Well, this is certainly good news. In fact, one might describe the directorial development you'll soon read about as 'cool beans'...
Sorry, that just seemed like the only way to announce that the third member of The Lonely Island will finally be making his contribution to Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Obviously, the sitcom stars Islander Andy Samberg but fellow frontman Jorma Taccone (seen cool beansing above) has also directed an episode and now, according to THR, Akiva Schaffer will complete the connection by shooting the season finale of the Golden Globe Best Comedy.
To be honest, I was a little surprised that Schaffer wasn't asked to direct the B99 pilot given that he's shot the bulk of the videos starring the Golden Globe Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy, including Samberg's first feature film as the lead. Not that creators Mike Schur and Dan Goor made the wrong move by bringing in Phil Lord and Chris Miller (quite the opposite, they're 'awesome' and also have the Cloudy Meatballs connection to Samberg), it just seems like either of his comedic compatriots could easily have got the first call.
I know Hot Rod and MacGruber (directed by Schaffer and Taccone, respectively) didn't do gangbusters at the box office, however, both are brilliant as far as I'm concerned and I'm happy that all three friends are now part of the best comedy on TV. Actually, Lord and Miller joining the team so to speak (or the trio joining theirs) is good for everybody because it results in things like an extended version of Tegan and Sara's "Everything is Awesome" featuring The Lonely Island.
But before leaving you with the official music video for Lord and Miller's The LEGO Movie, "made by Markus Jolly, Age 6," it's worth mentioning that the dynamic directing duo will be back next fall with another comedy at Fox. Plus, the project also stars another former SNLer, with MacGruber himself, Will Forte, playing The Last Man on Earth. Forte's ties to Lord and Miller go way back, at least four score and seven years, and it's truly awesome to see them all winding up on the same network.
Without further adieu, Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island....
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns with Episode 18, “The Apartment,” on Tuesday, February 25 at 9:30 p.m. ET on FOX. Created by Michael Schur and Dan Goor, the comedy stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero, Terry Crews, Joe Lo Truglio, Stephanie Beatriz and Chelsea Peretti.