Fans booed Fox and NBC responded in a big way!
Within the last couple days, Fox has dropped some notable TV shows from their network, but one in particular that upset a lot of people was Brooklyn 99. Fox cancelled Brooklyn 99 after five seasons on-air, but multiple networks were interested in reviving the show.
Thankfully, NBC swooped in to claim Brooklyn 99 and air it’s sixth season. NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement “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.”
One very influential celebrity that had a big part in bringing back Brooklyn 99 was Mark Hamill. Hamill tweeted out his displeasure with Fox cancelling the show, which you can see below:
Terry Crews, who plays Sgt. Terry Jeffords, tweeted a huge thank you to Hamill for being a big voice in bringing back the show (and perhaps some other “force” that Hamill possesses…)
@HamillHimself I want to personally THANK YOU Mark for using the power of the force to save Brooklyn Nine Nine! *Wipes dirt off shoulder*
— terrycrews (@terrycrews) May 12, 2018
Earlier today, CEO of Fox Television and Chairman Dana Walden gave a statement in a press conference, explaining why Fox cancelled Brooklyn 99:
“It was based on a variety of factors,” according to EW. “We love this show, those are great creators, it’s a phenomenal cast. We ordered it throughout five seasons. It’s a great length of time for a single-camera comedy.”
“Ultimately we felt like we didn’t have the exact right place to schedule it this year. It performed best in our Sunday night lineup. We wanted to give Bob’s Burgers an opportunity to have a plum time period and really grow. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn.
“With Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new. Ultimately we decided we just didn’t have room for it and we’re really happy its found a new home.”
As a fan myself, I’m glad this show isn’t coming to an abrupt end! This is one of those comedies where the writers and cast find ways to continue to make the show funny and entertaining. As for the other two shows that got cancelled by Fox, The Last Man on Earth got a bit boring after the first season, while Lucifer was a pretty interesting show itself. I will miss seeing more of Lucifer’s story and his humor.
The season finale for season five of Brooklyn 99 will air on May 20th on Fox.