“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is rebooting Season 8.
Star Terry Crews revealed that the Fox comedy will scrap the first four planned episode scripts and start again to reflect the changed social landscape amid protests over racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd.
The reboot decision came following a “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast Zoom call with show runner Dan Goor.
“We talked about what’s happening in this country and we talked about the shift of consciousness going on,” Crews, 51, told “Access Hollywood” Tuesday. “They had four episodes all ready to go, and they just threw them in the trash. It’s like, ‘We have to start over.’ “
“We’ve had a lot of somber talks and very deep conversations,” Crews added. “Through this we hope to bring something that will be truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible.”
Crews admitted its too early to know exactly how that opportunity will be capitalized upon once production resumes on the comedy centered around a fictional Brooklyn police precinct.
“Right now we don’t know which direction we’re going to go in,” Crews said, adding it was incumbent on the diverse cast and crew to “unite, get together and understand what this is and that we have to battle this together.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” show representatives did not respond immediately to an email request from USA TODAY for comment on the Season 8 changes.
Crews also talked about his own harrowing experiences growing up as a Black man dealing with police. Before he was a recognizable movie star, Crews says police perceived him as a “threat” even when he was walking in the mall.
“I’ve had guns pointed at me by police officers in LA. This was before I was famous. But the thing is, they had the wrong guy,” Crews said. “It’s something that every Black man has been through.”
After the shocking video of a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck until he died, the world suddenly started to understand, said Crews. “What is going on right now is Black America’s #MeToo movement. We always knew this was happening, but now white people are understanding.”
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