NBC Finally Decides Fate of Series That Was on the Bubble Deadline

"More than two weeks after its upfront presentation, NBC has decided the fate of its last remaining bubble series," reports

The series, "Hannibal," will return for a 13-episode second season either midseason or later. The show tracks the serial killer Hannibal Lecter and is based on Thomas Harris' novel "Red Dragon."

"'Hannibal' got off to a solid ratings start and was in serious contention for an early renewal," the story reports. "The numbers eventually tapered off, and NBC put the renewal decision on hold. 'Hannibal' was well reviewed, and there [were] overtures from at least one cable network in case NBC passed on a second season. Additionally, Amazon, which carries repeats of the show, had expressed serious interest in taking it on. 'Hannibal,' from Gaumont International Television, is produced under a different model at a license fee that is a fraction of what dramas with similar production values cost."