Michael SchurLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
The Good Place creator finally explains the Season 2 finale
"Normally I don't like to just flatly state what's going on, but here I don't see the benefit of people experiencing ambiguity," says Michael Schur.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
The Good Place's "not-robot" Janet is the glue that holds the show together
“That has proven to be the best decision I made, I think,” creator Michael Schur says of D’Arcy Carden's character, which is not exactly a robot. Schur says he's particularly happy that he made Janet a corporeal being, “instead of a disembodied computer voice like Alexa or something. . . . Every time we go to a new place, there’s a possibility that there is a new Janet. It’s really fun.” Schur auditioned all kinds of actors, regardless of age and race, for the Janet role before landing on Carden. “She made the robotic language that I had written for the dummy scene seem like a real person was doing it,” he says. “She found this weird humanity inside this robotic scene.”
Posted Friday 5/18/18 at 11:54PM EDT
From Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Parks and Rec to The Good Place: An appreciation of the Michael Schur TV comedy
Schur has become one of the most beloved names in TV comedy with the shows he's created or co-created, says Carli Velocci. "The power of the Schur comedy is that, even while watching the Brooklyn Nine-Nine protagonist go to prison or The Good Place characters get tortured for all eternity, the audience rarely feels anxious or hopeless. These shows are beacons of light in a depressed TV and news landscape," says Velocci. "Schur, along with his crew of frequent writers, collaborators, and actors, have a propensity for unique, diverse, optimistic shows filled with characters that support each other while growing into better people. This approach has led to some of the most memorable titles of the past decade." ALSO: Check out Gina Rodriguez as Rosa's Brooklyn Nine-Nine love interest.
Posted Thursday 5/10/18 at 4:47PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine canceled after five seasons
The Golden Globe-winning comedy will air its series finale on May 20, capping off a 112-episode run. Brooklyn Nine-Nine started strong in 2013, winning two Golden Globe Awards in its first season, one for Andy Samberg and one for best TV series, comedy or musical. But it has been struggling in the ratings this season. Sunday's episode was watched by just 1.7 million viewers. Co-creator Dan Goor said recently that the Season 5 finale will leave fans satisfied should the comedy be canceled.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast and crew pick their favorite cold opens
Co-creator Michael Schur says: “Dianne Wiest. It’s just a great comedy idea, perfectly executed by the writers, actors, and editors. It’s also the kind of idea you can only do several seasons in, when the audience knows the characters so well.”
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 9:08PM EDT
NBC orders two female-led comedies: Michael Schur's Abby's and Amy Poehler's I Feel Bad
Natalie Morales stars in the multi-camera comedy Abby's, from The Good Place's Michael Schur, playing the owner of an unlicensed backyard bar in San Diego. On the Poehler-produced I Feel Bad, Sarayu Blue plays "the perfect mom, boss, wife, friend and daughter" who suddenly realizes she's not that perfect.
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
A Good Place writer's new web series, An Emmy for Megan, has one goal: To win an Emmy
Comedy writer Megan Amram has made a six-episode web series that meets all of the minimum requirements to win an Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. Her boss, The Good Place creator Michael Schur, tweeted of An Emmy for Megan: "On a daily basis, I am overwhelmed and astonished by the creative abilities of #TheGoodPlace writers."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Could Parks and Recreation team do anything about the NRA's use of a Leslie Knope GIF?
Probably not, at least legally. As Slate points out, "it would be difficult to legally compel the NRA to take the tweet down" because there's no copyright infringement. The NRA's use of a Leslie Knope GIF is considered fair use.
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:50AM EST
Natalie Morales reunites with Parks and Recreation's Michael Schur for NBC Abby's pilot
Morales, who recurred on Parks and Rec as the love interest for Aziz Ansari's Tom Haverford, will play the title role on Abby's, a comedy pilot about a U.S. Army Afghanistan war veteran who opens a bar in her backyard that her landlord deems to be illegal.
Posted Thursday 2/22/18 at 3:48AM EST
Parks and Recreation creator and Amy Poehler tell the NRA to "f*ck off" for using a Leslie Knope GIF
The National Rifle Association tweeted a Leslie Knope "thank you" GIF to its spokesperson, Dana Loesch, after she participated in CNN's town hall on the Florida school shooting Wednesday night. That prompted Parks and Rec creator Michael Schur, who's been very active in denouncing the gun-rights organization on Twitter, to tweet at the NRA: "Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda. Also, Amy isn't on twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said f*ck off?'" Fellow Parks and Rec alum Nick Offerman also responded to the NRA's tweet: "@NRA @DLoesch our good-hearted show and especially our Leslie Knope represent the opposite of your pro-slaughter agenda - take it down and also please eat sh*t," Offerman tweeted. Adam Scott also weighed in: "Hey
@nra please stay the f*ck away from Leslie Knope."
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Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:09PM EST
Did The Good Place reveal that Parks and Rec’s Pawnee is “The Medium Place”?
Aimée Lutkin says “there are two feasible explanations here, I think” to the revelation that both Michael Schur-created comedies are set in the same universe: “either everyone has a Doppelgänger, or that Pawnee is actually a medium place, the kind of refuge our six Good Place heroes are looking for. You can be with your friends; but the libraries are evil. The town’s mascot is a tiny pony; but the tiny pony is dead. Pawnee is aggressively medium, but it contains the true good place: love and loyalty amongst friends.” ALSO: Here are all the times The Good Place implied a shared universe with Parks and Rec.
Posted Tuesday 2/06/18 at 11:36PM EST
The Good Place and Parks and Recreation appear to be set in the same universe
A magazine that Kristen Bell’s Eleanor is reading on The Good Place features ties to two residents of Pawnee, Indiana: Jean-Ralphio and Dennis Feinstein.
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
The Good Place creator Michael Schur sought advice from Lost’s Damon Lindelof
Schur saw every Lost episode live and would cry with his wife watching Lindelof’s HBO series The Leftovers. So after meeting last year, a “bromance” was formed. Schur says of leaning on Lindelof for Good Place advice: “The thing that Damon did for me, which I was very grateful for, the greatest thing anyone any writer can do for another writer, which is to say, ‘Here are, like, 12 pitfalls you’re about to fall into,” which is exactly what I needed. I needed a person who is conversant in the language of science fiction or genre writing, which I am not, to say to me, ‘Here are some things that are gonna happen that are dangerous. Here’s what’s gonna happen, here’s how to avoid it.’ So that was a huge part of how I operated going forward.”
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
The Good Place Season 2 was funnier, crazier, more surprising and audacious thanks to the hard work of Season 1
“Like most of the sitcoms Michael Schur has worked on, The Good Place wasn’t as great at the start as it became later,” says Alan Sepinwall. “But where The Office, Parks and Rec, and even Brooklyn Nine-Nine needed a bit of time to fine-tune themselves and correct things that weren’t quite working, season two of The Good Place has been wonderful in large part because of the hard and occasionally thankless work that season one did. This season has been funnier, crazier, more surprising, and more audacious, but only because the show’s first year spent a lot of time explaining how the world worked and what made each character tick….The only reason a Groundhog Day-style episode covering hundreds of reboots works is because we have a baseline knowledge of who and what is important, so the show had the freedom to just get to the jokes, boom boom boom.”
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- The Season 2 finale was as ambitious as Season 1’s finale, and it opens up even more possibilities for Season 3
- A handy guide to Michael Schur’s favorite actors, from Kristen Bell to Maya Rudolph
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
Michael Schur: The Good Place’s Season 2 finale won’t be as crazy as the Season 1-ending shocker
“If you just keep yanking the rug out from everybody, and going, ‘Everything you thought is now this totally different thing!,’ then I, as a viewer, would start to go, ‘Well, why should I believe anything you say?'” says The Good Place creator. “All you’re doing is watching the show and trying to guess the actual reality of what’s going on. So, we don’t do that. The end of this season is not ‘Guess what? We were right the first time — it really is the Good Place!’ You could just keep doing that forever, but it’s utterly diminishing returns. We tried to remain true to the DNA of the show in that we tried to do things that are interesting and surprising and maybe you didn’t see coming, but everything that you have learned about them to this point remains similar. Or actually, really true.”