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Well-chiselled Dane Mads Mikkelsen plays the psychiatrist slash serial killer with smouldering sophistication, managing to make him look dapper even in a clear-plastic murder suit.

NBC is bringing the curtain down on Hannibal at the end of its summer run.

The drama about a psychiatrist turned serial killer won't return for a fourth year, the network said Monday. The series was cancelled because of poor ratings.

Hannibal is based on a character portrayed in several Thomas Harris novels. Another Harris novel, The Silence of the Lambs, was the source of the 1991 movie that was followed by a 2001 sequel.

In a statement, Hannibal executive producer Bryan Fuller credited NBC for keeping the series on the air despite its low ratings and dark subject matter.

Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy, will finish out its current run with 10 more episodes on Thursdays at 10 p.m. EDT.

Its followers may be hoping the series will find new life elsewhere, as NBC's cancelled Community did when it moved to Yahoo.