Brooklyn Nine-Nine will air a story about police brutality in season 8. After supposedly getting rid of at least four episodes of its next season due to national protests from Black Lives Matter on police brutality and racial inequality that were triggered by the death of George Floyd in May, the police comedy of NBC is making an effort to address the ways the world has changed since the end of season 7.
In a new profile of Variety by Andre Braugher, the co-creator of the series Dan Goor confirmed that the show's writers are creating a plot about police brutality that they are trying to ensure is "complete". It is not yet clear how the story will unfold, but Goor said: "We want to make sure we get it right."
Braugher agreed that it was important for the show to resolve this. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine has to commit, as a comedy, to telling the story of how these things happen and what is possible to deal with," he said. "I don't have easy answers, nor do I have a window on the mental bank of this team of writers."
The program previously addressed the racial profile of the police in the episode of the 4th season “Moo Moo”, in which Terry (Terry Crews) is stopped and almost arrested outside his home by a white police officer. In the episode, the character of Braugher, the captain Ray Holt, encouraged Terry not to file a police report, which Braugher said made him wonder how Holt will respond to the new situation. "It could mean that Holt is a staunch supporter of the NYPD, or that he tries to burn everything," he said. "I'm looking forward to seeing what this is about, and I have no idea what Brooklyn Nine-Nine's 8th season will be like, because everything has changed."
"It could be a really innovative season that we will all be very, very proud of, or we will fall flat on our faces," continued Braugher. “But I think that this is a team, a cast and a team that is willing to take on and do our best. I think we have a very good chance of telling the types of stories that have so far only been seen in more courageous programs. "
NBC has yet to reveal the season 8 premiere date for Brooklyn Nine-Nine.