10:55am PT by Michael O'Connell
'New Girl' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' Will Stage a Rare Comedy Crossover This Fall
In a head-scratching move that simultaneously makes so much sense, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are about to join forces.
Fox's two longest-running comedies will crossover for a one-hour episode on Tuesday, Oct. 11, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour. Per Fox's latest schedule, New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine already air back-to-back on Tuesday nights.
“The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it,” New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether quipped in a statement. “Maybe you remember Blackout Thursday on NBC, or even further back the infamous Alf/Gilligan’s Island crossover of the late 1980s. New Girl and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will proudly and humbly go where few shows have gone since the 1990s. We know we have big shoes to fill, and we look forward to disappointing everyone. There’s a 50 percent chance Alf will also be in both episodes. But there’s also a 50 percent chance that is a lie.”
Most networks are pretty crossover-happy these days, though not on the comedy front. The CW is plotting a massive event for its suite of DC Comics shows, NBC keeps loose borders between its five Dick Wolf productions and CBS enjoys the occasional meet-up in its NCIS and Criminal Minds universes. Fox has been largely been left out, though there was the Sleepy Hollow/Bones event last season.
What's most unique about the New Girl/Brooklyn Nine-Nine crossover might be the fact that the two don't even share a studio. Brooklyn comes from Universal Television, while New Girl is produced in-house at 20th Century Fox TV.
No immediate details about the episode were available, only that it would take place in New York (read: a Los Angeles studio subbing for New York), but the creators are clearly taking it all very seriously.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine crossing over with New Girl is very exciting, but (and this is supposed to be a secret) it’s just the first step,” said Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-creator Dan Goor in his own statement. “Stay tuned for our two casts to do a soulful R&B number on Empire, co-anchor the Fox 10 O’Clock News and connect for a touchdown on Fox NFL Sunday. But in all seriousness, we’re all huge fans of New Girl here at the Nine-Nine, and we’re excited to see our characters interact and to work with their incredible writers and producers. And also to see what their craft services are like, compared to ours.”