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'The Good Place': Finding laughs in ethics and philosophy




Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in Michael Schur's NBC comedy,
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in Michael Schur's NBC comedy, "The Good Place."
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Do the right thing

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Baked into the premise of the NBC series, "The Good Place," is a discussion around ethical behavior. It's a rare comedy that balances laughs with a meaningful exploration that feels particularly timely. Audiences find themselves watching the show in part for the laughs – after all, the cast is hilarious and the writing is spot-on – but also to see people grapple with what we're all grappling with on some level: how to be a better person. John Horn travels to the Universal lot to talk with "The Good Place" creator Michael Schur and one of the show's key writers, Jen Statsky, about the ways that the cast and crew take their own ethics and philosophy research and turn it into a hit show.

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Quite an animated reaction to Lasseter's hiring

(Starts at 1:00)

John Lasseter was ousted from Pixar last year over inappropriate behavior, and his hiring this week at Skydance Animation has created a furor, with the Times Up organization and female animators particularly upset. Rebecca Keegan of the Hollywood Reporter talks about the controversy with John.