FOX closed the sitcom "Brooklyn 9-9" - but NBC saved him

Fox, ABC and NBC Cancel More Shows

Fox, ABC and NBC Cancel More Shows

Observing that the debate between "single-cam versus multicam" has been ongoing, Greenblatt noted: "I think you want the best cam".

Fox made room for Allen's comedy and more, canceling a total of five shows including "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "The Last Man on Earth", "The Mick", "Lucifer" and "The Exorcist". "This happened because the fans of the show went berzerk [sic]". So, Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans across the world kicked up a fuss to see if their voices would reach as far the Fox executives, to see whether they would budge with their decision. "We can't thank you - or [NBC] - enough", he posted.

"There are lots of business reasons for this show to continue, but it's too early to tell", Greenblatt concluded.

Of course, NBC snatched up Brooklyn Nine-Nine just one day later after Fox lowered the ax last week, but the Fox team was still asked to explain its moves.


This current season - just days away from completion - has seen big numbers for NBC. The network had been among the broadcast networks that bid for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine pitch from creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor when it hit the marketplace in 2012 before the project landed at Fox in a very competitive situation. For Fox, which didn't own Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it was expensive, with a license fee said to be around $1.9 an episode.

A follow-up question was asked about why they would cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine and renew Last Man Standing, and the answer was that Brooklyn Nine-Nine had more hard point of entry than Last Man Standing and that Last Man Standing was averaging more than double the viewers of Brooklyn Nine-Nine week in and week out.

Celebrities, from Hamilton writer Lin-Manuel Miranda to film director Guillermo Del Toro, called for the show to be saved, while the hashtags #Brooklyn99 and #RenewBrooklyn99 were used hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter. Now, the season five finale - which focuses on the wedding of Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) - will serve as the series finale as well. Meanwhile, Hamill stated, "I'm SO not ready to say #ByeBye99 ... when networks dump shows I love, I'm known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time".

"If I knew Andy Samberg was gonna be cast in that show, we probably would never have sold it to Fox", Greenblatt said.

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