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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 1:48PM EST
Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns Jan. 10, bumping Will & Grace out of its 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot
NBC has set the long-awaited premiere date of Brooklyn Nine-Nine six months after rescuing it from cancelation. The police comedy will air Thursdays at 9 p.m., starting on Jan. 10. It will be paired with another Michael Schur comedy, The Good Place, at 9:30 p.m. for three weeks. Will & Grace will return in its new 9:30 p.m. Thursday timeslot on Jan. 31. NBC also announced that freshman comedy I Feel Bad will end its season in December, as planned. The Peacock also set a Jan. 3 premiere date for athletic competition reality series The Titan Games, hosted by Dwayne Johnson.
Posted Saturday 10/27/18 at 7:21AM EDT
The Good Place is really a show about the experience of watching TV in the streaming age
"If you’re under 30, TV probably means Netflix," says Laura Zarum. "Nearly two-thirds of young adults in the U.S. get their episodic #content via a streaming service rather than cable or broadcast; Netflix alone has vowed to produce 700 original series this year alone. And yet the series that is most evocative of the streaming era airs its episodes the old-school way — once a week, starting in the fall, during NBC’s throwback Thursday night 'Must See TV' block, once home to genre-defining sitcoms like Cheers, The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Friends, and Seinfeld. Created by veteran TV writer Michael Schur, The Good Place is an ostensibly heaven-set show about what it means to be a good person, or at least to try. But, after nearly three seasons and multiple conceptual leaps, The Good Place feels less like a show about ethics and more like a simulation of the experience of watching TV in the streaming age. It’s not about heaven and hell; it’s about the internet."
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 1:33PM EDT
Kumail Nanjiani is among The Good Place fans who thought Blake Bortles was a made-up name
"Until today I thought Blake Bortles was a fake name made up by The Good Place," Nanjiani tweeted Monday. Former SNL co-head writer Chris Kelly responded: "until right now i did too." Quarterback Blake Bortles, who really does exist, made headlines on Sunday when he was benched in the middle of the Jacksonville Jaguars game vs. the Houston Texans. But Bortles won his starting job back for next Sunday's Jaguars game vs. the Philadelphia Eagles in London.
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
The Good Place's William Jackson Harper conquered one of his "five biggest fears" with this week's episode
Source: Shadow and Act
"I grew up sort of an awkward, chubby kid and I got made fun of a lot," the 38-year-old actor and playwright tells Shadow and Act. of taking off his shirt, which was the talk of Twitter. "It just sort of stays with you, even now at this age, as a very, very grown a** man, I'm still scared of it." He added: "I do not like taking my shirt off ever in public, so, this episode, I'm facing one of my 5 biggest fears. It was pretty nerve-wracking, honestly." ALSO: Is Chidi's storyline implausible?
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
The Good Place gives Chidi his breakout episode
Tonight's William Jackson Harper showcase, titled “Jeremy Bearimy,” will be remembered for one thing: Chidi Anagonye. "Perpetually on the verge of an existential crisis on his best day, tonight’s bombshell is just too much for Chidi to handle," says Josh Sorokach.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Here's more proof that The Good Place and Parks and Recreation are set in the same universe
The Paunch Burger exists in both Michael Schur comedies, as revealed in the most recent Good Place episode. ALSO: From Kristen Bell to Adam Scott: A guide to Michael Schur's favorite actors.
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 12:57PM EDT
Scottish viewers blast The Good Place for saying "England left Europe"
Source: The Sun
The NBC comedy's Brexit joke, posted on Twitter, didn't go over well among viewers in Scotland.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
TV needs more loveable idiots
Source: The Washington Post
"There’s something oddly comforting and delightful about a character whose defining quality is total stupidity, especially these days when we’re overwhelmed by so. much. information," says Elahe Izadi. "TV shows can be an escape pod from everyday worries, existential dread and constant news alerts. Watching someone live in blissful ignorance? Sounds like a vacation. This fall, TV features an array of such fools with even more screen time than they’ve had before, including freeloading slacker Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul) on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and the resident dummy on NBC’s The Good Place, the beautiful Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto)." Other great loveable idiots from past sitcoms include Parks and Recreation's Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt) and The Office's Erin Hannon (Ellie Kemper).
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
NBC puts "NBC Presents" at the start of The Good Place to ensure that Netflix viewers know what network it's on
In fact, TV networks are working to make sure that their shows are associated with their network brands when their reruns stream on Netflix. As Indiewire notes, The Good Place might have as many viewers on Netflix as it has on NBC. The CW is also trying to make sure that Riverdale isn't considered a Netflix show. But outside of the U.S., Riverdale is presented as a "Netflix Original." “What we started noticing is there became a lot of consumer confusion in terms of what shows were produced where,” said Rick Haskins, executive VP for marketing and digital programs at The CW. “Especially on a show like Riverdale, which a lot of people discovered on Netflix, but didn’t actually know it was a CW show. The dilemma we face is, how do we let people know that it’s a CW show and that when we go into a new season, we’re the only ones that are going to have new episodes? We love Netflix, and the Netflix deal works for us really well. But by the same token, we want our consumer to know that there are new episodes on The CW — and that they should watch on The CW.”
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
The Good Place is a "quite radical" sitcom for network TV
Source: The New York Times
The New York Times Magazine's Sam Anderson went behind the scenes of the NBC sitcom to learn how Michael Schur was able to create a profound work of philosophy for network TV. The Good Place is, "by network standards, quite radical," he says. "It attempts a clever gambit. The American sitcom, since its inception, has struggled with a fundamental tension at its core. Let’s call it 'jester vs. guru.' We expect half-hour comedies to pull off an impossible double duty: to both inject jokes into the national bloodstream and to enlighten us with high-minded moral instruction. We want not only zany catchphrases but wise life lessons. The history of the form has been a constant tug of war between these two contradictory demands. Early sitcoms tended toward Very Special Episodes — morality plays in which we learned to honor our parents, say no to drugs and rat out even our most charming friends. The sitcoms that followed rebelled against such ham-fisted piety, replacing it with ironic cynicism. Seinfeld famously rejected the moral duties of the sitcom altogether; 30 Rock was a pure fire hose of laughs. The control knob turned, further and further, from wisdom toward jokes. The Good Place tries, improbably, to fulfill both functions at once. It wants to sit at both ends of the control knob simultaneously. Like any good modern comedy, the show is a direct IV of laughs, but the trick is that all of those laughs are explicitly about morality."
- Michael Schur hasn't considered a Parks and Recreation crossover, despite all the Easter eggs
- UCLA philosophy professor Pamela Hieronymi recalls doing early consulting work with Schur when he was developing The Good Place
- The Good Place is a rare television phenomenon because it suggests prison is evil and cops are bad
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
Australian The Good Place fans are ticked off over Season 3's terrible Aussie accents
"Glad the Good Place is back but Ted Danson deserves to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for that Australian accent," one Australian tweeted. Another tweeted: "why are all the british people's on the good place attempt at an Australian accent like they're trying to do this weird lower class but posh accent."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Why The Good Place creator avoids fan theories: "I’m worried that I’ll find (them) too interesting"
Michael Schur says he doesn't pay attention to fan theories online. "And not because I don’t find it interesting, quite the contrary,” Schur tells The Wrap. “I’m worried that I’ll find it too interesting and be like, ‘Oh, that’s a better idea than what we have,’ and I’ll be tempted to use it,” he adds. “When the show is over, I will enjoy going back and reading all of the fan theories and everything that was written.” ALSO: Why Kirby Howell-Baptiste is the perfect Good Place addition.
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 Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
The Good Place podcast is unusual in that offers genuinely useful moral advice
"It’s rare that you get viable advice for life from a TV sitcom, let alone a promotional appendage to a TV sitcom. But The Good Place: The Podcast isn’t just any promotional appendage," says Sam Adams. The podcast hosted by Marc Evan Jackson -- who plays head demon Shawn on the NBC comedy -- is "a portrait of a sane and harmonious workplace in an industry that often treats those qualities as incidental and even inimical to the creation of art," says Adams, adding: "It’s one thing to repeat the old saw that TV is a collaborative medium, another to spend as much time with the head of the props department or the visual effects supervisor as with some of the show’s stars."
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Watch the first scene of The Good Place Season 3
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Here's your first glimpse of the one-hour Sept. 27 season premiere.