Fall TV Preview

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Team: 'This Is Not Police Squad!' -- Plus: More SNL Cameos Ahead?

Brooklyn Nine-Nine SpoilersFormer Saturday Night Live funnyman Andy Samberg and Parks and Recreation helmers Mike Schur and Dan Goor have teamed up for Fox’s new cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which is already drawing comparisons to an infamous cop-show parody.

However, Schur explained Thursday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills, “This is not Police Squad! — as big of a fan [of that] as I am. It’s a workplace comedy that happens to be set in a police precinct.”

Brooklyn centers on “the idea that they’re real cops… doing real things,” the EP continued. “That was the goal.”

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Another aspect of the sitcom that differentiates it from other law-enforcement laugh-fests is that Samberg’s leading man is actually “a really good detective.

“The thing that we knew from the very beginning is that he was going to solve a crime in the cold open,” Schur shared. “That was a key component in making this a real place that wasn’t a parody. We wanted make sure that these are very skilled detectives.” (For reference, Samberg joked: “My [character is] like McNulty from The Wire, but instead of drinking problems and philandering, he does stupid gags in the office.”)

Other takeaways from the Brooklyn Nine-Nine panel:

• Expect to see several familiar funny faces from SNL, Parks and more, especially when the officers have to go door-to-door to question people about crimes. (That’s when we see Fred Armisen make a cameo in the pilot.) “We were looking for a comedy set-up to put in the pilot that could be repeated multiple times. Doing door duty… is a real and common aspect of [these detectives’] job, and it seemed like a really good way to grab some funny people that we’re friends with and just have them show up.” He adds: “Every time the door opens, you just never know what kind of weirdo is going to be behind that door.”

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• This series was never intended to revolve around “a case of the week,” Goor noted. “There are a lot of different aspects of being with the police… So, there will be some high-stakes, murdery stories, and there will be more silly stories.”

• There will be life outside the show’s New York precinct. “We hope to grow their world,” Goor teased. “There’s the potential for defense attorneys, prosecutors, perps, criminal informants, and it would be great to have people we could come back to.”

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  1. S. says:

    Sounds like a great show, loved the promo. But I won’t be able to tune is simply because my Tuesdays nights are already full. Move it to another night and I’d give it a shot.

    • Michelle says:

      Sorry if this comes across as snarky, but how is that a reason for not watching in an era when VOD and Hulu exist?

      Pesonally, I’m more excited about this show than any other new comedy launching in the fall! So glad this will be joining New Girl and The Mindy Project on Tuesday nights.

      • S. says:

        Seriously, with my schedule, I rarely have a chance to watch live. I get maybe one day a week to catch up, so the DVR is almost always full, leaving little time for VOD or Hulu for the maybe shows also. And sneaking them in at work is not an option.

  2. JJ says:

    I’m sure it will do well but I won’t be watching. Personally I find Andy Samberg annoying.

  3. FCD says:

    The door duty gag must be an homage to guest stars who would show up for a cameo when Batman and Robin were climbing up walls.

  4. elf says:

    So basically it’s Barney Miller without any subtlety whatsoever?

  5. Keith says:

    The clips I saw were not funny

  6. Weezy says:

    Lol as a kid from a family full of cops, I find it hilarious the way TV portrays the police. Skilled detectives…lol. They wouldn’t solve any crimes without technology and dumb criminals. Yet on TV they somehow find the most obscure evidence/connections like detectives that intelligent really exist.

  7. TC says:

    Fine, fine, it won’t be Police Squad. Will it be Reno 911?

  8. ej says:

    They need to get Betty White to do that crazy name character from the SNL census sketch for a door duty scene. And Christophere Walken’s “The Continental” character. The Land Shark would probably be a bit too much….

  9. Anna says:

    If they are so desperate to prove that Samberg’s character is a skilled detective, how come every preview I’ve seen of the show has him acting like a goofy man-child? I get that they can’t show us everything in a preview but all I see is frat boy behavior then that’s what I’m going to expect.