Before the seventh season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine ever even hit the air, they had already gotten picked up for a season 8. Going into the pandemic (with shooting obviously pushed back a bit due to circumstances) they also apparently had some scripts written as well. But according to Terry Crews in a recent interview with Access Daily, those scripts have been tossed.
“We had an all-cast Zoom [call] where we all got together and just talked about what was happening in this country and how the shift of consciousness is going on. And our showrunner, Dan Goor, they had, like four episodes all ready to go [and] they just threw them in the trash. They’re like, ‘We gotta start over.’ And right now we don’t know which direction we’re going to go in, but we do know we’ve had a lot of somber talks and very deep conversations. Through this we hope to bring something that will be truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity here and we plan to use it in the best, best way possible.”
In his interview, Crews also discusses the conversation he had to have with his 14 year old son as a result of what’s going on, in addition to how he often would feel targeted before he was famous.
Earlier this month, Goor announced that the cast and crew of Brooklyn 99 made a donation of $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network in support of those who were protesting the death of George Floyd. Additionally, he also previously made a comment to The Washington Post back in 2017 about the difficulty of how they portray their characters in this day and age.
“The difficulty was that our guys are cops, and we portray the cops as good guys, and so it’s very difficult. I didn’t want to compromise our cops, and I also felt like something such as stop-and-frisking or racial profiling wasn’t in the character of our cops. So then it became a question of who’s it happening to, and how is it happening?”
During this time where shows about police forces are being cancelled and viewed through a very clear lens, we hope that Brooklyn Nine-Nine can rise to the occasion and properly address what we are all going through as a nation. While they have done episodes previously that dealt with a more serious tone (such as when Crews’ character was targeted in his own neighborhood), it will be interesting to see how the current climate is reflected in the series.