Brooklyn Nine-Nine To End With Eighth Season

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Fan favourite and Golden Globe winning cop show Brooklyn Nine-Nine is coming to an end.

Yes it’s for certain this time. The fan outpouring of grief saved it back in 2018 when Fox cancelled the series after five seasons. (Well, maybe, or NBC were already there ready and waiting for Fox to drop it into their hands).

The NBC incarnation has aired two seasons, both shorter than the Fox runs, at just 18 and 13 episodes respectively. Now NBC has said that the final season will be just 10 episodes, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Season eight won’t be on air until late in the 2021/22 season either, as NBC had already set its Spring agenda, and airtime is going to be pretty crowded over the summer with the Olympics and Paralympics (pandemic permitting).

The show has been delayed, sources say, in order to give it more prominence for its final season and to ensure it gets a fitting send-off. It will also allow the season to be promoted during the Olympics coverage.

The season was put on hold last year following the death of George Floyd. The writers had been developing storylines incorporating how the pandemic impacts first-responders, but star Terry Crews (Sgt. Terry Jeffords) reported last June that the first four scripts were binned after the Black Lives Matter protests following Floyd’s murder.

Crews told Access Daily, “We’ve had a lot of sombre talks about it and deep conversations, and we hope through this, we’re going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year.” He continued, “We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible.”

Co-star Andy Samberg (Detective Jake Peralta) told People last July: “The writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward. [Everyone] is discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally OK about. I know we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge.”

Michael Schur and Dan Goor’s creation captured fans worldwide with its character-driven storylines. As with their previous offering, Parks & Recreation, the characters are all well fleshed out and impossible to dislike, no matter how flawed or silly or po-faced or vain. The characters, even those who are rivals or antagonists, are never gratuitously unpleasant.

The series has been genuinely funny and charming, and the excellent cast has played a good part in that. The writers have to be commended for consistently writing to character, and it will be a pleasure, albeit a wistful one, to see how they bring the much loved series to a close.

Carolyn Hucker