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Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson are starring in a TV show that's just wacky enough to work


What do you get when you combine Daniel Radcliffe, Owen Wilson and Saturday Night Live mastermind Lorne Michaels? A divine comedy, if TBS has its way -- the cable network has greenlit Miracle Workers, a seven-episode anthology series set in Heaven, which is slated to debut in 2018. The idea of a workplace comedy set in Heaven starring Harry Potter and Lightning McQueen is just the right amount of WTF, but it's the character descriptions that really put us on cloud nine. Radcliffe will play Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity's prayers, while Wilson will play Craig's boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies. That's right, Owen Wilson is playing God, who apparently has ADHD when it comes to humanity and has seemingly found more interesting things to focus on.

'Miracle Workers,' 'The Good Place,' and TV comedy's fascination with the afterlife


Death is the only certainty in life, and we all know it. In the internet age, where we are regularly maligned for narcissism, exaggeration, and toxicity, a dry undercurrent in recent years has been the presence of jokes about death. While it struggles to hold its own among exceptional company, TBS' Miracle Workers is the latest TV show to indulge this fascination with what lies beyond life. Even when the jokes elicit more of a smirk than a laugh, Miracle Workers is part of a cultural and comedic moment that has the distance to examine death with humor, without making us panic about the end. Miracle Workers may have caught your attention simply for the cast if not the premise.

Tuesday's TV highlights: 'black-ish' on ABC

Los Angeles Times

NCIS McGee (Sean Murray) goes back to his high school when the computer password he used as a teenager is linked to the murder of a Department of Defense contractor. Lethal Weapon Cole (Seann William Scott) puts a strain on his relationship with Murtaugh (Damon Wayans) when he invites his former mentor (guest star Mykelti Williamson) to help with a case that hits close to home. Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Comics Seth Meyers, Tig Notaro and Sarah Silverman learn about their family histories in this new episode. FBI After an investigative journalist is murdered, agents Bell and Zidan (Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki) uncover information linking the suspect to past cases. This Is Us Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson and Akira Akbar as young Beth) takes a trip home to care for her mother (Phylicia Rashad), sparking an unexpected realization in this new episode of the time-shifting family drama.

Tuesday's TV highlights: 'The Gifted' on Fox

Los Angeles Times

NCIS Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team investigate a death aboard a Navy destroyer in which the deceased fell or was swept overboard. Also, Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) gets frustrated when Vance (Rocky Carroll) assigns him to mentor three high school students. The Voice The blind auditions continue. Lethal Weapon The series based on the movie franchise ends its season. Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Family stories of filmmaker Michael Moore and actresses Laura Linney and Chloë Sevigny are told in a new episode titled "Hard Times." 8 p.m. KOCE and KPBS FBI Special Agents Bell (Missy Peregrym) and Zidon (Zeeko Zaki) investigate when a serial bomber appears to be targeting Wall Street's elite.

Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Janelle Monáe Lives in the Present

The New Yorker

To get in character for a new Broadway show, in which he plays a fact checker, Daniel Radcliffe got trained by The New Yorker's crackerjack checking department. His first assignment: a review of a Mexican restaurant that serves some dishes he can't pronounce. David Remnick sits down with Janelle Monáe to talk about how she stopped playing a character in her songs and began to write directly about what she and our country are facing right now. And the reporter Eliza Griswold follows the route of a controversial gas pipeline to see how it's shaking up Pennsylvania's politics. The pop star has been writing music since elementary school, but her career didn't take off until she was fired from a job at Office Depot.