Some ideas arrive with exactly the right creator, and that seems to be the case with Netflix’s next experimental series. Mixing the irreverent police procedural comedy of Angie Tribeca with the improv fun of Whose Line is it Anyway?, Improv-a-ganza, and Thank God You’re Here, Netflix’s new six-episode series Murderville stars Will Arnett both in front of, and behind, the camera. He’s featuring a guest star for each episode about detectives trying to solve a murder, only this isn’t anything like what you’ve seen before on a TV show.
Terry Seattle may look like the typical harried, frazzled, bumbling TV show detective–maybe an update to Columbo–but this show will only follow a basic outline with executive producer Arnett in the lead role, with the dialogue entirely ad-libbed by the guest star. The goal? For the actor to solve the case by the end of the episode.
The odd assemblage of guests from the corners of Hollywood are talk show host Conan O’Brien, actors Ken Jeong, Sharon Stone, Annie Murphy, and Kumail Nanjiani, and ex-NFL player Marshawn Lynch. As in the similar improv show Thank God You’re Here, the production will feature a company of recurring players. Those include Lilan Bowden, Haneefah Wood, and Philip Smithey.
Here’s the trailer for Murderville:
Look for all six episodes of Murderville, streaming February 3, 2022, on Netflix.
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