The Good Place, from Michael Schur, stars Kristen Bell as a woman who dies and, due to a clerical error, accidentally winds up in The Good Place, where the book store is called All the Books and the clothing store is Everything Fits. Ted Danson plays a Good Place middle manager, who realizes he’s in over his head on this one.
TV critics wonder if the whole first season of 13 episodes will be as “chaotic” as is the pilot. “This show is never going to be a ‘wash, rinse repeat’ kind of show, Schur, who previously co-created the network’s Parks & Recreation, said today at TCA. The Good Place pilot is a “pretty good template,” for what is a contained story in which, at the end, something dramatic happens “that sends it spiraling to a different place,” he explained. The model in some ways is Lost,” he said, bringing to two out of NBC’s three new fall series whose creators have said today at TCA their show is like Lost.
“I love that show,” Shur said of Lost – so much so that Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof was one of the first people he sought out for guidance as he was working on this new NBC series. “We’re going to play a game called ‘Is This Anything?'” Schur said he told Lindelof. “He gave me a lot of wonderful advice.” That included a recommendation that Drew Goddard direct the pilot; he’s an EP on the series.
NBC will air the first two episodes of The Good Place on Monday, September 19, then move it to its timeslot with a new episode on Thursday, September 22.