NBC to End Melissa Fumero’s Police Comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” with Upcoming Eighth Season

Melissa Fumero is turning in her badge and gun…

NBC has announced the 38-year-old Cuban-American actress’ police comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, co-starring Andy Samberg, will be ending during the 2021-22 broadcast season, bringing its fairytale resurrection to a close with its upcoming eighth season.

Melissa Fumero

The show, produced by Universal Television, originally ran for five seasons on Fox before it was cancelled but NBC picked up the show for a sixth season that aired in 2019. Season seven aired in spring 2020 and the eighth season was renewed three months before season seven premiered.

Production on season eight, which will be comprised of 10 episodes, was hit by the pandemic but Samberg said that he expects them to be back on set “fairly soon”. The earliest the show will return is fall 2021, meaning that the comedy will not have aired a season during the 2020-21 season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which has had a particularly fervent digital audience, stars Samberg as Det. Jake Peralta alongside his squad of somewhat hapless police officers played by Fumero, Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Stephanie Beatriz, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.

“I still remember the palpable excitement that night in 2018 when we announced Brooklyn Nine-Nine would be returning to its rightful home at NBC,” said Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We’ve always loved these characters and the way they make us laugh while also masterfully weaving in storylines that make us reflect as well.”

Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been one of the jewels in our comedy crown. It’s had an incredible run across not one but two networks, garnered widespread acclaim and captured the hearts of fans all over the world,” added Pearlena Igbokwe, Chairman, Universal Studio Group. “We extend our deepest gratitude to Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher and our entire wonderful ensemble, and our amazingly talented writers, producers and crew.”

Melissa Fumero Taking Part in NBCUniversal’s New “The More You Know” Social Justice, Equality and Equity PSAs

Melissa Fumero is helping people get in the know

NBCUniversal will launch a new series of its popular The More You Know PSAs that tackle systemic racism and speak up for social justice, equality and equity, with the 38-year-old Cuban American actress and Brooklyn Nine-Nine star among the artists taking part.

Melissa Fumero

Fumero joins a roster of NBC talent that includes Dulé Hill, James Roday Rodriguez and Kelly Clarkson, among others.

The campaign was developed in collaboration with social and racial justice organizations Fair Count, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National Action Network and the National Urban League, and focuses on standing up against injustice, teaching children about equity, and the importance of voting and completing the census, especially for how it impacts the Black community and communities of color.

The campaign kicked off this week on NBC’s Today with a spot on teaching children about inclusion and acceptance. The campaign will be rolling out over the next few weeks, with spots now available on TheMoreYouKnow.com and YouTube.

The More You Know site also includes comprehensive resources and educational guides.

“For over 30 years, ‘The More You Know’ has sought to bring light to the nation’s most pressing social issues,” said Craig Robinson, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal, “and we hope this new iteration will continue to educate, encourage and inspire people of all ages to take an active role in improving the world we live in.”

In addition to Fumero, Hill, Roday Rodriguez and Clarkson, stars participating in the campaign include: Carlos Adyan (En Casa con Telemundo), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam), Notah Begay III (NBC Sports), Gizelle Bryant (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Kandi Burruss (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Victor Cruz (E! News), Dexter Darden (Saved by the Bell), Ester Dean (Songland), Ryan Eggold (New Amsterdam), Soleil Moon Frye (Punky Brewster), Damon Hack (Golf Channel), Zuri Hall (Access Hollywood), Ana Jurka (“En Casa con Telemundo and Titulares y Más), Aneudy Lara (100 Días Para Enamorarnos), Howie Mandel (America’s Got Talent), Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Organized Crime), Wendy Osefo (The Real Housewives of Potomac), Jeimy Osorio (Telemundo), Nina Parker (E! News’ Nightly Pop), Nichole Sakura (Superstore), Jocko Sims (New Amsterdam), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us”), Justin Sylvester (E! News’ Daily Pop), Elyfer Torres (Enemigo Íntimo) and Reno Wilson (Good Girls).

Justina Machado’s Animated “One Day at a Time” Episode to Air Tonight on Pop TV

Justina Machado is getting animated…

The 47-year-old Puerto Rican actress and her One Day at a Timecast mates will lend their voices to tonight’s animated special on Pop TV.

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The animated episode is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down television and film production around the world.

The special, titled “The Politics Episode,” will center on a visit from Penelope’s (Machado) conservative cousin Estrellita (Melissa Fumero), Tia Mirtha (Gloria Estefan) and Tio Juanito (Lin-Manuel Miranda). With a presidential election looming, a fight over politics is inevitable.

The series also stars Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz, as Machado’s children. Rita Moreno plays Penelope’s sassy live-in mother. And Todd Grinnell plays their lovable neighbor Schneider.

The original series debuted in 1975 and was developed by the legendary producer Norman Lear. A new iteration of it debuted on Netflix in 2017. After it was canceled, the show found a new home on Pop TV.

Aimee Garcia Joins Voice Cast of Marvel’s “M.O.D.O.K.” at Hulu

Aimee Garciais joining the Marvel Universe

The 41-year-old Puerto Rican and Mexican American actress will be part of the voice cast Marvel’s animated supervillain family sitcom M.O.D.O.K. at Hulu.

Aimee Garcia

With executive producer Patton Oswalt starring as the constantly foiled Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, the adult-centric comedy is set to debut this year on the Disney-controlled streamer.

She joins a list of newcomers to the animated series that includes Sam Richardson, Wendi McLendon-Coveyand Ben Schwartz.

“I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe,” EP and showrunner Jordan Blumsaid of the additions to the series.

Karim ZreikMarvel Television StudiosSVP Original Programming & Production added in a statement today: “Patton and Jordan have done a phenomenal job in laying the groundwork for this exceptional ensemble. We’re thrilled to include this cast in the Marvel family,”

M.O.D.O.K.follows the extremely dysfunctional home life of the ex-A.I.M. member, who made his comics premiere way back in 1967.

In addition to Richardson, McLendon-Covey, Schwartz and Garcia, the cast additions include Melissa FumeroBeck Bennetand Jon Daly.

In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.,the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!

Garcia will play Jodie, M.O.D.O.K.’s wife and mother to his children, has had a late-in-life awakening — excited to pursue her mommy-blog turned lifestyle-brand empire and discover who she is as an independent woman in her forties. There are just too many things to do in this world and not enough time to waste being held back by negativity. And unfortunately for M.O.D.O.K., the thing weighing her down the most… is him.

Fumero will portray Melissa. Even with her father’s “features,” 17-year-old Melissa has risen the ranks to become the Heathers-like queen bee of her school and a star in the world of teen figure skating. Every popular kid either wants to date her or avoid her terrifying wrath. But for all of her success, Melissa secretly yearns for her father’s approval.

Garcia’s previous credits include television credits include George LopezDexterVegasand Lucifer.

Fumero’s television credits include Brooklyn Nine-Nineand One Life to Live.

NBC Picks Up Stephanie Beatriz’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a Sixth Season After Fox’s Cancellation

Stephanie Beatriz isn’t retiring after all…

Shortly after Fox cancelled Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the cop comedy series, starring the 37-year-old Argentine-born American actress, has been picked up by NBC for a 13-episode sixth season.

Stephanie Beatriz

NBC, whose sister studio Universal TV produces the Andy Samberg-starring series, was one of the potential suitors for the comedy after its cancellation.

NBC also was among the broadcast networks that bid for the Brooklyn Nine-Nine pitch from creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor when it hit the marketplace in 2012 before the project landed at Fox in a very competitive situation.

“Ever since we sold this show to Fox I’ve regretted letting it get away, and it’s high time it came back to its rightful home,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “Mike Schur, Dan Goor, and Andy Samberg grew up on NBC and we’re all thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and best cast comedies in a long time will take its place in our comedy line-up. I speak for everyone at NBC, here’s to the Nine-Nine!”

Created by the Parks and Recreation duo of Goor and Schur, former college roommates, Brooklyn Nine-Nine centers on Peralta, played by Saturday Night Live alum Samberg, a screwball who happens to be a real good cop. His captain in the NYPD’s 99th Precinct is Raymond Holt, a seen-it-all and emotion-challenged captain played by Andre Braugher, who scored three consecutive Emmy noms for Supporting Actor from 2014-2016. Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Beatriz, Chelsea Peretti, Joel McKinnon Miller and Dirk Blocker also star.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which was Fox’s highest-rated live-action comedy series this season among adults 18-49, is produced by Universal Television.

The show won two Golden Globes in its freshman season — for best comedy series and best actor in a comedy series (Samberg).

Stephanie Beatriz’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” to Make Its Syndication Debut on TBS in January

Stephanie Beatriz is expanding her (police) force field…

Fox’s police action-comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring the 36-year-old Argentine-born actress of Colombian and Bolivian descent, will make its syndication debut on TBS in January.

Stephanie Beatriz

Earlier this year, TBS finalized a deal with NBCUniversal for the cable syndication rights to the first five seasons the of Golden Globe-winning series starring Andy Samberg, Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. The deal includes exclusive linear and associated on-demand rights, including rolling episodes on TV Everywhere.

The pilot episode, which originally aired on Fox in September 2013, will air at 7:00 pm ET/PT starting January 4, 2018. The show will air consecutive episodes on TBS every Thursday from 7:00-11:00 pm ET/PT. Episodes will also be available on the TBS app.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a beloved comedy series driven by a talented ensemble cast, which will be an excellent complement to TBS’ slate of character-driven programs,” said Michael Quigley, executive vice president of commercial operations, content strategy and monetization for TBS and TNT. “We are delighted to welcome creators Dan Goor and Michael Schur’s television family to their second home on cable!”

“I couldn’t be more excited that the ultimate detectives slash geniuses of Brooklyn’s 99 are coming to TBS, home of the ultimate TV fans slash humans,” said show co-creator and executive producer Dan Goor.

Beatriz portrays Detective Rosa Diaz, Fumero plays Detective Amy Santiago and Samberg plays Detective Jacob “Jake” Peralta. The show’s other stars include Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio and Andre Braugher.

Fox Renews Beatriz’s “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” for a Fourth Season

Stephanie Beatriz has more protecting and serving in her future…

Fox has renewed its comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring the 35-year-old half-Colombia/half-Bolivian actress, for a fourth season.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine, starring Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg, has been a modest linear television performer but is strong in online/SVOD viewing.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine, produced by Universal Television, is created and written by Dan Goor and Michael Schur.

In addition to Beatriz and Samberg, the series also stars Andre Braugher, Terry Crews, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Chelsea Peretti, Dirk Blocker and Joel McKinnon Miller.

Beatriz to Participate in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Panel at ATX Television Festival

Stephanie Beatriz is headed to the Lone Star State…

The 34-year-old Argentine actress will appear at the ATX Television Festival as part of a special Brooklyn Nine-Nine panel discussion.

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Beatriz will be joined by the Fox series’ creator Dan Goor and fellow star Melissa Fumero at the panel.

The ATX Television Festival will take place June 4-7 in Austin, TX.

Other events on tap for the weekend:

* Opening night screening of USA Network’s upcoming drama Complications, with creator Matt Nix and the cast.

Dawson’s Creek pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson and featuring surprise guests.

* An exclusive sneak peek of Hannibal Season 3’s second episode and a discussion with executive producer Bryan Fuller.

* Screening of Suits‘ Season 5 premiere.

* A 25th anniversary screening of Marta Kauffman’s HBO series Dream On, featuring the creator, star Brian Benben, casting director Tracy Lilienfield and director Betty Thomas.

For further details and ticket information, head over to ATX’s online headquarters.

Louis C.K. Earns SAG Award Nomination for His Work on FX’s “Louie”

Louis C.K. is a multi-talented man…

The 47-year-old Mexican American actor/stand-up comedian, who recently earned two Writers Guild Award nominations for penning his critically acclaimed FX comedy series Louie, has earned a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

Louis C.K.

Louis C.K., a multi-Emmy winner, received the SAG Award nomination in the Best Actor, Comedy Series for his performance on Louie, a series he created and loosely based on his own life. He’s up against Modern Family’s Ty Burrell and Eric Stonestreet, as well as ShamelessWilliam H. Macy and The Big Band Theory’s Jim Parsons.

Sofia Vergara and her television son Rico Rodriguez, who picked up their record-breaking fourth consecutive SAG Award for outstanding performance by a cast in a comedy series for starring on ABC’s Modern Family, have a chance to extend their streak.

The Colombian actress, Rodriguez and the rest of the Modern Family team are once again nominated for Best Ensemble Cast, Comedy Series.

They’ll face off against the cast of  Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which stars Latina actresses Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero. It’s the first Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the two.

Other nominees in the category include The Big Band Theory, Veep and Orange Is the New Black, which stars several Latina actresses, including Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva.

Another first-time nominee is Pedro Pascal. The 39-year-old Chilean actor received a SAG Award nod in the Best Ensemble Cast, Drama Series category. Pedro, who portrayed Oberyn Martell in the fourth season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, is nominated in the Best Ensemble Cast, Drama Series category alongside his GOT co-stars.

More than 100,000 actors vote on the SAG Awards, which will be handed out on January 25 in Los Angeles. They’re one of the most closely watched honors during awards season because actors make up the largest voting bloc for February’s Academy Awards.

Here’s a look at this year’s Screen Actors Guild awards nominations:

FILM

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
Birdman (Fox Searchlight Pictures )
Boyhood (IFC Films )
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
The Imitation Game (Weinstein Co)
The Theory of Everything (Focus Features )

BEST ACTOR
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher (Sony Pictures Classics )
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler (Open Road Films )
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Jennifer Aniston, Cake (Cinelou Films)
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics)
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl (20th Century Fox )
Reese Witherspoon, Wild (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Robert Duvall, The Judge (Warner Bros Pictures )
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
JK Simmons, Whiplash (Sony Pictures Classics)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures )
Naomi Watts, St Vincent (Weinstein Co)

TELEVISION

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, DRAMA SERIES
Boardwalk Empire (HBO )
Downton Abbey (PBS)
Game of Thrones (HBO)
Homeland (Showtime )
House of Cards (Netflix)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST, COMEDY SERIES
The Big Bang Theory (CBS )
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox )
Modern Family (ABC )
Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Veep (HBO)

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)
Woody Harrelson, True Detective (HBO)
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective (HBO)
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES
Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife (CBS)
Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey (PBS)
Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES
Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)
Louis CK, Louie (FX )
William H. Macy, Shameles (Showtime)
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family (ABC)

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC )

BEST ACTOR, TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Adrien Brody, Houdini (History)
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow (PBS)
Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart (HBO)
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo (FX)

BEST ACTRESS, TV MOVIE OR MINISERIES
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic (Lifetime)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Honorable Woman (Sundance TV )
Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart (HBO)

Beatriz and Her “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Team to Serve as Celebrity Judges on Bravo’s “Top Chef Duels”

Stephanie Beatriz is about to get served

The Argentinean actress and her Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars are slated to appear on Top Chef Duels, another Top Chefseries from Bravo. 

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Top Chef Duels pits 18 of the best and most talked-about personalities frompast seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters for a “battle royale” in the kitchen.

The 10-episode Top Chef Duels, hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone, will premiere on Wednesday, August 6, at 10:00 pm ET, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Stone will serve on the judges’ table withGail Simmons, with chefs like Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson rounding out the panel on a rotating basis.

Beatriz and her Brooklyn Nine-Nine team (Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumero, Chelsea Peretti and co-creator Dan Goor) will serve as celebrity guests for one episode.

Other celebrity guests this season include Shailene Woodley, Pink, Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Gary Holt, Rob Zombie and the Grey’s Anatomy gang (James Pickens Jr., Sarah Drew, Camilla Luddington, Jerrika Hinton and Kevin McKidd).

As the title suggests, Top Chef Duels will have two chefs facing off in three rounds of head-to-head battles, with the competitors picking “mini duels,” targeting the other’s perceived weaknesses. The third challenge then decides who moves on to compete in the season finale, which will crown the sole winner of the $100,000 grand prize and a Food and Winefeature.

Bravo is also borrowing from its Top Chef online companion series Last Chance Kitchen, which pits eliminated contestants against each other for a chance to compete in the finale, with the Top Chef Duel equivalent: The Knockout, hosted by Puck.The same essential rules apply, though there is one twist. Unlike Last Chance Kitchen, a chef only needs one battle win to quality for a place in The Knockout online finals, though the more wins a chef has, the better their chances are in earning the sole return spot on the show.