What if God was just as incompetent as the rest of us? That's pretty much the premise of TBS's upcoming divine comedy series, Miracle Workers, which is set in the business-like offices of Heaven and co-stars Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) as one of the Lord's angels, Craig.
In a new teaser, we find Craig, Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan), and Sanjay (Karan Soni) bringing an urgent prayer to the Almighty, a long-haired Steve Buscemi in a long silken robe. The prayer in question is asking God to stop a destructive typhoon, a bit of nature that the Supreme Being can't even remember the specifics of.
"Is that the one that goes whooshy whooshy or spinney spinney?" he asks the angels. "Things should just be called the way it goes ... this way, people wouldn't get confused."
Watch the teaser now:
Why is God so off his rocker? Well, he's going through a midlife crisis just like humans do. As they say, we were created in His image, which clearly means flaws and all. He's so down in the dumps that he plans to destroy Earth in two weeks' time. As a result, it falls to Craig and another angel to help two people fall in love, thus staving off the apocalypse.
“This God is fun," Buscemi said in January. "He’s very human and has a lot of faults. He’s easily distracted, bored, depressed, and is looking for a way out." He went on to say that his version of God is “kind of lonely and looking for connections. It’s not like he’s a God up here that’s holier than thou.”
Series creator Simon Rich has compared the show to Douglas Adams' comedic sci-fi novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. "It’s more about man’s place in the universe than theology. No one has been offended by it yet," he said, clarifying that he didn't set out to satirize organized religion.
Miracle Workers (executive-produced by SNL creator Lorne Michaels) premieres on TBS February 12, and could give Neil Gaiman and Amazon's Good Omens adaptation a run for its money, as both shows involve humurous interpretations of God, angels, and the supernatural.