The Good Place

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COM­EDY Net­flix Self-cen­tred Eleanor Shell­strop (Kris­ten Bell) is sent to the Heaven-like ‘good place’ af­ter she dies but quickly re­alises there has been a mis­take. Ted Danson co-stars.

TED DANSON AND KRIS­TEN BELL team up in a divine new sit­com

IT’S AL­WAYS GOOD to see Ted Danson back on our screens – es­pe­cially when the for­mer Cheers favourite is in a TV show wor­thy of his tal­ents.

Luck­ily, that’s the case in

The Good Place, a new sit­com by Parks and Re­cre­ation cre­ator Michael Schur, which has been a big hit State­side.

With the first sea­son avail­able this week on Net­flix and the sec­ond re­leased weekly, it stars Veron­ica Mars ac­tress Kris­ten Bell as Eleanor, who is killed in a car ac­ci­dent and sent to heaven where she meets her men­tor, Michael (Danson).

MIS­TAKEN IDEN­TITY

As you’d ex­pect, it’s a pretty nice place where her ev­ery wish is granted. As

Michael puts it: ‘You know the way you feel when you see a pic­ture of two ot­ters hold­ing hands? That’s how you’re go­ing to feel ev­ery day.’

How­ever, Eleanor re­alises that she’s been mis­taken for some­one else, and should have been sent to the Bad Place in­stead.

‘Eleanor’s not ma­li­cious or evil. She’s very av­er­age,’ ex­plains Bell. ‘She sim­ply puts her­self first and doesn’t un­der­stand that her ac­tions have a rip­ple ef­fect.’

When strange events make Michael sus­pect some­thing might be wrong, Eleanor re­alises the only way she’ll get to stay is if she learns how to be a bet­ter per­son. Mean­while, she’s also play­ing cat-and-mouse with Michael, who’s try­ing to un­cover the source of the chaos.

PER­FECT NIGHT IN

‘The show is a great metaphor that it’s never too late to change, even af­ter you’re dead,’ says Bell. So what’s her idea of heaven? ‘Mine would be hu­mid Michi­gan sum­mer nights when there’s a light­ning storm,’ she smiles. ‘also a night in binge-watch­ing with my hus­band. We call it our party

time.’

NEW

Thurs­day, Net­flix TED DANSON AND KRIS­TEN BELL AS MICHAEL AND ELEANOR

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