NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ ending its run after the fourth season. Creator Mike Schur explains his decision to end the wildly popular series.
The Good Place aired its first season on NBC on September 19, 2016. The show has already released 3 seasons and is in the middle of releasing its fourth season. The series revolves around Eleanor Shellstrop played by Kristen Bell, who wakes up dead and in the afterlife. The story continues on to show several events and experiences she faces in ‘heaven’, where she has been mistakenly put.
Why ‘The Good Place’ is ending its run
Creator Mike Schur, told The Hollywood Reporter about how the network, cast and studio reacted to the end in an exclusive interview. He said that the show was never intended to be this long, saying, “Obviously because of that DNA, where status quos get blown up so frequently, this is not a show that is destined to be on for nine years,”
He also added “It’s not a 200-episode, Friends kind of a deal. It’s not a hangout show. So, yeah, we’ve given it a lot of thought, and we have a certain plan, which I think you’ll get the sense of in the fairly near future.”
Schur continued “I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was four seasons. There were times early on where I felt like maybe five and maybe it’s three.” He also mentioned that he was still unsure about when he wanted to end the show and didn’t share with anyone in the team except the writers.
He said, “Once I settled on four seasons, I didn’t tell anyone — except the writers. I didn’t tell the studio or network because I wanted to make sure that I was right and I wanted to leave open the possibility that as we as a team developed the show.”
The Office actor shared about when he told the rest of the crew, saying, “Toward the end of us shooting season three, I told the studio and then we told the network soon after that. It was completely dictated by the idea and how much juice I thought the idea contained and the pace at which we were letting story unfold and stuff like that. ”
“I began to feel like four seasons was the right lifespan”
The writer also took to Instagram to share with the news with a note. The note said “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. 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.”
Schur added “At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four season, 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.”
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‘The Good Place’ is ending: fans react
Fans reacted to the news on Twitter. One fan wrote “I’m sad to hear this. but I’d rather you have an amazing final season that ends on your terms, than drag a show through the mud. I’ve loved every moment of The Good Place and I’m looking forward to season 4.”
The Good Place will air its fourth season on NBC.