News has recently surfaced that after 5 mildly successful seasons, Fox will not be renewing Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a season 6. After the news broke of Fox not renewing their only remaining comedy series from an outside studio, it became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. While ratings for the show weren’t revolutionary, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cult following was clearly taken back by the news.
The police sitcom starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher was never able to draw quite the audience the network was hoping for. This could have been due to constant scheduling changes. Dan Goor and Michael Schur, regular writers on shows like Parks and Rec, Conan O’Brien and The Daily Show, created a dedicated fan base through hysterical characters of the Brooklyn police force. Like Scrubs, Brooklyn Nine-Nine took a serious theme that has become popular for many shows and made it funny. While the comedy sitcoms on Fox haven’t been crushing the ratings, the network seems to be cleaning house by announcing their cancellation of The Last Man On Earth and The Mick. Nellie Andreeva of Deadline explains the situation by stating,
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine also was the highest-rated live-action comedy series on Fox this season with a 1.3 adults 18-49 Live+7 rating, edging LA to Vegas, The Last Man On Earth and The Mick (all at 1.2). Negotiations with Universal TV went down to the wire last year, with the comedy able to clinch a Season 4 renewal. It didn’t happen this time.”
Fortunately, we currently live in a world where streaming services are a viable option for shows to exist outside of network television. Brooklyn Nine-Nine is currently available on Hulu and news has already begun surfacing of active conversations to completely move the show to that streaming service. The show is currently produced by Universal TV which is a Hulu corporate sibling and already shares a show, The Mindy Project. After 3 seasons on Fox, The Mindy Project made the official move to Hulu so it seems like that could be a likely new home for Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well. With the young audience the show already has, a streaming service seems to be a great fit.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was not the funniest show on TV but it was probably the funniest show on Fox. The cast is outstanding and the writing is funny enough to keep audiences entertained. Personally, it is a great option for a light-hearted sitcom to watch if you have a Hulu subscription. While The Mick is essentially just a show about Dee from It’s Always Sunny and The Last Man On Earth has pretty much run its course, Brooklyn Nine-Nine could easy earn itself a few more quality seasons. I hope Hulu finds a way to keep it alive and I will continue to not watch cable television.
Writer Dan Goor has confirmed that NBC has picked up Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a season 6.