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Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
The Good Place's season finale description is "weirdly vague"
“Various events occur, in a certain specific order,” is how the Season 3 finale is described in TV listings. When critic Margaret Lyons pointed it out, creator Michael Schur responded: "What? It's true." ALSO: How dark will the Season 3 finale be?
Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 10:16PM EST
Schitt's Creek is leading TV's "nice" comedy trend
Source: BuzzFeed News
TV comedy used to be ruled by sarcastic and cynical shows like Arrested Development, 30 Rock, The Office, Curb Your Enthusiasm and the departing Veep. Nowadays, Schitt's Creek embodies TV comedy's niceness trend. "Over the show’s four seasons (and a holiday special that aired in December), this Canadian import has found the humor in the sunnier side of things, alongside newer shows — The Good Place, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, One Day at a Time, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to name but a few — that are earnest without being cloying or toothless," says Manuel Betancourt. "In a TV landscape once littered with brooding antiheroes, it’s a welcome change." Amid the political turmoil of the Trump era, he adds, "there is a sense that comedies are also finding humor not in apathy but in sincerity...Schitt’s Creek may have punchlines aplenty (and (Catherine) O’Hara remains unparalleled when it comes to doling out hilarious non sequitur lines), but it’s bingeworthy precisely because it feels like such a calming balm. Its wholesomeness is most welcome at a time when it would be (and is) all too easy to sink into apathetic despair. There’s a joy that runs through it that’s infectious, and which is symptomatic of a growing trend in recent comedies."
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Posted Wednesday 1/16/19 at 2:04PM EST
D'Arcy Carden says she "truly lost my mind" for her showcase Good Place episode
Carden recalled her experience to Seth Meyers: “I had two months to sort of peep on my friends and creepily watch them, and honestly, it might have been easier if I didn’t know I had to do it — if Mike Schur, the creator, had just told me the week before, ‘By the way, you have to do an impression of all these people,’” she said. ALSO: Ted Danson shows Jimmy Kimmel that he's finally mastered the Floss Dance.
Posted Monday 1/14/19 at 2:14PM EST
Half-hour Conan's first two weeks of guests revealed: The Good Place cast to visit for the second show
Conan O'Brien's revamped Conan will premiere a week from Tuesday with Tom Hanks, followed by The Good Place cast on Wednesday and Bill Hader on Thursday. The following week, Conan will welcome Tig Notaro, Gina Rodriguez, Pete Holmes, Matt LeBlanc and comedian Gary Gulman.
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine delivers its best viewership in two years with NBC debut
About 3.56 million total viewers watched last night's Season 6 premiere -- up 82% from last season's premiere on Fox. That's the best viewership since Jan. 1, 2017, when the then-Fox comedy received a boost from an NFL game. Demo-wise, Brooklyn Nine-Nine improved on timeslot predecessor Will & Grace by 50%. Brooklyn Nine-Nine also had NBC's best same-day rating for a Thursday comedy this season. The Good Place, paired with Brooklyn Nine-Nine for the first time, returned to 2.8 million viewers, which is on par with its fall ratings.
Posted Friday 1/11/19 at 1:19PM EST
The Good Place may be building to its best twist yet
"The Good Place is actually building up to a perfect endgame, but as long as it took the NBC comedy to get to the titular 'Good Place,' it exited at a record pace because as it turns out, it might not be so good after all," says Justin Kirkland. "The big message from The Good Place has always been a big philosophical hodgepodge. But after spending time in the Bad Place, the Real Bad Place, Earth, The Medium Place, and now
The Good Place, the mailroom of The Good Place, it seems no one in the universe has any idea what the fork is going on. And if that's the message The Good Place has been building up to all along, it might be it's biggest and best twist yet."
- William Jackson Harper identifies with Chidi maybe a little too closely: "One evolution that I've noticed over the years doing this show playing this character is, there has been a slight melting away of this rigidity that he has around morality. And it's becoming more relative," Harper tells ET. "I think that we live in a compromised world and the character, Chidi, is starting to understand that, rather than looking for a book to tell him exactly what to do. He has to figure that out for himself and I think he's making steps towards doing that."
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Posted Monday 1/07/19 at 6:19AM EST
E! admits misidentifying Jameela Jamil as her Good Place character's nemesis was a mistake
Source: TV Guide
A chyron showed Jamil identified as "Kamilah Al-Jamil," the sister of her character Tahani who is played by Rebecca Hazelwood. Some thought the chyron was intended as a joke. But E! reporter Nina Parker later admitted it was a mistake during a red carpet wrap-up. "Jameela Jamil, we know your name, girl... It's live, it happens!" she said. ALSO: The Good Place fans were upset that the NBC comedy was shut out at the Globes.
Posted Wednesday 12/19/18 at 11:11PM EST
The Good Place averages 10 million viewers each week when factoring in other platforms
Source: New York Post
Streaming numbers have saved The Good Place. According to the New York Post, the 10 million figure is way up from the less than 3 million who view the Michael Schur sitcom live each week.
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 1:45PM EST
The Good Place launches an animated philosophy-teaching YouTube series
Clemson University philosophy professor Todd May, who is The Good Place's chief philosophy advisor, explains existentialism in the first episode of Mother Forkin Morals with Dr. Todd May. ALSO: Here's your first look at the actual Good Place.
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 Friday 11/30/18 at 4:04PM EST
The Good Place hinted about the Bad Place from the very beginning
A Redditor rewatching the NBC comedy has found some Easter eggs in early episodes of the NBC comedy.
Posted Thursday 11/29/18 at 7:15PM EST
Why Tahani is The Good Place's best human character
"In fact, she’s the second-best character overall (second, because nobody beats Janet), and the reasons why have become very clear in season three," says Cheryl Eddy of Jameela Jamil's character. Eddy adds: "Jamil’s gotten to do more than just aghast reactions, celebrity name-dropping, party-planning, and looking fab in cocktail dresses this season. She’s still done all that, of course, but season three’s return to Earth has allowed Tahani to dig deeper in ways she couldn’t while stuck in purgatory."
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.”