Well, this is some forking bullshirt.
Michael Shur, the creator and showrunner of the wonderful NBC comedy about the afterlife and morality The Good Place, has announced today that the upcoming fourth season will be it’s last:
“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. At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of hte 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.
“I will be forever grateful to NBC and Universal TV for letting us make ‘The Good Place,’ and for letting us end it on our own schedule. I will also be forever grateful to the creative team, both on-screen and off, for their hard work and dedication to a very weird idea. We ask the question very frequently, on this show, what do we owe to each other? The answer, to me, is: I owl all of you a whole lot.
“We look forward to a great final season airing this fall.”
- Michael Schur
And while I understand why they are ending the show — and, really, it’s better to end up on their own terms rather than keep on dragging it out — it still stings. The Good Place not only provided us with excellent humor, but also a way to look at the world that came from a place that tried hard to avoid cynicism and embrace idealism (even if it came from the mouths of cynical characters).
I look forward to the next and final season of The Good Place.