‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’: Kevin Reilly On Series’ Move To NBC & Whether TBS Made a Play For It

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One of the feel-good stories of the 2018 broadcast upfront was Brooklyn Nine-Nines pickup by NBC a day after the praised cop comedy was canceled by Fox.

In the 31 hours between the show’s cancellation by Fox and renewal by NBC, there was a lot of activity. Brooklyn Nine-Nine producers reached out to multiple potential buyers, including Hulu, TBS and NBC. Hulu, which is the show’s SVOD home, ultimately passed. I hear it was touch-and-go at NBC for a little while as the network’s business executives were crunching the numbers, figuring out whether a pickup of the expensive series — Fox was reportedly paying a license fee of $1.9 million an episode — would make financial sense. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is produced by NBC sibling Universal TV and makes money for the studio from streaming on Hulu and off-network syndication airings on TBS. In the end, NBC swooped in and rescued the series.

What about TBS? Did Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s off-network home — overseen by Kevin Reilly, who had developed and picked up the comedy while running Fox and is a big fan of the show — make a run for it?

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“I never even had a chance to,” Reilly told Deadline after Turner’s upfront presentation. “It’s funny, I kept reading about it. I did get some incoming calls. I would’ve considered it but I wasn’t going to do it overnight. Good for NBC, they stepped up — it’s their show, their studio, I’m sure it pencils out. I’m very excited that (the Brooklyn Nine-Nine team) got another order — great people and great talent.”

Created by the Parks and Recreation duo of Dan Goor and Michael Schur, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on Det. Jake Peralta (Samberg), a screwball who happens to be a real good cop. Co-starring in the show are Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. The series was created by the Parks and Recreation duo of Dan Goor and Michael Schur, who executive produce alongside David Miner and Luke Del Tredici.

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