‘Hannibal’ canceled by NBC after three seasons

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Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter on the NBC television series “Hannibal.”

NBC is bringing the curtain down on “Hannibal” at the end of its summer run.

The drama about a psychiatrist turned serial killer won’t return for a fourth year, the network said Monday. The series was canceled because of poor ratings.

“Hannibal” is based on a character portrayed in several Thomas Harris novels. Another Harris novel, “The Silence of the Lambs,” was the source of the 1991 movie that was followed by a 2001 sequel.

In a statement, “Hannibal” executive producer Bryan Fuller credited NBC for keeping the series on the air despite its low ratings and dark subject matter.

“Hannibal,” starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, will finish out its current run with 10 more episodes on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EDT.

Its followers may be hoping the series will find new life elsewhere, as NBC’s canceled “Community” did when it moved to Yahoo.

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