Will Arnett will star in the new crime comedy series Murderville on Netflix, which premieres February 3. The big twist? It’s largely improvised.
Based on the hit BBC Three show Murder in Successville, Arnett plays Senior Detective Terry Seattle, Homicide Division. In each episode, Detective Seattle investigates a murder case, assisted by a celebrity guest… who was not given a script.
“For Terry, every day means a new murder case and a new celebrity guest-star partner,” reads the official synopsis. “But here’s the catch: the guest star of each episode doesn’t get the script. They have no idea what’s going to happen to them.”
Across the show’s six episodes, Detective Seattle will partner with Annie Murphy, Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Marshawn Lynch and Sharon Stone. But can the celebrities crack the case?
“Together, the guest star and Terry Seattle will have to improvise their way through the case… but each celebrity guest will be left alone to name the killer. Join them as they buy a one-way ticket to Murderville.”
The general premise is that Arnett is the lead detective, with each celebrity guest appearing as his new homicide trainee. “We’re basically doing Law & Order without a script,” he said The Hollywood Reporter. In one of Detective Seattle’s first cases, Conan O’Brien is hired to help solve a magic show murder reminiscent of Arnett’s days as a GOB arrested development – a case involving a rival wizard, a former assistant and a mother’s club.
“I think people liked the idea that they could come in, they didn’t have to learn any dialogue and they could be themselves and just ride along,” said Arnett. “And I have to give these people credit because it’s bloody scary.”
Arnett is joined by Haneefah Wood as Chief Rhonda Jenkins-Seattle, Lilan Bowden as Coroner Amber Kang, and Philip Smithey as Detective Darren “Daz” Phillips.
Murderville launches on Netflix on February 3, 2022.
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