"This year, we launched four of the top 10 new shows on broadcast, which led to a very strong roster of young series returning for their sophomore seasons", said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group.
FOX's prime-time slate for the 2018-19 season sees Last Man Standing, formerly an ABC comedy, revived with an 8 p.m. slot on Fridays, while the hit Ryan Murphy procedural 9-1-1 moves to a new night and time on Mondays at 9 p.m. The reality is, the fans of Last Man Standing wouldn't leave this alone.
The network said Monday it has cancelled five shows, including "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" - the police comedy that was promptly picked up by rival NBC. Ultimately we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year.
Walden added that there was always wonder at the network about how "Last Man Standing" would do if it was prioritized in a way that ABC didn't, and "Roseanne" was the final push it needed.
"We were emboldened, I would say, by the performance of 'Roseanne, '" Walden said.
"Once we made the decision (about Friday) it limited the opportunities we had to schedule 'Brooklyn".
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Entertainment Weekly pointed out that "Last Man Standing" on ABC received an average of 8 million viewers with minimal promotion, while "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" averaged less than 3 million. Throughout his comedy tour, the 64-year-old actor had many people come up to him and ask about the fate of Last Man Standing. We were trying to create a more cohesive program, and scheduling Brooklyn would prevent us from promoting something new.
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Walden said Fox executives have been in talks with Allen "throughout the year" in hopes of bringing back the series. I don't know what happened. She also played the late actress Brittany Murphy in Lifetime's The Brittany Murphy Story. "We didn't have the right opportunity".
Samberg's apologies, it seems, have been enough for Bob Greenblatt, who said in an NBC conference call Sunday, "We're thrilled to have [Brooklyn Nine-Nine.] We think it fits into our brand of comedy in many ways better than it ever fit into the Fox brand of comedy". "We think its a amusing show and audience responded to it... and we thought there was an opportunity there for us particularly after adding Thursday Night Football".
Looks like we're about to find out.
The midseason for Fox will feature a live January production of "Rent", and two new dramas, medical thriller "The Passage", with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and "Proven" Innocent, a legal series about wrongful convictions.