Fox defended canceling Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and they basically broke up with Andy Samberg for Tim Allen
What a wild few days it’s been for TV lovers. It’s currently peak TV show cancellation season. We recently learned that we had to say goodbye to shows like Great News, Rise, The Last Man on Earth, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Except, wait! Not 24 hours after Fox canceled fan-favorite Brooklyn Nine-Nine, NBC heroically swooped in and saved it. Now, Fox is explaining — and defending — their decision to cancel the show.
“It was based on a variety of factors,” said Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEO, Fox Television Group. “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.”
Apparently, Fox couldn’t find the right time spot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Which seems ridiculous, because literally ANY time is the right time for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
“It performed best in our Sunday night lineup,” Walden continued. “We wanted to give Bob’s Burgers an opportunity to have a plum time period and really grow. It really limited the opportunitie to schedule Brooklyn. With Thursday Night Football, there were two fewer hours to program. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new. Ultimately we decided we just didn’t have room for it and were trying we’re really happy its found a new home.”
Though Fox dropped Brooklyn Nine-Nine, they revived another show: Last Man Standing.
Tim Allen’s sitcom ran for six seasons on ABC before they cancled it in 2017. Now, it will return to air on Fox this fall.
"We've been talking to Tim throughout the year. We tried to move Last Man Standing over last year when ABC decided not to move forward. It's a really funny show," Walden continued. "We always felt like ABC didn't really prioritize Last Man Standing. We always wondered how it would do if it was given a better opportunity and prioritized more in terms of a network’s agenda."
Look. We get it, Fox. You dumped Andy Samberg for Tim Allen, and you need everybody to know that you’re totally, absolutely, completely 100% fine. We’ve all had to put on a brave face after a breakup.
Keep telling yourself that Brooklyn Nine-Nine wasn’t the one and you’ll be fine come fall. Or, as Jake Peralta would say, “foine.” (Too soon?)