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Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place each found humanity in hell
The CBS All Access series may be completely different from The Good Place, but they are both is "moving in parallel" with each other, says Genevieve Valentine. "Though they couldn’t be more tonally different, each show is deeply concerned with how one person making moral decisions — or compromising them — can change a world," writes Valentine. "And those complexities of subjective morality, utilitarianism, and acceptable collateral damage are all tied into stomach-sinking revelations: The characters in these stories are trapped in horrible places, the utopia they’ve been sold is a lie, and it’s a surprisingly small jump from that supposed utopia to their horrible reality. The central question of each show is whether their protagonists will be defined by the hell they’re in, or whether they’ll be able to redefine it."
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Kristen Bell reacts to The Good Place fan theories
Watch the YouTube video she filmed for The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 8:57PM EST
New Amazon Studios boss has a reputation for developing TV shows that are popular and critically acclaimed
Jennifer Salke, who has served as NBC Entertainment president since 2011, is responsible for successful shows like The Good Place and This Is Us. But before that, she had a hand in shows like Glee, Modern Family and Bones. In other words, she makes shows that viewers and TV critics like to watch.
Posted Friday 2/09/18 at 5:53AM EST
The Good Place is getting everybody to talk about religion and the afterlife
“The question of who gets into heaven, and how, has provoked religious disagreement and sectarianism since the concept of religion entered human consciousness,” says Laura Turner. “It has also, in a charming surprise, been the subject of one of the most popular TV shows of the last year — the Michael Schur-created series The Good Place. When, in recent memory, has a television show led people to talk so much about heaven and hell, and to rethink their preconceptions of what seem like stodgy, irrelevant concepts in a secular society? Suddenly, everyone from the evangelical magazine Christianity Today to The Hollywood Reporter to The New Yorker is thinking about the afterlife.” ALSO: Jameela Jmail says “people make fun of how much of a fan I am of the show in real life.”
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 Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Why are plot twists all the rage on TV comedies?
From The Good Place to Search Party to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the plot twist is no longer the realm of the TV drama, says Rachel Aroesti. “Partly as a ploy to rejuvenate the slightly stale sitcom format: surprises are funny, and a twist in a sitcom is doubly surprising because you don’t expect it to be there,” she says. “It’s also something that goes hand in hand with the long-brewing trend for high-concept 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 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
NBC stars sing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in Spike Lee-directed Super Bowl promo
Stars of This Is Us, Will & Grace and The Good Place are among those singing and dancing in the lengthy promo. “We just want to go big and show that the network has a cool vibe and a bit of a sense of humor—but that we all are part of this big whole,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt tells Vanity Fair. “It’s so exciting to us when we see everybody take part in something like this.”
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.”
- “Lesser TV shows give you what you think you want. A great TV show like The Good Place gives you what you didn’t know you needed”
- 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.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
The Good Place was designed to break its rules
“The Good Place is an ‘anything can happen’ type of show, but ‘anything’ must adhere to a set of ‘if X is true, then Y’ statements,” says Erik Adams. “The very core of The Good Place’s premise is rule-bound—how its characters will spend eternity rests on what they should’ve or shouldn’t’ve done when they were alive—and this goes a long way toward making the universe of the show feel real, well-rounded, and familiar whenever a reset takes place. The neighborhood is the neighborhood whether its streets are dotted with frozen yogurt shops, pudding stands, or chowder fountains. But none of that is the foundation that’s held firm through all the renovations. Rules give shape to The Good Place, but character gives it life, and consistency and rigor in that department is what has truly kept the show from rocketing off of its axis in season two.”
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
The Good Place apparently predicted the Jacksonville Jaguars choking
Earlier this season, Jason Mendoza asked Ted Danson’s Michael if the Jags would make the Super Bowl.
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
“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.