After several early renewals on the drama side, Fox has picked up two of its comedy series for next season — The Last Man On Earth for Season 3 and Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Season 4. Surprisingly not on the list is Fox’s flagship comedy series New Girl, now in its fifth season. A few things are still being worked out but the show staring Zooey Deschanel is fully expected to come back and will likely get a pickup between now and May.
Also not present among the early comedy renewals — a single freshman series. Of the two high-profile fall debuts, Grandfathered and The Grinder, the John Stamos starrer Grandfathered has been the stronger ratings performer and looks good to return for Season 2, while the Rob Lowe-toplined The Grinder is considered a long shot despite solid reviews. Not expected to continue are the other freshmen comedies, the live-action Cooper Barrett’s Guide To Surviving Life and animated Bordertown. (The rest of Fox’s animated lineup is coming back.)
Both The Last Man On Earth, created by and starring Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, toplined by SNL‘s Andy Samberg, have been modest linear TV performers but are strong in online/SVOD viewing.
“We’re so proud of these comedies,” said Fox Entertainment president David Madden. “Each has its own unique voice, but they both boast terrific ensembles with stand-out characters and, of course, phenomenal writing, which are the hallmarks of all great comedies.”
On the hourlong side, Fox has renewed Empire, Gotham, freshman horror comedy anthology Scream Queens as well as veteran Bones for a 12th and final season.
The Last Man On Earth, produced by 20th Century Fox Television, is executive-produced by Forte, Phil Lord, Chris Miller, Seth Cohen and Andy Bobrow. The series stars Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen and Cleopatra Coleman.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon, is created and written by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. It is executive-produced by Goor, Schur, David Miner and Luke De Tredici. The series stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.
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