Comedy show Brooklyn Nine-Nine is taking a detour as it scraps four of its new episodes following the Black Lives Matter protests, Terry Crews revealed Tuesday, June 23.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Crews said that the decision to rework the episodes came after a Zoom call with the rest of the cast and showrunner Dan Goor. Crews, who plays Sgt. Terry Jeffords in the show, sat and talked with hosts Kit Hoover and Scott Evans.
Referring to Goor, the "America's Got Talent" host explained: "they had four episodes all ready to go, and they just threw them in the trash." Terry Crews added that they had to start over, admitting that they don't know which direction to go next.
However, Crews expressed optimism by saying that this is an opportunity for everyone to unite and get together. Sgt. Terry Jeffords added that this is the time to understand what is happening and that everyone has to battle this together.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine refers to the fictional precinct of the New York City Police Department. The show also stars Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Andre Braugher, Dirk Blocker, and Joel McKinnon Miller. Its first five seasons aired on Fox. However, it was canceled in 2018, with NBC saving the hit show for its sixth and seventh seasons.
The move to discard four completed episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine came after "somber talks" and "deep conversations" regarding the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement across the country. Terry Crews also shared his personal experiences regarding racism as a black man in America.
Terry Crews: A Black Man in America
Terry Crews explained that even he had guns pointed at him, referring to L.A. police officers. "This was before I was famous. The thing is, they had the wrong guy," he shared. The former NFL linebacker explained that his experience was something every black man has been through. He even added that "it's hard to really try to get other people to understand." Crews likened the ongoing Black Lives Matter as the black Americans' "Me Too" movement.
Regarding the viral video that captured George Floyd pinned on the ground, Crews said that it "opened up the world." George Floyd's death during an arrest attempt last May 25. The viral video that made the rounds on the Internet showed the 46-year-old black American lying prone in the street. A former Minneapolis police officer can be seen kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd can be heard pleading and calling his mother before passing out. He died shortly after.
Terry Crews, a father to five children, also opened up about his talks with his kids. Specifically, he's concerned about his only son, Isaiah. He explained in the interview that, as a young black man, they couldn't expect to be treated as such, especially by law enforcement officers. He even admitted that his son was scared to the point that Isaiah's heart would palpitate when police cars go by.
"It's not the same. He does not feel safe, there's a threat feeling," the Brooklyn Nine-Nine continued.