Dan Goor Q&A: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ creator

“Right now I feel fantastic and relieved and wonderful,” exclaims “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” creator Dan Goor on the phone call he actually received while recording our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above). Upon hearing the news that his Golden Globe-winning show has been picked up for a fifth season, he adds, “In about 20 minutes it will hit me that we will have to do an incredible amount of work. I am going to become morbidly depressed and frightened and anxious. But right now it’s all good!”

In our interview, Goor also breaks the news to Gold Derby that the new season will contain one of their landmark Halloween episodes. The annual installment has characters compete in a heist to see who is the true detective/genius of “B99.” He confirms that “not only will there be another Halloween episode but I already know how it will end. I guarantee you, it will be our best Halloween episode yet. That’s a high bar because those are among my favorite episodes. Michael Schur (co-creator) pitched me an idea that instantly made me think ‘that’s perfect.’ This one will be difficult to figure out. But we know what the ending is, and it’s great!”

Goor explains that “the first Halloween episode was important because it inverted the dynamic between Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg). Jake seems to be acting like a dumbass. Then it turns out that it was all a plan to trick Holt, and Holt gains respect for Jake. It also shows that Holt can have fun, smile and enjoy himself. The episodes are incredibly challenging as a writing exercise but they have been really satisfying. This next one is going to beat even the first one. I really think so. I hope I’m not putting too much pressure on it.”

For two seasons Jake has been dating Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Bringing two fan favorite characters together has often been a pitfall for comedy series throughout television history. Of their choice Goor reveals, “They seem to have a really good chemistry and like each other as people. But since they are an odd couple, there are a lot of comedy situations we can put them in. But our goal has been to never force anything. To never say ‘we need to break them up because we want to do a break-up episode.’ We’re not letting the tail wag the dog. It’s a workplace show and so it’s easy to put them in stories together where the stakes are in the workplace. We don’t have to focus on their relationship. That’s allowed us to let their relationship grow in the background and have it occasionally come to the floor.”

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