Entertain Us (15-5-2018): In the can

Entertain Us (15-5-2018): In the can

MY faith in television executives in big chairs was shaken on Friday with the news Brooklyn Nine-Nine had been cancelled.

The police comedy created by the brilliant Dan Goor and Mike Schur was cut from Fox, amongst a raft of other programs, ending it at its fifth season.

The internet went into meltdown. Fans tweeted, online petitions were started and hundreds of think pieces were written.

I couldn’t possibly fathom why the decision was made when Brooklyn Nine Nine had such a strong fan base and excellent writing.

The characters were multi-faceted and were rightly praised for their wide and strong representation.

As well as being hilarious it somehow holds a mirror up to society and deals with some pretty heavy topics.

One episode dealt with racial profiling, Captain Holt (Andre Brauher) is openly gay and Rosa Diaz (Stephanie Beatriz) is bisexual.

Not to mention one unforgettable cold open in which Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) has the police

line-up perform Backstreet Boys.

If you have not seen this online, do yourself a favour.

By now you’re probably thinking, “Oh no, this seems like a real asset to society, hopefully some other company will save it.”

Great news! NBC announced on Saturday it would produce and air season six.

My little heart hasn’t been this happy since I found Family Ties on reruns that Sunday.

Initially this was going to be a column comparing B99 to other shows lost before their time.

I had a really good list too! Veronica Mars (got a movie), The Mindy Project (saved by Hulu), Arrested Development (brought back by Netflix), Freaks and Geeks and Moonlighting (saved by my soul) all came to mind.

This year shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Last Man on Earth were canned while Roseanne was given another season and so was some barely-watchable Tim Allen show. Nothing makes sense to me.

It really is an interesting time in TV world.

Streaming services like Netflix and Stan here in Australia are taking over the space filled by traditional commercial television which seems to a growing combination of second-rate shows and reality TV.

I guess it’s just a case of watch this space and see what happens.

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