TCA 2018: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ to Keep Tackling Topical Issues on NBC

The stars of Brooklyn Nine-Nine joined their Executive Producer, Dan Goor, on the final day of this year’s TCA Summer Press Tour to celebrate the surprise pick-up from the generous powers that be at NBC. And while the showrunner assured reporters that “there are no substantive changes in terms of our approach to the show or anything else,” due to the move between networks, he also clarified, “I won’t say [it’s] the same show. I think it’s going to be even better this year.”

Holt’s happy about this development, promise.

One of the ways the series plans to be even better, and to prove it hasn’t run its course, is to tackle other important issues such as the #MeToo movement. Brooklyn Nine-Nine had great success with episodes like “Moo Moo,” dealing with racism and police brutality through Terry Jeffords’ eyes, and “Game Night,” their 100th episode with handled Rosa’s sexuality and coming out. With so many actors coming out with their own stories of sexual harassment, including Terry Crews, the writers’ room is making plans to incorporate a similar plot line onscreen.

“They’re really hard to do, but we’ve been very happy with the way they’ve turned out,” Goor explained when it comes to those types of episodes. “Our challenge is always to make them still feel really true to the show, feel funny, but at the same time give weight to the issue and to really explore it in a fair way.” While he couldn’t promise it would come to fruition, he claimed, “We’re really interested in trying to do a MeToo storyline. It’s something we’re actively talking about in the writers’ room.” Actor Andy Samberg backed him up, saying the show only does those stories once they find “the right take,” which takes time and effort.

In that vein, Terry Crews credited Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘s creative working environment for partially helping him come forward with his personal story and part of what he called #MeToo’s “summer of freedom.” “We can now tell our truth,” Crews said. “I felt secure enough that I could tell my truth and still go to work.” And when it comes to all the women who have shared their struggles and paved the way for him to do the same, he was more than grateful. “This is just the beginning. This is going to be a new day, and now the town will be safer for my wife, for my son, and for my daughter,” the actor promised.

But, of course, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is not just a vehicle for important messages – it’s one of the best comedies around. Goor was confident the show would not only keep its humor on NBC, but also its fan-favorite Halloween Heist episodes. “They’re some of our favorite episodes to watch,” the EP laughed. “They’re some of the hardest ones also to write, because of the twists and turns. But I think we have a good idea how to do it.” He even asked the audience who should win this year, and I personally think it’s time for Scully and Hitchcock to take the win.

With An Accent had the chance to ask Melissa Fumero about any special episodes she might like to do, and floated the idea of a The Good Place crossover now that the two Schur shows are on the same network. When asked which performer she’d like to see Amy interact with, she responded Michael. “Just because I love Ted Danson so much. Just because I would nerd out and fangirl out… But the whole cast is amazing.” Hopefully there’ll be a chance to see that firecracker team-up one day! Dream sequence anyone?