"Obviously I think everyone took a good hard look at the performance of Roseanne", Walden said. "It did so well and it certainly did remind us that we have a huge iconic comedy star in our fox family in Tim Allen". During Fox's up-fronts, Chairmen and CEO of Fox Television Group Dana Walden explained why the network chose to pick up the Tim Allen comedy a year after its cancellation. Fridays - the same time slot it occupied for five of six seasons before it was canceled last spring by ABC.
In other words, the Fox execs are moving the blame from themselves and saying that if we want to blame anyone for the initial cancellation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, blame Roseanne, Bob's Burgers and the NFL. "So once we made that decision, it just really limited the opportunities to schedule 'Brooklyn'".
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Notably, a year later, ABC found a hit in its reboot of "Rosanne", starring Roseanne Barr, who is both a supporter of President Trump and plays one on the show. It's a really amusing show ... Walden noted Last Man Standing delivered about 8 million viewers every week on ABC with the network giving the show minimal promotion (for all its critical acclaim Brooklyn Nine-Nine, it must be noted, was averaging less than 3 million viewers). Closing out Sunday nights will be the freshman multi-camera comedy Rel, inspired by the life of Lil Rel Howery (Get Out, Insecure, The Carmichael Show).
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Walden said they loved the series and cast, yet "ultimately, we felt like we didn't have the exact right place to schedule it this year". "We were emboldened by Roseanne".
"I'm not sure that I think that the cancellation had anything to do with politics", said Gary Newman, chairman and chief executive officer for Fox Television Group; he theorized that ABC was more interested in shows produced by its own studio. "Tim's personal politics are not a big feature of the show and if you were to talk to Time he would say [his character] is a centrist and the show never delved deeply into politics".
"It's a amusing show and audiences responded to it", he explained simply, saying now is the time to bring it back, after a season of dormancy, Fox having added Thursday Night Football to its arsenal.
The cancelation of Brooklyn Nine-Nine by Fox sent shockwaves across the internet, as fans of the wonderful comedy series took to the (virtual) streets in demand of its renewal.