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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Trashed 4 Episodes After George Floyd’s Death

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Pretty much every TV show is struggling to adjust to the new reality of the world in 2020, but few series are under as much pressure as Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the long-running comedy series about a group of New York City cops starring Andy Samberg. After the death of George Floyd and massive protests against police brutality, people might just not want to watch funny police hijinks right now, no matter how much they previously liked the show, its creators, or its stars.

In the immediate aftermath of Floyd’s death, the cast and creators of Brooklyn Nine-Nine collectively donated $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network, which was a welcome gesture. Now the team is looking to next season, which presents a major challenge. Series star Terry Crews told Access Hollywood that the show already discarded four episodes it had planned for next year because they didn’t work in light of the events of recent weeks.

As he put it:

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. 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.

Productions everywhere are delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which adds another complicated layer to shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine. How much of reality do you acknowledge? And if you do acknowledge it, how do you make it funny? There’s not a lot to laugh about right now. We’ll see what they come up with when the show (hopefully) returns to NBC in late 2020.

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‘Brooklyn 99’ Cast And Showrunner Donate To National Bail Fund

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The cast of NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, along with its showrunner Dan Goor, have collectively pooled $100,000 for the National Bail Fund Network. Actors Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Andre Braugher, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller are among those who contributed to the cause. Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows NYPD detective Jake Peralta (Samberg), who works in Brooklyn's fictional 99th Precinct. The show was co-created by Goor and Michael Schur, both of which had collaborated previously on Parks & Recreation.

Along with their donation, the cast of the police procedural comedy took to social media to share their thoughts on the protests surrounding the unjust death of George Floyd. In his Twitter post, Goor stated that he and the cast “support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally”:

According to the organization’s official website, “The National Bail Fund Network is made up of over sixty community bail and bond funds across the country. We regularly update this listing of community bail funds that are freeing people by paying bail/bond and are also fighting to abolish the money bail system and pretrial detention.”

While Brooklyn Nine-Nine is oftentimes lighthearted and satirical, it looks like its cast and co-creator are taking this matter seriously. Maybe they’ll even incorporate issues of police brutality in their eighth season, for which they were renewed last November.

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