Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews said four new episodes of the police comedy were dumped “in the trash” in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The teams said the show would “start again” in light of protests against racism.
He said: “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 we plan to use it to the best of our ability.”
Co-creator Dan Goor had four “all ready to go” episodes before Floyd’s death a month ago, sparking widespread Black Lives Matter protests, as well as a soul-searching in society in the United States and beyond, Crews said.
“They just dumped them in the trash,” he told Access Hollywood. “We have to start again. Right now we don’t know which way it’s going.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the exploits of a team of detectives at the 99th Fictional Precinct of the New York City Police Department. In 2014 she won two Golden Globe Awards, including the best television comedy series.
Crews did not provide details of the content of the four scrapped episodes.
The America’s Got Talent actor and presenter also recounted his own dealings with the police, saying that police officers had pointed guns at him, by mistake, before he became a familiar face.
“It’s something every black man has been through and it’s hard to try to make other people understand,” he said.
The 51-year-old man said the drive for change made him the “Black America Me Too movement.”
“We always knew this was happening, but now the whites are understanding,” he said.
Earlier this month, Goor and the cast made a donation of $ 100,000 (£ 79,000) to the National Bail Fund Network to support “the many people protesting against police brutality.”
‘Glorification of police corruption’
Meanwhile, more than 300 black artists and executives, including Michael B Jordan, Idris Elba, and Viola Davis, have signed an open letter asking Hollywood to invest in black communities and to stop the “glorification of police corruption” on screen.
The letter, published by Variety, was written by Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson, who was beaten with police batons and shot with rubber bullets during the recent protests.
“The way that Hollywood and the mainstream media have contributed to the criminalization of blacks, the misrepresentation of the legal system, and the glorification of corruption and police violence has had serious consequences on the lives of blacks,” the statement read. .
It also demanded greater opportunities for black creators off-camera and in senior management roles, as well as ensured that marketing budgets were no longer cut due to “limited international sales myths and lack of universality of black-led stories.”
The letter noted that “distribution and marketing processes are often clouded, filtered, and manipulated by the white gaze.”
The open call comes the same week that, in the UK, the BBC pledged to invest £ 100 million of its television budget over a three-year period to produce “diverse and inclusive content”.
Terry said that the global movement is an opportunity for deep and meaningful change.
“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 this together,” he said.
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