Newsflash: Hannibal Canceled, Humans Still Tasty…
Question: When a network cancels a show about a charming cannibal after three seasons, do its executives fear being eaten in retaliation by the series’ ravenous fans?
NBC was forced to ponder this very question when it made the controversial decision to pull the plug on Hannibal, a critically-acclaimed psychological thriller, currently airing its third season. The series stars Mads Mikkelsen as the titular Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a character initially made famous by a series of novels created by author Thomas Harris and then subsequently made REALLY famous when Anthony Hopkins embodied the role in two feature films, one of which was spectacular (The other one was Hannibal.)
The show’s producers remain optimistic that they will find an alternate media platform, whereby the series could enjoy a temporary, albeit more limited, resurrection (such as Amazon, Hulu, or Netflix). Nonetheless, series creator Bryan Fuller — who reportedly has no less than four entire additional seasons of the show mapped out in his brain — has decided to take a more aggressive approach in an attempt to salvage the series’ delectable (not to mention very high in protein) “leftovers.”
In a recent tweet, using the hashtag #SaveHannibal, Fuller instructed fans of the show, the self-described “Fannibal” collective, to show just how strong their dedication to the series can be, and with good reason.
A few years back, a series cancellation notice meant a literal nail in the coffin of what may have once been a much beloved show. But now, with countless formerly canned television series being revamped as web series, films, and fully fledged television shows featured on rival networks, a sizeable boom in the ratings of an already canceled show during its final episodes, coupled with a rabid fan response, could be just what a “dead” show needs to become the dangerous brain-eating zombie it’s always dreamed of being. Shows like The Mindy Project, Community, and Cougar Town have reaped the benefit of similar un-deaths during their respective series’ runs.
So what can Fannibals do, apart from merely watching the final episodes of Hannibal (which I assume most of them would have done anyway) to show their collective strength and save their favorite show about people who eat other people’s faces off for fun? Well, they can eat their detractors’ faces off, of course! It’s a “Modest Proposal” . . . and an appropriate display of fan appreciation, if ever there was one. In fact, cannibalism as a form of protest would be an unparalleled show of fan support, one that would surely endorsed by the good doctor Hannibal Lecter himself.
So, grab a fork, Fannibals. It’s chow time.
WARNING: The good folks at Happy Nice Time People do not actually endorse the eating of individuals’ faces, the polite nibbling of NBC executives’ fingers and toes, or the serving of Nielsen viewers’ livers with a nice chianti. Eating people is BAD, morally wrong, and kind of gross . . . plus, it causes indigestion. Not that I know this from personal experience, or anything.