Brooklyn Nine-Nine wrapped up its seventh season in April 2020. Going forward, fans of Brooklyn Nine-Nine have been adamant for the show to change amid the Black Lives Matter protests against police brutality. In a recent interview, actor Andy Samberg gave an update on the status of the NBC show.
Writing began for Season 8 in quarantine
On April 20, Dan Goor announced on Twitter that writers began meeting for Season 8 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine remotely.
“I’m happy to announce that the #Brooklyn99 season 8 writers room started (remotely) today. The fact that the show has endured for this long is a testament to our amazing actors, crew, and writers, and to our fans, who are the best in the world. Thank you! Stay safe! Nine-Nine!” Goor tweeted.
The show has been criticized
Brooklyn Nine-Nine takes place in a fictionalized version of a New York Police Department precinct called the 99th precinct. The show is a workplace comedy that mainly focuses on the personal lives of the NYPD detectives with the precinct as the backdrop.
Since protests against police brutality have broken out across the country in an effort to end systemic racism in the U.S., Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been criticized for glorifying unconstitutional police work.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine is fun, but its silliness doesn’t change the way it prioritizes police perspectives over anyone else’s. If anything, the show’s lightness makes it an even more effective way to generate empathy for the police, who come across as sweet, thoughtful people just trying their best. It sanitizes the police,” Vulture criticized.
How ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ will move forward
Since protests broke out, the cast and Goor donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network to support protesters. Cast member Stephanie Beatriz also urged actors who play police officers on TV to donate to emergency funds to support protesters and she donated $11,000.
“I’m an actor who plays a detective on tv. If you currently play a cop? If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop? I’ll let you do the math. (Thanks @GriffLightning for leading the way),” she tweeted with a screenshot of her donation.
In an interview with People, Samberg revealed what the cast thinks of the upcoming eighth season.
“We’re taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward, as well as the cast,” Samberg said. “We’re all in touch and kind of discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally okay about.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast member Terry Crews told Access Daily that the show has scrapped four upcoming episodes of the eighth season.
“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. We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible,” he said. “Our show-runner Dan Goor, they had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in.”