Spring always brings its fair share of bad news for TV fans as networks large and small must make the difficult decisions about which shows to cancel and which shows to renew. Sadly, May 10 will go down as a dark day for fans of Fox's live-action comedies. The network has officially cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, as well as The Last Man on Earth and The Mick. Let's take a moment of silence in honor of these sitcoms.
Of these three shows, The Mick is the only big surprise. Both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth were on our list of shows in danger of getting cancelled by the end of the 2017-2018 TV season, and the Kaitlin Olson-starring Mick seemed good to go for at least one more season. That said, even knowing that Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Last Man on Earth could be heading for the chopping block doesn't make the official cancellations (as reported by Variety) any easier.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine actually had a big year. The show hit its milestone 100th episode, although the big celebration rather appropriately came with Episode 99. The feel-good comedy with the stellar cast continued to grow, with story developments like Rosa coming out, Amy advancing in the precinct, Jake and Amy preparing to marry, literally anything involving the hysterical Andre Braugher as Captain Holt... An episode with Sterling K. Brown even seemed like it could be a contender in the Emmy race. Fans who have been hoping against hope that there were enough positive factors for Brooklyn Nine-Nine to stay on the airwaves will undoubtedly be bummed at the news. The only upside to the cancellation is that there are still episodes left before the season -- and now series -- finale on May 20.
The same can't be said for the other two shows that got the axe by Fox. The Last Man on Earth aired its fourth season finale back on May 6, so fans won't get to say goodbye to the show with any new episodes. The Last Man on Earth starred Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen, and Cleopatra Coleman. This show's cancellation is especially unfortunate given that its Season 4 finale ended on a cliffhanger. Viewers can only hope that the cliffhanger is resolved somehow, whether via another medium, on another platform, or by something as simple as an interview with somebody from the show who will spill the beans on what would have happened.
The final episode of The Mick has also already aired. Season 2 ended on a quite literally explosive cliffhanger that had the potential to take the show in some exciting new directions in Season 3, but that will now never happen. The show, which started out quite promisingly for Fox, apparently didn't deliver what the network was looking for in its second season. All things considered, this was a very bad day for fans of Fox's comedy lineup. With the upcoming end of New Girl and the likely cancellation of Ghosted, there won't be a lot of returning comedies left for Fox in the 2018-2019 TV season.