By now, fans of NBC’s The Good Place are probably familiar with ”the twist.” In January’s first-season finale of the zany, sweet NBC sitcom (Thursdays, 8:30 ET/PT), uncouth miscreant Eleanor (Kristen Bell) learned that she didn’t really go to heaven when she died, but was actually in a uniquely orchestrated hell designed by affable devil Michael (Ted Danson). Always one to keep viewers on their toes, series creator Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation) has switched things up yet again this season. After countless failed attempts at torturing Eleanor and her cohorts, Michael teams up with the humans against his fellow architect-demons, and learns about ethics in the process. Danson, who also appears in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm with Larry David this fall (Sundays, 10 ET/PT), chats with USA TODAY ahead of Good Place’s midseason finale Thursday. Q: Last week’s episode focused on Michael and his sentient helper, Janet (a scene-stealing D’Arcy Carden). How was it exploring their dynamic? A: One of them is an eternal demon, and one of them is this informational, Google-like system, and yet they’re both slowly (becoming) humanized. That’s a great first step to the rest of what happens this season. I don’t want to be coy, but it’s pretty neat the direction Mike Schur is taking this… Read full this story
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