Brooklyn Nine-Nine Canceled After 5 Seasons At Fox, But NBC Saves The Day


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.

Famous fans, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Seth Meyers, and Mark Hamill have expressed their sadness on Twitter over the show wrapping up.

"Oh NOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I'm SO not ready to say #ByeBye99," Hamill tweeted.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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:

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