A Star-Studded Whodunnit Unfolds in the Hilarious Third Season of “Only Murders in the Building”

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By Eliza Grace

In a surprising twist for fans, the eagerly anticipated third season of “Only Murders in the Building” has burst onto the scene, providing a much-needed comedic respite amid the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes.

The season premiere, titled “The Show Must,” is now streaming on Hulu, though the lack of press appearances by the actors is due to the ongoing strikes.

Nonetheless, the show continues to captivate with its unique blend of murder mystery and comedy, taking a fresh dive into the world of podcast sleuths Charles-Haden Savage (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short), and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez).

The premiere episode takes a captivating twist by revisiting the “death” of Ben Glenroy (played by Paul Rudd), a somewhat eccentric actor known for his roles in quirky projects like “Cobro” and “Girl Cop.”

The character miraculously survived his apparent demise in the previous season’s finale, where he dramatically “died” on stage during the opening night of the play “Death Rattle.”

However, this time around, his second lease on life is even shorter, as his lifeless body is discovered atop an elevator by our favorite podcasting trio. You should also check A Fierce Emmy Battle, Outstanding Visual Effects in Epic Series and Movies.

As the new season kicks off, viewers are introduced to a myriad of intriguing suspects with both motive and opportunity to eliminate the enigmatic Glenroy. At the forefront is Meryl Streep, who dominates the list of potential culprits.

Streep’s involvement adds an element of excitement, especially after her appearance in the second season of “Big Little Lies.”

Her seamless integration into the ensemble cast is both surprising and refreshing, showcasing her versatility as she shares the spotlight with Rudd and the podcast protagonists.

Rudd gets a chance to shine as the egotistical Glenroy, a character oozing with self-importance and surrounded by a trail of enemies.

Streep, on the other hand, portrays Loretta, a captivating muse and love interest for Short’s character.

The series cleverly exploits Rudd’s connection to the MCU by referencing his role as a superhero who morphs into a giant cobra, injecting playful nods to his other blockbuster endeavors.

Beyond the central characters, “Only Murders in the Building” continues its tradition of highlighting urban solitude and loneliness, turning the spotlight on Broadway’s bustling yet isolating atmosphere.

The introduction of new characters, such as Kimber (Ashley Park), a TikTok-ing ingenue promoting skincare products, and Howard (Michael Cyril Creighton), Oliver’s anxious assistant, adds layers of depth to the storyline.

As the team copes with the loss of their star, Oliver’s unconventional solution to revamp “Death Rattle” into a musical leads to uproarious comedic potential. You may also read Unveiling the Enigmatic Warren Rojas, The Soul of Daisy Jones & The Six.

Season 3 relieves itself from the burden of establishing its unique premise, enabling it to fully embrace its established success and integrate A-list talent like Streep.

The chemistry between Selena Gomez and the veteran duo of Martin and Short remains an unexpected delight, and the show continues to expand its narrative boundaries while welcoming fresh faces.

With each passing episode, the show takes on the semblance of a versatile institution, demonstrating its ability to balance star power with captivating storytelling.

In conclusion, the third season of “Only Murders in the Building” is an invigorating and hilarious continuation of the podcast comedy-mystery, boasting a mix of talent that effortlessly intertwines with the existing ensemble.

As the curtain rises on a new whodunnit, viewers can savor the ever-evolving dynamics, unexpected plot twists, and uproarious humor that have become the show’s signature.

I'm Elena Nicolaou, currently pursuing my Master's degree in MCA at the Chicago Institute of Technology. Alongside my studies, I've been freelancing as a writer for over 4 years, crafting content for newspapers, magazines, blogs, and poetry journals. Over the past year, I've also been a contributor to samsonovasasha.com as a freelance writer.

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