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In this exclusive clip from Thursday’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ Captain Holt (Andre Braugher) and his detectives show off an array of high-five moves.

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To paraphrase Andy Samberg’s Detective Jake Peralta, there’s not so “noice” news for fans of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

NBC announced Thursday that the critically acclaimed cop comedy starring Samberg and Andre Braugher will delay its eighth season until 2021-22, after coronavirus production shutdowns made a return next month – as initially planned – impossible. 

Instead, 10 new episodes are scheduled to air during the next TV season, but they’ll mark the end of the series’ run. The comedy aired on Fox for its first five seasons, and when that network canceled it, NBC – which produces the comedy – rescued it. Its most recent season ended last April. 

Crews, Beatriz and Andy Samberg in a Season 5 episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” (Photo: John P Fleenor, FOX)

While always low-rated on TV, the show has a strong digital audience, won a Golden Globe in 2014 as best comedy or musical series and has scored Braugher four Emmy nominations as best supporting actor. It’s also been a favorite among endangered series on USA TODAY’s Save Our Shows poll. 

“I’m so thankful to NBC and Universal Television for allowing us to give these characters and our fans the ending they deserve,” said executive producer Dan Goor, in a statement. “When Mike Schur and I first pitched the pilot episode to Andy, he said, ‘I’m in, but I think the only way to tell this story is over exactly 153 episodes,’ which was crazy because that was exactly the number Mike and I had envisioned. 

Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero), left, and Jake Peralta (Andy Samberg) are married police colleagues on NBC’s ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine.’ (Photo: John P. Fleenor, NBC)

“I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with this amazing cast and crew for eight seasons,” Goor continued. “They are not only among the most talented people in the business, they are all good human beings who have become a family. But most of all, I feel lucky that we have had the best fans in the world. Fans who literally saved us from cancellation. Fans who fill us with joy. Ending the show was a difficult decision, but ultimately, we felt it was the best way to honor the characters, the story and our viewers. I know some people will be disappointed it’s ending so soon, but honestly, I’m grateful it lasted this long.”

The final season underwent revisions in the wake of anti-racism protests last summer following the death of George Floyd.  Co-star Terry Crews confirmed that four scripts were tossed and rewritten following “somber talks and very deep conversations” about reorienting the show as other cop series grappled with the racial reckoning. But producers have been mum about exactly what changes they had made in the show.

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