De­tec­tives set to dig a lit­tle deeper

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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.

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