Dozens of shows were canceled this spring as the broadcast networks set their schedules for next season. And while several of them looked for new homes, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was one of the only shows to actually find one—NBC rescued the comedy just one day later.
“I don’t know if it was a slow news day, but the story of our show getting canceled and then getting resurrected really struck some kind of nerve,” star Andy Samberg said today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in L.A. “It certainly has been a feel-good story for us.”
While Brooklyn Nine-Nine fans have always been “passionate,” Samberg said, the cancellation and resurrection “gave this show a story” and put it into the zeitgeist, where even nonfans know it as the show that was saved by NBC. “We’ll take it.”
Terry Crews said he and co-star Andre Braugher heard Fox had canceled the series just minutes before they taped an appearance on ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid game show. “If you watch the episode, it’s the fakest smile I’ve ever had,” Crews said.
After Brooklyn was rescued by NBC for Season 6, Crews said, “it’s like you were on life support and you wake up and you were totally fine. You’re better than you already were. It was amazing.”
Executive producer Dan Goor said the show won’t change direction at its new network (NBCUniversal’s in-house studio produces the show). NBC’s mandate to the writers has been for them to keep doing what they were doing for five seasons on Fox.
There are “no substantive changes in terms of our approach to the show or anything else,” Goor said. “We’re the same, and better.”
In some ways, there is more of a spotlight on the show given its new home then there has been for a few seasons. “I told my wife when we got picked up, weirdly, it feels like more pressure than ever before,” Goor said.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is scheduled for midseason with no set premiere date, but that won’t keep the show from doing episodes that revolve around holidays, especially its annual Halloween Heist episode, in which the entire precinct competes to determine who is the “ultimate human/genius.”
“We have a very good idea for how to do the Halloween Heist, and we’re going to continue doing it,” Goor said.
When NBC picked up the show in May, NBC Entertainment president Robert Greenblatt told reporters he doesn’t necessary think of this as its final season, and neither does Goor. “We just put our head down and do the best show we can do,” Goor said. “NBC didn’t feel like we’ve run our course; I don’t feel like we’ve run our course.”