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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownBluesFan View Post
    Holy fork.

    'The Good Place' just took a very unexpected - and brilliant - twist. In a million years, never would have guessed it.
    When she said it, I thought she was nuts. But watching Ted Danson's reaction afterword was a classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by svenson View Post
    When she said it, I thought she was nuts. But watching Ted Danson's reaction afterword was a classic.
    It really was. The sliver of "oh, shit, the jig is up" that ran across his lips and gleamed in his eyes was great. I've enjoyed this program from episode one. Then again, I felt the same about the recently cancelled 'The Grinder" and look what that got me.
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    What I love about both of Michael Schur's biggest NBC comedies thus far is that he's willing to utterly destroy the sitcom formula by allowing his characters and settings to dramatically change. In Parks & Rec, people got married, moved away, moved in, changed jobs, etc. That show never suffered from a need to start every episode back at some status quo, and it was never afraid to let its characters be happy or sad.

    That's a wrap for the 13-episode season one of The Good Place. It looks like a pretty sure bet for renewal for next year, hopefully with 22 episodes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triggercut1 View Post
    What I love about both of Michael Schur's biggest NBC comedies thus far is that he's willing to utterly destroy the sitcom formula by allowing his characters and settings to dramatically change. In Parks & Rec, people got married, moved away, moved in, changed jobs, etc. That show never suffered from a need to start every episode back at some status quo, and it was never afraid to let its characters be happy or sad.

    That's a wrap for the 13-episode season one of The Good Place. It looks like a pretty sure bet for renewal for next year, hopefully with 22 episodes.
    I dunno. It sounded like, because of the heavily serialized nature of the show, they were happy with 13 episodes, and may do that again next year. I'd rather have 13 good episodes than 22 episodes w/ some filler just to have a 'full' season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wad View Post
    Are these half-hour eps?
    Yep
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiTownBluesFan View Post
    I dunno. It sounded like, because of the heavily serialized nature of the show, they were happy with 13 episodes, and may do that again next year. I'd rather have 13 good episodes than 22 episodes w/ some filler just to have a 'full' season.
    Agreed.

    also - the casting Janet was top notch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.A. View Post
    Yep
    Watched the first four last night. It's an easy show to catch up on.
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    I've read good things about that show...I usually don't put much stock into half hour sitcoms (besides Brooklyn Nine Nine), but I'll have to give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by triggercut1 View Post
    What I love about both of Michael Schur's biggest NBC comedies thus far is that he's willing to utterly destroy the sitcom formula by allowing his characters and settings to dramatically change. In Parks & Rec, people got married, moved away, moved in, changed jobs, etc. That show never suffered from a need to start every episode back at some status quo, and it was never afraid to let its characters be happy or sad.

    That's a wrap for the 13-episode season one of The Good Place. It looks like a pretty sure bet for renewal for next year, hopefully with 22 episodes.
    The ratings we not great but it was the same with Parks and Rec and that ran for 6 seasons or so.

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    You know, I was thinking about this today, and I think the comparison with "Westworld" is apt and demonstrates what is a good twist and what isn't. (Beyond the fact that about a million people guessed the "Westworld" twist and hardly anyone did with "The Good Place".)

    The twist on "Westworld" didn't work because it didn't really add anything to the narrative, rendered most of Dolores's story pointless, and relied on implausibilities (the photo that laid in the dust for 30 years) and straight-up cheating (Dolores somehow remembering Ed Harris immediately before meeting William for the first time). "The Good Place" has a great twist because it makes sense, it's logically consistent, and it actually fixed holes in the narrative. How did Tahani get into The Good Place despite obviously being such a vain egomaniac? How did Jason get in at all? Now we know.
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    Still bitching about Westworld. God lord.

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    HBO's The Young Pope. Anyone watching? Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slow groove View Post
    HBO's The Young Pope. Anyone watching? Thoughts?

    Very weird
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    Thanks, Bob. DVRd last week's episode, my first, so I'll first read a few reviews and then check it iut.

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    This fits TV, no? Didn't know a better place to put it...

    Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee - John Oliver Edition

    Holy shit it's funny...

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    Breezed into season 4 of 'The Wire'...season 3 ended with a bang...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 007 View Post
    Breezed into season 4 of 'The Wire'...season 3 ended with a bang...
    Season 4 may be the best of the whole series.

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    Beware the Slenderman hits HBO tonight.
    http://www.gq.com/story/beware-the-slenderman-hbo

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    When is Jon Stewart coming back to save us
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Man View Post
    Season 4 may be the best of the whole series.

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    Maybe best season of tele I have ever watched.

    Not maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madyaks View Post
    When is Jon Stewart coming back to save us
    Seth Meyers has done a decent job filling that role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Man View Post
    Season 4 may be the best of the whole series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Birdo 1 View Post
    Maybe best season of tele I have ever watched.

    Not maybe.
    Really? Seems a little slow thus far...

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Ice View Post
    Beware the Slenderman hits HBO tonight.
    http://www.gq.com/story/beware-the-slenderman-hbo
    Thanks. I forgot all about this!

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