The brains behind beloved cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine are planning an episode addressing the #MeToo movement, months after cast member Terry Crews publicly shared his allegation of being sexual assaulted by a high-profile Hollywood figure.
Speaking at a Television Critic’s Association event, showrunner Dan Goor said the revived series is in the early stages of producing an episode focussing on the topic of sexual assault, and that the proposed episode will hew close to the series’ other explorations of prominent social issues.
“The challenge is to stay true to the show and feel funny, but give a weight to the issue and explore it in a fair way,” Goor said.
“I can’t promise, but we’re really interested in trying to do a #MeToo story.”
Crews’ castmate Andy Samberg added “We are not going to do unless we have the right take that does it justice.”
Those statements came after Crews himself thanked his Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars for providing an environment where he could safely share his story.
“One thing that influenced me was being here and feeling safe and having friends and family on this show that I felt secure enough that I could tell my truth and still go to work,” Crews said.
Last year, Crews accused influential Hollywood agent Adam Venit of groping him at a party. Californian prosecutors declined to press charges against Venit citing the statute of limitations, but Crews later shared his story before the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on a potential Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill Of Rights.
As for Brooklyn Nine-Nine itself, the show is expected to make its NBC debut at an undetermined point in the not-so-distant future.