NBC is pulling the plug on “The Good Place” after four seasons. Michael Schur, creator and executive producer of the series, made the following announcement Friday night during a panel discussion dedicated to the critically acclaimed comedy series. “The Good Place” stars Ted Danson, Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden.
According to the announcement, “The Good Place” will come to an end following its upcoming fourth season, which is currently scheduled to begin later this fall.
“After ‘The Good Place’ was picked up for season two, the writing staff and I began to map out, as best we could, the trajectory of the show” explained Michael Schur. “Given the ideas we wanted to explore, and the pace at which we wanted to present those ideas, I began to feel like four seasons – just over 50 episodes – was the right lifespan. At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day, we don’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant. As such, the upcoming fourth season will be our last.”
Schur continued, “I will be forever grateful to NBC and Universal TV for letting us make ‘The Good Place,’ and for letting us end it on our own schedule. I will also be forever grateful to the creative team, both on-screen and off, for their hard work and dedication to a very weird idea. We ask the question very frequently, on this show, what do we owe to each other? The answer, for me, is: I owe all of you a whole lot.”
During the 2018-19 season, “The Good Place” averaged 4.6M viewers overall in live plus seven day Nielsens. Counting digital viewership only, “The Good Place” was up season to season by 38% in the 18-49 demo.
Since its launch in 2016, “The Good Place” has won the AFI Award for Program of the Year, TCA Award for Program of the Year, a Humanitas Award and a Peabody Award. In addition, the series has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Writers Guild Award, Producers Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award.
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