Few freshman comedies were quite as well-received last year as NBC's The Good Place was. For fans of creator Michael Schur, that didn't necessarily come as much of a surprise though, following his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and more. Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, it focused on Bell's Eleanor who, following her death, woke up in an afterlife deemed only as "The Good Place," by its architect, Michael (Danson). Joined by a small group of other residents, the series followed Eleanor as she struggled to learn what it means to live a good life and determine if she was really deserving of ending up in The Good Place.
No doubt benefitting from the solid performances of its entire cast (Danson and Bell specifically), the series was applauded for its irreverent humor and interesting twists on the concept of the afterlife. Following the recent renewal of This is Us, NBC has once again continued to show confidence in its freshman series.
The network announced today that The Good Place has been renewed for a second season, just on the heels of its season one finale. The single-camera comedy will keep the same format in its second season, and is set to be comprised of only 13 episodes. The announcement reportedly comes after Schur pitched his story for the second season to NBC, based on ideas he had created in a small writers room for the series. NBC's President of Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, commented on the news with the following:
“Mike Schur has always had one of the most fertile and imaginative minds in comedy, but what he brought us with the first season of The Good Place was just extraordinary. We absolutely can’t wait to see where these characters go, literally, in season two. A big thank you to Mike, the writers and cast for delivering a series in which we all take such enormous pride.”
While The Good Place only brought in modest live ratings, it continuously showed strong delayed viewer gains throughout its first season, averaging an impressive 1.9 Live +7 rating in the desired adults 18-49 demographic. This also marked a 36% increase in the 8:30 p.m. time slot average for NBC in its previous season. So after making a name for himself with his clever, successful NBC comedies, it looks like Michael Schur's latest endeavor is already turning out to be yet another triumph for the creator and producer.
This renewal also comes, of course, following the airing of the show's season one finale a few weeks ago, which featured what many critics called one of the best TV twists of the season so far. Beginning with a deliciously evil smile from Danson's Michael, the season ended as Eleanor and the rest of her Good Place residents realized that they were actually living in The Bad Place. Designed by Michael, it turned out that their neighborhood and town was actually filled with people and quirks that were meant to only get on each others' nerves. It was a perfectly set up twist for the season to end on, and one that made the future of its characters all the more mysterious and exciting. Thanks to this renewal, it looks like fans will get to see the aftermath of that revelation too, when The Good Place returns for its second season later this year.