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‘Silence Of The Lambs’ spinoff ‘Clarice’ chewed out by ‘Hannibal’ fans

“The Lambs” have been led to slaughter.

In the biggest cannibal drama since Armie Hammer, CBS’ “Silence Of The Lambs” spinoff “Clarice” has been eviscerated by crime drama die-hards, who demand the return of NBC’s cancelled “Hannibal” series in its stead.

The hashtag “#HannibalDeservesMore” began trending on social media Friday morning.

“Clarice,” which was heavily advertised during the 2021 Super Bowl, follows the untold story of hotshot FBI agent Clarice Starling (played by Rebecca Breeds) as she returns to work after capturing cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter.

The series takes place a year after 1991 flick “The Silence of the Lambs” — based on the Thomas Harris novel of the same name — which starred Jodie Foster as Clarice and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter.

Rebecca Breeds plays FBI agent Clarice Starling in “Clarice.” The series is the untold personal story of Starling as she returns to the field after her harrowing experience with Hannibal Lecter.CBS

The CBS drama marks the first spinoff of “Silence” since NBC’s “Hannibal,” which explored the early relationship of Lecter (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and gifted criminal profiler Will Graham (Hugh Dancy). Despite being lauded for its scenery-chewing performances and mouthwatering food porn depictions, the killer serial was axed in 2015 after three seasons, a decision that angered its rabid fanbase, who launched a petition to save the beloved series.

Now, “Hannibal” die hards have renewed their calls for the show’s revival after determining that “Clarice” lacks teeth.

Anthony Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s “Silence of the Lambs.” A new series set after the movie’s events is being widely panned. ©Orion Pictures Corp/Courtesy E

“They were right, it’s nothing like “Hannibal,” Tweeted one “Clarice” critic, noting that the CBS show scored a paltry 36% on Rotten Tomatoes compared to its predecessor’s 92%.

Another wondered, “Really what’s keeping networks from picking #Hannibal up?? Have you SEEN the demand???”

“It’s #HannibalDeservesMore day!!! Share your love and #SaveHannibal already @netflix !!!! Tweeted one fannibal.

“Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller was moved by the show of support, Tweeting: “#HANNIBALDESERVESMORE THANK YOU, #FannibalFamily”

No word as to whether “Hannibal” will see a second coming.

Jodie Foster played the original Clarice Starling in 1991’s “Silence of the Lambs.”©Orion Pictures Corp