After the news of Netflix buying out Hannibal hit the stands, can we expect CBS to bounce back stronger and give Criminal Minds season 16 a reboot? Read on to find out more.
The news of CBS renewing Criminal Minds for season 16 has been doing rounds in the entertainment circuit, but the question that’s bugging fans around the world is—Is the show being renewed to beat Hannibal on Netflix? Here’s what we know.
- Hannibal makers confirm Netflix release
- Criminal Minds Season 15 wraps on a teary note
- When the Netflix monopoly was challenged by CBS
Hannibal makers confirm Netflix release
On May 19, 2020, Netflix announced that all three seasons of the “bloody brilliant” show, Hannibal, would be available for streaming from June 5. The show last aired in 2015, following its cancellation by NBC. In a conversation with Den of Geek, executive producer Bryan Fuller explained how the show was troubled by budgetary cuts.
“Essentially what happened is that Hannibal, which was produced in the first two years with eight days of main unit shooting and a couple of days of second unit shooting and a considerable amount of overtime, was then reduced to seven days of shooting, no second unit, and no overtime. It was horribly misguided and not particularly smart, thus leaving the show incomplete.”
Based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, Hannibal explores the relationship between a renowned psychiatrist and his patient, a young criminal profiler, who is haunted by his ability to empathize with serial killers. The show was led by Mads Mikkelsen as Dr. Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as his patient, profiler, and protagonist Will Graham.
Criminal Minds season 15 wraps up on a teary note
Interestingly, the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit or BAU was brought into mainstream culture by the television show Criminal Minds, a procedural centered on a team of elite FBI criminal profilers operating out of Quantico, Virginia. Hannibal also falls under the same category. Both the shows are set in and around FBI’s coveted BAU and also share a keen interest in serial killers. Airing on the CBS for 15 years, Criminal Minds starred Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney.
Admittedly, what sealed Criminal Minds position as CBS’s longest-running procedural were unsubs. That is also the reason why Hannibal has such a dedicated fan base. Although the imagery was a little too grotesque for TV viewers, Hannibal has established itself as a masterpiece in terms of visual poetry, its breathtakingly cinematic tone, characters and performances, thus making it difficult to beat.
However, CBS has a different plan. On January 10, 2019, Criminal Minds had been officially renewed for the fifteenth season but was also touted as the last. Footage of their final table read also surfaced online, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Still hoping for a comeback, Paget Brewster, who played Emily Prentiss, said: “I still think we’re gonna get picked up.”
According to reports, Criminal Minds season 15 episodes garnered a 0.9 rating. With almost 5.9 million viewers, it drew the show’s largest live audience and highest rating since April 2018. The show’s finale also suggested possible storylines that could be pursued in the upcoming season, something that the cast is really looking forward to.
Matthew Gray Gubler, who played a criminal profiler on the series exclaimed, “I know that everything has its time and I’m in no way sad that the show is closing because I feel like we’ve done it beautifully, and I feel like there are roots there for it to re-hatch later.”
When the Netflix monopoly was challenged by CBS
When Netflix first came to the market, it was the only option for online distribution of video entertainment. Thus, the threat of new entrants was high. Its competitors included Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, CBS All Access and others. Initially, Netflix would license content from suppliers like CBS, but now, many of its suppliers have begun their own streaming services and thus become competitors. CBS All Access is one such example.
It can safely be assumed that the competition in the streaming and content market is extremely stiff and cut-throat. Thus, with Netflix acquiring Hannibal, CBS has also ordered a series of new show Clarice, based on the experiences of the FBI’s Clarice Starling one year on from Silence of the Lambs. Unfortunately, Bryan Fuller never had the rights to the character of Clarice, memorably played by Jodie Foster in Jonathan Demme’s 1991 film Silence of the Lambs, so she does not appear in any of the 39 episodes of Hannibal.
One move by Netflix has opened so many possibilities- Hannibal season 4 could be on the cards, Criminal Minds Season 16 could see the light of the day. There’s so much we don’t know, but this could be the beginning of something great. Just wait and watch and tell us which procedural you are hoping would make a comeback. Comment below!