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Fox Plots ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ ‘New Girl’ Crossover

TCA 2016: Zooey Deschanel and the gang will head east for October event

Dick Wolf would be proud.

Fox is planning a one-hour “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”-“New Girl” crossover event for October 11. The two-episode arc will see Zooey Deschanel and her whacky gang heading east to the Big Apple, beginning at 8 p.m. that evening.

“‘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 Dan Goor, co-creator and executive producer of “Brooklyn.” “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.”

“The crossover episode has historically been the artistic high point of any show that has dared to attempt it,” added Elizabeth Meriwether, creator and executive producer of “New Girl.” “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.”

Season 4 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and Season 6 of “New Girl” both premiere Tuesday, September 20 on Fox. On “Brooklyn’s” return, Jake (Andy Samberg) and Holt (Andre Braugher) remain in Florida under the Witness Protection Program, with only one human link to their regular lives — U.S. Marshall Karen Haas (guest star Maya Rudolph).

Then, on “New Girl,” Jess (Deschanel) faces Nick (Jake Johnson) for the first time after realizing she has feelings for him, while Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Cece (Hannah Simone) begin a frustrating hunt for their first house.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment, Fremulon and Dr. Goor Productions. The series was created by Goor and Michael Schur, who executive produce alongside David Miner and Luke Del Tredici.

“New Girl” is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. The series was created by Elizabeth Meriwether, who executive produces with Brett Baer, Dave Finkel, Jake Kasdan, Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope.