'The Good Place' premieres Monday on NBC
Posted 5:00 p.m. Monday
Updated 5:53 p.m. Monday
Hollywood, Calif. — "The Good Place," a new television comedy exploring the afterlife and what makes a person "good," premieres Monday on NBC.
"The Good Place" stars Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, a less-than-kind woman who enters the afterlife and is miraculously sent to the "good place" instead of to the "bad place" where she surely belongs. While hiding from the afterlife gatekeeper, played by Ted Danson from CSI, Eleanor decides to shed her bad habits and become a new person.
Behind the scenes of the new show, the cast is comfortable, saying they feel like they’ve known each other for years rather than weeks.
Most of the cast signed on without ever seeing a script, including Bell and Danson, who said they knew "The Good Place" creator Mike Schur was at the helm of something big, and that was enough. Schur's resume includes hits like "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation."
Off the cameras, Bell and Danson had a lot to share about their characters.
"It's so much fun to play someone who’s kind of bad," said Bell, who knows her witty character does not fit into the "good place" afterworld at all.
The actors say even 10-year-olds will enjoy watching this show with their parents.
"There's a filter in the good place," explains Danson. "As soon as you swear or use a curse word, it automatically translates into something harmless, because people in this neighborhood do not like cursing. This is the good place, utopia, a place filled with stores of happiness, warm blankets, puppies and chocolates. But we soon learn it is far from perfect."
"And they find a way to make it squeaky clean and utterly filthy all at the same time," adds Jameela Jamil, who plays Tahani, Eleanor's seemingly-perfect new neighbor in the good place.
"[The show] has a lot of heart, and I think it's going to be a real conversation starter for people, because it makes you reflect on yourself in ways you can't avoid."
The rest will have to be a surprise.
Tune in Monday at 10/9c to watch the show critics are calling "bizarre and brilliant, thought-provoking and wickedly funny."