And lo, just as Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans were hitting the depression stage of their grieving process after Fox announced on Thursday that it had canceled the show after five seasons, an eleventh-hour savior swooped in: Late Friday night, NBC announced that it will pick up the beloved comedy for at least a sixth season, which will run 13 episodes.
“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,” said NBC Entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt, referring to the fact that NBCUniversal did, in fact, own the rights to Brooklyn Nine-Nine — making NBC the most likely network to save it. “[Creators] Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and [star] 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!”
Fox also canceled its comedies The Mick and Last Man on Earth before announcing that it would be reviving Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing from the dead (which, to say the least, feels like something of a telling move in our brave new post-Roseanne revival world). But it was Brooklyn Nine Nine’s cancellation that drew the most visible outrage, with fans from Lin Manuel Miranda(!) to Mark Hamill(!!) to Guillermo Del Toro(?!) expressing their love for the show and hope that it could be saved.
RENEW BROOKLYN NINE NINE— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 10, 2018
I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS
THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS#RenewB99
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 https://t.co/NEry6Hrpng— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 10, 2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has given us fully human characters, beautiful, powerful, flawed, vulnerable, majestic... In whichever form, B99 must return. It will. And I will be there to watch. And, it is my hope that I hope that, this time, a lot more people do too.— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 11, 2018
But for now, they and all of Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s fans can rest easy. Here’s to at least 13 more episodes of sharp jokes, loving friendship, and maybe one more Halloween heist directed by devoted fan and Oscar-winner Del Toro (hey, a girl can dream).