The actor discusses finding balance between addressing ongoing issues and making sure they don’t lose viewers
Andy Samberg says that his hit television show Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be addressing current issues with the world.
Samberg added that while they will be addressing serious matters, they can’t be expected to solve them. The Saturday Night Live alum also said that they will have to address these while maintaining their comedic roots. The show will not be shying away from discussing the topics worth discussing.
The actor plays detective Jake Peralta in the cop-based sitcom and he believed that they always presented the police force in an authentic manner, but this time, they are forced to step back and take an introspective look at themselves. He said it’s going to be challenging to address ongoing problems while also avoiding “punishing viewers who like our show and care about our characters.”
The Black Lives Matter movement
Following George Floyd’s death and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests, the show is faced with a difficult position with having a story about cops caught in funny situations while the real world is addressing police brutality. Samberg said that everyone is trying to figure out how they can accommodate the show to suit the current political climate. He said that the writers and cast are all in touch, and trying to make a shoe that feels morally right.
What Terry Crews and Andre Braugher had to say
Samberg’s co-stars Terry Crews, who plays Terry Jeffords, and Andre Braugher, who plays Captain Raymond Holt also spoke about the new approach to season 8. They said that the first four episodes they had written were scrapped and will have to discuss further. Braugher also shared that this is a chance to tell stories that usually get told in grittier shows.
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Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 will air sometime in 2021.
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