Andre Braugher has discussed the challenges facing season eight of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, the sitcom's writing team scrapped four episodes they'd already finished, and Braugher recently sat down for Entertainment Weekly's podcast The Awardist to chat about how the show's representation of the police will alter.
"It's a very complicated subject, but I think they have to be portrayed much more realistically, in terms of this: the convention... that police breaking the law is okay because somehow it's in the service of some greater good, is a myth that needs to be destroyed," the Captain Raymond Holt star said.
"We're going into an eighth season with a new challenge, which is that everyone's knowledge and feelings about police... have been profoundly affected."
Braugher, whose performance in the comedy has earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor this year, continued: "What we have from [creator] Dan [Goor] is a commitment to write a smart show that will not attempt to hide itself in a fantasy.
"So the Nine-Nine is going to have to deal with what we know about the New York Police Department."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine airs on NBC in the US. E4 aired season 7 in the UK, with seasons 1-6 available on Netflix.
For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.
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