Get ready for “The Good Place” as the comedy is returning for a fourth and final season – here’s everything you need to know, including casting, updates, and plot. The series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop dies and wakes up in “The Good Place” (aka heaven), run by angel Michael, she realizes that there’s been a mistake and that she should really be in “The Bad Place”. Chidi and Tahani, other humans in her afterlife community, conspire to help her and Jason (who also believes he’s in The Good Place by mistake) become better people and thereby earn their places. Overall the plot is based on the life, death, the afterlife — and everything in-between.
All the main cast are likely to return, including Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), celestial being Michael (Ted Danson), artificial intelligence Janet (D’Arcy Carden) Eleanor’s assigned “soulmate” Chidi (William Jackson Harper), socialite Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Taiwanese monk Jianyu (Manny Jacinto), later revealed to be amateur criminal Jason Mendoza. Sadly, Season 4 will mark the end of The Good Place. Here’s the full statement from producer of the hit show Michael Schur about why they chose to end the series: “After season one ended and aired and it seemed like the show was going to survive the gauntlet of being a TV show in the modern era, I was like, “Well, this show isn’t a typical show where the goal is to do it as long as we can and as many episodes as we can.” It was never designed that way — we do 13 episodes per year from the beginning. I knew I needed to map this out in the same way that I mapped out the first season; I needed to map out the whole show. I didn’t feel like it needed to be definitive but I needed to have a sense of how long I thought the idea could sustain itself. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was four seasons. There were times early on where I felt like maybe five and maybe it’s three. (Laughs) Once I settled on four seasons, I didn’t tell anyone — except the writers. I didn’t tell the studio or network because I wanted to make sure that I was right and I wanted to leave open the possibility that as we as a team developed the show, I wanted to allow the possibility that something could change and there was more I wanted to do. But it was pretty much always four from early on as a general map.
We spent all of season three checking in and making sure that we were pacing things correctly and there was going to be enough time to do what we wanted but not too much time so that we were running in place. Toward the end of us shooting season three, I told the studio and then we told the network soon after that. It was completely dictated by the idea and how much juice I thought the idea contained and the pace at which we were letting the story unfold and stuff like that. The nice thing about TV shows nowadays is it’s not a forced marathon. You can let the idea dictate the number of episodes that you actually do, which is great for creativity.” Watch the rib-tickling trailer here and do not forget the air date for the show is September 26, 2019, on Netflix.