Season 8 will be Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Last Season
Here’s some not so noice news: Brooklyn Nine-Nine is coming to an end.
This amazing cop comedy, starring Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher playing, Jake Peralta & Raymond holt, will be ending with its 8th season which is coming out this year.
The final season will consist of 10 episodes — its lowest order ever. What’s more, the series from creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur (Parks and Recreation) will not air during the 2020-21 broadcast season. The Universal Television entry will return at a date to be determined during the 2021-22 broadcast season.
Sources say NBC opted to delay Brooklyn’s return in order to give the beloved and award-winning comedy a proper sendoff. NBC has already set its “midseason” slate as part of a crowded broadcast calendar in April and has, pandemic challenges notwithstanding, the Olympics in the summer. Rather than bury it in August, NBC will use the Olympics to market the final season and give the show a big promotional push for an expected 2021-22 premiere.
In all, Brooklyn will have aired for three seasons on NBC after the network quickly revived the series following Fox’s 2018 cancellation. Fox’s surprising cancellation was based on a strategy shift and led to a public outcry. NBC’s former head of scripted Tracey Pakosta was instrumental in leading the charge to revive the series. The show was “un-canceled” 24 hours later and brought home to the network whose studio counterpart produces the show.
At the same time, Brooklyn is facing a significant challenge in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by a police officer. “The writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward,” said Samberg, who also exec produces the series. Everyone is discussing how you make a comedy show about police right now, and if we can find a way of doing that that we all feel morally OK about? I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge.”
“I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve. When Mike Schur and I first pitched the pilot episode to Andy, he said, ‘I’m in, but I think the only way to tell this story is over exactly 153 episodes, which was crazy because that was exactly the number Mike and I had envisioned.
“I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for eight seasons. They are not only among the most talented people in the business, they are all good human beings who have become a family, But most of all, I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world. Fans who literally saved us from cancellation. Fans who fill us with joy, Ending the show was a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story, and our viewers. I know some people will be disappointed it’s ending so soon, but honestly, I’m grateful it lasted this long. Title of my sex tape.”