Spoilers for season 1 of Only Murders in the Building below.
Selena Gomez, Steve Martin, and Martin Short have decided to extend their stay in the Arconia—in spite of, you know, all the murders in the building. (Our hope is that rent will go down, at least.)
The popular Hulu comedy has been a success story from the beginning, when the show launched as the streamer’s most-watched original comedy on premiere day. The wacky mystery stars Gomez, Martin, and Short as a trio of true-crime connoisseurs who launch a podcast investigating a murder in their own Upper West Side building, only to be roped in by their unexpected ties to the crime. Besides beating out HBO’s The Undoing for its array of magnificent coats, the show has proved a consistent source of good-hearted fun in an otherwise oft-dreary crime genre. So it comes as no surprise that Hulu has renewed OMitB for a second season.
“There has been something about this project that felt almost fated from the start; from [co-creator Dan Fogelman’s] first lunch with Steve in which Steve happened to mention he had an idea for a series, to [co-creator and executive producer John Hoffman] jumping aboard to co-create it, to Steve’s agreeing to star but only if Marty joined him, to the inspired addition of Selena,” Karey Burke, president of 20th Television, said in a press statement. “The comedy this team delivered has been the obsession of every executive at this studio, and our friends at Hulu have treated it like the crown jewel that it is.”
Below, everything we know about the case our merry bunch might crack next.
Who will be in the cast?
Martin, Short and Gomez are all expected to reprise their roles. After Hulu’s season 2 announcement, Gomez took to Instagram to share her excitement for next season.
Neither Martin or Short have Instagram—as Gomez’s Gen Z-friendly character, Mabel, might put it, they’re “olds”—but we can assume they’re pretty happy, too.
When will season 2 come out?
We don’t yet have an official release date, but co-creator Hoffman has already hinted at a speedy turnaround. In an interview with Queerty, he revealed that season 2 will begin filming by the end of 2021, which means season 2 could arrive as early as mid-2022.
What will the next chapter be about?
Because the finale has yet to air, we’re still waiting to learn exactly who killed Tim Kono—and, most importantly, why. But if we want to get into the speculation game, there’s reason to believe season 2 will focus more closely on Mabel.
You might recall that episode 1 begins with a brief flash forward, in which Martin and Short’s characters discover Mabel kneeling in front of what appears to be a corpse, her white sweater drenched in blood. She tells her friends, “It’s not what you think,” but might she be lying? If the finale digs deeper into this scene—which it almost certainly will—we can expect its events to have major repercussions on season 2.
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