Schur avoided online fan theorizing about the show, just in case anyone came up with a better idea than he had. But he did notice someone on a Reddit thread correctly predicting the end of the first season.
Now Danson needed to take a pause, choking up as he described “the gift” of The Good Place ending on its own terms.
Danson and Bell were in on the season-one twist, but from that point forward, all six regulars were on equal footing, information-wise. But the door to writers’ room was always open if a castmember wanted to hear about what was on the horizon.
“There’s a Janet you’re going to meet in season four, and she is my favorite Janet by a mile,” teases Jameela Jamil.
Shooting on the fourth season has wrapped, btw.
“The idea that networks don’t make challenging TV shows is a disappearing notion,” says Schur, citing The Last Man On Earth (R.I.P.) pilot as one that helped pave the way for The Good Place’s high-concept. And he’s put that commitment to network TV into writing:
Watch out for the season-four blooper reel, three-and-a-half minutes of which is just Manny Jacinto trying to get a single line out without making his castmates break character.
Schur’s original objective for The Good Place: “Here’s what a good person looks like in the world. Here’s how a person can feel like he or she led a good life.” But that shifted over time: “As long as you’re trying [to lead a good life], you’re on the right path.”
All the gratitude flying around in the ballroom appears to have mingled with some dust, because Kristen Bell is tearing up. She’s been handed some tissues by someone sitting near the stage—after first wiping her face with the hem of her skirt. [CORRECTION: Or maybe it was the sleeve of William Jackson Harper’s shirt?…
What’s William Jackson Harper carrying forward from his experience on The Good Place? “The cash.” Now that’s comic timing.
Kristen Bell’s first response to Schur letting her know the show was ending: He had to promise that he’d write her another show. (It’s legally binding now, she adds—the TV press has written it down.)
And we’re off: Getting a first look at the new season, where Eleanor’s got a new, authoritative wardrobe (“like that chick from Law & Order”), and Michael’s reminiscing about the days of Disco Janet—while regular Janet conjures a magical elephant that reveals the secrets of the universe.
The TCAs are the type of event where there’s always a little bit of flexibility with the start times, so if we’re not underway exactly at 3, please be cool my chili babies.
The SNL Emmys wound up feeling very much like an episode of SNL: Scattered memorable moments (the proposal, those surprise Americans wins, Drag Race finally taking the reality-competition crown) surrounded by a lot of filler, one potentially viral moment (the Reparations Emmys bit), a low-energy Che and Jost,…
After Will Ferrell puts the “streeeeetch” in “home stretch,” Mrs. Maisel ends its big night with the top comedy prize. It’s also the first best comedy series win for a streaming show—beating Netflix to that milestone after Hulu did the same in drama series last year with The Handmaid’s Tale.
Oliver thanks his son, even though “he hates our show. He likes Paw Patrol. If our show is anything, it’s the precise opposite of Paw Patrol.”
Emmy-winning diner lobster
Hey, you know who would’ve made pretty good Emmy hosts? Or at least more interesting Emmy hosts?
10s! 10s! 10s across the board for Drag Race’s first reality-competition win, presented by Rick and Mory, which makes it feel like a win for The A.V. Club as well.