What if God really was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Trying to make his way.. well, you get the idea. Now what if that same God was going through a midlife crisis, and the entire human existence depended on his angels’ ability to pull off a minor miracle?
 
Welcome to Miracle Workers, the hot new anthology series on CTV Comedy Channel starring Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe. Here’s everything you need to know about the acclaimed series before its January 9 premiere.
 
This Is God Unlike You've Ever Seen Before


 
Buscemi has had some pretty notable gigs in his career, starring in everything from The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire to 30 Rock, Portlandia, and pretty much every Adam Sandler movie out there. But this is the very first time he’s playing God, and to say that it’s an unconventional take would be an understatement.  
 
“It’s not like he’s a God that is holier than thou,” Buscemi says. “He’s kind of a lonely guy who is looking for connections and he wants to feel like he’s appreciated.”
 
Think a God who conceptualized Earth with a glob of paper mache, or whose current goals include creating a river restaurant inspired by the Lazy Susan. That’s certainly this God, but when we meet him he’s over it. Basically he’s ready to just blow up the world and retire.
 
“What I liked about him is that he’s got a lot of problems and he’s often overwhelmed and confused and just a little bit lazy,” Buscemi adds. “But I think he’s got a good heart. He’d like things to work out, but he’s kind of in over his head… it was really fun to play a God that has very human qualities.”
 
Forget The Religion Of It All


 
Despite some potentially triggering words (like “God” or “miracle”), this show is anything but a romp into religious ideals. It doesn’t make fun of religion either. Instead this is more of a workplace comedy in which the workers of Heaven, Inc. are trying to get their boss back into the swing of things and maybe save humanity in the process.
 
That team is headed up by Radcliffe’s character Craig, an angel in the Prayers department who gets through granting two, maybe three prayers daily. When he hears of God’s plans to blow up the planet, he bets the higher power that if he can perform one single miracle, God will reconsider ending the world.
 
The miracle in question—making two people who both wish to be together—seems simple enough, but moving heaven and earth has a bigger butterfly effect than anyone could have imagined.
 
“It’s about a bunch of earnest, young people trying to pull off an insane mission against all odds,” creator Simon Rich says. “It’s sort of like a cross between the Old Testament and Goonies. A lot of our influences were, like, ‘80s sports movies. It’s about a group of plucky underdogs who have to overcome their differences and work together to save the world.”
 
An Epic Reset



The series is based on Rich’s book What In God’s Name: A Novel, which was published in 2012. That means many of the themes are pretty timely (mismanaged corporations, a world going to heck), but it also means that there's limited source material.
 
And so, like so many great series these days, this one is an anthology, with a pretty clear-cut ending at the end of seven episodes. The good news, though, is that this cast and crew have such an undeniable chemistry that a second season is also on its way.
 
“It’s been lovely to be involved in [the creative] process for the first time, and I certainly hope that I’ve contributed something,” Radcliffe, who is also a producer on the series, says. “It’s an amazing group of people to work with. The levels of the imagination and creativity and humour just jump off the page when you read Rich’s stuff, both the books and scripts, and this is no different.”
 
We can’t wait. Assuming God doesn’t pull that trigger first, of course.


Miracle Workers debuts Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CTV Comedy Channel.