Fox has ordered a full season of its freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
The network picked up nine more episodes of the series, and has given a post-Super Bowl slot. Brooklyn Nine-Nine will join New Girl in a one-hour comedy block airing after the Super Bowl. The series stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta a talented, but childish, NYPD detective. Andre Braugher plays Captain Ray Holt, the 99th Precinct’s new commanding officer.
“It’s exciting to see that both critics and fans love Brooklyn Nine-Nine as much as we do,” said Fox entertainment chairman Reilly. “With Andy and Andre out in front of this incredible ensemble, it feels like this show is going to be around for a long time.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine premiered September 17 and drew 6.17 million. Although it has struggled in the ratings since then — the most recent episode on October 15 drew only 3.43 million viewers — the series has been received positively by critics. It was also the best-reviewed new fall comedy, and had Fox’s full support.
The order should come as a relief to Andre Braugher, whose previous series, Last Resort, was canceled after 13 episodes last November. Although it was one of the best-reviewed new fall shows when it premiered last September, Last Resort aired Thursdays at 8 pm — the same time as The Big Bang Theory. ABC retained the option revive the series for the 2013-2014 season, but the revival never came.
As for Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is the Saturday Night Live alum’s second lead role. The 35-year-old stars as Dale “Cuckoo” Ashbrick in the BBC Three series Cuckoo. The first season premiered on September 25, 2012, and the finale aired on October 30. Co-star Tyger Drew-Honey said there would be a second season, but it looked unlikely because of Samberg’s schedule. The BBC said in August that they were still looking to go forward with a second season to air in 2014. It was announced earlier this month that an American remake would be made.
Samberg, who left SNL last year after seven years, had some advice for the sketch comedy’s newest cast members.
“Trust your instincts,” he said. “When we came in [as The Lonely Island], the thing that we did didn’t really seem like it would even necessarily fit into the show. But then we just did it anyway, because they encouraged us to do what we do, and it became a part of the show.”
Andy Samberg also urged the new cast members to put their own spin on things instead of trying to recreate what has been done in the past.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs Tuesday at 8:30 pm on Fox. The Super Bowl is scheduled for February 2, 2014.