Four months after Andy Samberg’s departure from Saturday Night Live, Parks And Recreation co-creators Michael Schur and Daniel Goor lassoed him to anchor their police comedy pilot Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which airs on Fox. Much like his SNL alter egos — such as his cocky Nicolas Cage and the accountant Mort Feingold — Samberg’s Detective Jake Peralta is a goofy, affable, outspoken guy who breaks the rules and somehow, despite his attention deficit disorder, always gets his man (by the seat of his pants). Like previous SNL peers, Samberg shot for the big screen but with mixed results, from the Adam Sandler misfire That’s My Boy to the well-received Celeste And Jesse Forever. However, Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s bumbling detective fits the actor like a glove. In January, Samberg walked away with a Golden Globe award for best comedy actor for the role, immediately gaining awards-season traction as the contender to watch.
AWARDSLINE: Was there any hesitation about returning to TV since most SNL alums graduate to feature films?
ANDY SAMBERG: I never gave it a second thought. As soon as Mike (Schur) and Dan (Goor) asked, I knew I was going to do the show. I respect their work so much. I had people like Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to look to in terms of seguing from SNL to TV. And as far as staying in the world of movies, I had Steve Carell and Tina, who were both making movies and starring in TV shows at the same time.