Fox Cancels ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, NBC Picks It Up 31 Hours Later10 months ago by Edward Antonelli in TV News
Fox’s comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine starring Andy Samberg and Terry Crews was given the devastating news Thursday afternoon that season five would be there last. Soon after the announcement, producers were in negotiations with NBC and on Friday night was picked up for a 13-episode sixth season.
It was a roller coaster 31 hour period for everyone involved with the show and many fans who took to the internet to share their grief including celebrities such as Lin Manuel-Miranda, Sean Astin, Mark Hamill, Guillermo Del Toro. Co-creator and show-runner Dan Goor was slightly prepared for this potential outcome but is still extremely relieved that another network believed in the series enough to continue the story.
In an interview, Goor noted “The truth is, when we were on Tuesday nights at 9:30, our numbers were not spectacular. Nobody’s numbers are at that time. So I did begin to become scared. Again, the take-home should not be that we wrote a series finale. We did notwrite a series finale. We wrote a season finale that wouldn’t kill people if it ended up being the series finale. That was literally the goal: a series finale where you’d want to come back for another year.”
He continued, “I got a call on the day the announcement came out from the studio and then the network. It’s such a blur now, but the basic facts of it were they just weren’t going to put it on the schedule, that they loved the show and they were very sorry, but that was the way it shook out. All of the stuff that [Fox CEOs] Gary [Newman] and Dana [Walden] have said in the press is the same stuff they told us, that they’re making a strategic shift, and because they bought Thursday Night Football, there just aren’t as many time slots. They’re basically not doing single-cam comedy, it looks like.”
The season five finale of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air on Fox, May 20, 2018 at 8:30pm. Stay tuned to The Feature Presentation for any updates.