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Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancelled at Fox but may yet find a new home

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Story by Jack Foley

HIT comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been cancelled by Fox in the US – but it may yet find a new life at a rival broadcaster.

The Andy Samberg cop comedy has been a long-term critical favourite but has never enjoyed the kind of ratings that Fox would have liked. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the company came to the decision not to renew the single-camera comedy for a sixth run for several reasons.

One of the reasons was that it is produced by an outside studio — Universal Television. But the main one is that the series came with a larger price tag and a licensing fee that didn’t work with what Fox could ultimately become post-Disney merger.

However, all is not lost. The Hollywood Reporter, again, is quoting sources that state that Universal Television have already received a number of calls from other outlets who may be interested in renewing it themselves.

These include Hulu, Netflix, TBS (whose president, Kevin Reilly, developed the series and whose network airs off-network repeats of the comedy) and even network sibling NBC.

The interest stems not only from the fact that Brooklyn Nine-Nine has ardent fan and critical support, but also some big celebrity names behind it.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is a huge fan, as is Lin-Manuel Miranda.

If Hulu made a successful bid, it would follow in the footsteps of fellow Fox/UTV comedies such as The Mindy Project, which was renewed by Hulu for a multiple-season run following its cancellation by Fox.

Let’s hope so!