The Good Place is a unique NBC fantasy sitcom and due on Irish TV screens in early 2017.
The show was created by Michael Schur – the man responsible for Parks & Rec, Brooklyn Nine Nine and the American version of The Office. Given that track record NBC are betting on a global syndicated success.
Synopsis? Kristen Bell’s character has died and entered the afterlife where she realises she doesn’t belong. With a story line like that THE GOOD PLACE is a bit more sci-fi-esque than what Schur is used to. He has revealed that he even consulted with David Lindelof, the creator of LOST, when putting the idea together.
The pilot, also starring Ted Danson (Cheers), premiered at Comic Con in San Diego to huge acclaim and Michael Schur opened up at a subsequent TV panel how he came up with the idea.
“It came largely from being at an intersection in my car and the light turning green and then people going the other way turning left through their yellow light to go back the other way from where I was going,” he explained. “In my opinion, two cars are allowed to do that. And sometimes there’s a third car, and I would get a little annoyed. But I would give them the benefit of the doubt and say, ‘Maybe your kid is sick and you have to get home and see your kid.’ And then sometimes there’s a fourth car and I’m like, ‘You’re a bad person. You’re putting your need to go left above the needs of all of these people to go straight and that’s not okay.’
So I started imagining that person.”
Now The Good Place is tipped to be a smash hit location sitcom around the globe.