The Good Place is a TV critic’s dream. NBC’s afterlife comedy is dark, smart, fun, and entirely different from anything else on TV. And now it joins This Is Us and Will & Grace as one of the network’s early renewals, with its third season now confirmed for the 2018-2019 schedule.
Creator Mike Schur’s show, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, has had surprisingly solid ratings for such a critical darling, improving its audience from last season. In fact, it grew “to a 2.6 in the key demo, a bump up from its 2.57 rating compared with this time last season.”
Like last season, The Good Place’s third will contain 13 half-hour episodes starring Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto as hapless humans trapped in the afterlife. Ted Danson and series breakout D’Arcy Carden will continue their roles as an inhuman managerial figure and an anthropomorphic database, respectively. These characters help the writers weave loves of philosophy and puns into a sharp, often moving comedy that tosses barbs at upper- and lower-class fools alike, all while contemplating the big questions of life and death.
Executive-produced by Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, and Drew Goddard, there is reason to believe that the coming season will be as twist-heavy as its second and will continue to overcome whatever narrative obstacle its creative team puts in its way. With multiple nominations last year for the Television Critics Association awards, the coming season of accolades will bring even more predictions for the show’s future. It may last as long as Schur’s first hit, Parks and Recreation -- and plenty of critics would be content with that.