TBS's hilarious new comedy, Miracle Workers, has given us a gritty look at what Heaven could be like if it were run like a company, which has kind of left us wondering if this series might end up being a satire-steeped tragedy in the end. After all, if Craig (Daniel Radcliffe) and Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) are Earth's only hope of being saved from destruction, the whole venture seems doomed.
But according to star and executive producer Daniel Radcliffe and creator Simon Rich, if you had to put Miracle Workers in a genre, it's more like a sports flick than anything else.
"The nature of the series [is] kind of like a sports movie," Radcliffe told TV Guide at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "Who's bringing what to the team? And what are the dynamics in the team? So that's the story of the show; I need Eliza's bravery, and she needs my sort of restraint, and we both need [Sanjay's] (Karan Soni) insane levels of being able to charm people and his ability as a talker. We need Rosie (Lolly Adefope) for her strength to get us out of a terrible situation at one point. So everyone sort of balances each other out and feeds into each other really well."
The analogy seems pretty sound, especially given how involved Sanjay and Rosie become in Craig and Eliza's mission. But if this really is a heavenly version of The Mighty Ducks, does that make God (Steve Buscemi) the rival team? Rich says that while God may start out battling against our heroes, he won't necessarily stay that way.
"Just like in a lot of sports movies, the initial antagonist actually ends up joining the team later is the film. So yes, in the beginning, Steve very much is the antagonist. He is the guy who says he's going to blow the planet up. By the end of the season, he comes around and decides he wants to help the team and help save his creation, but unfortunately God being God, his help isn't actually useful. He ends up kind of causing even more problems even though his intentions are good."
Like any good sports movie, we expect these kids to pull off the last-minute win a blaze of glory. At least, we hope so, or this is going to turn from light-hearted fun into a seriously dark comedy.
Either way, Radcliffe and Rich already have plans for Season 2, but the story won't revolve around Craig and his cohorts. Miracle Workers was actually conceptualized as an anthology series, so if it does get renewed, we'll be seeing some familiar faces in a totally new story next year. Fingers crossed!
Miracle Workers airs Tuesdays on TBS at 10:30/9:30c.
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