Drew Goddard Teaming with ‘Parks and Recreation’ Co-Creator for NBC Comedy ‘Good Place’

     January 13, 2016


I was initially devastated to learn Drew Goddard was leaving his showrunner post on Netflix’s Daredevil behind prior to the start of production, but the allure of helming Sony’s now-scrapped Sinister Six made sense. While he was initially set to direct that, the first few episodes of Daredevil, and The Martian before Marvel came calling, a series of unfortunate circumstances led to Goddard having not directing anything since his debut The Cabin in the Woods. That’s about to change, as he’s found his next project:  a new series from Mike Schur, one of the gents behind Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and now I know there is a TV god who has a plan for us all.

Deadline reports that Goddard, who adapted Andy Weir’s novel into The Martian screenplay, will be making his TV directorial debut on the first episode of Good Place, his new project for NBC. The 13-episode comedy series will star Kristen Bell and Ted Danson as Eleanor and Michael. Realizing she hasn’t been a very nice person over the years, Eleanor decides to figure out what it actually means to be good and bad, making up for her past misgivings along the way. Part of this turnaround includes a self-improvement course she designed herself, one that brings her together with her life guide, Michael.

The matchmaking of Goddard and Schur seems destined to produce gold. Both have a successful history on the small screen — Goddard working on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Alias, and Lost, while Schur also has writing and producing credits from The Office, The Comeback, and Aziz Ansari’s Golden Globe-nominated Master of None. When I think of Parks and Recreation, I also think of 30 Rock because one features Tina Fey and the other her legendary comedic buddy Amy Poehler. Is it wrong to hope that, with Fey moving on to create the next 30 Rock (of sorts) with Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, that Good Place could be the next Parks and Rec?

Hopefully, at the very least, it’ll feature a small role for this woman below, who does God’s work. For more from Goddard himself, check out Steve’s recent video interview, which touched on The MartianDaredevil, and his process as a screenwriter.


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