The new comedy series is coming together again The good place creator Mike Schur and star Ted Danson have joined Netflix with an eight-episode straight-to-series order. As Deadline exclusively reported last month, the project is based on the 2020 Chilean feature documentary The Mole Agent, sparked heated bidding when it entered the premium/streaming market, with Netflix one of the top four contenders. Written/executive produced by Schur and starring/executive produced by Denson, the self-titled comedy comes from Schur’s old studio home Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
In it, Charles (Danson), a retired man, gets a new lease of life when he responds to an ad from a PI and becomes a mole in a secret investigation.
Schur and Morgan Sackett produce through Schur’s Fremulon and David Miner through 3 Arts Entertainment. Maite Alberdi and Marcela Santibañez are executive producers for Micromundo Producciones, along with Julie Goldman and Christopher Clements for Motto Pictures.
The mole agent documentary, directed by Maite Alberdi, received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary in 2021. It was also selected as the Chilean entry for Best International Feature Film, making it shortlisted in the category.
In the docu, a PI, Rómulo, hires an elderly man, Sergio, to go undercover at a nursing home in El Monte, Chile, to investigate a claim by the PI’s client that her mother had been assaulted by staff. While at home, the man forges relationships with the residents and discovers their secrets.
the good place, which ran for four seasons on NBC and has found a wide audience on Netflix, earned three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Danson and two nominations for Comedy Series. Danson has been the headliner of NBC’s comedy series ever since The major, which aired for two seasons and still returns on HBO’s Control your enthusiasm. He is represented by WME, Industry Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.
In addition to the good place, Schur co-created and executive produced Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation and most recently Rutherford Falls, which ran on Peacock for two seasons. Along with Miner and Sackett, he is also an executive producer of HBO Max’s award-winning comedy series Hacks. Schur was previously an executive producer at Netflix Master of nothing.