NBC Renews ‘Hannibal,’ ‘About a Boy’; Cancels ‘Revolution,’ ‘Community’

NBC Renews 'Hannibal,' 'About Boy'; Cancels

NBC has renewed “Hannibal” for a third season. Comedy “About a Boy” gets a pickup for season two.

Dramas “Revolution” and “Believe,” as well as cult comedy “Community,” have been canceled after two, one and five seasons, respectively. NBC also announced that it was cancelling DJ Nash’s freshman midseason shows “Growing Up Fisher,” which was narrated by Jason Bateman and starred J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, and “Crisis,” the Dermot Mulroney-starring drama centering around a school bus rescue.

“Hannibal” had been on the fence for a pickup, but its hardcore fanbase and international appeal put it over the top. NBC noted that the edgy show derived from the “Silence of the Lambs” franchise is the youngest-skewing 10 p.m. drama on NBC, ABC or CBS.

“Hannibal” is also a good bargain for NBC as it is produced by Gaumont Intl. TV and Sony Pictures TV Networks with financing from overseas outlets that allows NBC to pays  more modest license fee than a typical U.S.-produced drama. The cost issue was not the only factor in securing the renewal of the series, created and exec produced by Bryan Fuller, but it didn’t hurt.

Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy topline “Hannibal.”

“Revolution,” from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot banner and Warner Bros. TV, started out with promise in 2012-13 when it was assisted by a lead-in from “The Voice.” But its sophomore year has been an uphill climb after it moved last fall to the lead off slot on Wednesday. “Believe,” a midseason pick also from those teams, received mixed reviews. Variety TV critic Brian Lowry wrote that “embracing mystical mumbo-jumbo and ignoring lapses in logic are required to enjoy the [Alfonso] Cuaron-directed pilot.”

“About a Boy,” starring Minnie Driver and David Walton, was seen as a lock to return, after a solid showing in its initial run this spring. The series hails from showrunner Jason Katims, a favorite of the Peacock’s.

Katims’  Thursday 10 p.m. family drama “Parenthood” is also said to be in pretty good shape for a final-season order.

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  1. Amy Palmer says:

    about a boy on NBC with a relatively new actorand brilliant young boy and of course Minnie Driver bring these characters to life with wit humor and a sense reality that is so amazing it is addicting. For anyone to say the show should be cancelled is appalling. I own the movie “About a boy” with Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz, and the boy known as Marcus played by Nicholas Hout(misspelled sorry predictive text. It won’t let me spell Hout correctly)anyway the movie about a boy received two thumbs up from Ebert and Roper, Roger Ebert, unfortunately is no longer here, but if he was, I bet you he would be very pleased with the show that is based on the movie about a boy which is also remarkable.

  2. EDM says:

    Hannibal is painfully pretentious, slow moving, self congratulatory, and wholly unbelievable. Did I mention boring? And what I’m sure they the writers think is dangerously beautiful in their ‘ballets of violence” is simply annoying. Please cancel this show and make something worthy.

  3. RD says:

    Hannibal is a wifty program and should have been cancelled, wish the cast of another dip stick series about a boy would be run over by a train..RENEW REVOLUTION !!!!!

  4. jim k says:

    Im disgusted revolution was canceled I hope another network picks it up nbc is horrible

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Interestingly, one of the reasons I think NBC is horrible (besides the fact that just this week they outright lied in their ratings PR releases – sorry they confused their ratings with CBS’ – happens all the time…) is that they made that awful J.J. Abrams show and then rennewed it when it was clear to all it was a flop.

  5. Linda Culver says:

    Delighted “About a Boy” has been renewed for Season 2. Sorry to hear “Growing Up Fisher” was not.

  6. We all need to write to NBC and tell them to renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd Season! It’s a great show and fans need more of it! Follow the link to NBC, select REVOLUTION from the drop down menu, and then demand they renew REVOLUTION for a 3rd season!

    There are tons of fans doing this. Join the fight!!!


  7. M Burns says:

    Hell no.,,Growing Up Fischer is great but in a crappy time slot. Move it away from Modern Family and it will do great!

    • Rena Moretti says:

      There’s 302 million Americans who joyfully do not watch Modern Family. There are only two time slots that can be considered “bad” any longer : against NCIS and against Big Bang Theory (and even then it depends on the genre of the show in question).

      Growing Up Fisher isn’t failing because it’s against a pretend-hit like Modern Family.

  8. Rena Moretti says:

    Imagine the excitement of the NBC Sales Department!! Another season with barely over 2 million viewers to sell!!! And Comcast!!! Imagine the excitement at all that money assure to come in next year! GE must be so mad it sold them the goose that laid the (incredible shrinking) Golden Eggs.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      And now the results are in. All those shows did horribly just as I foretold.

      Amazing, I know!! How do I do it?!!!!!

      I mean who could have foretold?!!!!!

    • jhs39 says:

      “After thirty-two weeks of the 2013-2014 broadcast television season (through Sunday, May 4, 2014), NBC is in first place among adults 18-49 with a 2.8 rating average, up 17 percent from last season.”

      Rena it looks like you are right–the NBC Sales Department and Comcast both have a lot to be celebrating.


      • Rena Moretti says:

        jhs39: The only sad thing is to watch you so afraid to read something you disagree with that you feel compelled to try and bully the person into silence with childish insults…

        I will, however take credit for guessing this was direct from NBC’s PR!! Nailed it!! :)

        Te problem is that for some reason, you seem to be ever so eager to believe network PR is entirely accurate and would never, ever misdirect you…

        It’s network PR. Their job is to get you to believe stuff that’s not true!!!

        When it comes to 18-49, I will quote yet again the Leno vs. Kimmell numbers. Leno and Kimmell this year had the same 18-49 ratings. Leno, however had 25% more ad revenue.

        As a complete and utter coincidence, Leno also had 25% more overall viewers.

        But yeah, “everybody knows” that 18-49 is key…

        As for Murder She Wrote, what makes you think that it was canceled because it didn’t have enough 18-49? The network PR of the time? Seriously…

        Shows get canceled for all sorts of reasons, among them, cost and most importantly internal politics. Someone at CBS had had enough of the Murder She Wrote producers and killed the show (after 11 seasons mind you…) and it probably also was costing a fortune (this was still the time where everyone on a show expected a 7% bump each year – at some point you reach the point where sagging ratings meet increased cost…)

        But you keep believing whatever you want. Apparently, it makes you feel so bad to think the actual world of companies buying ads is not as ageist as Hollywood likes to pretend that it’s not worth pulling the wool from your eyes.

      • jhs39 says:

        I copied and pasted it directly from an industry website because you have no idea what you are talking about. Your response is even more ignorant than your original post.

        Advertisers pay more for 18-49 viewers than for other age groups. Anyone who knows virtually nothing about the television industry should still know that. Advertisers do not pay for a pair of eyes–they pay for a pair of eyes within a specific age range Shows that skew older command significantly less in ad dollars. When Murder She Wrote was canceled by CBS it was still a top ten program in terms of overall ratings but it skewed so old CBS couldn’t charge a lot for advertising so they canceled it.

        Write a nice letter telling Angela Lansbury that 18-49 is just a PR gimmick and see how she responds.

        I’m not sure why you have such personal animosity towards NBC but I picture you with a bright red face as you pound your angry, moronic comments into the keyboard.

        Networks pay for sports for a reason. You don’t get to say they don’t count because you don’t want them to.

        As for the renewal Hannibal, which seemed to be what originally triggered your misplaced vitriol–first of all it airs on Friday nights, where standards for ratings a very low. Second it’s a critically acclaimed program with a very strong cult audience. Third, NBC assumed only part of the cost of shooting it since it’s a European co-production. It very likely has the lowest cost per episode of any drama that NBC airs. If you don’t like Hannibal don’t watch it–but don’t complain about the fact that it was renewed because there are people out there who are actually very happy about that fact.

        If you read the comments beneath the article that didn’t come from trolls like you then you would see that yourself–which probably just makes you even more angry.

        It must be very sad to be you.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Wow! The NBC PR line practically word for word…

        Well, first of all, you have to take into account 18-49 is entirely meaningless to ad sales. Advertisers as a group pay for pairs of eyes, not demo numbers (individual advertisers might, but – surprise!!! – they don’t all like the same demo).

        18-49 numbers are strictly a PR number for networks and shows with low ratings to pretend they’re doing well, so strike one.

        Second, NBC had the Olympics this year, so any comparison with an Olympics-less season is entirely ridiculous (but it doesn’t stop NBC’s PR does it?) Strike two!

        Third, NBC has a great Football season. Hardly something they control. The same phenomenon happens with FOX and baseball. When they had a great baseball Playoffs season, they look like they’re up 20%, when they don’t, they’re down.

        NBC’s management has been desperate in going to the press and feeding them these entirely meaningless numbers.

        The reason? They have utterly and completely failed. In three years, they have yet to develop a single scripted hit (you know, the kind of shows that makes real money because it will re-run for years!)

        NBC has had a horrible year.

        They know it, but they want you to think they’re doing well by manipulating numbers.

        But then again, all this is not the point about Hannibal, which is so low-rated NBC is guaranteeing another 10 (or is that 13?) weeks of low ratings in one of its slots.

        Apparently trying to match CW is the new game NBC plays…

  9. Avant says:

    This is exciting about hannibal! Whew!!!

  10. doesn’t help when they constantly put it off and on the whole season and had numerous breaks for weeks or months

    • Rena Moretti says:

      And just on cue, Hannibal scores 2.1 million viewers on the overnights, a record low if I recall correctly…

      What a great, super decision by NBC…

  11. couldn’t they just sell it to thier sister station syfy channel?/dumb f**** N(ow) B(eing C(anceled)

    • Rena Moretti says:

      How would it help Siffy to inherit NBC’s flops?

      Than again, it wold fit just right in the “all flop all the time” Siffy schedule…

  12. Rena Moretti says:

    So it’s all right for NBC to renew flops if they don’t cost too much.

    That how far the once mighty have fallen…

    Amazing that the people who renewed Revolution were not fired. After all, it started very poorly and then kept going down and down. That it continued was anything but utterly predictable (and I predicted it – it didn’t take much to know it would keep failing).

    At least it didn’t last five year like the ridiculously low-rated Community… Then again NBC is still making the horrifyingly poorly-made Parks and Recreation, a show that is in constant danger of being beaten by CW….

  13. aprilrayne9 says:

    Revolution season one was well done… But season two has been amazing. Great stunts, acting and story… Such a shame: read my rant :) http://spaghettiwednesday.tumblr.com/post/85250530436/rant-on-aka-nbc-youre-a-d-ck

  14. Victoria says:

    Cancelling ‘Growing Up Fisher” really?!? NBC is not on our TV watching list usually. About A Boy AND Growing Up Fisher caught us and kept us laughing and coming back for more. Now…..? At least you were smart enough to keep About A Boy.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Victoria, since you do not represent all households in the US, it may behoove you to look at actual ratings and then you’ll realize they should have canceled both shows (as well as 98% of their current lineup).

  15. Ed says:

    I can’t believe they cancelled Revolution. I will never watch NBC again. Revolution was a good show and it is getting cancelled before it can finish it’s story. The least NBC could have done was renew it for a short final season of like 10 episodes so the writers could write a proper ending, but they won’t even do that for the fans. I am done with NBC.

  16. Tommy says:

    NBC! Your network’s cancellation of Revolution proves that the NBC network doesn’t have the intelligence to provide and continue great quality shows. How often does a television show such as Revolution develop a great story line and accumulate such dedicated fans? Not Very Often, NBC! Hopefully, some other network will continue this great story that is called Revolution!

    • Rena Moretti says:

      I’d argue Revolution was never a quality show. There’s a reason it was poorly rated throughout its run. It should have been canceled last year but someone at NBC clearly wanted to have J.J. Abrams owe them (as if he were some sort of hit maker…)

      I agree with the frustration about lack of closure, especially that NBC shold have known after Week 1 it wasn’t coming back from lack of viewers…

  17. NBC screwed up BIG TIME with those losses, they will lose even more people than they were aware were watching Revolution and Believe. This is why I stick with SyFy, A&E, TNT, USA…. At least they have the quality programming I look for AND let it finish what it started.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      No it didn’t Paula. It screwed up in keeping those flops on for so long. There’s a reason so few people watch NBC any longer: hint, it’s not because they cancel hits.

      • aprilrayne9 says:

        Do you know they’re flops or do you just think they’re flops? What shows do you consider ‘not’ flop worthy?

  18. CKG says:

    Yay Hannibal! NBC did a good thing and renewed the best show on TV. Sorry about the Community loss though. :c

  19. Tyler says:

    SO STUPID to cancel Revolution, Keep the S*** shows on and cancel the good ones. F*** YOU NBC . I have no other shows of interest in NBC. CHANNEL TURNED OFF!!!!!!!

    • DirtyD425 says:

      THIS SUX!!!! I Agree, Revolution is the only show on watch on the network and one of my favorites. NBC is like the fox wannabe, at least they bring the good action and sci-fi. Enjoy your boring sit-com and a tv show that we already know how it ends! Silence of the Lambs anyone?

    • Bobby says:

      umad, revolution is bad and you should feel bad. Same for “believe” what trite garbage.

  20. Liz says:

    Yes! Yes! Yes! for “Hannibal”. What is the status of “Dracula” I wonder?

  21. Elli says:

    I wanted to mention something– Hannibal is based off of the story “Red Dragon,” and not “Silence of the Lambs.”

    • jhs39 says:

      It’s a prequel to Red Dragon, not an adaptation of it. It includes characters from Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs and even the Silence of the Lambs sequel Hannibal (the villain from Hannibal and his sister both turned up on the show recently).

  22. MIKE says:

    These people in hollywood are nutS
    . How can they cancel Revolution & Believe??? It’s about time they give shows a chance. All they do is air them for ONE season & then cancel & then repl. them with some idiotic sitcom that don’t make it past the 3rd episode. PATHETIC-PATHETIC-PATHETIC.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Mike, NBC showed TWO seasons of Revolution. Both were low-rated. Revolution was clearly a flop from Day One and NBC wasted tons of money making two seasons of a show with zero sign of ratings life.

      What more do you want from them? Six seasons of a flop ala Parks and Recreation?

      Seriously, all the people shocked by those cancellations should read real ratings reports, not the NBC PR spin newsletter.

      The only thing that’s absurd is continuing Hannibal which is yet another Black Hole on NBC’s schedule and About a Boy which is already a proven flop.

  23. Community Fan says:

    #Sixseasonsandamovie will prevail! NBC will pretend to cancel it like they always do, but then they’ll be overwhelmed by pro-Community, and they’ll give it it’s sixth season.

  24. big blue says:

    Any word on Dracula?

    • jhs39 says:

      It was announced in Spring that NBC had canceled Dracula. Just do a Google search if you don’t believe me.

    • jhs39 says:

      Dracula was canceled earlier in the year.

      • Rena Moretti says:

        Derp: That’s very funny. Now they call them “limited series” so they never have to cancel therm…

        As for Grimm, it’s another flop NBC doesn’t seem to be willing to acknowledge as such for whatever reasons..

        So much wasted money..

      • Derp says:

        No, it ended its first season. It was a limited series (13 episode seasons), just like Hannibal is. It probably will be cancelled, especially since Constantine is expected to pair up with Grimm on Fridays, but its fate is still up in the air.

  25. jhs39 says:

    Wow. The renewal of Hannibal is the most pleasant surprise so far this year. It’s my favorite show and I was resigned to the fact that it was a goner after this season. My ultimate hope is that they do a mini-series version of Red Dragon with the current stars and creative team because both movie versions sucked.

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