Nine-nine! Everyone's favorite cop-based sitcom, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, has now been officially renewed for an eighth season which will air sometime in 2021. The news came courtesy of social media, with the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Twitter account calling on the famously deadpan emotions of Captain Raymond Holt to make the announcement.
"*Capt. Holt voice* We're in a state of total euphoria."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is police procedural sitcom created by Dan Goor and Michael Schur. The series revolves around Jake Peralta, an immature but talented NYPD detective in Brooklyn's fictional 99th Precinct, who often comes into conflict with his new commanding officer, the serious and stern Captain Raymond Holt. Since its beginning back in 2013, the critical response to Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been overwhelmingly positive, with the show going on to win several awards over the years including two Creative Arts Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy.
The fantastic ensemble cast features Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Andre Braugher as Captain Raymond Holt, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully.
Over the last few months, the cast have addressed the difficult position of being a comedy cop show in modern America, with Samberg revealing that he and the rest of the cast of the show are now trying to find a way to craft the new season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine amid the current political climate. "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. I know that we'll figure it out, but it's definitely a challenge, so we'll see how it goes."
In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Terry Crews revealed that they have had to scrap four episodes that had already been written, with the actor saying, "[Producer Dan Goor] had four [new] 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."
Crews continued, saying that they are going to have to work out how to address topics such as institutional racism in the show, and stressed the importance of doing so. "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 ground-breaking this year. We have an opportunity here, and we plan to use it in the best way possible."
Currently it is unknown how exactly the writers and cast plan to address these ongoing issues, but at least we now know that we only have to wait a year to find out. This news comes to us courtesy of the official Brooklyn Nine-Nine Twitter account.