This was probably the most exciting news I’ve heard in days. My favorite show of 2021 and perhaps the last few years now has an official return date and first teaser. Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building will return for its second season on June 28.
I was a bit late to the boat on the first season, and binged it in October instead of watching it weekly as it aired. The show was honestly a breath of fresh air — funny and sad and clever and creative with fleshed out supporting characters. It also felt very New York City at a time when New York City was (and still is) feeling pretty weird. The central trio of Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez’s characters play off each other so perfectly that like Oliver, you don’t want anyone else to infiltrate the group. But new characters are coming in season two and it remains to be seen how they’ll affect the dynamic. Amy Schumer, Cara Delevingne, and a few others are joining and we got a first look in the teaser Hulu released on Oscar night.
Hulu today unveiled the first teaser for Only Murders in the Building Season 2, which offers a brief look at the characters played by new cast members Cara Delevingne and Amy Schumer.
“New York City. Who doesn’t want to become the talk of the town here?”asks Steve Martin’s Brazzos actor Charles-Haden Savage up top.
“We’ve been warned not to speak out,” says Martin Short’s struggling Broadway director Oliver Putnam at a press conference-type gathering—presumably regarding the shocking death of Arconia Board President Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell) at the tail end of Season 1.
“But we here at Only Murders in the Building, we will not be going quietly,” adds Selena Gomez’s Mabel Mora.
Only Murders in the Building‘s first season watched as Savage, Putnam and Mora—three neighbors at New York apartment building, the Arconia—came to bond over their obsession with true crime. Following a suspicious death in their building, they decided to start their own podcast about their investigation of the death, which the police ruled a suicide.
In Season 2, they race to unmask Folger’s killer, though three (unfortunate) complications ensue—the trio is publicly implicated in Bunny’s homicide, they are now the subjects of a competing podcast, and they have to deal with a bunch of New York neighbors who all think they committed murder. While Delevingne will play Alice, a sophisticated art world insider who becomes enmeshed in the mystery of Folger’s death, details with regard to the character Schumer is playing have not been disclosed. This season, Michael Rapaport will recur, with Shirley MacLaine joining Schumer as a guest star.
Only Murders in the Building debuted on Hulu last August and returns for its second season on June 28. The series hails from co-creators and writers Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie, Looking), who executive produce along with Short, Gomez, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman and Jess Rosenthal.
Check out the Only Murders teaser dropped on Oscars day above.
This teaser really was just that because I cannot wait for this show to come back. I have so many questions! What’s Amy Schumer’s character going to be? It seems that Michael Rapaport is joining as a detective, which makes sense because Da’Vine Joy Randolph’s Detective Williams was too close to the trio and would have a conflict of interest. But I really liked her character and her as an actress, so I hope she comes back and is subtly helping them. It seems like Cara Delevingne’s character might be the mysterious character this season, which I have mixed feelings about. I go back and forth on whether or not I like her, but right now I’m not a believer in her acting or her eyebrows. But, much like the in-show podcast fans, I choose to have faith in the creative team and trust that they know what they’re doing with this casting. I just hope that no one disrupts the trio’s tight knit group dynamic. I’ve heard random speculation that Cara’s Alice character might be a new love interest for Mabel, but I hope not because I loved Mabel’s story with Tie-Dye Guy. Deux Moi has for months had a lot of sightings of Selena and Cara hanging around New York together so make of what you will.
I’m looking forward to see how the new central mystery of the show unfolds. I’m a big fan of mysteries and sleuthing and can usually guess whodunnit, but the first season killer honestly surprised me. It made sense, it had shock value, and we had fun along the ride. Hopefully, the second season is just as revelatory as the first season, while still keeping some of the core elements that made the first season so engaging. And I’ll stop myself before I go on all day.
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