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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."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
The Good Place creator finally explains the Season 2 finale
Source: Rolling Stone
"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
Source: Vanity Fair
“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.