May 13, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: FOX Trailer – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”


One of FOX’s big moves for the fall is revamping its Tuesday 8-9PM comedies, shifting sharply in tone from last falls soft duo of Raising Hope and Ben & Kate to a more guy-oriented tone.  Seth MacFarlane’s Dads has the responsibility for kicking off the night, and then the cop comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE is meant to hold the audience and–FOX hopes–lead it to the more rom-com New Girl.  The network’s not-secret weapon:  the sitcom debut of SNL‘s Andy Samberg.

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The most promising thing about Brooklyn Nine-Nine, at least as conveyed in the trailer, is that it’s not an Andy Samberg star vehicle.  Clearly he’s going to be the show’s anchor, but the idea seems to be for this to be a more Parks & Recreation-type ensemble show.  (Which is hardly a coincidence, since it’s written by Parks writers Michael Schur and Dan Goor.)  That’s a good idea in general, and particularly here, since Samberg has been a star but not yet a leading man.  Andre Braugher should be an ideal authority figure for him to butt heads with, and Terry Crews showed he knows his way around comic dialogue in his guest stint on The Newsroom.  There’ll be plenty of physical humor, but the trailer also suggests some inter-office romance possibilities, which should help the show lead in to New Girl.  In all, there seems to be plenty of potential here.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."