I would love to continue telling the Vergers' story in Season 3, because we shifted the paradigm significantly from the books, in that, in the books, when Hannibal is fingered, as it were, he's caught. He guts Will with a linoleum knife -- which is exactly why the knife that we had him gut Will with is in the television show -- and as he's leaving, he's caught. So he goes right into incarceration. We don't have the fugitive stage. So, in, in some ways, we are doing the novel Hannibal mashed up with the novel Hannibal Rising for a big chunk of season 3.
Well, as we've gotten further into this series, I've collapsed a couple of seasons in my mind now. As in, “I don't think we would be able to sustain the 13 episodes for that arc that I thought we would have” and “perhaps it's better to collapse this season and this season into one.” So, I'm really thinking a six-season arc, and that really keeps us from treading water.
There are certain shows that will be renewed on the basis of critical acclaim because they can attract higher ad amounts, which is what Damages did for the final two seasons it was on FX.
It wasn't renewed because of critical acclaim, it was renewed because they were making money off of it, which is what I said originally. If they can make money off a show, it will be renewed. What the critics think doesn't matter in the least.
Originally Posted by dabears10
Also, Louie. But that also has the additional plus of being a cheap show.
I was speaking more about network TV. The laws of ratings and renewals differ greatly when you're on a network like USA or FX, but they're not completely different. Terriers was critically acclaimed, was on FX, and was axed even though the president of the network was in love with it.