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Brooklyn Nine-Nine to premiere its ‘EPIC final season’ in August after eight years on air

Brooklyn Nine-Nine to premiere its ‘EPIC’ final season in August… after stars Terry Crews and Andy Samberg admitted the ‘challenges’ of making a modern cop comedy

NBC announced that the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine will premiere on August 12, right after the Summer Olympics

The long running comedy about a group of whacky cops in a fictional NYC precinct has been led by Andy Samberg and Terry Crews since 2013 and was a Fox mainstay before it was cancelled and picked up by NBC.  

Last summer Samberg and Crews revealed that amid the fraught situation surrounding corrupt police officers and the Black Lives Matter movement, the show was trying to navigate how to move forward.   

Coming to a close: NBC announced the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine would premiere on August 12

Coming to a close: NBC announced the eighth and final season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine would premiere on August 12

Rocky road: The long running comedy about a group of whacky cops has been led by Andy Samberg and Terry Crews since 2013 but the show switched networks from Fox to NBC

Rocky road: The long running comedy about a group of whacky cops has been led by Andy Samberg and Terry Crews since 2013 but the show switched networks from Fox to NBC

The show ran for five seasons on Fox before it was cancelled, but it was picked up for a sixth season by NBC which aired in 2019. 

The seventh season aired last spring amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which halted production on an eighth season.

News that the show would be coming to an end after the eighth season came in February of this year, with a premiere date being announced by way of social media on Thursday, May 20. 

‘8 years, 32 sex tape titles, 4,279 cools and 1 EPIC final season! #Brooklyn99 returns August 12 on NBC,’ the Twitter post read. 

Air date announcement: News that the show would be coming to an end after the eighth season came in February of this year, with a premiere date being announced by way of social media on May 20

Air date announcement: News that the show would be coming to an end after the eighth season came in February of this year, with a premiere date being announced by way of social media on May 20 

'Challenge': Crews, Samberg, and Braugher had all acknowledged that amid the tension surrounding police reform/abolishment and the Black Lives Matter movement, the show was carefully evaluating how to move forward for the new season

‘Challenge’: Crews, Samberg, and Braugher had all acknowledged that amid the tension surrounding police reform/abolishment and the Black Lives Matter movement, the show was carefully evaluating how to move forward for the new season 

It was accompanied by snippets of the cast talking about the journey over the last eight years. ‘A lot has happened in eight years,’ said Joe Lo Truglio who plays Charles Boyle. 

‘That’s quite a lot,’ SNL funnyman Samberg said of his lengthy run as Det. Jake Peralta. And Crews (Lieutenant Terry Jeffords) chimed in ‘We had so much fun,’ while Andre Braugher (Police Captain Raymond Holt) exclaimed: ‘It’s been an incredible ride.’   

Crews, Samberg, and Braugher had all acknowledged that amid the tension surrounding police reform/abolishment and the Black Lives Matter movement, the show was carefully evaluating how to move forward for the new season. 

‘We’re taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward, as well as the cast,’ Samberg said in a July 2020 interview with People

Back to the drawing board: 'We're taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we're going to move forward, as well as the cast,' Samberg said in a July 2020 interview with People

Starting over: Crews remarked in conversation with Access Online last June that the writers had to 'start over,' and dumped four episodes worth of material amid the ongoing situation

Back to the drawing board: ‘We’re taking a step back, and the writers are all rethinking how we’re going to move forward, as well as the cast,’ Samberg said in a July 2020 interview with People

‘We’re all in touch and kind of 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 okay about.’ I know that we’ll figure it out, but it’s definitely a challenge, so we’ll see how it goes,’ he said. 

And Crews remarked in conversation with Access Online last June that the writers had to ‘start over,’ and dumped four episodes worth of material amid the ongoing situation.

‘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 shared. 

The eighth season will premiere the first two of 10 episodes, back to back on Thursday August 12. 

Out with a bang! The eighth season will premiere the first two of 10 episodes, back to back on Thursday August 12 after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

 Out with a bang! The eighth season will premiere the first two of 10 episodes, back to back on Thursday August 12 after the Summer Olympics in Tokyo

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J.D. Smith is a Tech Investor, Author, and Economist. He is the Founder of Visionary Creative International, a Tech-Based Consumer Solutions Company. He is also the Publisher for Black Media Daily, a 24/7 media outlet providing a voice for black content creators and a place to control their image throughout the Diaspora. J.D. is also the co-author of the book 100 Questions Black People Should Ask themselves, and a best-selling author of the book Made By Hustle. As a digital nomad, he promotes the importance of black travel and working from anywhere.