Conversations about and protests against police brutality and systemic racism resulting from the killing of George Floyd continue across the country and around the world, requiring "police series" such as NBC's long-running comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine to take a long, hard look at how they portray law enforcement. Speaking to Access on Tuesday, star Terry Crews revealed that the show's self-reflection has already brought about some major changes to the upcoming eighth season: "We've had a lot of somber talks about it and deep conversations and we hope through this we're going to make something that will be truly groundbreaking this year. We have an opportunity and we plan to use it in the best way possible," Crews said. "Our showrunner Dan Goor, they had four episodes all ready to go and they just threw them in the trash. We have to start over. Right now we don't know which direction it's going to go in."
Earlier this month, Goor, Crews, cast members Stephanie Beatriz, Andre Braugher, and others announced they were donating $100,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. In the posts below, the series says they "condemn the murder of George Floyd and support the many people who are protesting police brutality nationally." Promoting the hashtag #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, the team encourages those looking to make a difference to look up their local bail fund through the National Bail Fund Network.
— Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) June 3, 2020
— terry crews (@terrycrews) June 3, 2020
— Andre Braugher (@AndreBraugher) June 3, 2020
The National Bail Fund Network assists in bailing people out of jail or immigration detention, with requests for their services skyrocketing as more protestors have been getting arrested across the nation. Beatriz was the first one on the show to get the ball rolling, posting a tweet early Tuesday morning that she was donating $11,000 to the National Bail Fund Network. Beatriz matched the donation made by The Tick star Griffin Newman, who began an initiative to encourage actors who've benefitted from portraying police officers on screen to give back to those fighting against racial injustice in policing.
I'm an actor who plays a detective on tv.
If you currently play a cop?
If you make tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in residuals from playing a cop?
— Stephanie Beatriz (@iamstephbeatz) June 2, 2020
NBC's Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, Stephanie Beatriz as Rosa Diaz, Terry Crews as Terry Jeffords, Melissa Fumero as Amy Santiago, Joe Lo Truglio as Charles Boyle, Andre Braugher as Raymond Holt, Dirk Blocker as Michael Hitchcock, and Joel McKinnon Miller as Norm Scully. Series creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur executive produce alongside David Miner and Luke Del Tredici. NBCUniversal Content Studios division Universal Television produces in association Fremulon, Dr. Goor Productions, and 3 Arts Entertainment.