'Miracle Workers': Here's why you should be excited about Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buschemi's heavenly comedy
Premiering on February 12, ‘Miracle Workers’ is a comedy set in heaven – well, not the version of heaven you have been tempted with or taught about
TBS has a brand new comedy lined up for February, starring Steve Buscemi, Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Karan Soni, and we are excited about it! For good measure too, and there are countless reasons for it, including the fact that two of the most talented actors of our time are helming the project.
Premiering on Tuesday, February 12, 'Miracle Workers' is a comedy set in heaven – well, not the version of heaven you have been tempted with or taught about. The TBS Heaven is a huge business plant, with angels working in various sections, including Answered Prayers, Volcanoes and Body Odours. The founder and CEO of this business is, you guessed it – Buscemi’s God.
The premise is unlike anything you have seen before
It’s been a few thousand years and God has been bored and feeling a little under appreciated. His yes-man sidekick Sanjay (Soni) by his, well, side, is planning to blow up Earth, but not everyone is willing to give up on the little planet. Well-meaning angel Eliza (Viswanathan) is willing to fight to keep Earth intact, with the help of the introvert loner angel Craig (Radcliffe).
The show will look deep into whether the ragtag team of Eliza and Craig has what it takes to keep Earth intact.
Heaven is 'in' right now
If the success of 'The Good Place' has proved anything, it is that heaven and afterlife are on everyone’s mind right now. Moreover, the current socio-political and religious climate being what it is, taking a lighter, silly look at religion, and deconstructing what we know about religion and God to be true is pertinent.
Maybe God isn’t some ubiquitous, autonomous body who is benevolent and concerned with the world. Maybe, he is a being who had a grand plan that did not work out and wants to wash his hands off all the responsibility and start over.
Daniel Radcliffe's projects are ALWAYS weird — in the best way
Say what you will about Radcliffe’s choices, you cannot say he’s not versatile – not within his own career, but all of Hollywood. No one has done the kind of roles he has. On 'Swiss Army Man', Radcliffe played Manny, a vegetated man whose body, when crudely adjusted, works as everything from a motorboat to a compass. On 'A Young Doctor's Notebook', he played young Dr. Vladimir Bomgard, whose false diagnoses of patients and personal degradation into apathy and despair cause for some of the funniest instances in TV history.
His biodata is enough to have us at least intrigued about the project, and the trailer has us convinced 'Miracle Workers' is going to be another comedic gem.
Beyond this, Buscemi's brilliance keeps our faith in 'Miracle Workers' intact, while the potential of relatively new faces such as Soni and Viswanathan give us hope regarding diversity and varied perspectives within this unique show.