BROOKLYN Nine-Nine's Captain Holt actor Andre Braugher admits he is anxious about the fate of his character amid the police brutality plot.
The show's bosses scrapped all their plans for the upcoming season 8 and instead, they plan to delve into the issue and aim to make sure 'get it right.'
Andre, 58, believes it is vital that police brutality is addressed on the show.
The Captain of the 99th Precinct shared with Variety: "Brooklyn Nine-Nine has to commit itself, as a comedy, to telling the story of how these things happen, and what’s possible to deal with them.
"Can you tell the same story? Can anyone in America maintain any kind of innocence about what police departments are capable of?"
The actor also commented on how he feels his alter-ego would react on screen, after he previously told Terry Jeffords (Terry Crews) not to file a police report over a racist officer in series four.
He added: "It might mean that Holt is a staunch defender of the NYPD, or that he tries to burn the whole thing down.
"I know that he is a pragmatic man; I do know that he’s a loving, [if] robotic person. I’m anxious to see what that’s all about, and I have no idea what Season 8 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is going to be, because everything’s changed."
He also suggested that he is unsure if the usual light-hearted comedy is able to sustain a raw storyline that's had such a profound impact in real life.
"Can a comedy sustain the things that we’re trying to talk about? I don’t know. It could be a really groundbreaking season that we’re all going to be very, very proud of, or we’re going to fall flat on our face."
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"But I think this is a staff, a cast and a crew that’s willing to take it on and give it our best, I think we have a damn good chance to tell the kinds of stories that heretofore have only been seen on grittier shows."
His co-star Chelsea Peretti says that the show's bosses should "defund the police" in the new series.
She said: "I get what people are saying. I get their concerns, and you know, my thought was like, ‘They should just defund the police!’ And have everyone going to do community-oriented work.
"That’s probably not what they’re going to do. But I’m looking forward to seeing what they do because I know they have to respond to this, the unfortunate reality that policing has been and is."
Brooklyn Nine-Nine seasons 1-6 are available to stream on Netflix.