With its second season, the anthology comedy series “Miracle Workers” brought its actors from Heaven to the Dark Ages. Series creator Simon Rich, along with cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Karan Soni, Geraldine Viswanathan and Jon Bass joined the Variety Streaming Room for a conversation moderated by Variety senior TV editor Michael Schneider to talk about how they navigated the show’s less-than-glamorous new setting.

Buscemi, who played God in the show’s first season, takes on the role of “Eddie” Murphy Sh—shoveler for season 2, the feces collector of a small town. Rich commented on how Buscemi’s new role was vital to keeping the show comedic tone, while also serving as a punching bag to convey the tough living of the Dark Ages.

“At the core of it, we wanted Steve to play a character who had an endless reserve of positive energy,” Rich said. “This is objectively a terrible time in human history, the Dark Ages, where everything is just a living nightmare in every possible way. Wouldn’t it be great to have a character who somehow had enough internal positivity that he was able to persevere and even triumph against this backdrop? So then we were like, ‘Well, how do we just torture this guy as much as we possibly can to make his positive attitude be all the more amazing?’ That was the most fun part of writing the show, was [discovering how to] keep throwing obstacles and rocks at Steve’s character and still have him come up fighting on the other end?… He remains this inspirational character no matter how dark and bleak things get.”

Watch the full panel above.