Yesterday, the cast and crew of Brooklyn Nine-Nine gathered with some select Hollywood press for a tightly controlled look into the show’s second season. Given the lack of Emmy recognition this year, the manufactured press may be transparent, but still wholly appreciated by those of us who love and miss this show nonetheless. In anticipation of the show’s return (which is still more than two months out), we’ve been given a whole bunch of information on season two. I suppose the squeamish among us could call these spoilers, though none of them actually reveal any plot. They’re just fun contextual tidbits, but consider yourself warned.
-The new season will start with a time jump. This will, most likely, not be to the toddler-raising future years of Parks and Rec, but we won’t be picking up right from last season’s cliffhanger.
-Brooklyn Nine-Nine is now sandwiched between a couple of cartoons on a Sunday night. Mike Schur acknowledges that (though the animation may be more adult in nature than Looney Toons) this time slot has an effect on the content, and the decision to stay light in tone and plot:
“This is always a debate in the writers’ room. But you’re never going to see a giant flood of blood unless it goes around a corner and back again for comedic purposes.”-They’re not going to Ross and Rachel the show. Schur insists that no matter what the season finale may have led us to believe, Jake and Amy’s will-they-won’t-they is “not going to be the main focus of the show… It’s going to be one of the elements of the show we’re going to follow as the year goes on.” Let’s see how long they can keep that going, shall we?
-They love the same people we love, and want them on the show. Schur looks at fan favorite cameos like Patton Oswalt and Craig Robinson and says they’re “in the world of the show,” and that it’s “always a possibility” they’ll return. They also are totally willing to exploit the talent they have, both regulars and guest stars. As Schur put it,
Greg Daniels referred to it as the ‘Killing Fields’, when you can put all your comedy actors in one place and have a machine gun of joke, joke, joke. That’s a great momentum to have. We’re like chefs making recipes with our characters as ingredients: You can take any two, three, four or five of them, put them in a situation and you know it’s going to be fun. It makes our jobs as writers so much easier.