Why Owen Wilson Left TBS’ ‘Miracle Workers’

TCA 2018: Simon Rich explains actor’s departure from heavenly sitcom

Simon Rich and God parted ways on the upcoming sitcom “Miracle Workers” over some creative differences. Well, Rich and the guy playing God, Owen Wilson, did.

Rich explained why Wilson was no longer involved with the TBS comedy at a panel during the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday.

Well, after Steve Buscemi — who replaced Wilson as the Lord in the heaven-set workplace comedy — jokingly shouted “WHAT?” when a reporter asked about Wilson’s exit.

“Owen was attached really early in preproduction to this project and we just had different creative visions for the show and parted ways,” the executive producer said. “But obviously, I’m beyond ecstatic to work with this cast and really thrilled with the opportunity to work with Steve [Buscemi], who I’ve been a fan of for decades.”

The seven-episode anthology comedy series, based on Rich’s book “What in God’s Name,” stars Daniel Radcliffe as Craig, a low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers, and Buscemi as Craig’s boss, God, who has pretty much checked out to focus on his favorite hobbies, according to the show’s official synopsis.

To prevent Earth’s destruction, Craig must achieve his most impossible miracle to date.

The series is executive-produced by Rich, Radcliffe, Lorne Michaels, and Andrew Singer of Broadway Video, which will produce the series in association with Turner’s Studio.

“Miracle Workers” will premiere later this spring on TBS.