Ooch….this one hurts. The Good Place creator Michael Schur posted a notice on Twitter last night stating The Good Place will last just four seasons. The season that just aired was #3; we’ve got 13 episodes left. That is bullshirt.
But it’s his decision, not the network’s. Schur’s letter in full:
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 last few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is such a rare, fulfilling joy, and at the end of the 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, for me, is: I owe all of you a whole lot.
We look forward to a great final season airing this fall.
If it were up to you, which would you prefer: having TV shows go on and on until everybody’s absolutely sick of them, or cancelling them prematurely with unresolved storylines? Much like Chidi in a runaway trolley, you’d beg for another path.
There IS rarely-used third option, and it’s to let the creators decide when they want to end their own shows. Only a handful have been given this privilege: Breaking Bad, The Wire, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gravity Falls, and now The Good Place. It’s no coincidence that this also happens to be a list of the best shows ever made.
I could have also put Game of Thrones on that list but then my point would have been ruined. Anyway….Schur feels The Good Place should last just four seasons, and we’ll just have to respect his wishes. But it wouldn’t smart so much if we had any confidence in NBC executives to find another show like it.