Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back and it isn't taking its foot off the gas. While the former Fox comedy has always been a critical favorite, the show has received more critical acclaim than ever following moves into more socially charged episodes, like the "Moo Moo" episode that tackled police profiling and Rosa's (Stephanie Beatriz) heartfelt coming-out storyline.
The show was canceled at Fox even after these heralded episodes, but was rescued by NBC at the last minute and will air on that network in 2019. Executive producer Dan Goor told journalists at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the show plans to continue exploring tough topics through the show's unique comedic lens.
"One of the things that we've been doing over the past couple seasons is more topical issue oriented episodes. They are really, really, really hard to do but we've been very happy with them. Our challenge has always been to make them true to the show and feel funny... We definitely intend to keep doing that," he said.
Specifically, Goor and his team are examining the #MeToo movement and what Brooklyn Nine-Nine can bring to that global conversation.
"I don't want to say we're going to do it because unless we can actually figure it out, I don't want to make a promise," he said. "We are very interested in doing a #MeToo storyline. It's something that we are actively talking about in the writers room."
The show already has a direct connection to the movement. Cast member Terry Crews has been very vocal as a fellow victim of sexual harassment, empowering both men and women who have been harassed to speak up. Crews thanked his Brooklyn Nine-Nine family during the same panel for giving him the courage to take his own experience public.
"I like to call it, for me and a lot of people out there, the summer of freedom. We can now tell our story. It's funny, these are lessons that I learned while doing this show," Crews said. "One thing that influenced me was being here and feeling safe, having friends and family on this show and feeling secure enough to tell my truth and still go to work. It made a difference. I thank each and every person that is standing up here right now because they gave me the strength to do that along with all the women that came forward in the #MeToo movement, who I got a ton of my strength from."
Crews is looking forward to a Hollywood where these stories are no longer as prevalent and he thinks the #MeToo movement has really pushed the conversation further in that direction.
"It's actually funny because I was actually talking about this stuff with the cast members the day before we went public — I went public — with my tweets," he shared. "I'm always supportive and I've always been supported. I think for real this is just the beginning... Now the town will be safer for my wife, for my son and my daughter."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns at mid-season on NBC.