At last week’s D23 fan expo, Disney and their affiliates gave us previews of many shows. We’re excited about a lot of them, obviously. I wanted to write about The Mandalorian, for example, but I wasn’t sure if I could properly express my excitement. By that, I mean, I would probably just end up hollering about Werner Herzog. Now I’m going to talk about The World According to Jeff Goldblum and I will try not to just holler about him. Try.
What is the World According to Jeff Goldblum?
Like the actual world according to Jeff, the show world is expected to be offbeat. It will follow Goldblum as he follows his whims, investigating anything and everything in which he’s interested. You can see some of those topics in the feature image and in the trailer, including gaming, tattoos, and foods like ice cream and Korean BBQ.
In the course of the show, Goldblum doesn’t intend to be a pedantic voice. As he says in the trailer, “I know nothing — that’s the premise. I’m a humble student and, in fact, kind of a late bloomer… a late Gold-bloomer.” Hmm, I’ll allow it.
Although he has a long and respected career as a serious actor, Goldblum has also carved out a space as a serious oddball. It’s not performative, though–this appears to be exactly who he really is. So while taking a deep dive into topics like denim or bicycles might not sound appealing if we were accompanying just anyone, we’re not. We’re going along with Jeff Goldblum.
You know, the guy who taught us all (at D23) the best reaction to have if our enemies mysteriously die. (“I’m crestfallen!”) The guy who took on a residency playing jazz piano in Los Angeles AND then formed a group called the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. He’s the guy who’s made a career (and a life) out of being game for anything. And that’s got me game for this show.
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.