Brooklyn Nine-Nine is set to end after its eighth season which is going to premiere later this year. NBC has ordered 10 episodes of the police comedy which features Andy Samberg.
The show will not air as part of the Peacock Network’s midseason programming. It will not appear later in the summer as well. The delay in broadcasting the show can help them to properly put together its final slate. This will also help their potential promotional opportunities with the Olympics on the horizon.
The show will face a creative challenge as fans lookout for how the series will be written after a year that was marked by unrest related to racial inequality and police brutality after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Andy, who is the star and the executive producer of the show revealed that the writers were all thinking about how they are going to move forward. They are thinking about how will they make a comedy show about police at the moment amid the social change.
Andy Samberg who plays one of the main leads in the show has opened up about the same. He has promised that the show’s characters will examine their roles in the world. The actor also revealed that the show will address systemic racism and police brutality in its upcoming season.
During an interview with USA Today, he explained how the primary purpose of the show is and always has been to get their audiences to laugh. However, he added since it’s a cop comedy, they have to “lie on the bed they make”.
“We’ve certainly never acted as if all police are innocent outside of our squad”
The actor revealed the challenge of being honest about what is happening in the world and not shying away from serious problems. He said, “The challenge is going to be being honest about what is going on in the world and not shying away from the fact that there are serious problems and also not punishing viewers who like our show and care about our characters.”
The former SNL star shared that the characters would need to examine their roles in the world. He said they would have to forcefully look into the mirror and see who they are complicit with. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has previously discussing police misconduct on the show.
“We’ve certainly never acted as if all police are innocent outside of our squad. In fact, I think we have a ton of episodes that are specifically about how there’s a lot of corruption and breaking protocol,” he contended.
“And if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally OK about?” Samberg said. “I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge.” Terry Crews revealed last June that four scripts have been discarded for the upcoming season.
He shared that they have had a lot of somber talks about it and deep conversations. The actor said they hope to make something that will be groundbreaking. He said, “We’ve had a lot of somber talks about it and deep conversations, and we hope through this, we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year.”
“I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world”
Terry shared that they have the opportunity and they plan to use it in the best way possible. NBC had picked up the show for its past three seasons after it was canceled by Fox in 2018. Dan Goor, the series co-creator told THR that he is thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing them to give the characters and their fans the ending they deserve.
He added how lucky he feels that they have had the best fans in the world. The co-creator said, “I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve … I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world. Fans who literally saved us from cancellation.”
He further shared how ending the show was a difficult decision but they felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story, and their viewers.
Back in the fourth season of the show featured a storyline where Terry Crews’ character is racially profiled by a white police officer. However, most scenes of police misconduct have been shown for laughs. Andy shared how he expects the show to be a positive influence moving forward. Although he was careful to state that the half-hour comedy could not be expected to make a change in the culture of policing.
“I think it’s important for us and for anyone watching our show to keep in mind if we’re looking for a half-hour comedy show to be the ones to solve this problem, we’re in trouble,” he said. The actor shared how their job is to point out the stuff that isn’t getting done in the right way and spreading the word.