TV is weird. Especially FOX. They have made some pretty odd decisions regarding premature cancellations of their cult hits in the past (Firefly, Arrested Development, and The Mindy Project to name a few), but this latest cancellation really stung. With Disney possibly in the process of acquiring FOX, they’ve picked up Last Man Standing (???) and dropped Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth, and The Mick. None were pulling in great ratings…but is ANYTHING pulling in good ratings on FOX? Not particularly. Why cancel the critically acclaimed Brooklyn Nine-Nine? It seemlessly blends comedy and social awareness…making each viewer a little more “woke” (in the words of Gina Linetti) every time they watch.
Obviously, I’m not the only person who feels this way. The cancellation of B99 caused an uproar and worldwide Twitter trend featuring discontent from everyone from Lin-Manuel Miranda to Seth Meyers.
We are in the golden era of television, though, where other networks are eager to capitalize on their rivals’ mistakes. NBC has come to the rescue this time, picking up the show that they originally passed on. NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt admitted that he regrets ever passing on 99, so he was happy to save it.
We can expect a 13-episode sixth season next year.
To the 99!!