The show was cancelled by Fox, but was renewed by NBC after an online fan outry
It’s the cult comedy favourite about a dysfunctional Brooklyn police crew that – to the surprise of many – won lead Andy Samberg a Best Actor Golden Globe in 2014. This was surprising because Sandberg, one-third of comic musical duo The Lonely Island, is more renowned for his talent as a comedian than his acting chops. Yet he makes Brooklyn Nine-Nine an essential show, bringing masses of charm to his role as Jake Peralta, a brilliant but childish cop whose Police Captain, Raymond Holt, wants to knock him into shape.
Also due a shout-out for making the show one of the most beloved comedies of recent years: Melissa Fumero as the straight-laced Amy Santiago, the foil to Peralta’s many idiocies; Joe Lo Truglio as erratic detective Charles Boyle; Chelsea Peretti as the precinct’s unpredictable administrator; and Stephanie Beatriz as badass Rosa Diaz. All are the reason for the show’s continued existence, given that fans poured out goodwill for the show when it was declared that Fox had canned it after five series. In fact, the online outcry was so enormous that the studio NBC picked it up within 24 hours.
But when can we see series six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine? And what can we expect from it? Let’s open the case file and look at the evidence…
- Programme makers have said that the comedy may tackle a #MeToo storyline in the sixth season. It comes after Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews went public with his own #MeToo story in 2017
- Showrunner Dan Goor has said there will be “no significant changes” to the line up and structure of the next season
- The show was cancelled by Fox but reinstated after a fan-outcry online
- The next season is expected to be released in the middle of 2019
When will season six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine be on TV?
Those of us patiently waiting for the new series will feel like were serving a long sentence indeed. Seasons six won’t air on NBC in America until the middle of 2019; it’s usually on E4 in the UK a little later (this is where fans can currently watch the fifth series). Time is a pair of handcuffs, and someone just tightened their grip.
What can we expect from series six of Brooklyn Nine-Nine?
SPOILER ALERT: do not read this section of the article if you’ve not yet seen the finale of season five.
Rosa came out to her parents in the season five finale; they didn’t take it particularly well, so expect the upcoming new series to explore that relationship more fully. In addition to this, Holt found himself threatened with future trouble after he helped to successfully foil a heist, with the baddie in question warning: “You mess with my family, I mess with yours… You tell your husband Kevin I’ll see him real soon.” The show earned its stripes with those narrative threads; praise be that it was acquitted.
Why was Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancelled?
Fox laid our their reasoning a press conference. “It was based on a variety of factors,” Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group, explained. “We love this show – those are great creators; it’s a phenomenal cast. We ordered it throughout five seasons. It’s a great length of time for a single-camera comedy. Ultimately we felt like we didn’t have the exact right place to schedule it this year. It performed best in our Sunday night lineup. We wanted to give Bob’s Burgers an opportunity to have a plum time period and really grow. It really limited the opportunities to schedule Brooklyn.”
And why was it soon renewed by NBC?
If you were anywhere near the internet when the show was declared cancelled, you’ll know the extent to which social media became Brooklyn Nine-Nine love-in. Even Luke Skywalker himself stepped: Mark Hamill tweeted, “Oh NOOOOOOOOO! I’m SO not ready to say #ByeBye99. Be forewarned FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I’m known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time. I’m still mad CBS didn’t renew #SquarePegs! #EverythingILikeGetsCancelled”.’ Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews later tweeted, “I want to personally thank you Mark for using the power of the Force to save Brooklyn Nine Nine! *Wipes dirt off shoulder*.”
It’s actually not that surprising that NBC stepped in, given that the studio originally owned the rights to the show, but sold it onto Fox. NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblat said in a statement: “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. He added that “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC” (they cut their teeth on the studio’s massively popular Saturday Night Live).
What do we know about the episodes so far?
Showrunner Dan Goor has said that the next season may tackle sexual harassment and assault with a #MeToo storyline. It comes after actor Terry Crews came forward last year with his own story of harassment by an executive in the industry with Goor saying “we’re really interested in trying to do a #MeToo storyline.”
Speaking at a Brooklyn Nine-Nine panel at the TCA summer press tour on August 8, Goor also said that the new season won’t have many significant changes following it’s departure from Fox.
He said: “I think you’re giving us an immense amount of credit to think that we’ve planned a whole season in advance. But yes, it is– the mandate from NBC… has been, ‘We know this show, we love this show, that’s why we picked up this show, please keep making the same show.’ There are no substantive changes in terms of our approach to the show or anything else.”
As reported by The Wrap, Goor went on to list the ways the show would be better on NBC than Fox, deadpanning “it will be funnier, more heartfelt, better guest stars, more everything, longer, shorter.”
Show star Terry Crews also spoke about the impact of the #MeToo movement during an appearance at the panel.
“We can now tell our truth…It’s all about freedom. It’s about being able to tell your story. One thing that influenced me was being here and feeling safe and having friends and family on this show that I felt secure enough that I could actually tell my truth and still go to work.”