Published 11:20 AM EST Jan 10, 2019
Yippee kayak, mother buckets, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is back at last.
2018 was a tumultuous year for fans of the the 99th precinct. First, Fox had the nerve to cancel the beloved sitcom after five seasons, as it neared its creative peak. But thankfully, after a (very brief) mourning period for celebrities and average viewers alike, NBC swooped in and saved the day, giving the series a new home and a sixth season. And if you have been watching NBC at all recently (and especially during the Golden Globes, conveniently co-hosted by “Brooklyn” star Andy Samberg), you’ll see something rarer than a canceled TV show getting rescued: Honest-to-goodness promotion for a series in its sixth season. Who knew broadcast TV shows could be treated so well?
Clearly, if you were worried that “Brooklyn” (Thursday, 9 EST/PST) wouldn’t find a welcome home on NBC, you were wrong. The network knows what a gem it has now, especially considering its production arm, Universal Television, has been behind the series from Day 1. That corporate connection also explains the seamless transition to the National Broadcasting Company, one that doesn’t miss a joke rhythm or sacrifice the quirky aesthetic and humor that made “Brooklyn” a cult sensation.
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In the first two episodes, the humor is there, the heart is there, and the plot progresses much as it would’ve on Fox. We find out if Holt (Andre Braugher) got the job as police commissioner right away (but obviously, you’ll have to watch to find out for yourself). Jake (Andy Samberg) and Amy (Melissa Fumero) go on their honeymoon, and we even discover some surprising tidbits about Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller). It’s all comfortingly familiar while still being new.
The biggest change is the abbreviated season length (NBC renewed it for just 18 episodes this season, down from the traditional 22), but creators Dan Goor and Mike Schur have never had a problem with wit and brevity (see the series’ hilarious and brief pre-credits scenes).
On any day and any network, 18 more episodes of “Brooklyn” is infinitely better than none.
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Author : USA TODAY
Publish date : 2019-01-10 16:20:22