Terry Crews has revealed that Brooklyn Nine-Nine writers have thrown the Season 8 scripts “in the trash” after having many “deep conversations” about the Black Lives Matter movement. In an interview with Access Daily, Crews, who plays Lt. Terry Jeffords on the show, spoke about the impact of the Black Lives Matters movement and how it has affected future stories in police procedural comedy. He admitted that four episodes that were “ready to start” have now been dropped, and that the writing team is starting again in an effort to amplify the themes that come out of the movement.
“We have had many grim conversations about it and deep conversations and we hope that through this we will do something that is truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity and plan to use it to the best of our ability,” the crew said. “Our showrunner Dan Goor, they had four episodes ready and threw them in the trash. We have to start again. Right now we don’t know which way it’s going.”
“This is an opportunity right now for all of us to come together and come together and understand what this is and that we have to fight together,” he added, reflecting on the broader conversation about racial equality and calling for permanent change.
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Crews did not elaborate on the stories from the four episodes that will not air, but we hope that the full regular cast will return for Season 8, including Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker.
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Adele Ankers is a freelance entertainment journalist. You can contact her on Twitter.