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All the Clues You Missed About The Good Places Big Finale Twist

All season, the truth was hiding in plain sight. It'll blow your forkin' mind. ...Read More... //

The Good Place Stars and Creator Talk Bad Karma, Janet's New Romance, Eleanor vs. Veronica Mars

The next best thing to a frozen-yogurt stand on every corner: a chance to sit down with the cast and creator of NBCs heavenly freshman comedy The Good Place (Thursdays, 8:30/7:30c). Stars Kristen Bell (Eleanor), William Jackson Harper (Chidi), Jameela Jamil (Tahani), DArcy Carden (Janet) and Manny Jacinto (Jason) and creator Michael Schur metwith reporters [] //

'Good Place' Creator Tackles Network vs. Streaming: "It's Not One Size Fits All"

Mike Schur discusses why the "network structure" has benefitted his heavily serialized comedy. ...Read More... //

Kristen Bell on the Weird As Shit Good Place and Why the Best Frozen Yogurt Flavor Is Nap

One of the  surprise delights  of the TV season has undoubtedly been  The Good Place , NBC’s whip-smart sitcom that follows the newly deceased Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) after she ascends to the heavenly “Good Place” despite a life that should have doomed her to the hellish “Bad Place.” The first few episodes found Eleanor trying to keep her secret under wraps and learning ethics with the help of her assigned soul mate, but when the show returns on Thursday night, Eleanor must prove that she indeed belongs in the sprawling utopia. On a recent afternoon, Bell called Vulture to discuss the bizarre premise of  The Good Place , why Eleanor is like a toddler, and the joys of nonexistent frozen yogurt flavors. ...Read More... //

The Good Place EP Explains Why We Only Get 4 More Episodes This Season

Good news: The Good Place returns froma two-month hiatus in a couple weeks. Now, the bad news: That return wont last very long. NBCs freshman comedy, starring Kristen Bell as a woman mistakenly placed in a heaven-like afterlife, returns Thursday, Jan. 5 at 8:30/7:30c but itll only air four more episodes this season, for [] //

The Top 5 TV Shows of 2016

While 2016 has been a garbage year for many of us in myriad ways, one bright spot has been TV. Cable networks, both basic and premium, and streaming services have continued to raise the bar. And broadcast networks have delivered some of their freshest programming in years. In fact, it's been extraordinarily difficult limiting my list of the year's best to just five shows, but I powered through like a goddamn champ. Here are some thoughts on the television that blew me away in 2016:   High Maintenance , HBO Unfamiliar with the original web series, this show came out of nowhere to earn my love, becoming probably my favorite cable comedy of the year. Created by the married duo of Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, the six half-hour episodes follow a nameless pot dealer as he makes his deliveries. The premise is tight, allowing viewers to get to know "The Guy" while also opening up a diverse mix of storylines by segueing into the lives of his customers. It's quite clever; even the order of the episodes is thoughtful. Really, if by the time you get to the third installment you're not completely smitten, there is no hope for you.   Orphan Black , BBC America A true binge-watch, I raced through the first three seasons so I would be prepared to edit Season 4 recaps . The mix of heartfelt drama, slapstick comedy, and sci-fi terror is incredibly difficult to pull off, but the show manages to nail it, in large part due to Tatiana Maslany's prodigious talent. While I'd been aware of complaints that she was being snubbed, I wasn't prepared for how demanding and magical her performance is. Maslany is TV's MVP right now, without question. Seriously. Do not come at me with your questions. While she deserves all the accolades she has (belatedly) received, the show is more than the clones. The supporting actors are excellent, especially Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Kristian Bruun. The series is ending next year, so this is the perfect time to get onboard. (Speaking of, I would totally watch a Krystal spinoff .)   The Americans , FX This is not just the best spy drama on TV (sorry, Homeland ), but probably the best drama. The fact that the show, which started off so good, has gotten better during each of its four seasons is as surprising as two KGB spies living across the street from an FBI agent and becoming best buds. The writing is smart, the stories are intriguing, the threading of real events is fascinating. But since, at its heart, this is a show about an incredibly complicated marriage, most of its success can be attributed to Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. And thankfully, the rising cries of frustrated TV critics across the country finally reached the ears of Emmy and Golden Globes voters, who nominated both talented actors this year.   The Good Place , NBC My favorite broadcast network comedy of the year, this is another creative win for Mike Schur. Kristen Bell is the perfect actress to play the likably "bad" girl. As Eleanor, a mistaken arrival who's trying to change her selfish ways, Bell must swing from aggressively terrible (especially in the flashbacks) to earnestly aspirational. Co-star Ted Danson reminds viewers why he's been a constant TV presence for 40 years. And a big shout-out to D'Arcy Carden, whose Janet quickly has become one of television's funniest scene stealers.   Crazy Ex-Girlfriend , The CW After delivering a full season of innovative, thoughtful, funny television, some might have expected a bit of a sophomore slump, especially considering that the star also is a co-creator and co-writer of the show's unique songs. But the second season's quality has matched the first's. The razor-sharp series tackles an incredible variety of subjects both dark and light, from mental health and self-loathing to female friendship and party busses. Rachel Bloom has said repeatedly that a positive, satisfied, healthy Rebecca would spell the end of the series, so let's hope Rebecca continues making terrible choices.   You can find SideReel's Best and Worst of 2016 here . Which shows are on your best/worst lists? Let us know in the comments below! p { text-align: justify; }

The Good Place Sneak Peek: Eleanor Gets Quizzed on Her Earthly Sins

Last week on The Good Place, Eleanor confessed that she doesnt belong there. Now she has to face the music or Michael, actually. In this exclusive first-look clip from Thursdays episode (NBC, 8:30/7:30c), a sheepish Eleanor gets interrogated by Michael about all the unethical actions she took while she was alive. And since Janet is [] //

The Good Place: Adam Scott Set to Guest-Star in Multiple Episodes

Heres some good news for The Good Place: Adam Scott is set to guest-star on the NBC freshman comedy. In fact, the Parks and Recreation alum will appear in multiple episodes, according to Entertainment Weekly. No details yet on the characterScott is playing another God-like architect like Ted Dansons Michael? A replacement guide for [] //

Even Heavenly Beings on The Good Place Love Friends, But Can't Grasp One Key Aspect

There's Friends in heaven. Sorry, not heaven, The Good Place. And by Friends, of course it's the beloved NBC series starring Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc,... ...Read More... //

Kristen Bell on ‘The Good Place’, Working with Ted Danson, and Her Stance on Clowns

From creator/executive producer Mike Schur (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, Master of None), the brilliantly inventive and hilariously funny half-hour NBC series The Good Place (which has my vote for Best Comedy of the fall 2016 TV season) follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to an inexplicable error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, where she actually belongs. While trying to hide her true self from the completely unaware Michael (Ted Danson), the wise and kind architect of the Good Place, she’s determined to discover whether she has a good person within. READ MORE...