Years from now, we'll probably still be talking about Brooklyn Nine-Nine's unbelievable comeback and how the show's vocal fans helped stage a successful internet campaign to get it back on the air a mere 31 hours after Fox canceled it in May. NBC, whose sister studio Universal Television produces the series, resurrected the beloved cop comedy for a shorter sixth season set to air in the midseason. It's a rare second chance for a show that almost went out on a major cliffhanger, something producers of the series aren't looking to repeat.
"We wasted our one series finale last year," executive producer Luke Del Tredici told TV Guide during San Diego Comic-Con.
Season 5 ended with Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) finally getting hitched, which would have been a decent series finale had the show not also left Captain Holt's (Andre Braugher) fate up in the air. The season wrapped without an explicit answer as to whether or not he would be promoted to commissioner, a job that would effectively take him out of the precinct and alter the show in a big way. Had that season finale served as the series finale, it would have been a major disappointment for fans who would have been left wondering what happened to Holt. After the show's devastating cancellation and subsequent revival, showrunner Dan Goor says he won't risk Brooklyn Nine-Nine going out like that again.
"One thing we've learned from our brinksmanship near cancellation is that we want to write a season finale that would be satisfying as a series finale and would also serve us well should we come back," explained Goor. "Most importantly, we've learned that we'll never again do the kind of cliffhangers we did after Seasons 2, 3, and 4 because were we to be canceled after those seasons, I think it would have been really disappointing for our fans. So I think we're very conscious of what kind of finale we should do."
While you won't have to worry about any more of those pesky cliffhangers, there's also the big question of whether not Nine-Nine will continue after Season 6. Yes, NBC picked up the series for a 13-episode sixth season that will debut at midseason, but its fate after that remains unknown.
"Right now, NBC doesn't know whether or not there will be another season. We're so excited to do Season 6 and I think if we get the call to do Season 7, we'll be so excited. Right now, we're just putting our heads down, concentrating on this season and trying to make it the best season we've done yet," added Goor.
Stream Seasons 1-5 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine now on Hulu.