Brooklyn Nine-Nine will officially return to screens in 2021.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 premiere is postponed until 2021. Since switching from Fox to NBC at the beginning of season 6, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a constant staple in the company’s comedy department.
This was supposed to be the first time the show screened in the fall at NBC, giving the program shorter seasons starting in the winter for the past two years. However, it struggled to defeat COVID-19 and failed to meet its filming goal.
In light of this, the show’s creator Dan Goor told The Hollywood Reporter the writers do not want the series to ignore the impact on frontline workers.
I don’t think anybody wants us to, nor do we want to, have our characters toiling away in the depths of the pandemic. But the question is how they have been affected by the virus and the pandemic as New York City residents and as first responders in New York City. How do we keep the show funny? How do we do that while still making them of this world and of their world? It’s challenging.
Meanwhile, TVLine confirms Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 will be delayed till mid-season, with an unspecified return date in 2021.
The news coincided with the introduction of the NBC fall season, which does not include a significant number of scripted shows due to development delays induced by the coronavirus pandemic. Some prominent shows that are being moved to 2021 include Manifest and New Amsterdam.
The premiere postponement is frustrating, but it provides the show enough time to tackle another American crisis: racism. Due to the ongoing Black Lives Matter campaign, some episodes have already been scrapped.
Writers of the show are still discussing how to create a program about the police that is amusing without endorsing an organization embedded in trends of institutional discrimination. Even the series lead Andre Braugher intends to keep a watchful eye on his show.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 7 drew to a close in April, with a number of viewers anxious about the partly completed scripted of season 8 heading to NBC (and possibly Netflix for UK audiences).
However, in the last few months, the show’s writing team is compelled to reshape the upcoming season, with the current COVID-19 pandemic impacting development and the surge of Black Lives Matter demonstrations in response to George Floyd’s murder, putting into doubt the representation of law enforcement onscreen.
Several members of the cast talked about the eight season adapting to real-world affairs, with Andy Samberg suggesting the show’s creators are “rethinking how we’re going to go on” and Chelsea Peretti advocating Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 defunding the cops.
The first four drafts were reportedly already discarded, and Samberg confirmed to People the whole team was still in talks on the process to create a police satire show right now, and whether they can find a way to do it in a manner all of us can feel morally good with.
Terry Crews told Access:
Right now, we don’t know which direction we’re going to go in, but we do know that we’ve had a lot of somber talks, we’ve had a lot of very, very deep conversations, and through this, we hope to bring something that could really, really truly be groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity here and we plan to use it in the best, best way possible.