“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” — and its fans — had a roller coaster of a day last week after Fox canceled the Golden Globe winner on Thursday only for NBC to pick it up for a 13-episode sixth season on Friday. Everyone’s on cloud nine now, but during those crushing 24 hours, the comedy received an outpouring of support not only from its squad of Average Joe fans, but very famous die-hard viewers like Luke Skywalker and Alexander Hamilton themselves, the reigning Best Director Oscar winner, and the Backstreet Boys, who were (sort of) part of one of the show’s best cold opens. Could such good will and good press propel the Nine-Nine back into the Emmy conversation — specifically for Andre Braugher?
Despite winning Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actor for Andy Samberg at the Globes during its first season, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” has never been an Emmy favorite. It’s won two stunt coordination Emmys, but only two-time Emmy champ Braugher has broken into the major races, netting three straight nominations for Best Comedy Supporting Actor from 2014-16. Last year, the show only received one nomination, for stunt coordination.
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— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) May 10, 2018
RENEW BROOKLYN NINE NINE
I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS
THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS#RenewB99
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 10, 2018
Brooklyn Nine-Nine has given us fully human characters, beautiful, powerful, flawed, vulnerable, majestic… In whichever form, B99 must return. It will. And I will be there to watch. And, it is my hope that I hope that, this time, a lot more people do too.
— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) May 11, 2018
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) May 10, 2018
If “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” does experience an Emmy windfall, it’s reasonable to expect a proven nominee and Emmy darling like Braugher to be the beneficiary. And while the Emmys usually tend to be “done” with shows and people after a while, there have been Emmy comebacks. Just last year, Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”) returned to the Best Drama Supporting Actor lineup after missing the previous two years. Braugher is currently in 16th place in our odds.
The good news for Braugher is that the “Veep” guys, two-time winner Tony Hale and Matt Walsh, are gone this year (though Hale could be back for “Arrested Development”). The bad news is that former champ Sean Hayes (“Will & Grace”) is back, and there is new competition in the form of “Atlanta”‘s Brian Tyree Henry, “GLOW”‘s Marc Maron and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”‘s Tony Shalhoub.
If it isn’t Braugher who brings “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” back to the Emmy fray, maybe it’ll be another two-time champ who idolizes Braugher: Sterling K. Brown. The “This Is Us” star, who became the first black Best Drama Actor winner last year since Braugher’s 1998 triumph for “Homicide: Life on the Street,” is in the comedy guest actor race for his guest spot on a “Homicide” tribute episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”
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