Jesus Fox what were you thinking?
By now I’m sure you know the powers that be over at Fox cancelled what I believe is their best half hour sitcom, Brooklyn 99. Then, per Vox.com, not even twenty four hours later, NBC comes along and picks up the show for another season. Yes the mighty peacock beat out television juggernauts such as TBS, Netflix, even Hulu in a TV rights showdown of epic proportions. It was like LeBron James during free agency.
I feel this will end up being a very stupid decision for Fox. Granted they’re going to swim in NFL dollars but when it comes to programming, especially sitcoms, what else do they have? You know the Simpsons is like a Twinkie and will survive nuclear winter. Fox loves animation. If you’re ever pitching a show there, finish your speech by mentioning it’s a cartoon. You’ll leave with a blank check.
On top of their supposed “Animation Domination” Fox has decided to rest on the shoulders of Seth McFarlane by bringing back The Orville and Family Guy (again). When it comes to dramas, who the hell cares? I’ve heard Lethal Weapon is okay. Gotham might satisfy your Batman cravings until the DCEU figure out what they’re doing. Fox even thought it was a better idea to revive Tim Allen’s Republican dream theater Last Man Standing and Brooklyn 99 gets the axe? So stupid.
Now NBC owns one of the best comedies on television and if history repeats itself, they could turn Brooklyn 99 into one of the best comedies ever. When it comes to quality programming, does the network have any? Sure millions of people watch This Is Us for their weekly shot of tears, but what else do they really have to offer? With the dramas, I figure NBC is just going through every Chicago professional until people want stories set in a different city. The sitcoms? Superstore is the most tenured product currently airing and believe me, I’m shocked it’s been on this long.
Schur also owns the rights to Infinite Jest if he wants to make a show that goes for the rest of his life.
Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe network executives who make and know more than I ever will made a good decision. I don’t think so but I’ve been wrong before. Only history and ratings will be the judge of Brooklyn 99’s fate so until the fall or next year, just know our time with the NYPD’s most entertaining batch of officers is not over yet.
By Adam Chmielewski
Photo Credits- Fox/NBC
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