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NBC debuted a brand new kind of comedy last year with The Good Place, starring formidable TV vets Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. It was received well enough by fans and critics alike that it scored a renewal for Season 2, which guaranteed another short season for 2017-2018. Now, we have some very good news for fans who have been hooked on the Good Place/Bad Place shenanigans of Season 2. NBC has officially ordered a Season 3 of The Good Place.

The Good Place landed a Season 3 renewal order that will deliver 13 more episodes of the series to the small screen, according to THR. Although an order for only 13 episodes of a season might be bad news for other network shows, The Good Place creator Mike Schur actually pitched the series from the very beginning as a serialized story that would work much better when tightly plotted into 13 episodes than stretched out into 22 or 24 episodes. The order for 13 episodes is actually a good thing for the story, even if it means fans won't get too many episodes out of the third season.

The renewal for Season 3 is a sign that NBC evidently has faith in The Good Place. The show was only renewed for Season 2 last year in January, after the Season 1 finale had already aired and ended on a killer cliffhanger. Season 3 is only halfway through, as the midseason finale aired earlier this month. NBC apparently doesn't feel the need to wait until after the season finale to evaluate whether or not a new season is warranted. Season 3 was ordered months earlier than Season 2, and that bodes well for what's to come.

The ratings for Season 2 aren't the most spectacular on network primetime, but they're also not too shabby. In Live+7 day calculations, The Good Place is currently averaging 6.2 million viewers and a 2.0 in the valuable 18-49 ratings demographic. The ratings grow up to a 2.6 in 18-49 when additional platform viewers are considered, which is even higher than the 2.57 rating at this time in Season 1. The story itself is going strong, largely thanks to the bold reveal at the end of Season 1 that established the Good Place as actually the Bad Place. Kristen Bell has said that she heard the pitches for Seasons 2 and 3 back in Season 1, so we can bet that Mike Schur has a plan for what will happen in the next batch of episodes. We'll have to wait and see in Season 3.

While Season 3 is still a while off, we still have a number of episodes left in Season 2. The Good Place will return for the rest of Season 2 on Thursday, January 4 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. For all the other dates you could possibly need, take a look at our 2018 midseason TV premiere schedule. If you're not up on all the series that got the axe in 2017, be sure to swing by our rundown of all the TV cancellations in 2017.