This week has been a tough one for the world of television. It was the one part of TV that nobody looks forward to: cancellation time. A ton of shows were given the axe this week, with more being dropped every day. Of course, there is a silver lining to these tragic cancellations. Shows being cancelled make room for new, fresh, programming for the fall. NBC is introducing a handful of new series, one of which being the comedy The Good Place, which was ordered to series last August.
Honestly, this is one of the most successful comedy trailers I’ve seen recently. The series as a whole is perfectly set up, and the main characters are all introduced rather well. I already watch way too much TV, but I think I’m going to have to tune into NBC in the fall to watch The Good Place.
The Good Place revolves around a pretty quirky and unique concept. The lead character Eleanor, played by Veronica Mars and Frozen actress Kristen Bell, wakes up in a strange place to find out that she is, in fact, dead. Before she can be too upset, she discovers that she has been admitted into The Good Place, aka Heaven. We are then quickly introduced to her heavenly mentor, played by the legendary Ted Danson, as well as her new soul mate. All seems to be going well, except for one thing.
Eleanor isn’t a good person. She doesn’t belong in The Good Place.
Apparently some sort of heavenly mix up happened, and Eleanor’s death was confused with someone else’s. She hasn’t done anything in her life that warrants her admission into The Good Place, but she sure as hell isn’t going to tell anyone about that. Speaking of hell, The Bad Place is a thing, and it’s full on fire and brimstone so Eleanor is planning on swerving this indiscretion indefinitely.
Things seem to get crazier as more characters are introduced and fleshed out. Eleanor tells her secret to her new partner Chris and, because he’s a nice person who belongs in heaven, he promises not to betray her. We’re also shown a rival character named Tessa, who seems too perfect to be true (which came off very Rose Byrne in Bridesmaids to me).
Overall, The Good Place seems utterly delightful. The show was created by a man who really knows his comedy: producer and writer Mike Schur. While not a household name, Schur has written and directed for some of the most hilarious comedies from modern television including The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. And with funny A-listers like Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in leading roles, it seems like The Good Place is going to be a certified hit when it premiers on NBC in the fall.
What do you think of the trailer for The Good Place? Sound off in the comments section below.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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