'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' canceled by Fox, but Hulu and other networks circling around the popular comedy
The news of Fox's non-renewal of its highest-rated live-action comedy series 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' for a sixth season came as a shock to fans of the show around the world.
Within hours, the topic was trending all over the internet; fans were flooding change.org and racking up thousands of signatures and expressing their angst on social media platforms, with even stars such as Mark Hamill and Patton Oswalt voicing their disappointment at the seemingly bizarre decision.
But hope is not lost. According to Deadline, Hulu is reportedly circling around the show and is planning to pick it up to run on its streaming service. It would not be untoward, especially considering they have previously similarly done so when Fox canceled 'The Mindy Project' and already offer 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' as an SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand).
TBS could also be in the running to resurrect the show, with them having already picked up network rights in December. There's also the fact that TBS is headed by Kevin Reilly, who had developed and picked up the show while it was still on Fox and is still said to be a big admirer of the comedy.
Netflix is yet another possibility. The streaming giant, in the past, has taken over the reins of similarly canceled shows - take for example, 'Arrested Development,' 'Fuller House,' and 'Gilmore Girls.'
The possibility is only likely because Bela Bajaria, who handles that particular side of the network's business, was responsible for the development and production of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' while she was the president of Universal TV.
Deadline also reports that Universal TV's sister network NBC could be in the mix to pick it up. There is a precedent as well, with ABC and CBS previously taking up the ABC Studios-produced 'Scrubs' and CBS Studios-produced 'Medium' after NBC canceled them.
Created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur of 'Parks and Recreation' fame, audiences around the world fell in love with the quirky cast of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': The talented but immature Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg), the serious and stern Captain Holt (Andre Braugher), and of course, the fun side characters of Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz), Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews), Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), and so many more.
The series has received critical acclaim for its forthright portrayal of LGBT people and the serious issues that plague them and has also won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards: one for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and one for Andy Samberg for Best Actor.
Fox's decision to cancel such a widely-loved show seems baffling in the least, and the enormous outpouring of support goes to show that whichever network is lucky enough to pick it up will have little trouble attracting its notoriously passionate and loyal fanbase.