By: Todd Betzold
If you heard an uproar last evening, that was just fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine losing their minds on social media after Fox cancelled the show after five seasons! Despite the bad news from Fox, could Brooklyn Nine-Nine be saved by Hulu? The possibility is very high!
The first story is Fox cancelling Brooklyn Nine-Nine after five seasons. The show starred Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Chelsea Peretti and many more. It had success early on, as it won the Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series - Comedy or Musical in 2014. It also had a pretty solid fan base too, as they were up in arms after the cancellation was announced. The comedy was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter, as it even beat out the biggest TV event in the world, Eurovision! There were even stars showing their support, like Mark Hamill, Seth Meyers and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
With all the uproar over the cancellation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine may be done at Fox, but it may still have episodes remaining under their belt. Deadline reports that Hulu, Brooklyn Nine-Nine's SVOD home, is the most likely choice of picking up the show and there are rumors that there have already been conversations about moving it there.
If this happened it wouldn't be a total shock, as Hulu picked up another single-camera comedy, The Mindy Project after Fox cancelled it after three seasons. Both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project are produced by Hulu corporate sibling Universal TV, as well as 3 Arts Entertainment. That means they have a deal template in place and it is only a matter of time before Brooklyn Nine-Nine gets that same kind of deal, right?
It would make sense, as the show has a loyal and young audience, which normally likes to watch their television via streaming. Hulu would be a perfect spot for the show, but don't think there aren't other options out there. TBS is one of those options, as they picked up off-network right to the comedy back in December. The network happens to be overseen by Kevin Reilly, who happened to develop and pick up Brooklyn Nine-Nine while running Fox and he is a huge fan of the show. That could mean he could be fighting to bring it to TBS for new episodes and not just re-runs.
Netflix is also a possibility, but not as high on the board. Bela Bajaria handles the streaming network's pickups of shows that originated elsewhere. She happened to guide the development and production of Brooklyn Nine-Nine in her former capacity as president of Universal TV. That is another strong connection, but since rival Hulu already has the SVOD rights, they have the better odds here.
We will have to wait and see how this all plays out, but things may be grim for Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans right now, but it seems like good news may be on the horizon!