Here's the 911 on Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Copy that.
I like it. But I'm not sure what percentage of the viewing audience will.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new sitcom that debuts Tuesday on Fox and City. It stars Andy Samberg, who you'll recognize from Saturday Night Live, as he tries to map out the next phase of his career.
Samberg was one of the roasters on the recent Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, which was broadcast in Canada on the Comedy Network. As usual, the roasters spent a good deal of time roasting each other, and Samberg absorbed some pretty good shots about Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Seth Rogen: "Andy plays a cop on his new Fox show. His first case will be investigating the disappearance of his new Fox show."
Jonah Hill: "I'm assuming it's about this Brooklyn cop who tried to make it in the movie business but failed and got sent back to TV."
Bill Hader: "Funny cops. You're always pushing the envelope, Andy."
In the smart-assy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Samberg plays Detective Jake Peralta, who is gifted enough that he never has been forced to act too professionally. But now Jake's precinct has a new boss, Captain Ray Holt, played by Andre Braugher.
Jake's main rival in terms of racking up arrests is strait-laced Detective Amy Santiago, played by Melissa Fumero. Rounding out the cast is a petrified second-in-command played by Terry Crews, an earnest but untalented workhorse detective played by Joe Lo Truglio, an intimidating tough-girl detective played by Stephanie Beatriz and an eccentric civilian office manager played by Chelsea Peretti.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine comes from writer/producers Dan Goor and Michael Schur, who are known for Parks and Recreation. Goor and Schur insist Brooklyn Nine-Nine is not a "spoof," like Police Squad with Leslie Nielsen. But there is an element of that here. In fact. Brooklyn Nine-Nine seems like a cross between Police Squad and Parks and Recreation.
Now, for me, that's a wonderful combination. But considering the wider audience, Police Squad lasted only six episodes, and while Parks and Rec has survived many years and has won awards, it always has been more of a cult show than a ratings success.
When the results of a Television Critics Association survey were announced last week, Brooklyn Nine-Nine was named the most promising new comedy of the fall. I was one of the voters. But again, I just wonder if this is more of a critics-choice show than a general-public show.
An example of Brooklyn Nine-Nine's comic style: Twice in the first episode, there are situations where there clearly is police activity going on, and officers have their guns drawn, but certain members of the public couldn't care less, and just go on with their shopping or mopping or whatever. That makes me laugh every time, and I hope it's a running joke throughout the series.
When I say "throughout the series," who knows how long that will be? Personally, I'm rooting for Brooklyn Nine-Nine to avoid arrest.