Since premiering on Fox in 2013, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has become a highly successful police sitcom starring Andy Samberg. The show was nearly over when Fox announced its cancellation in May. But, fans rallied together and NBC picked up “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a sixth season.
Here are 10 surprising things you might not have known about “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to help hold you over until season six premieres.
Just like their characters, Andy Samberg (Jake) and Chelsea Peretti (Gina) knew each other when they were kids.
Jake and Gina knew each other long before working at the 99th precinct together, but it’s no coincidence. The two comedians go way back in real life, too – all the way to elementary school – and there’s photo evidence to prove it.
Some fans don’t believe Stephanie Beatriz when she says she plays Rosa.
In an interview on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” Stephanie Beatriz explained how her shiny demeanour often throws off fans of her bad-to-the-bone character, Rosa. “People will say, ‘girl, you look like that girl who plays Rosa on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,”‘ and I’m like, ‘I am that girl!’ People are like, ‘nah, you ain’t.'”
Kwazy Cupcakes is a real game.
The iPhone game that had most of the precinct hooked is now a reality, thanks to its presence on the show. You can download Kwazy Cupcakes from the iTunes App Store.
The building used as the precinct’s exterior is a real Brooklyn precinct building.
Although the 99th precinct is fictional, the building viewers have associated with it is actually Brooklyn’s 78th precinct, located at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street near the Barclays Center.
Stephanie Beatriz (Rosa) originally auditioned to play Amy Santiago.
After originally auditioning to be Andy Samberg’s partner, Beatriz was invited to audition again for a character named Meghan. In an interview, Beatriz said she’d lost hope after she found out Melissa Fumero would portray Amy.
“I cried, because I thought ‘I’m so happy for her, but I also know that there’s no way that a network is going to cast two Latinas,'” she explained.
Beatriz landed the role of Meghan, who was later re-named Rosa.
The show’s co-creator, Michael Schur, has been a producer for a few other beloved sitcoms.
If “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” reminds you of some of your other favourite shows, it’s probably because Schur is also known for his work on “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” and “The Good Place.”
Chelsea Peretti previously worked as a writer for “Parks and Recreation.”
While the lazy demeanour of her “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” character might suggest otherwise, Peretti works hard in the sitcom business in real life. She previously wrote for “Parks and Recreation,” and even made a cameo in season four.
Terry Crews (Sergeant Jeffords) began his career on the football field.
Terry Crews, who plays the tough-yet-vulnerable Sergeant Jeffords, was previously a linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams.
Crews’ artistic side runs strong off-screen, as well.
“My first job in entertainment, I drew courtroom sketches for the worst murder case in Flint, Michigan history,” Crews said during an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” His character has a similar talent, drawing up sketches of perpetrators and even painting a portrait of Captain Holt.
Andre Braugher (Captain Holt) is trained in dramatic acting.
Andre Braugher attended Juilliard’s Drama Division, and his acting resume comes stacked with multiple roles in the New York Shakespeare Festival as well as drama and thriller films such as “Glory,” “Primal Fear,” and “Frequency.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is one of his few comedic appearances.
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