NBC continues police comedy after Fox cancellation
Thanks in large part to an outcry by fans, some very famous, the 99th Precinct remains open for business.
After five seasons on Fox, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” moves to NBC (which passed on the show in the beginning) as new episodes of the police sitcom begin Thursday, Jan. 10. The original cast returns, with Andy Samberg and Melissa Fumero developing the married life of their characters Jake and Amy. Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller also are back.
“The mandate from NBC all along has been, ‘We know this show. We love this show. That’s why we picked up this show. Please keep making the same show,’” says executive producer Dan Goor. “I don’t want to say it’s the same show. I think it’s going to be even better this year.”
Crews recalls being in New York when news of the NBC pickup broke: “It was really late at night. I had to pee. And I got up, and I went back to the bed and my phone was glowing. You’re like, ‘Oh, man. Not more bad news.’ And I pick up the phone, and the pickup was just all over it. It had been going for, like, two hours … and I was just like, ‘Oh, my God.’ It’s almost like you were on life support, and you wake up and you’re actually totally fine. In fact, you’re better than you were.”
A Golden Globe Award winner for the first season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” Samberg notes that “really small, detail-oriented storylines about their finances” are among the Jake-and-Amy aspects he looks forward to showing now. “They’ll maintain pretty much the same dynamic, but it will be fun to see it explored through the lens of marriage, for sure.”
“The day that they combine their bank accounts is going to be a big day for them,” adds Fumero. “It’s going to be little stories like that, I think, that will be really fun to explore.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Hamill and Seth Meyers were among celebrities who lobbied for the rescue of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” While their schedules might not allow for guest shots, Fumero attests the show has traded on that in the past: ”We basically ran to Dan and we were like, ‘Jimmy Smits loves the show! We gotta get him on the show!’” (And they did, as Amy’s retired-cop father.)
Goor vows that in its second life, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has fresh stories to tell. “We don’t feel like we’ve run our course,” he says, “and the only way to answer that perception is to put out a product that clearly demonstrates that it has not run its course.”