Ted DansonLatest News and Opinion
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 Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Ted Danson would not be up for a Cheers revival: "Playing Sam Malone was an anathema to me for the longest time"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It'd be a bunch of people in their 70s in a bar going, 'What? What? A horse walked into a what?'" Danson explained to Seth Meyers, before adding, jokingly: "Maybe Cheers, the old age home."
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Ted Danson and Laverne Cox team for a Smirnoff Vodka campaign
The Good Place and Orange Is the New Black stars are among several new celebrities who have signed on to promote Smirnoff Vodka. They join Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness and Splitting Up Together's Jenna Fischer.
Posted Saturday 7/21/18 at 9:16PM EDT
The Good Place teases the first two minutes of Season 3
“This is wild! I had no idea this was even here,” Ted Danson's Michael says to kick off the third season of the NBC comedy.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
The Good Place Season 2 finale gave Ted Danson a brief Cheers moment
Danson looked at ease behind the bar on Thursday’s episode. ALSO: The Good Place takes the biggest swings on TV.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
The Good Place writers returned to work this week grappling with how to deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars being good
Source: The Florida Times-Union
“We just started writing season 3 two days ago,” producer Joe Mande said Thursday. “That was one of the first things brought up: What do we do now?” Meanwhile, The Good Place creator Michael Schur is predicting a Jaguars win over the New England Patriots this weekend, which could mean Al Michaels name-dropping the NBC comedy during the Super Bowl. ALSO: Ted Danson decribes what it’s like to portray a character who is constantly in flux.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
The Good Place is revolutionizing the single-camera sitcom
“Within circles of people who talked a lot about TV, it used to be common sense that single-cam shows were the future," says Eric Thurm, "that obviously audiences couldn’t stomach the slower, consciously low-tech feel of multi-camera shows. But the straightforward, single-cam sitcom has largely given way critically to dramedies that don’t really fit into the sitcom form at all. The Big Bang Theory, the most popular sitcom on TV at the moment, is a multi-cam show. It’s pointless to compare which format is “better;” like any two distinct, but related genres, they have different structures that give rise to distinct strengths and weaknesses. But it is fair to say that The Good Place fully utilizes the single-cam format in a way few sitcoms have done to date.”
- Examining how clothes are used as torture on The Good Place
- Jameela Jamil on Tahani: “I’ve grown to love her over season two. I couldn’t stand her in season one”
- The Good Place’s costume designer explains the fashion rules: “We never wear red or pinks”
- Ted Danson talks about “the humanizing of our favorite demon”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Ted Danson takes his brilliance as a actor to new heights on The Good Place
On the NBC comedy, says Angelica Jade Bastién, “Danson feels especially wondrous. He’s zany yet heartfelt, cunning yet arch, while never forgetting the existential quandaries rooted in the arc of his character.” She adds:
“Michael, the demon who’s gone from an architect of torture to a genuine ally to the four humans in The Good Place, marks a particularly noteworthy entry in Danson’s post-Cheers career. His performances — even his most loathsome characters — feel all too human, showcasing what (Ian) Crouch refers to in his New Yorker profile as the ‘effortless-looking panache’ that has come to define the actor. Michael allows for a far different approach. Danson lends the character a surreal, even ‘alien quality’ that feels distinct from his previous high-profile roles, and embodies the moral complexity of the character’s arc toward discovering his own humanity.”
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
Ted Danson is getting the Inside the Actor’s Studio treatment
The Good Place star will chat about his stellar TV career with James Lipton in an episode Bravo is airing on Jan. 11.
Posted Tuesday 11/21/17 at 2:04PM EST
The Good Place renewed for Season 3
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
NBC’s critically acclaimed comedy starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson will be back for another 13-episode season.
Posted Wednesday 10/25/17 at 1:54PM EDT
Ted Danson forgot to inform wife Mary Steenburgen that they were getting divorced on Curb Your Enthusiasm
“That was my bad,” Danson tells Jimmy Kimmel, assuring him that he and Steenburgen are still happily married in real life. ALSO: Danson spilled the beans on The Good Place twist to John Krasinski and others.
Posted Wednesday 9/06/17 at 11:14PM EDT
Listen to a five-part podcast oral history of Curb Your Enthusiasm, featuring interviews with Larry David
Source: Origins with James Andrew Miller
James Andrew Miller, co-author of the SNL and ESPN oral history books, has dropped all five episodes of his Origins podcast that includes interviews with everybody from David to Ted Danson. In addition to dropping all five episodes at the same time, Miller says he’s planning to release the full interviews that he conducted in podcast format.