NBC renews 'Hannibal,' 'Boy,' but cancels 'Community'

(USA TODAY) A kid and a killer will both be back on NBC, but school is out for the folks at Greendale Community College.

The network Friday picked up a second season of the comedy, About a Boy, and, in somewhat of a surprise, a third season of the drama, Hannibal. It also canceled cult favorite Community, which stars Joel McHale and this season featured the return of creator Dan Harmon.

Hannibal follows the cat-and-mouse intrigue between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and murderer Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen). The Friday series is averaging just 3.6 million viewers, but NBC touts the young median age of its audience compared to other dramas in the final hour of primetime (10 p.m. ET/PT) plus substantial time-shifted viewing.

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About a Boy, a midseason addition, looks at what happens when a single mom (Minnie Driver) and her son (Benjamin Stockham) move in next door to a self-involved but good-hearted man (David Walton). It has averaged 8.3 million viewers this season and is beating comedic competitors in its half-hour in young adults. Jason Katims(Parenthood) is an executive producer.

NBC already has picked up new seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Parks and Recreation.


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