It’s official: Charles, Oliver and Mabel are headed west for Season 4 of Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building — and they’ll be joined by Saturday Night Live royalty.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Craig Erwich, who oversees ABC, Freeform and Hulu, confirmed that the New York City-based comedy will relocate to California for at least part of Season 4. And now, TVLine can confirm that Molly Shannon will appear as part of a season-long arc as a “high-powered Los Angeles business woman who finds herself drawn into the world of the investigation in New York.”
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Additionally, Meryl Streep will reprise her Season 3 role as Oliver’s girlfriend, Loretta Durkin.
In Only Murders’ Season 3 finale, Mabel received an invitation from her boyfriend Tobert (played by recurring guest star Jesse Williams) to accompany him to Golden State, while Oliver encouraged Loretta to move to California to be with her son Dickie.
Then there was Charles, who was targeted by a killer. Alas, a bullet meant for TV’s Brazzos took out his longtime stunt double Saz (played by Jane Lynch).
Suffice it to say, he’ll probably want to vacate the Arconia for a while.
“I’m very excited to see Steve [Martin], Martin [Short] and Selena [Gomez] take a little break from the apartment building and come to Los Angeles,” Erwich recently told Deadline. “So in the same way that [series co-creator] John Hoffman used the canvas of Broadway to tell what I think was one of the most unique seasons you’ve ever seen, the same unique Only Murders take will be applied to Los Angeles.”
In October, Hoffman addressed the possibility of relocating the show to Los Angeles in an interview with TVLine. “I love New York — the characters, the richness, the depth is endless — and it’s a New York show,” he said at the time. “But I don’t want to be afraid of things that make you go, ‘What?’ ‘Where are we?’ ‘Where are they now?’ I think you have to do that so it doesn’t feel too insular.
“[The Arconia] is our apartment building, and much like how we want to get out and be in New York as much as possible, I think you also have to remember this trio and the potential for whatever would be happening in their lives that might lead them to go away for some reason,” he explained. But he assured us that the Arconia will always be a part of the show, adding: “It’s our building! I love it so, and we have devotion to it in every way.”
No word yet if Williams will reprise his role as Tobert in Season 4. We also don’t have a timetable for start of production or release.
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