In a direct shot to our TV-loving guts, Fox has canceled comedies Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Last Man on Earth and The Mick after five, four and two seasons, respectively, as Variety reports. We recently ranked two of those shows among the best sitcoms of all time, so you can imagine the emotions.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, axed by Fox even after we specifically asked them not to, was created, written and executive produced by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. The series starred Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller as a lovable and quirky bunch of cops who operated out of the NYPD’s 99th precinct. The Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning series premiered in September 2013, a spiritual successor to beloved workplace sitcoms The Office and Parks & Recreation (Schur worked on both shows, and Goor on Parks & Rec), and has run for over 100 episodes, with its season five—and now series—finale set to air on May 20. Universal Television is expected to shop Brooklyn Nine-Nine around to other buyers like NBC and Hulu, so fingers crossed the Nine-Nine can find a new place to protect, serve and entertain.
The Last Man on Earth, from writer/producer/creator/star Will Forte, and directors/producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, followed a small group of survivors left to roam the near-empty earth after the vast majority of the planet’s population succumbed to a mysterious, incredibly lethal virus. The five-time Emmy-nominated series, which debuted in March 2015 and recently ended its fourth season on a brutally open-ended cliffhanger that clearly indicated the showrunners thought they had more runway, starred Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen and Cleopatra Coleman. The undeniably delightful show—another whose renewal Paste pleaded for, to no avail—had also featured guest appearances from the likes of Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm, Jason Sudeikis, Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig and many more.
Jones took to Instagram to break the news on Thursday afternoon, writing, “To our @lastmanfox family..it’s been an amazing 4yrs, thank you for all the hard work, we love you and will miss seeing you every day! And thank you to our fans who loved and laughed at these ridiculous and lovably flawed characters.”
To our @lastmanfox family..it’s been an amazing 4yrs, thank you for all the hard work, we love you and will miss seeing you every day! And thank you to our fans who loved and laughed at these ridiculous and lovably flawed characters. @orviv your brain is a national(global?),treasure ??
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There’s no word as to whether Last Man will be shopped around to other networks, as well, but hope lives on as long as Phil Tandy Miller and company are still “alive in Tucson,” or Zihuatanejo, or wherever.
The last and by far least brutal loss is The Mick (sorry, The Mick), a single-camera dysfunctional family comedy created by Dave and John Chernin of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia as a vehicle for Sunny star Kaitlin Olson. The actor best known for portraying Sweet Dee in the aforementioned FX comedy series starred as Mickey (the titular Mick), an unapologetic degenerate who found herself stuck raising her spoiled niece (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and nephews (Thomas Barbusca, Jack Stanton) amid the lap of luxury in Greenwich, Conn., with the help of her on-again, off-boyfriend (Scott MacArthur) and the kids’ live-in housekeeper (Carla Jimenez).
Fox recently renewed a whole slew of shows that aren’t the ones above, including 9-1-1, Empire, Star, The Resident, The Gifted, The Orville and The Simpsons for their 2018-19 TV lineup, a series of decisions we neither respect, nor accept. The network has also ordered two new dramas to series, The Passage and Proven Innocent, plus new comedy The Cool Kids, none of which will patch the sitcom-shaped holes they just punched in our souls.