It’s been suggested we’re living in a Golden Age of television. There just may be too many shows of significant quality on the air right now for viewers to tune into. When something as grotesquely beautiful as NBC’s Hannibalfails to find an audience, then that should tell you something about how easy it is for really good stuff to slip through the cracks, and not in the cult way that Twin Peaks did.
So, seeing a sci-fi show with a relatively small budget reach the success that BBC America’s Orphan Black has is a testament not only to its popularity, but also to the quality of the product itself.
NBC is canceling its critically acclaimed but poorly rated Hannibal after three seasons. Despite airing only three episodes so far in its final season, it just wasn’t good enough for the Peacock Network. Series creator Bryan Fuller said a bit more on that, but the guy’s never had a show last more than two seasons, so that’s a win for him I suppose. He’s hinting the final episode will have another ambiguous ending like last year, so that should be emotionally scarring for the handful of viewers.
I actually am one of those handful, and probably the only Gabbing Geek contributor who’s seen the show so far. Oh well.