This Monday is NBC's Upfront, where they tout their new 2013-2014 lineup. Generally, by the time a network is holding their Upfront, that's it for making decisions on renewals and cancellations and we know the final fate of all the series on a given network. But that may not be the case for Hannibal. While fans (myself included) anxiously wait to hear if the show will be back, the show's creator, Bryan Fuller, says NBC may hold off on the decision.
Regarding a potential renewal, Fuller tells Buzzfeed, “We have no idea. We may not even know for another week or so. They’re being very close to the vest. But they’re saying Bob Greenblatt doesn’t want to make a decision right away. So we may not hear until next week, or the week after. It’s hard to say.”
Really? Even though Greenblatt, NBC’s chairman of entertainment, will be announcing the new schedule on Monday?
“Yeah,” Fuller said. “They won’t announce us being picked up or canceled by Monday is what we’re being told.”
I asked a spokeswoman at NBC to confirm that Fuller’s understanding of the timetable is true. I have not heard back from her with an answer.
Hannibal premiered in early April with ratings that were not strong, but, as I wrote at the time, were not a disaster. They’ve since lowered, though the show does better when DVR usage is added to its totals. It’s possible that Greenblatt and his team want to give the show more time, since it’s gotten some critical acclaim.
Or we’ll find out Monday or this weekend. In which case, I will feel stupid! It won’t be the first time.
While it's unusual for a network to not make a final call on a show by Upfronts, it isn't unprecedented. Just last year, CBS had not made a final decision on whether they were bringing Rules of Engagement back by the time of their Upfront, ultimately renewing it a few weeks later.