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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.”
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.