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"The Good Place" review by Suzanne 9/15/16
Premieres Monday 10/9 September 19 and then moves into its regular Thursday spot

This show is hilarious. It literally makes me laugh out loud...as well as giggle and gasp. It's quirky without being too annoying. It has likable characters. It's a total fantasy and silly, but you can relate to the characters. It also surprises, and sometimes the humor comes from the unexpected things that happen. Now, everyone's sense of humor is different, so I can't say whether you will like it or not, but give it a try because it's worth it.

Kristen Bell (star of "Veronica Mars") plays Eleanor, a woman who's led a very selfish, mediocre life and suddenly finds herself in a sort of heaven.  She's dead but in a pseudo-reality constructed by an ancient guy named Michael. This is his first chance to build a community there, and he's apparently made a few mistakes. (This part of the show reminds me a little of "Drop Dead Diva")  The people in "The Good Place" are supposed to be the cream of humanity - people who've lived their whole lives helping others and doing good, not bad. Eleanor is not bad, but she's never done anything for other people, so she has to hide this fact from Michael and everyone else, or else risk going to "the bad place." 

Each of the people there are assigned their "soul mate," so Eleanor's is this ethics professor, a somewhat dull and nervous guy named Chidi.  Chidi reluctantly agrees to help her learn to be a better person.  Their next-door neighbors are a woman named Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and her soulmate Jianyu (Manny Jacinto). There's also a gay couple, and a virtual helper named Janet.  Tahani can be somewhat insuffereable, but her character is supposed to be that way, so it mostly works.

We learn some amazing things in the first few episodes, so I look forward to seeing what else happens. Not everyone is as good as they seem (besides Eleanor).  I hope they do answer more questions, such as why everyone else goes to "the bad place." Perhaps Michael didn't make any mistakes and the whole thing is a test of some kind? Or perhaps whoever's really running it is testing Michael? We'll see....

Kristen Bell is an amazing actress who can make even this selfish witch sympathetic. Ted Danson is always great. Michael is a fun, silly character.  They all do a great job and I just love the four episodes NBC let me watch ahead of time. I hope you will enjoy it was much as I do. I'm definitely adding it to my list of shows to watch regularly.

If you loved the show "Selfie," you may like this one. I think it's a lot funnier than "Selfie," personally, but I see a lot of similarities. I think the show has the whimsy and twisted humor of shows like "Dead Like Me" and "Pushing Daisies."  Make sure you check it out!

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From executive producer Michael Schur (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Master of None”) comes a smart, unique new comedy about what makes a good person. The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, “House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Ted Danson, “CSI” “Cheers”), the wise architect of the Good Place (who doesn’t know he’s made a mistake), she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.

Helping Eleanor navigate her new surroundings is Chidi (William Jackson Harper, “Paterson”), her kind, open-hearted “soul mate” who sees the good in people but finds himself facing quite a dilemma; her seemingly perfect new neighbors, Tahani (Jameela Jamil, “Playing It Straight”) and Jianyu (Manny Jacinto, “The Romeo Section”); and Janet (D’Arcy Carden, “Broad City”), the go-to source for any and all information in the Good Place.  

In addition to executive producing, Schur also serves as writer and showrunner. David Miner (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “30 Rock”), Morgan Sackett (“Parks and Recreation,” “Veep”) and Drew Goddard (Oscar-nominated writer of “The Martian”) also executive produce. Goddard directed the pilot.

“The Good Place” is produced by Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment.

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TED DANSON AND KRISTEN BELL JOIN CAST OF MICHAEL SCHUR’S NEW NBC COMEDY ‘GOOD PLACE’

Duo Are First to Sign on for 13-Episode Series From “Parks and Recreation” Showrunner 

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – Jan. 13, 2016 – Two-time Emmy Award winner Ted Danson and acclaimed actress Kristen Bell have been cast in NBC’s new Michael Schur comedy series “Good Place.”

Bell plays Eleanor, a woman from New Jersey who comes to realize that she hasn’t been a very good person. She decides to turn over a new leaf by learning what it actually means to be “good” or “bad,” and then trying to make up for her past behavior. 

Danson plays Michael, who, through an unlikely set of circumstances, comes to be Eleanor’s guide through her self-designed self-improvement course. 

Danson is widely known for his iconic role as bartender Sam Malone on the 28-time Emmy-winning NBC comedy “Cheers.” Over the course of the show’s historic 11-season run, Danson was nominated for 11 Emmys, winning twice. He was also nominated for eight Golden Globes and won twice.

Besides “Cheers,” Danson has made his mark on several other acclaimed comedies, including HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Bored to Death.” On the drama side, Danson was three-time Emmy nominated and Golden Globe-nominated for his role on the FX series “Damages.”

Most recently, he is coming off his role as a Minnesota state trooper in the critically applauded FX drama “Fargo” and also recently starred in CBS’ “CSI.”

Bell has extensive television experience, most notably the lead role in the popular drama “Veronica Mars,” which ran from 2004-07. She has many other TV credits, including “Deadwood,” “Heroes,” “Party Down,” “Gossip Girl,” “Parks and Recreation” and “House of Lies.”

On the film side, Bell recently starred as the voice of Anna in Disney’s box office hit “Frozen,” which grossed more than $400 million at the domestic box office. She also brought her Veronica Mars character to the big screen as well as having co-starring roles in “Get Him to the Greek” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.” She’s also set to co-star in the upcoming film “Chips,” based on the popular 1970s NBC series.

NBC ordered 13 episodes of Schur’s “Good Place” last August during the network’s TCA day.

A two-time Emmy Award winner, Schur has one of the most fertile minds in comedy. His NBC series “Parks and Recreation” remains one of the best-reviewed comedies in the history of television.

Schur is currently executive producer of the Universal Television-produced series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which won a Golden Globe for outstanding comedy series in its first year of eligibility. He is also an executive producer on the Netflix comedy “Master of None,” produced by Universal Television and starring Aziz Ansari. Schur has written and produced for other seminal series, including “The Office” and “Saturday Night Live.”

“Good Place” will be produced by Universal Television, 3 Arts Entertainment and Fremulon. Schur and David Miner will executive produce.

Day & time:
Thursdays (8:30-9 p.m. ET/PT)

Season premiere:
September 22, 2016

Sneak preview:
Monday, September 19 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT)    

Starring:
Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden

Executive producers:
Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard  

Directors:
Drew Goddard (pilot), Michael McDonald, Beth McCarthy-Miller, Payman Benz, Tucker Gates, Trent O’Donnell, Tristram Shapeero, Dean Holland, Morgan Sackett, Linda Mendoza, Lynn Shelton, Michael Schur

Co-executive producers:
Aisha Muharrar, Josh Siegal, Dylan Morgan    

Producers:
David Hyman, Joe Mande, Megan Amram    

Staff writers:
Andrew Law, Demi Adejuyigbe, Daniel Schofield    

Casting director:
Allison Jones

Production designer:
Dan Bishop

Director of photography:
Barry Peterson (pilot), David Miller

Editors:
Colin Patton, Matthew Barbato

Origination:
Los Angeles, CA

Produced by:
Universal Television, Fremulon and 3 Arts Entertainment


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