In light of Terry Crews’ story about being sexually assaulted by Adam Venit, and his outspoken activism for the #MeToo and Time’s Up causes on social media and before Congress, the Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer’s room will attempt to incorporate the subject into a future episode. Showrunner Dan Goor revealed his team’s latest endeavor during the series’ panel at the Television Critics Association’s ongoing summer press tour on Wednesday.
“They’re hard to do,” Goor said of the Brooklyn Nine-Nine writing staff’s ongoing discussions about a possible #MeToo episode. “[They] still have to feel true to what the show is and still feel funny — but still give weight to the issue and explore it in a fair way.” He insisted that they “would not tell a #MeToo story unless the writing staff can crack the right story,” while Andy Samberg added that addressing such difficulties in light of previously challenging episodes, like Rosa’s (Stephanie Beatriz) coming out in “Moo Moo,” was of the utmost importance:
“The ‘Moo Moo’ episode took a really long time to be written and to get everyone to [be like], ‘Yes, this is how the show wants to do this,'” he said. “There’s a ton of stuff that would be incredible to do but we’re not going to do unless we have the right take that is doing it justice.”
As for Crews, who received the full support of Samberg and his fellow Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast members, he described the experience since as his “summer of freedom”:
“I call it the summer of freedom in that we can now tell our truth. These are lessons I learned while I was doing this show. It’s about freedom and being able to tell your story. One thing that influenced me was being here and feeling safe and having friends and family on this show that I felt secure enough that I could tell my truth and still go to work. And it made a difference. Each and every person is standing up here right now because it gave me strength to do that — along with all the women who came forward in the #MeToo movement where I got all my strength from.”
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will officially make the jump from Fox to NBC sometime soon, though a precise date has not yet been announced.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)