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NBC announced Thursday that “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” will not be renewed for a ninth season — the second time the show has been canceled by a major network.
“‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has been one of the jewels in our comedy crown,” chairman of Universal Studio Group Pearlena Igbokwe told Variety.
“It’s had an incredible run across not one but two networks, garnered widespread acclaim and captured the hearts of fans all over the world.”
Originally airing on FOX, the police comedy show was originally canceled in 2018 after five seasons. NBC revived the show for a sixth season following a massive outpouring of support from fans saying how much they loved the show.
“I still remember the palpable excitement that night in 2018 when we announced ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ would be returning to its rightful home at NBC,” said Lisa Katz, president of scripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.
“We’ve always loved these characters and the way they make us laugh while also masterfully weaving in storylines that make us reflect as well. A big thank you to our wonderful partners – Dan Goor, the writers, producers and the incredibly talented cast and crew – for a comedy whose legacy will stand the test of time.”
The show recently came under fire for its lighthearted portrayal of cops during the Black Lives Matter movement last summer, with critics saying the show was sympathetic to law enforcement and shied away from addressing issues like systemic racism and police brutality.
Terry Crews, one of the show’s stars, also revealed that in the wake of George Floyd’s murder the writers had scrapped several episodes.
The producers and cast have previously confirmed that Season 8 will address more serious topics, such as police brutality, and systemic racism, according to Variety.
Season 8 is slated to air over the course of 2021-2022 and will be 10 episodes long — the fewest number of episodes ever ordered for the show.
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