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Posted Saturday 5/12/18 at 7:13PM EDT
Why NBC's rescue of Brooklyn Nine-Nine made business sense
The late Friday rescue "wasn’t exactly a no-brainer— but it’s also one of the least risky calls Peacock execs will make this week," says Josef Adalian. As he points out, NBC had the most financially viable option for saving Brooklyn Nine-Nine because it's owned by sister studio Universal Television. "While Brooklyn’s so-so Nielsen ratings mean NBC likely won’t make much (or any) profit selling ad time on the show next season, these new episodes will likely pay for themselves due to the extra money Universal TV will make via its syndication deal with TBS and its streaming agreement with Hulu," he says. While the ratings have been terrible, Brooklyn Nine-Nine still has a passionate fan base, as proven by the internet freakout over its cancelation. As Adalian also points out, NBC is starved for comedies, despite the success of Will & Grace and Superstore. "Adding Brooklyn to the roster won’t transform NBC into a powerhouse, but it’s also not going to prevent the network from finding the big new comedy hits it needs," he says. ALSO: Terry Crews thanks Mark Hamill for using "The Force" to save the show.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 9:39PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy gift that woudn't have survived as long in another TV era
"I’m going to miss the series, which over its run probably gave me more pure pleasure than anything else airing concurrently anywhere on the dial," says Alyssa Rosenberg. "And I’m so grateful that we got as many episodes of it as we did." She points out that Brooklyn Nine-Nine wouldn't have made it to 112 episodes with its low ratings in another television era. Brooklyn Nine-Nine, she says, "was a model for what pop culture can do when it is committed to showcasing a wider range of characters and their stories." It was diverse in a unique way. There were two black cops, instead of one. Two Latina cops, instead of one. Two non-straight cops, instead of one. "None of those characters ever had to carry the weight of representing those entire communities," says Rosenberg. She adds: "While Brooklyn Nine-Nine was a comedy about cops, it approached the actual work of policing with seriousness and moral rigor. It was a task that might have doomed a lesser show, especially one that aired during a period when police killings of unarmed black Americans spurred a national movement. Brooklyn Nine-Nine tried to model what good policing could look like at a time when even that act of idealism sometimes seemed like a farce ... Brooklyn Nine-Nine was never solely an issue show, but its commitment to approaching policing from an ethical place was fundamental to its sense of decency, a quality which was itself fundamental to the series."
- Could Brooklyn Nine-Nine find a new home? Hulu is the most likely destination, followed by TBS (whose president developed the show)
- NBC and Netflix could also potentially revive Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- The Internet is losing its mind over the Brooklyn Nine-Nine cancellation
- Why the Internet freakout for a show averaging fewer than 2 million viewers?
- Is Tim Allen to blame? Fox's comedy bloodbath comes amid talk of a Last Man Standing revival
- Seth Meyers calls the cancelations of his former SNL colleagues' shows a "double gut punch"
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor tweets: "#brooklyn99 fans are the best fans in the world"
- Melissa Fumero: "These last 5 years have been incredible"
- Stephanie Beatriz: "What a gift this series has been: it’s been my honor. Your sadness is noted"
- Joe Lo Truglio: "I’m so very lucky, so deeply thankful to have been part of a show that has brought so much joy to so many"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda wants fans to fight for the show: "I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS ... THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS"
- Mark Hamill: "Be forewarned @FOXTV-when networks dump shows I love, I'm known for holding grudges a long, L-O-N-G time"
- Backstreet Boys: "Thanks for the memories, #Brooklyn99"
- Sean Astin: "They earned the right 2 have a final season victory lap where I could emotionally prepare"
- Guillermo del Toro: "The world is better with this show in it. I love these characters and the healing good energy B99 brings"
# TOPICS: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, FOX, Hulu, TBS, Dan Goor, Guillermo del Toro, Joe Lo Truglio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill, Melissa Fumero, Sean Astin, Seth Meyers, Stephanie Beatriz, Tim Allen, Cancellations, Renewals & Pickups
Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 10:26PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory's value is "incalculable" to CBS, generating $125 million to $150 million in ad revenue per season
The CBS comedy has also generated more than $1 billion for Warner Bros. Television in syndication revenue. “Every scheduler, every network president, anybody who works at a network, you live for a show like this," says CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl. "The interesting thing to me is it’s as dominant as it’s ever been.” ALSO: How Big Bang booked Mark Hamill -- without a script.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Mayim Bialik: "I peed my pants" when Mark Hamill visited The Big Bang Theory set
Bialik posted a picture Wednesday of her and Kaley Cuoco losing their minds at Hamill's visit. Hamill tweeted in response: "I had the same reaction meeting these 2 lovelies as @missmayim (fortunately for me I was wearing my #ESB #BactaBriefs at the time)."
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 5:49PM EDT
The Big Bang Theory books Mark Hamill and Kathy Bates for the wedding-themed season finale
They'll join previously announced guest-stars Jerry O'Connell and Teller from Penn & Teller. Details of Hamill and Bates' roles weren't revealed.
Posted Thursday 3/29/18 at 8:36PM EDT
How Mark Hamill created his iconic Joker voice
The Star Wars star says his Batman: The Animated Series Joker voice is sort of a blend of Jay Leno and Howard Cosell.
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 1:41AM EST
Mark Hamill "destroys" Jimmy Kimmel's Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Watch the Star Wars star participate in his second Kimmel stunt near the Dolby Theatre this week.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
Mark Hamill: If my ABC cowboy sitcom hadn’t been canceled, I might not have landed on Star Wars
Hamill recalled his brief stint with Gary Busey on The Texas Wheelers, which he describes as a "discordant reply to The Waltons.” The sitcom ran in the 1974-75 season. “When the show was canceled, it was one of the biggest traumas of my life," says Hamill. “I was devastated. I thought, 'I'll never get a part that good again.’” He added on Twitter: “If this had been a hit- I would not have been available for #StarWars.”