“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg is crediting some high-profile supporters with helping the show get picked up by NBC after it was canceled by Fox. But NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt hinted that NBC was already more than prepared to pounce on the show.
E! News reports that a string of celebrities including Mark Hamill, Sean Astin and Lin-Manuel Miranda voiced support for the show when Fox pulled the plug after five seasons. NBC was quick to snap it up with an order for a 13-episode sixth season.
Samberg quipped that he is ready to reward his celebrity supporters with guest spots on the series. “I would expect all of them to be on the show,” he said at Monday’s NBCUniversal upfront presentation.
But Greenblatt offered his own insights into how the show, which is a Universal Television production, wound up at NBC.
“If I knew Andy Samberg was going to be cast on that show we probably never would’ve sold it to Fox,” Greenblatt said. “We thought it was a missed opportunity since the beginning.”
Greenblatt added: “We jumped on it really quickly and we’re thrilled to have it. We think it fits into our brand of comedies better, in a way, than it ever did on [Fox].”