Fox is continuing the recent crossover trend, announcing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday that comedies "New Girl" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" will stage a crossover event this fall.
The network, which also offered viewers a "Sleepy Hollow"-"Bones" crossover last year, says that both shows will devote an episode to the crossover, and the installments will air back-to-back on October 11. There's not word yet on a plot for event, but the episodes will both take place in New York City, home of the "Nine-Nine."
Showrunners from both series released statements on the news, which you can read below:
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" co-creator Dan Goor: "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. 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."
"New Girl" creator Elizabeth Meriwether: "The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it. 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% chance Alf will also be in both episodes. But there's also a 50% chance that is a lie."
This is a quirky -- but certainly intriguing -- choice, and we can't wait to see how it all pans out.
HiFix notes that the NYC setting could mean that the "New Girl" characters will be meeting up with Coach, who left the show (for a second time) to move to the Big Apple with his girlfriend. But actor Damon Wayans Jr. also appeared on a season two ep of "Nine-Nine," playing Jake's former partner, so it seems unlikely that Wayans will be a factor in the crossover, since we doubt they could explain away that coincidence.
Still, there are plenty of other possible scenarios: Will the tightly-wound Schmidt get along with the equally-tightly-wound Captain Holt? Will Nick and Peralta have a slacker-off? Will Rosa lose her cool with Jess for being too damn adorkable? We'll find out later this year.
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