UPDATE: A sixth season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is officially happening courtesy of NBC, the network that originally passed on it during the show's early development.
"We've got your SIX," NBC announced in a tweet.
Robert Greenblatt, NBC's Chair of Entertainment, said he still regrets having handed the show over to Fox:
"Ever since we sold this show to Fox I've regretted letting it get away, and it's high time it came back to its rightful home. Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we're all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here's to the Nine-Nine!"
ORIGINAL STORY: Fox has canceled its hit comedy cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five seasons, and the reaction online has been swift.
"Oh NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I'm SO not ready to say #ByeBye99," Hamill tweeted.
Throughout its run, the show garnered critical praise and a cult following, but for networks, ratings are everything, and this show wasn't a particular heavy-hitter when it came to that department — the fifth season averaged only 2.7 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic, a slight drop from season 4's 2.9 million average, as Entertainment Weekly reports.
To date, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is Fox's second longest-running live-action comedy after New Girl. The show, which initially bordered on being too tongue-in-cheek, has thrived in its later seasons by exploring more difficult topics such as racial profiling, corruption, gun violence, and sexuality.
"I'm obviously hopeful. I love making it. I think we've had an incredible season. I feel really proud of the episodes. I feel like we've had a really nice upswell culturally," said Andy Samberg, who plays detective Jake Peralta, in a recent interview before the cancelation was confirmed. "I certainly feel we're in a good place, but as to whether or not we get more, that's obviously far beyond my reach. But fingers crossed."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine's season 5 finale, which will center around Peralta and Amy Santiago's wedding, will now act as the show's overall finale. It will air May 20.
This Might Not Be The End Of The Road For 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'
Although unlikely, there's still a chance Brooklyn Nine-Nine could continue on with the help of other networks or streaming services, provided they see that there's still clamor for the show — and as Twitter proves, there is.
Shows getting "uncanceled" has happened many times before: Netflix picked up Arrested Development for a fourth season when Fox canceled it in 2006, and Hulu picked up The Mindy Project from Fox after when the network axed it after three seasons.
Along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Fox also canceled The Last Man on Earth and The Mick. Fox is reportedly planning to add football nights this fall in its programming schedule, hence the cancelations.
Below are some reactions from Twitter users on Brooklyn Nine-Nine's axing:
If nothing else, I hope every producer, writer, actor, crew member, etc who worked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine looks at Twitter today and sees how DEEPLY loved their show is, and that the work they’ve been doing had an impact. It means a lot to a lot of people. It’s taken over my TL. — A.B. (@AlannaBennett) May 10, 2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is bar none my favourite show in years. It was the ultimate Trojan Horse: sell the execs on the bankable straight funny man (Samberg) then sneak in a buttload of diversity, empathy, honesty and kindness — Kate Leth (@kateleth) May 10, 2018
somebody QUICK sacrifice the walking dead or supernatural so brooklyn nine nine can rise — ً (@DAREDEVlllS) May 10, 2018
fox: we’re gonna cancel brooklyn nine nine! me: pic.twitter.com/2KJuLNMd5A — Brooklyn Nine-Nine (@brook99pics) May 10, 2018
The thing that struck me about Brooklyn Nine Nine from the beginning was that its humour was always kind. It was hilarious without being cruel or relying on tired stereotypes. I'm gutted we won't be getting any more of it. — Samantha Shannon (@say_shannon) May 10, 2018
brooklyn nine-nine is an extremely important show that focuses on today's issues and have a well diverse cast! by canceling this show you are taking away one of the only shows that properly represents various groups of people and life stories that deserve to be heard! #RenewB99 pic.twitter.com/YvtdnGRace — peyton #renewb99 (@spideydiaz) May 10, 2018
How the Brooklyn Nine-Nine fandom feels today... #RenewB99 pic.twitter.com/5gzfikdBFs — Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams) May 10, 2018