NBC has stepped in to save Brooklyn Nine-Nine after an outcry on social media over Fox’s decision to scrap the US police sitcom.
The series, starring comedians Chelsea Peretti and Andy Samberg, has gained a cult following for its diverse cast and the way it addresses issues of discrimination in the New York Police Department.
When it emerged that Fox would not be renewing the series, fans pleaded with other networks to pick up the show.
Using the SaveB99 hashtag, they posted gifs and clips from the show on Twitter and Instagram and started a petition calling for the series to continue.
The cause was also picked up by high-profile fans including the Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, who tweeted:The show’s co-creator, Dan Goor, revealed on Saturday that NBC had saved the show:
Goor also produced the critically acclaimed sitcom Parks and Recreation for NBC.
Terry Crews, who plays Sgt Terry Jeffords in the fictional precinct, tweeted:
NBC’s head of entertainment, Robert Greenblatt, said: “Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home.
“Mike Schur, Dan Goor and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”The current season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is on E4 on Thursdays at 9pm in the UK and on SBS in Australia.