get cancelled.

    Comment by Viv – May 30, 2013 07:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OH BABY YES! MADE THIS GREAT DAY EVEN BETTER

    Comment by Teag – May 30, 2013 08:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bloody good news! Tonight’s episode was great-n-creepy!

    Comment by what! – May 30, 2013 08:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Last year NBC cancels Harry’s Law that had 8 million viewers. This year they renew Hannibal that can only get 4 million viewrs when Nothing else is on, when there is it gets 2.5. Wow NBC must stand for Nothing But Crazy! I’m predicting #’s worse than smash next year.

    Comment by Chris H – May 30, 2013 09:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You have to also examine who is watching Hannibal… Once again, old people like me enjoyed Harry’s Law and other DEK shows but not the younger “demo”… I have to rewatch some of the last Hannibal episodes because like others, you don’t want to get too sucked in when there is no future in a show like this….

      Comment by drhenning – May 31, 2013 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now if only they can do Revolution without interruption.

    Comment by TV Critic – May 30, 2013 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news, break out the Chianti… being cautious though, I’ll save the Fava Beans for a 3rd season renewal.

    Comment by Daniel – May 30, 2013 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, they renewed this fantastic show but cancelled the (better rated) Go On? Really NBC?

    Comment by austin1john48 – May 30, 2013 09:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree with this. Go On was NBC’s best new comedy.

      Comment by Teag – May 30, 2013 09:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yes Yes YES!!!!! i thought for sure it was gonna get cancelled and was simply hoping that another network would pick it up…way to go NBC!! when i read the headline, i actually squealed and did a little dance, then looked around glad my mom was at work…lol

    Comment by Deb M – May 30, 2013 09:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ooohh yeahhh!! Both hannibal and will are sooo hot!! Weve all been keeping our fingers crossed for season 2,3,4…heh heh…yyyyyyyeeeeeesssss!

    Comment by april – May 30, 2013 10:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hannibal and Bates Motel are the best shows on TV!!!!

    Comment by john favrot – May 30, 2013 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you NBC for having the courage to renew a brilliant program. We’ll be watching.

    Comment by Britin17k – May 31, 2013 12:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes. I started watching about 3 episodes in (I had already planned to give it a shot but didn’t realize it was airing already), caught up on demand, and it’s been appointment tv for me ever since. I love every single element of this show – casting, writing, art direction, scoring, everything. Best news I’ve heard all day.

    Comment by Mo – May 31, 2013 12:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Fantastic news. We’ve been championing this show on my podcast “Nothing But Static” for weeks. Glad this has come through in spades.

    Comment by Dan – May 31, 2013 01:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is it just me or is the relentless gore and gloom only bearable when Hannibal is centre screen?

    Comment by Johnny Hooper – May 31, 2013 03:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I watch (and DVR) “Hannibal,” but have some major misgivings about the show. First, the audio is terrible, especially in scenes where Hannibal, himself, has a lot of lines. Last night’s episode was especially bad… I actually turned closed-captioning on so I could catch all the dialogue. And while the “noir” photography gives the series a certain atmosphere, it also creates a disconnect when it comes to locations — Baltimore looks like Virginia, which looks like West Virginia, which looks like Wyoming. Lastly, the show has already become a bit formulaic. There’s a horrendous murder. The FBI responds. Will goes into his trance, then goes a little batty. Will talks about his going batty with Lechter. Will/the FBI solve the murder and apprehend/kill the murderer. Somewhere in the mix, Crawford will kvetch he’s not being told everything, and (every couple of weeks, to remind the viewer our good doctor is NOT a good guy), Hannibal kills someone. What I tuned in for was “pre- Red Dragon” stories. What I’m getting is episodic television filmed artistically.

    Comment by Eric Payne – May 31, 2013 03:22 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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