‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Scoop: Meet Holt's New Neighbor, Rhea Perlman

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(Credit: Fox)

Don’t feel too bad for Capt. Ray Holt (2016 Emmy nominee Andre Braugher). He was sent off to witness protection in the Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 3 finale, but he’s making fast friends in his new Coral Palms, Florida neighborhood.

In the Sept. 20 Season 4 premiere, Cheers star Rhea Perlman will guest star as Estelle, Holt’s new Sunshine State neighbor and the leader of the local power walking group he joins. Holt – a.k.a “Greg” – and his detective, Jake Peralta (witness protection name: “Larry”) had to flee their homes, jobs, and loved ones at the end of last season after on-the-lam mobster Jimmy Figgis threatened them.

They’ll remain ensconced in Florida when the new season opens, and Estelle will not only lead Greg’s fitness efforts, but she may also develop feelings for her new pal, who’s keeping his sexuality and his real name under wraps. “She has a bit of a crush on him,” series co-creator Dan Goor tells Yahoo TV. “Unfortunately, she can’t act on it, because ‘Greg’ is still grieving the loss of his wife and her female-ness… Estelle is sort of the den mother of the walking group, and she has concerns about her family, about her daughter’s choice of mate,” continues Goor. “She makes [those concerns] very vocal to Greg.”

More guest stars in Season 4: Saturday Night Live alum Maya Rudolph as the U.S. Marshal in charge of Greg and Larry’s witness protection cases, and Party Down star Ken Marino as the new, decidedly more chill than Holt, captain of the 99th precinct.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season 4 premieres Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on Fox