Much loved cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Andre Braugher along with a stellar cast, has recently been affected by the Black Lives Matter Movement. NBC decided to scrap future episodes that were intended to air. This meant the sitcom is rethinking how they represent the police force. Season 8 is set to focus on recent events that have occurred, but the cast have also had their say on the direction B99 should take. Andre Braugher recently spoke to Variety on his hopes for upcoming episodes…
The actor wants the show to focus on policing through a whole new lens, as the comedy can use it’s voice to spotlight serious issues within the force. A nationwide conversation has began following the event of George Floyd’s murder. Because of this, people are calling for shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine to stop shining a light on ‘heroic cops’.
Andre Braugher told Variety this:
“I look up after all these decades of playing these characters, and I say to myself, it’s been so pervasive that I’ve been inside this storytelling, and I, too, have fallen prey to the mythology that’s been built up. It’s almost like the air you breathe or the water that you swim in. It’s hard to see. But because there are so many cop shows on television, that’s where the public gets its information about the state of policing. Cops breaking the law to quote, ‘defend the law,’ is a real terrible slippery slope. It has given license to the breaking of law everywhere, justified it and excused it. That’s something that we’re going to have to collectively address — all cop shows”.
Braugher continued to suggest that silence around police misconduct has happened for way too long, and TV shows and films now need to include it within their narrative. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has to commit itself, as a comedy, to telling the story of how these things happen, and what’s possible to deal with them. I don’t have any easy answers, nor do I have a window into the mind bank of this writing staff. Can you tell the same story? Can anyone in America maintain any kind of innocence about what police departments are capable of?”. For the actor, it is essential the show addresses the subject, with future episodes focusing on the current shift occurring.
Andre Braugher also spoke to Variety about being given the role of Captain Holt in Brooklyn Nine-Nine…
He recalls starting seven years ago for season 1. “Everything’s new. I’d never done it before. Am I any good? I remember turning to my wife and asking her, ‘Is this funny?’ And she said, ‘Yes, of course, you’re not being deceived.’ But I kept looking at it, saying to myself, is this good? I couldn’t really judge. Holt is a really, really wonderful character, but I think in anybody else’s hands, it might have been something foolish, something silly”. We can’t believe he ever doubted himself, Captain Holt is one of the best characters of any show. And we are are looking forward to how Brooklyn Nine-Nine approaches the Black Lives Matter Movement in the future.