Of all the new pilots out this fall, only a few have instantly recognizable faces in them. Brooklyn Nine-Nine has got Saturday Night Live vet Andy Samberg on its side, but that’s not all: It’s being produced by Mike Schur, who wrote for Parks & Recreation, The Office, and SNL, and Dan Goor, who also worked on Parks & Rec in addition to Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Daily Show. Dream team!
The three guys jumped on a conference call with a bunch of journalists today (including me!), and this is what we learned about the show.
It’s been too long since a cop comedy has been on air, said Mike and Dan. “It seemed like an exciting challenge. It seemed like… somewhat unexplored territory,” explained Mike. The appeal for Andy? Getting to wear a leather jacket consistently, he said.
As for how the sitcom compares to seven years on SNL, Andy said, “It’s much less stressful, because the hardest part of SNL for me was having to create something new every week, and with this I have scripts handed to me every week that are great,” Andy said. “The hardest part has been waking up early, versus staying up incredibly late with SNL, which is much more my element,” he said, laughing.
He admitted that he took a cue from SNL alum and Parks & Rec star Amy Poehler in making the jump: “Not just because she segged successfully out of the show, into a show, but because she literally did it with the same guys,” meaning Mike and Dan. And did you catch that new Andy abrev? Segged is short for segued, he said. Obv.
One journalist noted that Brooklyn Nine-Nine is clearly one of the better pilots of the season, and asked if the guys are worried about being too good and running out of steam. “You’ve given voice to my every anxiety,” Dan laughed. “If we’re lucky enough that everyone agrees with you and enjoys the pilot enough that we’re worried about losing momentum, we’re in really great shape,” said Andy.
I got the last question—no pressure! And of course it referred back to one of my favorite shows, The Office. Producer Mike Schur played Dwight’s freaky brother Mose on The Office. I asked if he would have a silly role on this show, too. “Should we be lucky enough to have the show last a long time, say nine years,” Mike said, laughing, “it will be revealed, at the very end, that this entire thing was a dream in the mind of Mose… This entire thing is happening in a snow globe.”
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