NBC has picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine and ordered a sixth season, barely a day after the series was cancelled by Fox.
Fans were stunned and bereft when the news broke, which Fox reportedly attributed to low ratings in the US. What followed was an unprecedented response from fans online, eclipsing even the campaigns to renew NBC’s Timeless last year or the long-running push for Channel 4’s Utopia to be saved (a US remake is now in the works at Amazon). Celebrities including Lin-Manuel Miranda and Guillermo del Toro all joined the cries for more of the NYPD comedy, which stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio and Chelsea Peretti.
The show’s name trended on Twitter for the majority of Friday, with hashtags like #SaveB99 and #RenewB99 used.
In a reminder of one of the benefits of the current Peak TV era, a number of broadcasters and platforms were reportedly interested in picking up the cancelled show. This morning, NBC confirmed that it has swooped in to save the day, with a sixth season officially on the way.
“So happy to announce: NBC IS PICKING UP BROOKLYN 99 for SEASON 6!!!” The Lonely Island tweeted. “Thank you to everyone for the crazy outpouring of support. It means the world to us. It wouldn’t have happened without you.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will return for 13 more episodes, giving co-creator Mike Schur three shows on NBC, alongside Abby’s and The Good Place.
“Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”
Never seen the programme? Season 1 to 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are on Netflix UK, with Season 5 continuing to air on E4 on Thursday nights. Read our guide to why you should catch up.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancelled by Fox
10h May 2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been cancelled by Fox after five seasons.
The comedy, created by Dan Goor and Michael Shur, premiered back in 2013, and follows a group of cops working the 99th precinct of the NYPD. The ensemble cast, led by Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg, included Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasted no time in proving that it was one of the funniest shows on TV,” we wrote in our review of the fifth season, currently airing on E4 in the UK. “Five seasons in and that hasn’t changed, as Dan Goor and Michael Schur’s sitcom never fails to make you laugh with almost every single line of dialogue. The gag rate is nothing short of sensational.”
However, before Season 5 has ended in the UK, Fox has decided that the show will be put behind proverbial bars, with no further seasons. In the US, Deadline notes that the show “never drew wide audiences” due to ratings being held back by scheduling moves between Sunday and Tuesday. The news was announced today along with the cancellation of The Last Man on Earth and The Mick.
The good news, though, is that in this age of streaming, there is always a chance that the show could be picked up by someone else, with Variety noting NBC and Hulu as places the producers at Universal TV are likely to shop the project to. An, of course, Seasons 1 to 4 are still all available on Netflix UK, with Season 5 (including its 99th and 100th episodes) expected to arrive later this year. Never seen the programme? Read our guide to why you should catch up.
Season 1 to 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine are available on Netflix UK, as part of a £7.99 monthly subscription.
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