Sec­ond chance

af­ter its ini­tial can­cel­la­tion, com­edy se­ries Brook­lyn Nine-Nine finds a new home.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By riCK BeNt­Ley

TERRY Crews had got­ten up in the mid­dle of the night to go to the bath­room. He had gone to bed early be­cause he was de­pressed af­ter hav­ing heard noth­ing about the fate of his Fox com­edy se­ries, Brook­lyn Nine-Nine.

“I got up and I go back to the bed and my phone is glow­ing. It’s like this eerie glow, and you’re like, ‘Oh, man. Not more bad news.’ And I pick up the phone and I’m like, ‘Holy (ex­ple­tive)’,” Crews says.

“I don’t know how to re­ally de­scribe. It felt like you’re alive again. Like, it’s al­most like you were on life sup­port and you wake up and you’re ac­tu­ally to­tally fine. In fact, you’re bet­ter than you were. And it was truly amaz­ing.”

The eerie glow was to tell the ac­tor and for­mer NFL line­backer that af­ter Fox had opted not to pro­duce a fifth sea­son of Brook­lyn

Nine-Nine, the cop com­edy had been given new life by NBC.

Crews would get to con­tinue to play Sgt. Terry Jef­fords, who works in the same precinct as Det. Jake Per­alta (Andy Sam­berg) and the other odd­ball law en­force­ment per­son­nel un­der the com­mand of Capt. Holt (An­dre Braugher).

Chang­ing net­works is noth­ing new in the tele­vi­sion world. Other shows that went from one net­work to an­other in­clude Get Smart, Fam­ily Mat­ters, Scrubs, Buffy, The Vam­pire Slayer, Com­mu­nity, Won­der Woman,

Su­per­girl and Nashville .Tim Allen’s Last Man Stand­ing went from ABC to Fox af­ter a year hia­tus.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Dan Goor prom­ises the only dif­fer­ence fans will no­tice is the show is on a dif­fer­ent net­work. Af­ter NBC opted to keep air­ing the se­ries, Goor was told by net­work ex­ec­u­tives to keep mak­ing the same show.

That makes sense as Brook­lyn

Nine-Nine won the 2014 Golden Globe Awards for Best Tele­vi­sion Se­ries – Com­edy or Mu­si­cal and Best Per­for­mance By An Ac­tor In A Tele­vi­sion Se­ries – Com­edy Or Mu­si­cal (Sam­berg). Emmy win­ner Braugher earned three con­sec­u­tive Emmy Award nom­i­na­tions for Out­stand­ing Sup­port­ing Ac­tor in a Com­edy Se­ries from 2014 to 2016.

The work­ing re­la­tion­ship with NBC has been go­ing well for the cast and crew. Goor de­scribes work­ing with NBC as a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence.

Part of that comes from the his­tory he has with the net­work, hav­ing been a writer for years on Late

Night With Co­nan O’Brien and Last Call With Car­son Daly. He was also a writer and pro­ducer on the net­work hit com­edy Parks And

Recre­ation.

“NBC is a place that Andy and I have been for a tremen­dously long time. And the stu­dio is the same. It’s the same ex­ecs cov­er­ing us the whole time,” Goor says.

“The lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are great. It feels we’re see­ing old faces that we’ve seen, that I’m see­ing peo­ple that I saw when I was work­ing at Co­nan as a writer 15, 10 years ago. So, in that way, I think it’s nice.

“But it’s not like there was a hard­ship by be­ing else­where that has now been rec­ti­fied. It’s just there is so much good­will in gen­eral, and it’s nice to feel we’ve been picked up again or cho­sen again. And so, in that way, I think there’s a re­ally good feel­ing.”

NBC’s de­ci­sion to keep the se­ries go­ing is both a fi­nan­cial and cre­ative gift for the cast. In Crews’ case, that late-night phone call has also meant he gets to re­main in the pub­lic eye where he can con­tinue his work in the bat­tle against sex­ual as­sault. Crews, who ac­cused Hol­ly­wood tal­ent agent Adam Venit of as­sault­ing him at a party in 2016, tes­ti­fied be­fore Congress re­gard­ing the is­sue.

“This is all about free­dom. It’s about be­ing able to tell your story. And one thing that in­flu­enced me was be­ing here and feel­ing safe and hav­ing friends and fam­ily on this show that I felt se­cure enough that I could ac­tu­ally tell my truth and still go to work,” Crews says. “And it made a dif­fer­ence.

“It’s funny, be­cause I was ac­tu­ally talk­ing about this stuff with the cast mem­bers the day be­fore I went pub­lic with my tweets. And, again, I was al­ways sup­ported. I’ve al­ways been sup­ported.

“This is just the be­gin­ning. And I feel like this is go­ing to be a new day. And now the town will be safer for my wife, for my son and for my daugh­ter.” – Tri­bune News Ser­vice

Sea­son Six of Brook­lyn Nine-Nine airs ev­ery fri­day at 8pm on Diva (astro Ch 702).

— Hand­out

The cast of Brook­lyn Nine-Nine – which in­cludes (from left) Crews, Fumero, sam­berg and Beatriz – is happy to be back for an­other sea­son.

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