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‘The Good Place’ Star William Jackson Harper on Chidi’s Growth and That Shirtless Scene (Video)

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‘The Good Place’ Star William Jackson Harper on Chidi’s Growth and That Shirtless Scene (Video)
This story about “The Good Place” star William Jackson Harper first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy Magazine.

Season 3 of “The Good Place” ends with Chidi, played by William Jackson Harper, taking swift, decisive action while the characters around him second-guess their decisions. It’s a surprising reversal and a big point of growth for the typically anxiety-addled philosophy nerd who used to waffle over even the smallest of choices.

“Once we got past that existential crisis, it’s been more about [Chidi] being in the moment as that person who’s never been able to be in the moment before,” Harper said of the character’s growth this season. “That’s been fun, and it’s a huge lesson for me as a person who is absolutely never in the moment.”

Chidi scored the love of his (after)life and “survived” a brief, shirtless detour
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Midsommar Review

Midsommar, Ari Aster's follow-up to Hereditary, is a more ambiguous and internalized horror that will smother you with kindness.

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Youth is called the spring of life. Which is to say everything is in bloom when you’re young. But what is it to be youthful? Increasingly modern society keeps moving the goalpost of “young adulthood,” be it from actual adolescence to college, or now post-grad age to thirtysomethings stating they’re “adulting.” This is refreshingly not the case for the friendly Swedish commune in Midsommar though. Instead, the fair-haired and blue-eyed denizens of Ari Aster’s latest genre-bending perversion are fair to a fault. They make no illusions when they reveal their religion considers each person’s lifecycle as entering summer by the age of 18 and autumn by 36. And winter? Let’s just say it gets cold real fast.

As a community founded on an empathy
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Review: Midsommar is a Sun-Drenched Hallucinatory Nightmare

Much like his previous effort Hereditary, writer/director Ari Aster once again relentlessly picks at the gaping wounds of grief and loss in his latest film, Midsommar, albeit both stories could not be more different from each other in their approach. Whereas his feature-length directorial debut was a weighty exploration of familial trauma and how it can consume and destroy everyone around you, Midsommar is more about how we project our grief onto others and sometimes latch onto less than ideal individuals while we’re in the midst of feeling desperate and isolated, all set against the backdrop of a sun-bleached hallucinatory nightmare that’s deeply unsettling at times.

That being said, while I do enjoy both of Aster’s filmic projects a great deal, I still feel that when it comes to delivering a cinematic gut punch and/or nerve-shredding terror, Hereditary achieves it far more confidently than Midsommar does,
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Film Review: ‘Midsommar’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘Midsommar’
Whatever you think of the end result, there’s always something thrilling about watching a young director who’s earned a long line of Hollywood credit decide to spend every last cent of it on a single film. And writer-director Ari Aster has certainly done that with his “Hereditary” follow-up, “Midsommar.” Following a group of American grad students on a trip to a mysterious midnight sun festival in Sweden, Aster gives us a slow-burning, boldly-made meditation on grief and the disintegration of a relationship in the loose frame of a folk horror film, yet it struggles to break much new ground beneath its carnival of brightly lit grotesqueries.

Never as impactful, as emotional, or as frightening as the director’s debut – nor nearly as much of a mindf–k as any of its most obvious precursors – “Midsommar” nonetheless seems engineered to draw fiercely polarized reactions. In truth, it’s neither
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‘Midsommar’ Review: ‘Hereditary’ Director’s Latest Horror Epic Is Actually a Perverse Breakup Movie

‘Midsommar’ Review: ‘Hereditary’ Director’s Latest Horror Epic Is Actually a Perverse Breakup Movie
“Midsommar” begins with a traumatic event and ends on a perverse sex scene, capped off by devious, vengeful circumstances at once cathartic and macabre. To that end, it’s a natural extension of the grim cinematic universe that spawned “Hereditary,” writer-director Ari Aster’s disturbing 2018 debut, but this sprawling follow-up has more audacious intentions. It’s the kind of mad science filmmaking worth rooting for: Aster refashions “The Wicker Man” as a perverse breakup movie, douses Swedish mythology in Bergmanesque despair, and sets the epic collage ablaze. He may not land every big swing, but the underlying vision is hard to shake even when it falters.

As with “Hereditary,” Aster has crafted a complex allegory for grief and anger against the backdrop of more symbolic threats. But this time, they’re hiding in plain sight: Perhaps the first bonafide horror movie to take place exclusively in daylight, “Midsommar” unfolds against
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‘Midsommar’ Traumatizes Early Audiences (But in a Good Way)

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‘Midsommar’ Traumatizes Early Audiences (But in a Good Way)
Ari Aster can likely cross off “sophomore slump” from his list of many nightmares.

Distributor A24 let loose the follow-up to the director’s widely praised, commercial hit debut “Hereditary” with two buzz screenings, which ran simultaneously in New York and Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Response was almost unanimously positive, if not significantly rattled.

“Holy s—,” wrote Slash Film’s Chris Evangelista, adding that the movie was “disturbing” but an absolute “crowd pleaser.” Dozens of early viewers complimented Aster’s ability to create plausible terror in broad daylight, while others reveled in a leading performance from on-the-verge indie darling Florence Pugh and the deadpan bro antics of her costar Will Poulter.

“Delightful from its nightmare of an opening to its floral purge of a finale,” said IndieWire’s David Ehrlich.

“I don’t know that I’ve ever felt so gutted and seen by a movie. I felt sick,
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Is The Good Place on Netflix?

In the wake of the announcement that The Good Place is ending after its upcoming fourth season, there's never been a better time to watch, or rewatch, Mike Schur's inventive NBC sitcom. The comedy follows four newly dead humans -- Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (

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TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee William Jackson Harper Breaks Down Chidi's Heroic Good Place Sacrifice (and Surprisingly Ripped Bod)

TVLine Podcast: Dream Emmy Nominee William Jackson Harper Breaks Down Chidi's Heroic Good Place Sacrifice (and Surprisingly Ripped Bod)
Season 3 of The Good Place found William Jackson Harper’s Chidi at his absolute lowest… and Harper at his absolute best.

NBC’s afterlife comedy put poor Chidi through the wringer, first by sending him into a hilariously nihilistic spiral when he learned his carefully constructed ethical worldview was pointless, and then by having him erase his memories — including his romance with Eleanor — in a valiant bid to save humanity. After an ordeal like that, we just had to reach out to Harper to chat about all things Chidi in the latest installment of TVLine’s Dream Emmy Podcast series.
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The Good Place: Season Four; Why Michael Schur Wants to End the NBC Comedy

Why must all good things come to an end? Recently, The Good Place creator Michael Schur spoke with TVLine about the NBC TV show's fourth and final season.

The comedy series centers on Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) who, after dying, mistakenly ends up in The Good Place — instead of The Bad Place — where she truly belongs. The cast also includes Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden.

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Manny Jacinto (‘The Good Place’): Lovable fool Jason will ‘always be a part of me!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Manny Jacinto (‘The Good Place’): Lovable fool Jason will ‘always be a part of me!’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
Manny Jacinto plays the lovable fool Jason Mendoza in NBC’s “The Good Place,” a role that has taught him to be freer as a performer. Jason might not have a ton of knowledge and he has a penchant for saying whatever is on his mind, but he also has such carefree confidence in himself that his positive spirit is infectious. While Jacinto admits he relates more to the tightly-wound, analytical Chidi (William Jackson Harper), the process of playing Jason has helped him get out of his own head. “With Jason, it’s let me be more loose and going with the flow. It’s just an adventure. It’s just a ride and I think that’s the biggest thing that Jason’s taught me, to just have fun,” Jacinto explains in our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above).

Season 3 of “The Good Place” found Jason becoming more selfless as a person,
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‘The Good Place’ Will End After Season 4, Creator Mike Schur Doesn’t Want to ‘Tread Water’

‘The Good Place’ Will End After Season 4, Creator Mike Schur Doesn’t Want to ‘Tread Water’
Insert your curse replacement of choice: This fall’s Season 4 of “The Good Place” will end the show’s run on NBC.

Creator Michael Schur revealed at a For Your Consideration event on Friday night in Los Angeles that the decision mostly came from not wanting to outrun its own ability to tell the story of Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Michael (Ted Danson), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Jason (Manny Jacinto), and Janet (D’Arcy Carden).

“I began to feel like four seasons, just over 50 episodes, was the right lifespan. At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively 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,
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‘The Good Place’ Will Come to a Forking End After Season 4

Series creator Michael Schur announced on Saturday that season 4 of The Good Place would be the series' last. The show, which concluded its third season this year, stars Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto as an oddball crew trying to navigate the literal ups-and-downs of the afterlife, aided by a demon (Ted Danson) and all-knowing not-a-robot (D'Arcy Carden). Schur broke the news at a For Your Consideration event for the show, then headed on over to Twitter to release an official statement. [caption id="attachment_663386" align="alignright" width="360"] …
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The Good Place on NBC: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Four?

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Is the future heavenly or hellish for Eleanor Shellstrop and the gang? Has The Good Place TV show been cancelled or renewed for a fourth season on NBC? The television vulture is watching the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Good Place, season four. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?

What's This TV Show About?

An NBC sitcom, The Good Place stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden. Kirby Howell-Baptiste recurs in season three. The series centers on Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell) who, after dying, believes she has ended up in The Good Place — instead of The Bad Place — where she truly belongs. Along with
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The Good Place

Network: NBC.

Episodes: 52 (half-hour).

Seasons: Four.

TV show dates: September 19, 2016 -- present.

Series status: Ending.

Performers include: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, D'Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and William Jackson Harper.

TV show description:

This single-camera comedy follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) on an unusual journey. She’s an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place (which is definitely where she belongs).

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The Good Place: Season Four to End the NBC Comedy Series

This is the bad place. Tonight at the Television Academy in North Hollywood, creator Michael Schur said The Good Place TV show would end with its upcoming fourth season. Schur sounded the death knell during a promotional panel for the show (for Emmy consideration). Season three of The Good Place completed its 13-episode run on January 24, 2019. The fourth and final season should premiere this fall (i.e. in the 2019-2020 television season). Schur and the creative team made the decision to end the comedy -- and they have a final season to see it off, so although it is ending, let's not call The Good Place cancelled..

An NBC sitcom, The Good Place stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden. Kirby Howell-Baptiste recurs in season three. The series centers on Eleanor
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Oh, No! After 4 Seasons on NBC, The Good Place Is Coming to an End

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We're officially in the bad place now: NBC's The Good Place is set to end after its fourth season on the network. The show's creator and executive producer, Michael Schur, announced the news during a panel discussion at the Television Academy on June 7.

"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," he said. "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."

Schur continued, "At times over the past few years we've been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day, we don't want to tread water just because
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Oh, No! After 4 Seasons on NBC, The Good Place Is Coming to an End

We're officially in the bad place now: NBC's The Good Place is set to end after its fourth season on the network. The show's creator and executive producer, Michael Schur, announced the news during a panel discussion at the Television Academy on June 7.

"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," he said. "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."

Schur continued, "At times over the past few years we've been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day, we don't want to tread water just because
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‘The Good Place’ to End After 4 Seasons on NBC

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NBC’s “The Good Place” will end with its fourth season, creator and executive producer Mike Schur announced Friday night during a For Your Consideration panel discussion at the Television Academy.

“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 past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively 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,
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‘The Good Place’ to End After Fourth Season

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‘The Good Place’ to End After Fourth Season
The Good Place” will end its run after its fourth season next year, creator Mike Schur revealed on Friday at the show’s Emmy Fyc panel.

Speaking in front of an full house at the TV Academy’s Saban Theatre in North Hollywood, Schur revealed that the show’s writers plan was to tell a four-season story and that’s exactly what they planned to do.

“It’s a bullet train it doesn’t slow down for anything,” Schur said of the final season.

The series stars admitted they appreciated the fact that they were ending the show on their own terms, even though they were sad to see it end. “Much respect,” said star Ted Danson. “I know we do fart jokes but this is a serious show.”

“Any padding or over-telling a really great story would be a shame.”

Added D’Arcy Carden, who plays Janet: “We all learned together,
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‘The Good Place’ To End With Upcoming Season 4 On NBC

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NBC’s The Good Place is ending after its upcoming fourth season, creator/executive producer Michael Schur announced Friday night at the Television Academy in North Hollywood during a panel discussion dedicated to the critically-acclaimed comedy series.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Schur added that he was tempted to go beyond four seasons, but decided against it.

“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,” he stated.

Schur went
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