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Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
The Good Place spent "close to a year" planning Thursday's very ambitious midseason finale
"We were like, ‘Can this be done?’" said creator Michael Schur of Thursday's episode, which was planned "to the millimeter" way in advance. “The first day of shooting, there was just a little panic about, ‘What if none of this makes sense?'” adds Josh Siegal, who co-wrote the episode with Dylan Morgan. Schur adds that preparation included "a ton of advance warning, and we finished the script really, really early, then we did a bunch of things along the way." ALSO: D'arcy Carden explains her midseason finale performance.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 5:50PM EST
The Good Place renewed for Season 4
NBC has picked up the critically acclaimed Michael Schur comedy for the 2019-2020 season. The network says the episode order is "yet to be determined," though Seasons 1 through 3 have run for 13 episodes each. “Congratulations to Mike Schur and an exceptional cast and crew, all of whom collaborate to create a thoughtful, mind-bending and hysterical series unlike anything else on television,” NBC co-presidents of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta and Lisa Katz said in a statement. “We can’t wait to see what unexpected stories the new season will bring.”
Posted Monday 11/26/18 at 11:25PM EST
Did The Good Place curse the Jacksonville Jaguars?
"Fun fact: Since the judge on The Good Place declared 'The Jacksonville Jaguars are good now,' the Jags have gone 0-7," tweeted The Ringer's Andrew Gruttadaro. Things have gotten so bad that the Jaguars on Monday benched QB Blake Bortles, who has been name-dropped many times on the NBC comedy. ESPN's Mina Kimes responded to Gruttadaro's tweet, urging creator Michael Schur to "undo this hex." Schur responded: "I don't control this strand of multiverse spacetime any more than Blake Bortles does."
Posted Wednesday 11/21/18 at 6:26PM EST
The Good Place writers have specific rules about The Bad Place
“No kids, because that’s too depressing, and no physical anguish,” says creator Michael Schur. “I think that keeps the show from devolving into some weird manifestation about human pain. It’s better to show toxic masculinity or annoying YouTubers, because that sounds like what hell really is.”
Posted Monday 11/19/18 at 6:36PM EST
How The Good Place came up with its "Jeremy-Bearimy" joke
It began when new writer Rae Sanni questioned creator Michael Schur's concept of time. “She was like, 'How can can time events be happening in the Good Place if they’re not happening on Earth?' We were like, 'Well, we’re trying to say it like this, 'and she was like, 'This doesn’t make any sense, and she was totally right.'”
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:32AM EST
Michael Schur: Why I'd work with Aziz Ansari again
Source: The Daily Beast
"The answer is yes, I would," The Good Place creator, who worked with Ansari on Parks and Recreation, says when The Daily Beast asked if he'd work with the comedian again following his #MeToo scandal. "And the tricky thing about all of this stuff is this kind of national reckoning that the entertainment industry has finally had with itself—or at least has begun to have, I would say—we’re far from actually having the complete, sort of thought process and emotional processing that is required," adds Schur. "There was a lot of dust and a lot of that dust has now settled a little bit, and now it’s time for everybody to really think hard and reflect and change and grow and do all of that stuff that is required to heal. And I’m not talking about any one person or group of people. The initial revelation of how prevalent all of these things are is over. And now it’s phase two. Phase two is going to be equally tough and hard and it’s going to require a lot of emotional turmoil and thought processes and investigations and all that stuff. And I am happy that it’s happening. I’m excited for it to happen."
Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns Jan. 10, bumping Will & Grace out of its 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot
NBC has set the long-awaited premiere date of Brooklyn Nine-Nine six months after rescuing it from cancelation. The police comedy will air Thursdays at 9 p.m., starting on Jan. 10. It will be paired with another Michael Schur comedy, The Good Place, at 9:30 p.m. for three weeks. Will & Grace will return in its new 9:30 p.m. Thursday timeslot on Jan. 31. NBC also announced that freshman comedy I Feel Bad will end its season in December, as planned. The Peacock also set a Jan. 3 premiere date for athletic competition reality series The Titan Games, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
The Good Place is really a show about the experience of watching TV in the streaming age
"If you’re under 30, TV probably means Netflix," says Laura Zarum. "Nearly two-thirds of young adults in the U.S. get their episodic #content via a streaming service rather than cable or broadcast; Netflix alone has vowed to produce 700 original series this year alone. And yet the series that is most evocative of the streaming era airs its episodes the old-school way — once a week, starting in the fall, during NBC’s throwback Thursday night 'Must See TV' block, once home to genre-defining sitcoms like Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Friends, and Seinfeld. Created by veteran TV writer Michael Schur, The Good Place is an ostensibly heaven-set show about what it means to be a good person, or at least to try. But, after nearly three seasons and multiple conceptual leaps, The Good Place feels less like a show about ethics and more like a simulation of the experience of watching TV in the streaming age. It’s not about heaven and hell; it’s about the internet."
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Kal Penn to star in an NBC comedy pilot from producer Michael Schur
The Designated Survivor star is teaming with Parks and Recreation and The Good Place writer Matt Murray on the untitled comedy pilot, portraying a "disgraced New York City Councilman and former baseball wunderkind Garrett Shah who finds his calling when faced with six recent immigrants in search of the American Dream." Penn and Murray are co-writing the potential series that has received a pilot commitment from NBC. The Good Place creator Schur will supervise as executive producer. Penn is expected to continue starring on Designated Survivor, which ABC canceled and Netflix resurrected for a third season. Penn is also hosting an Amazon docuseries on the world economy.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Here's more proof that The Good Place and Parks and Recreation are set in the same universe
The Paunch Burger exists in both Michael Schur comedies, as revealed in the most recent Good Place episode. ALSO: From Kristen Bell to Adam Scott: A guide to Michael Schur's favorite actors.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
The Good Place is a "quite radical" sitcom for network TV
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine's Sam Anderson went behind the scenes of the NBC sitcom to learn how Michael Schur was able to create a profound work of philosophy for network TV. The Good Place is, "by network standards, quite radical," he says. "It attempts a clever gambit. The American sitcom, since its inception, has struggled with a fundamental tension at its core. Let’s call it 'jester vs. guru.' We expect half-hour comedies to pull off an impossible double duty: to both inject jokes into the national bloodstream and to enlighten us with high-minded moral instruction. We want not only zany catchphrases but wise life lessons. The history of the form has been a constant tug of war between these two contradictory demands. Early sitcoms tended toward Very Special Episodes — morality plays in which we learned to honor our parents, say no to drugs and rat out even our most charming friends. The sitcoms that followed rebelled against such ham-fisted piety, replacing it with ironic cynicism. Seinfeld famously rejected the moral duties of the sitcom altogether; 30 Rock was a pure fire hose of laughs. The control knob turned, further and further, from wisdom toward jokes. The Good Place tries, improbably, to fulfill both functions at once. It wants to sit at both ends of the control knob simultaneously. Like any good modern comedy, the show is a direct IV of laughs, but the trick is that all of those laughs are explicitly about morality."
- Michael Schur hasn't considered a Parks and Recreation crossover, despite all the Easter eggs
- UCLA philosophy professor Pamela Hieronymi recalls doing early consulting work with Schur when he was developing The Good Place
- The Good Place is a rare television phenomenon because it suggests prison is evil and cops are bad
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Why The Good Place creator avoids fan theories: "I’m worried that I’ll find (them) too interesting"
Michael Schur says he doesn't pay attention to fan theories online. "And not because I don’t find it interesting, quite the contrary,” Schur tells The Wrap. “I’m worried that I’ll find it too interesting and be like, ‘Oh, that’s a better idea than what we have,’ and I’ll be tempted to use it,” he adds. “When the show is over, I will enjoy going back and reading all of the fan theories and everything that was written.” ALSO: Why Kirby Howell-Baptiste is the perfect Good Place addition.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
The Good Place has become one of TV's most necessary shows
Source: Vanity Fair
"Plenty of TV comedies have tried to confront the horrors of modern life in America, especially in the past few years," says Laura Bradley. "Too often, their attempts hinge on punching at public figures with jokes that don’t land—even if a studio audience is there to whoop and cheer as if they did," she adds, referring to shows like the Will & Grace revival. Bradley says the Michael Schur-created NBC comedy's "genius is in running in the complete opposite direction. Where other shows choose flagrant defiance, The Good Place chooses mirth." She adds that The Good Place "is a candy-coated exploration of human behavior, morality, and redemption—one that, more than anything else right now, feels like an essential reminder of the capacity for goodness within us all...At a time when we’re drowning in deep existential dread, we need television like The Good Place. It’s hard to imagine anything more comforting right now than a beautifully crafted story about a universe overseen with purpose and order—by beings who genuinely care about us, despite our deepest flaws."
- Here’s a philosophical question: Does humanity even deserve The Good Place?
- The Good Place is doing in Season 3 what Lost never could do in six seasons
- Unlike most network sitcoms, The Good Place allows its characters to change
- The Good Place is arguably the most underappreciated comedy on television
- From Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit to Adam Sandler's Little Nicky: What to read and watch for Season 3
- Ted Danson’s Australian accent is terrible in Season 3, but in an intentional and amusing way
- Richard Marx explains why he let The Good Place use his music, despite never having watched the show
- Writers have a contingency plan in case the Jacksonville Jaguars win the Super Bowl
- Why The Good Place keeps rebooting itself: "It is frustrating, but it’s also fundamentally optimistic"
- Michael Schur addresses the big-picture questions about the afterlife
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Michael Schur reveals The Good Place Season 9 images with commentary
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Good Place creator explains the use of a frog key in the season premiere.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
The Good Place creator's favorite Season 2 joke involves a dig at Pirates of the Caribbean
Michael Schur says his favorite joke was inspired by the NBC comedy shooting on Universal's backlot on a European Street that was last used for a short scene on "Pirates of the Caribbean 31."