Fox appears to be wiping clean its comedy slate: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Mick and The Last Man On Earth have all been cancelled by the massive American network. Fox’s New Girl is also ending this year, with a short seventh season, but we knew that already.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 5 will be the last run on Fox for Dan Goor and Michael Schur’s police precinct sitcom, which stars Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Andre Braugher, Chelsea Peretti, Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz and Joe Le Truglio.
There is a glimmer of hope for fans of the 99, however: Universal Television, which produces the show for Fox, has apparently fielded incoming calls from various outlets – both online platforms and traditional networks – that would be interested in picking the show up. Here’s hoping that one of those deals comes together.
The Last Man On Earth, which stars Will Forte, will end its run on Fox after its fourth season. The Mick, meanwhile, which stars Kaitlin Olson, will wrap up on Fox at the end of its second season. Ratings seem to be the common denominator across all of these decisions, although it’s also easy to wonder if Fox’s own future also has something to do with it.
After all, Disney is in the process of buying 20th Century Fox, with the Mouse House reportedly seeking control of Fox’s creative content while Rupert Murdoch’s company aims to retain its news and sports channels. The deal is still in the process of being finalised and approved by regulatory bodies, so perhaps Fox is preemptively cleaning house rather than sinking more money into shows it might not get to keep. That’s just speculation on our part, to be clear.
We’ll let you know as we hear more.