Michael Schur on the Finish of ‘The Good Place’ and Way forward for ‘The Workplace’

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Michael Schur on the End of ‘The Good Place’ and Future of ‘The Office’


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Michael Schur is in transition. Along with his critically acclaimed sitcom The Good Place about to wrap up its remaining season on the finish of this month and a brand new present starring The Workplace alum Ed Helms within the works, he’s in the course of transferring to a model new workplace on the sprawling Common Studios lot. 

As he tells me on this week’s episode of The Final Snort podcast, the earlier tenant of his previous workplace was accused sexual predator Brett Ratner, whose mail he continued to obtain for years. “I as soon as bought an utility for a house fairness mortgage and I used to be like, I may apply for a house fairness mortgage for Brett Ratner after which give all the cash to RAINN or one thing like that,” he says. “However I’ll in all probability go to jail for fraud, so I shouldn’t do this.” 

It was solely lately that he came upon who occupied that workplace earlier than Ratner: Invoice Cosby. “So evidently when the chance got here to maneuver, I jumped at it,” he says. 

Schur, who readily acknowledges the function of luck in his personal profession, is definitely probably the most completed comedy minds of the previous 20 years. He landed a job as a author on Saturday Evening Dwell just about proper out of faculty, serving to to information “Weekend Replace” by way of the post-9/11 period. From there, he moved out to Los Angeles to turn out to be a author on The Workplace—the place he additionally took on the function of Dwight Schrute’s chin-bearded Amish cousin Mose—earlier than creating Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn 9-9.

However nothing else in his profession can fairly match the formidable scope of The Good Place, a high-concept, serialized sitcom concerning the afterlife starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell. On the very starting of the method, he sought the recommendation of Misplaced showrunner Damon Lindelof, who is aware of a factor or two about navigating formidable sequence. “If you’re doing a present like this, in case you don’t know the place you’re going, you’re in bother,” Lindelof instructed him, apparently from private expertise. 

As a result of the stakes of The Good Place are so excessive, it’s a a lot more durable present to finish than one thing like Parks and Rec, which is absolutely nearly a gaggle of comrades who turn out to be buddies. “The themes of this present are very intense,” Schur says. “It’s not like, ‘I ponder whether Leslie Knope turns into the governor.’ It’s after a much bigger fish. So I believe we bought it proper, I hope we did. We’ll discover out!”



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