The cast of the upcoming TBS Heaven-set workplace comedy series Miracle Workers are being “blessed” with a new addition, as Variety reported exclusively that Sasha Compère (Rizzoli and Isles, Community) has been cast in a series regular role. Created by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman), Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels and Andrew Singer will serve as executive producers of the seven-episode series via Broadway Video, which is producing in conjunction with Turner’s Studio T.
In Miracle Workers, Daniel Radcliffe will play Craig: “a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers.” Steve Buscemi has been cast in the role of Craig’s boss: The Almighty God, “who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies.”
Compère will play Laura, described as “a sweet, intelligent, socially awkward and lonely young woman who often finds herself being pushed around by her more confident and outgoing friends.” When Laura forms an unexpected bond with Sam (Jon Bass), “she feels she has found her kindred spirit, but she’s too nervous to make a move and show her interest.”
Here’s an overview of author Simon Rich‘s novel What in God’s Name, the source material for the TBS series:
Welcome to Heaven, Inc., the grossly mismanaged corporation in the sky. For as long as anyone can remember, the founder and CEO (known in some circles as “God”) has been phoning it in. Lately, he’s been spending most of his time on the golf course. And when he does show up at work, it’s not to resolve wars or end famines, but to Google himself and read what humans have been blogging about him.
When God decides to retire (to pursue his lifelong dream of opening an Asian Fusion restaurant), he also decides to destroy Earth. His employees take the news in stride, except for Craig and Eliza, two underpaid angels in the lowly Department of Miracles. Unlike their boss, Craig and Eliza love their jobs – uncapping city fire hydrants on hot days, revealing lost keys in snow banks – and they refuse to accept that earth is going under.
The angels manage to strike a deal with their boss. He’ll call off his Armageddon, if they can solve their toughest miracle yet: getting the two most socially awkward humans on the planet to fall in love. With doomsday fast approaching, and the humans ignoring every chance for happiness thrown their way, Craig and Eliza must move heaven and earth to rescue them – and the rest of us, too.