Detectives set to dig a little deeper
who came out as bisexual. The sixth season, which debuted Thursday, will further expand upon that story.
“She came out to her family and wasn’t fully accepted by them, and I think that’s really, really difficult, and she’s also taken the very vulnerable step of sharing that with her entire group of friends,” Beatriz points out. “She’s not used to letting anybody in, yet now, over the course of five seasons she’s grown to a place where now it’s valuable to let people in. … You will see Rosa’s personal life literally and figuratively come into the office a little bit more.”
In addition to Rosa, the show will feature character-centric episodes for Gina (Chelsea Peretti), who will leave her position as Holt’s (Andre Braugher) assistant when the actress leaves the show midseason, as well as Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), through a flashback-heavy origin story that explores how the duo became the cops they are today.
The show will spend more time with the families of Holt, Terry (Terry Crews) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) too. “You’re going to be surprised by the family dynamic with Terry Jeffords,” Crews says. “It makes it really, really human and fresh and cool, and it reminded me a lot of the ‘Tiny Terry loves his pickles’ thing when you didn’t know he was literally being harassed by a family member.”
Adds Braugher, “I think (Holt’s) biggest challenge this year is really dealing with his family — that’s embracing the relationships as they are, embracing his place and status in the world, dealing with his mortality, his legacy, his history. It’s really a question of living within constraints in terms of wanting what you have, as opposed to having what you want. I think Captain Holt is settling down.”
Blending the professional and the personal a bit more, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) got married at the end of Season 5. Goor admits that although “the stakes are higher because they’re married,” the show will not be “artificially putting their relationship in harm’s way.”
Amy’s life will further be complicated by a #MeToo storyline, though, as well as a slightly new position within the precinct.
Given how the character of Boyle began on “Brooklyn NineNine,” romantically fixated on Rosa and always physically affectionate, it may have seemed like his character would have been the perfect fodder for a #MeToo story instead. But his character was shown the error of his ways much earlier on in the show’s run, and well ahead of the movement going viral.
“Boyle has had quite an arc, and it’s always been funny, but on a more serious note, just in the current climate,” Truglio says,
“it’s been nice to see Boyle … establish a great, close friendship with a dear colleague … after communication and understanding and saying, ‘This is wrong. I feel this way.’ ”
For Boyle, Truglio thinks it has been important because there could have been a struggle to make him likable after he was a guy who didn’t hear “no” for such a long time, but he evolved into someone who still has “unmitigated admiration” of people but is more aware of how he makes others feel.
The majority of the crew of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” stayed with the show in its network move, so the continuity and consistency behind the scenes is also “more of the same,” according to the actors. But one thing the team behind the show says does feel different is that there is a renewed excitement for the project.
“The show has gained confidence because we have a home. Everybody wants to be wanted. So in that way, I think we’ve gone into these (new) episodes with a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of strength, a lot of energy,” Braugher says.
Terry Crews, from left, Melissa Fumero, Andy Samberg and Stephanie Beatriz are returning to “Brooklyn NineNine,” which was picked up by NBC after Fox dropped the show. The sixth season debuted Thursday.