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Miracle Workers (2019 TV series)

Miracle Workers is an American anthology comedy television series, based on the novel What in God's Name by Simon Rich. The series was created by Rich, and it stars Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni, Sasha Compère, and Lolly Adefope. In May 2019, TBS renewed the series for a second season, which is set to be titled Miracle Workers: Dark Ages and premiere on January 28, 2020.

Miracle Workers
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Genre
Created bySimon Rich
Based onWhat in God's Name
by Simon Rich
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dan Mirk
  • Paul Garnes
CinematographyBrian Burgoyne
Editor(s)
  • Jessica Burnetto
  • Rob Burnett
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkTBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12) –
present (present)
External links
Website

PremiseEdit

Miracle Workers follows "Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers, and Eliza, a recent transfer from the Department of Dirt. Their boss, God, pretty much has checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. To prevent Earth's destruction, Craig, along with Eliza, must achieve their most impossible miracle to date."[2]

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

GuestEdit

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"2 Weeks"Jorma TacconeSimon RichFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12)[a]1.20[4]
God decides to blow up earth and focus his efforts on a new restaurant. Eliza, recently moved to the Prayer-answering department, makes a bet with God that if she and Craig can answer one "impossible" prayer within two weeks God will spare earth. The "impossible" prayer they decide upon is to bring Sam and Laura, two socially awkward people with crushes on each other, together to kiss as a couple.
2"13 Days"Jorma TacconeCirocco DunlapFebruary 19, 2019 (2019-02-19)1.03[5]
Eliza and Craig manage to pull off off the difficult task of getting Sam and Laura to find each other and exchange phone numbers. Although Eliza and Craig's efforts are successful, their overall mission is challenged when Laura meets a charming man named Mason. Meanwhile, God assigns Sanjay with the tedious task of exploding Bill Maher's penis.
3"12 Days"Ryan CaseJeff LovenessFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26)0.94[6]
While trying to finish their plan, Eliza and Craig encounter a troublesome human. After learning his mistake, Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials record.
4"6 Days"Ryan CaseHeather Anne CampbellMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05)0.95[7]
Sanjay joins Craig and Eliza's team, somewhat supplanting Craig. With much effort, they arrange a date between Sam and Laura. The team discovers that Sam's beloved grandmother is scheduled to die immediately before the date.
5"3 Days"Maurice MarableMitra Jouhari & Gary RichardsonMarch 12, 2019 (2019-03-12)0.94[8]
Rosie is offered a great job on another world, but can only take it after the Earth is destroyed. Nonetheless, she helps trick God into signing an extension of life waiver for Sam's grandmother.
6"1 Day"Dan SchimpfLucas GardnerMarch 19, 2019 (2019-03-19)0.93[9]
Despite Craig's objections, Eliza, Sanjay, and Rosie attempt to get Sam and Laura to kiss on the kiss cam at a basketball game, but the results are so catastrophic that the couple goes home angry with each other. God pitches his restaurant idea to his family, who decline to invest, due to the failure of Earth. God decides not to destroy his creation, but as there is no going back on the deal, Sam and Laura still must kiss.
7"1 Hour"Maurice MarableDan MirkMarch 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)0.90[10]
Minutes before the end of the world things go sideways; Sam and Laura kiss.

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On May 17, 2017, TBS announced that it had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of seven episodes. The series was created by Simon Rich and based on his novel What in God's Name. Executive producers were expected to include Rich, Lorne Michaels, Andrew Singer, Daniel Radcliffe, and Owen Wilson. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Broadway Video and Studio T.[2] On October 19, 2017, it was announced that Wilson would no longer be serving as an executive producer and would be replaced by Steve Buscemi.[11]

On May 15, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season.[1] On November 20, 2019, it was announced that the second season titled Miracle Workers: Dark Ages will premiere on January 28, 2020.[12]

CastingEdit

Alongside the initial series order announcement, it was confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson would star in the series.[2] On October 19, 2017, it was announced Steve Buscemi had replaced Wilson in the role of God after the latter had decided to vacate the part.[11] In November 2017, Deadline Hollywood and Variety reported that Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni, and Sasha Compère had been cast in series regular roles.[13][14] On March 25, 2018, it was announced that Lolly Adefope had joined the cast in a main role.[15]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the series took place in December 2017 and January 2018 in and around Atlanta, Georgia.[16][17][18] Filming took place in Norcross, Georgia on December 29, 2017 and in Piedmont Park on January 16, 2018.[19]

ReleaseEdit

 
Promotional poster.

On December 4, 2018, TBS announced that the series would premiere on February 12, 2019.[20] On February 8, 2019, TBS released the first episode of the series on its official YouTube channel.[3]

MarketingEdit

On December 5, 2018, TBS released a teaser trailer for the series.[20] On December 19, 2018, the official full length trailer was released.[21]

PremiereEdit

On January 26, 2019, the series held a screening of the pilot episode during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Those in attendance included Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, and Simon Rich.[22]

ReceptionEdit

Critical responseEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 74% based on reviews from 38 critics, with an average rating of 6.26/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "More charming than clever, Miracle Workers functions as a palatable showcase of Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi's quirky star power."[23] On Metacritic it has a score of 61 out of 100 based on reviews from 19 critics.[24]

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "2 Weeks" February 12, 2019 0.4 1.20[4] 0.88 2.09[25]
2 "13 Days" February 19, 2019 0.4 1.03[5] 0.69 1.72[26]
3 "12 Days" February 26, 2019 0.3 0.94[6] 0.51 1.45[27][b]
4 "6 Days" March 5, 2019 0.3 0.95[7] 0.49 1.44[28][b]
5 "3 Days" March 12, 2019 0.3 0.94[8] 0.64 1.59[29]
6 "1 Day" March 19, 2019 0.3 0.93[9] 0.61 1.54[30]
7 "1 Hour" March 26, 2019 0.3 0.90[10] 0.65 1.55[31]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The episode was released via TBS' official YouTube channel on February 8, 2019.[3]
  2. ^ a b Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pedersen, Erik (May 15, 2019). "'Miracle Workers' Renewed For Season 2; Daniel Radcliffe & Steve Buscemi Get Medieval On TBS". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Pedersen, Erik (May 17, 2017). "Daniel Radcliffe & Owen Wilson To Star In TBS Anthology Comedy 'Miracle Workers' From EP Lorne Michaels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Miracle Workers: Watch the Full Episode Now | TBS". YouTube. February 8, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (February 13, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.12.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (February 21, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.19.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (February 27, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.26.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 6, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.5.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 13, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.12.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 20, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.19.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 27, 2019). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.26.2019". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 19, 2017). "Steve Buscemi To Replace Owen Wilson In TBS Anthology Series 'Miracle Workers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  12. ^ ""Miracle Workers: Dark Ages" to Premiere on TBS Tuesday, January 28th". The Futon Critic. November 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (November 14, 2017). "Geraldine Viswanathan, Jon Bass, Karan Soni Join TBS Comedy 'Miracle Workers'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  14. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 21, 2017). "TBS Comedy 'Miracle Workers' Casts Sasha Compère as Series Regular (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Richardson, Jay (March 25, 2018). "Lolly Adefope gets a heavenly US break : News 2018 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Chortle. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  16. ^ Ho, Rodney (November 14, 2017). "TBS's 'Miracle Workers' (Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe) shooting in Atlanta". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Caldwell, Mary (December 7, 2017). "Now casting: Daniel Radcliffe series filming party scene". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  18. ^ Caldwell, Mary (December 28, 2017). "Now casting: Daniel Radcliffe show seeking Asian actors". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Walljasper, Matt (January 29, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Super Fly, Miracle Workers, Black Lightning, Ozark, and Avengers". Atlanta Magazine. Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  20. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 5, 2018). "'Miracle Workers' Trailer & Premiere Date: First Look At Steve Buscemi As God & Daniel Radcliffe As An Angel In TBS Comedy From Lorne Michaels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
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  22. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe Promotes Miracle Workers At The Sundance Film Festival". BeautifulBallad. January 26, 2019. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
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