“Only Murders in the Building” will return for a second season

Tiara Starks, Entertainment Editor

Hulu recently released “Only Murders in the Building,” a mystery-comedy series starring comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short, and singer and actress Selena Gomez. Martin created the show alongside John Hoffman.

The series follows three residents of the Arconia, a pre-war luxury apartment building in New York City, who team up to solve the mystery of a murder in the building. The trio creates a podcast, documenting their journey as they encounter clues and obstacles along the way. The show doesn’t shy away from adding celebrity cameos, including Tina Fey, Sting, Nathan Lane and Amy Ryan.

In the show, Martin plays an overlooked actor, Charles-Haden Savage, who has only been recognized as Brazzos, a character Savage portrayed in a fictitious crime show. Short plays Oliver Putnam, an unemployed Broadway director who is having difficulties balancing finances and family, while Gomez plays Mabel Mora, a mysterious young resident who lives in her aunt’s old apartment.

The show has been critically acclaimed for its storyline and the chemistry between the three actors despite their generational gap. Martin and Short have been collaborating together since their first film, “Three Amigos,” which was released in 1986. The duo has since appeared in four more movies together, including “Father of the Bride” and “The Prince of Egypt.”

This series marks Gomez’s return to a main role in a TV show. She last portrayed Alex Russo in Disney Channel’s “Wizards of Waverly Place,” which ended in 2012.

Gomez recently told People about the cast members’ off-screen relationships. “They immediately made me feel like I was a part of a trio,” she said. “They’re just the best. They are extremely humble and kind, and they just have a different human perspective on life than anyone I’ve ever met.”

According to Deadline, the show was the most-watched Hulu Original comedy on premiere day and it’s the most-watched comedy across all subscription video on demand (SVOD) titles on the platform. This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the show has been renewed for a second season on the platform as well.

After the three-episode premiere, each following episode of the comedic murder-mystery series has been pushed out weekly at midnight on Tuesdays, a shift from the norm of streaming services dropping an entire season on the platform for viewers to binge.