In a somewhat devastating bit of TV news, Michael Schur, the creator of beloved afterlife comedy series The Good Place, has announced that the show will be coming to an end after its upcoming fourth season.
He posted a statement to social media confirming the news, saying that when the project was picked up after its first run of episodes, he and his writers decided that four seasons – or just over 50 episodes – was “the right life span” to tell the story they wanted to tell.
“At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons,” he wrote, “but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day, we didn’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant.”
Schur went on to say that he will be “forever grateful” to NBC and Universal for letting him make The Good Place, and to the show’s creative team for their hard work on and off screen, and for their “dedication to a very weird idea.”
“We ask the question very frequently, on this show, what do we owe each-other?” he said. “The answer, for me, is: I owe all of you a whole lot.” You can see his full statement below:
While it’s sad that The Good Place is ending, it’s definitely nice to know that the show is going out with a particular ending in mind, and that the creators will be able to see their unique vision through.