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'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' team backstage at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards

"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" team at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" team at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 12, 2014, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what these Golden Globe winners said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.


Best Comedy Series

So does this mean you going to do Season 2 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”? You think Kevin Riley (Fox chairman of entertainment) has a pretty magnanimous way up there on this stage?

Michael Schur (co-creator): We don’t know, but it would be a pretty baller move of him to cancel us today. If we were going to do that, that’s how we should do it.

Daniel Goor (co-creator): Also, for the record, he’s extremely handsome.

Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher’s chemistry really helps the show. Did you guys cast the chemistry?

Samberg: Yeah, yeah.

Did you cast that, really? Because their chemistry is the heart and soul of the show, or was it magic and an accident?

Schur: It’s all magic, friend. We built the show around Andy, and Andre was the top person on our list to play the role. And Dan and I and David Miner Skyped with him in New York to try to get to know him. We got 10 seconds in our Skype session, he made a joke and he cracked this enormous, glorious smile that blinded us through our computer screen, and we were instantly, “That’s the guy.”

The rest of the Skype session was us trying to get off of it, end it so that we could end and it make him an offer. And thankfully, he said yes. And from the very first table-read they have just been great. They are the heart of the show.

Your show represents great diversity. Was that conscious or organic?

Goor: We definitely wanted the show to look like Brooklyn and the NYPD, which is fairly diverse. But that being said, we auditioned everybody of every imaginable race. I don’t know what reasons you’re imagining, and we cast the best people.

I think we really have a luxury by saying that we wanted it to be diverse and thought of opening it up, we opened it up to a lot of tremendous actors and actresses who may not have gotten the chance to audition for a show like this. We just had a great cast.

Most shows don’t get recognized right away in the first season, and, if they’re nominated, they don’t win. Sometimes they have to earn it. How stunned are you?

Goor: Are you saying we didn’t earn it? We are very stunned. Very grateful, very happy. All too many “verys.” We are very, very hyperbole city over here. That’s a headline.

Terry, you said you were going to flex on stage and jump on stage.

Crews: Here it is. [He flexes his muscles.]

When are you supposed to know about what’s going to happen next?

Goor: Everybody about television is mysterious and we don’t know about it.

Schur: The real answer is we don’t take anything for granted, but those kinds of decisions are usually made in April and May, so continuing to make the best show we can and see what happens.

Who are some of the guest stars we can expect to come up on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”?

We have great guest stars. Matt Walsh, Dru Winters comes back. We have football legend Joe Theismann coming up. We have got Fred Armisen coming up. Let the record note, there was applause. And many, many others. It is a capital K of stars, capital K.

Why did you think “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” would work?

Schur: Why did we think it would work? Partially because there hadn’t been one in while, half-hour comedy. And we were both “Barney Miller” fans, and the landscape is very cluttered in television and there’s a lot of every kind of show.

And when we sat down to set a show, and we felt that was one place that hadn’t been done a lot in the half-hour format. Large part of it is literally anybody in the world could know, could be a detective, which made it possible to assemble the best task we could possibly assemble, and I think we did that. That was really the main reason.

We wanted an excuse to just find seven or eight funniest people we could find, regardless of what they looked like or how old they were or anything and just put them all in a room together. And then once that was made — honestly was made possible once Andy signed on, because people like Andy. Once Andy signed on, that dream became a reality.

Andy wins a Golden Globe and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” wins a Golden Globe. How are you guys feeling about that?

Schur: Terrible.

Goor: Terminator, very bad.

Schur: I will personally say, first of all, so happy. That guy works so hard, so, so, so hard. He is not only acting during the season, but he sends us notes on cuts and scripts.

Goor: Too many.

Schur: Yes, too many, but it is the good way, a collaborator and a real partner, who is focusing and thinking about the show that he’s on. And the notes are constructive and smart, and we take most of them.

And as far as the show goes, that’s insane, no one thought this was going to happen. He probably deserves about a thousand trophies, so one is a good start. So I am hoping this is the first of a thousand.

Goor: Shared by all of us.

For more info: Golden Globe Awards website


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