“It’s funny but it’s about something at the same time, with many twists and turns,” said Ted Danson (“The Good Place”) to Gold Derby’s Chris Beachum last November about his new NBC comedy. “It really is about what it means to be good or bad. Everything we do in life has a ripple effect that creates a certain amount of good or bad out in the universe.” Watch our Ted Danson interview above.
Created by Michael Schur (“Parks and Recreation” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), the series stars Kristen Bell as a woman who wakes up in “The Good Place” after dying on Earth. Danson plays her facilitator Michael, the architect of her new specially designed neighborhood. He has been an apprentice for centuries, so this marks his first assignment in charge. What he doesn’t know is that Bell’s character Eleanor has been mixed up with someone else and she was supposed to be in “The Bad Place” instead.
Speaking about his fun costumes, Danson revealed, “I didn’t quite know how to play Michael until I went into the wardrobe department. The costume designer for the show said, ‘You may want to look at these,’ and she brought out some bow ties made out of peacock feathers. Michael wears bow ties, and when I see a bow tie on somebody, that person is a certain way in my mind from then on. It is such a defining little article of clothing.”
Danson is a television veteran who earned 11 straight Emmy nominations for the long-running NBC comedy “Cheers” from 1982 to 1993. He prevailed twice as Best Comedy Actor (1990 and 1993) for playing bar owner Sam Malone. His other career nominations were for the TV Movie “Something About Amelia” (1984) and drama series “Damages” (2008, 2009, 2010). In addition, he won Golden Globes for the same telefilm and twice for “Cheers” (1990, 1991).
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