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Posted Tuesday 7/10/18 at 11:58PM EDT
The Good Place will have an interactive neighborhood experience at Comic-Con
NBC is billing the afterlife exhibit as the “largest interactive fan experience yet."
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 Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
NBC announces fall premiere dates for This Is Us, Will & Grace, The Good Place and The Voice
The Voice kicks off Season 15 on Sept 24, This Is Us returns Sept. 25, The Good Place will have a one-hour Season 3 premiere on Sept. 27, while Will & Grace returns a day later on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
The Good Place creator finally explains the Season 2 finale
"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 Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
An Emmy for Megan's Megan Amram gets a Hollywood Blvd Emmy For Your Consideration billboard
"I'd like an Emmy for my web series," The Good Place writer is quoted as saying on her billboard promoting her Emmy-focused web series.
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 9:38PM EDT
The Good Place's "not-robot" Janet is the glue that holds the show together
“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 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Westworld is "Resurrection TV," a trend where death on television doesn't matter
"Welcome to Resurrection TV, where death, bizarrely, stops mattering, and everyone involved, including the viewers, must sort out what does," says Lili Loofbourow. "Plot suffers in Resurrection TV, which tends to avoid linear cause and effect in favor of unreliable narrators, sly edits, and shifty camerawork. But other narrative approaches become possible as a result, and while the list of failures is long, the successes are gloriously inventive. Shows carving excellence out of this wobbly premise include abduction-drama The Leftovers and afterlife-comedy The Good Place, with Westworld emerging as a brilliant contender. My claim is this: While all three of these shows could be (and are) watched as 'Puzzle TV'—that is, shows that reward an obsessive, hermeneutical search for secret codes that might 'solve' the series—they are ultimately more interested in the long weird hangover of deathlessness, its possibilities as well as miseries."
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 7:14PM EDT
NBC to launch a podcast network featuring The Good Place -- Seth Meyers will do special Friday shows this summer
NBC's podcast network will roll out with podcasts devoted to The Good Place and American Ninja Warrior. Marc Evan Jackson will host The Good Place podcast. Meanwhile, Late Night with Seth Meyers will add a fifth show each week, dubbed "Summer Fridays."
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 Wednesday 5/02/18 at 10:57PM EDT
An Emmy For Megan star Megan Amram: "I think me winning this Emmy would make up for Steve Carell and The Wire being snubbed"
"My desire is overwhelmingly sincere," The Good Place writer says of her blatantly Emmy-seeking web series. "As sincere as anything I’ve ever set out to do. It’s less about the category and more about the award. I would really love an Emmy award. A lot of my friends have them, and they seem great. The awards, not my friends. I think my friends from home would think it was really cool if I won. I don’t have any major awards and I think me winning this Emmy would make up for Steve Carell and The Wire being snubbed." ALSO: Amram says of her Emmy campaign: "I am willing to sink every penny of my savings into this."
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 Tuesday 4/24/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Westworld is essentially a dramatic version of The Good Place
"Though these shows on a surface level seem as different as black hats and white hats, there are more similarities than you may assume," says Kayla Cobb in comparing the HBO drama to the NBC comedy. She notes that Ted Danson's Good Place role is very similar to Anthony Hopkins' Westworld character. "While The Good Place is explicitly about morality, Westworld is essentially designed to be its own morality play," she says, adding: "Neither The Good Place‘s humans nor Westworld‘s hosts deserve to be where they are, but in these strict universes it’s also unclear if there is a place for them."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Presenting 10 TV characters who are pretty terrible at their jobs
The Good Place's Michael, Atlanta's Earn and The Big Bang Theory's Wolowitz all seem to perform miserably in their respective fields.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 12:37PM EDT
The Good Place's Jameela Jamil launches a body-positive Instagram
"Hi I’m @jameelajamil this is my 'I Weigh' movement," reads her new Instagram account's bio. "For us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are, and look beyond the flesh on our bones." Last month, Jamil called out a viral meme that attempted to estimate the weights of the Kardashian and Jenner sisters.
Posted Monday 2/19/18 at 11:12PM EST
NBC boss: We also make a lot of money from streaming revenue
As NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt points out, 44% of the revenue generated from This Is Us is from digital viewership. For The Good Place, it's 36%. “It’s not insignificant now,” he says, “and I think over time it grows into becoming really significant.”