EXCLUSIVE: This is a fan reaction to a TV series cancellation the magnitude of which we have rarely seen: Three hours after news broke of Fox not picking up Brooklyn Nine-Nine for Season 6, the cop comedy was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, going head-to-head with the biggest non-sporting live TV event in the world, Eurovision. Joining the show’s legion of fans in lamenting the cancellation were celebrities like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers and Mark Hamill.
While done at Fox, Brooklyn Nine-Nine may not be gone altogether. I hear that there had been incoming interest from other outlets about picking up the show starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher.
Hulu, Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s SVOD home, is considered the most likely choice, and I hear there had been conversations about the show moving there.
A Hulu deal would mirror the streaming platform’s pickup of another single-camera comedy, The Mindy Project, after its cancellation by Fox. Both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project, which moved to Hulu after three seasons on Fox, are produced by Hulu corporate sibling Universal TV as well as 3 Arts Entertainment, so the companies have a deal template in place. Like The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has a loyal, young audience that does most of their watching via streaming. UPDATE May 11: Hulu has declined to pick up the series.
Another potential home for Brooklyn Nine-Nine could be TBS, which in December picked up off-network rights to the comedy. The basic cable network is overseen by Kevin Reilly, who had developed and picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine while running Fox and is a big fan of the show. UPDATE: May 11: TBS also is not going after Brooklyn.
Meanwhile, Netflix’s Bela Bajaria, who handles the streaming network’s pickups of shows that have originated elsewhere, shepherded the development and production of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in her former capacity as president of Universal TV. Despite the connection, Netflix is considered a longer shot because rival Hulu already has SVOD rights. UPDATE May 11: I hear that indeed, Netflix is not pursuing the show.
And then there is Uni TV’s sister network NBC, which could rescue the company-owned comedy the way ABC and CBS picked up ABC Studios-produced Scrubs and CBS Studios-produced Medium, respectively, after their cancellations by NBC. Like Brooklyn Nine-Nine, these series had off-network deals that make prolonging their run profitable for the parent company of the the producing studio and its sibling network that is taking in the cancelled show.
Regardless of how things play out, people close to the show are optimistic that we have not seen the last of Detective Jake Peralta and the gang.
Meanwhile, fans are stepping up their efforts with multiple Save Brooklyn Nine-Nine petitions on change.org that have been garnering tens of thousand of signatures.
Created by the Parks and Recreation duo of Dan Goor and Michael Schur, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on Peralta (Golden Globe winner Samberg), a screwball who happens to be a real good cop. His captain in the NYPD’s 99th Precinct is Raymond Holt, a seen-it-all and emotion-challenged captain played by Braugher, who scored three consecutive Emmy noms for Supporting Actor from 2014-2016. Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker also star.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was Fox’s highest-rated live-action comedy series this season among adults 18-49, is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts. Goor and Schur executive produce alongside David Miner and Luke Del Tredici.
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