The game is afoot! Just days remain between folks seeing the Only Murders in the Building sleuths return for season 3 and the many inevitable twists to unfold ahead.
Season 2 of the charming whodunnit comedy went out with a show-stopping finish, setting the stage for another killer follow-up involving true crime obsessives Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver (Martin Short) and Mabel (Selena Gomez). All fingers point toward the ensemble cast as the curtains closed on Oliver’s new Broadway play and a strange new murder case opened.
The Hulu original series is up for 11 nominations at the 2023 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Best Comedy and Best Actor in a Comedy for Martin Short. Considering that and the star-studded guest list, fans are counting down to the premiere. Here is all the evidence we gathered about Only Murders in the Building season 3, including the release date, cast, episode info and more:
What is the Only Murders in the Building season 3 release date?
Let the record state that the thrilling comedy officially returns on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. Selena reminded fans with a heartfelt video including newcomer Meryl Streep on Instagram. “REMINDER: AUGUST 8TH on @hulu!!!!! 😆😩,” she captioned the post.
Adding to the hype, she told The Wrap in May that she thought it’s the “best season yet.” The “Rare“ singer added: “I’m beyond thrilled. I had such a great time, and I couldn’t believe the people I was working with.”
In late April, the group marked the end of season 3 filming on TikTok. They walked out of an elevator set, and Martin proclaimed, “That’s a wrap on season 3 Only Murders in the Building. Yes, that’s a wrap.” The camera panned to show the production crew applauding.
Another video on the show’s official TikTok gave fans a kick, showing new cast members Meryl and Paul Rudd laughing and dancing with each other in full costume to celebrate the end of filming.
Is there a trailer for Only Murders in the Building season 3?
It’s official! Hulu released the season 3 trailer on July 26, and we finally got a clue about how Meryl and Paul get involved. Next season is another puzzle piece-ing of suspects in Ben Glenroy’s murder as his co-star and not-very-good actress Loretta Durkin, played by Meryl, helps the trio.
The fumbling detectives investigate “TikTok-addicted starlet” Kimber, portrayed by Emily in Paris star Ashley Park and documentarian Tobert (Jesse Williams) who, per Deadline, takes a particular interest in the case. From the looks of the trailer, it seems that may be Mabel.
New and old faces also surprised fans, including Jane Lynch, who played Charles’ hilarious stunt double Sazz Pataki, and Tina Fey. Another face that popped up around the 1:58 mark, previously unseen from any promo, is Matthew Broderick in a non-disclosed role. Perhaps it’s just a quick stay, but time will tell …
Who will be in the Only Murders in the Building season 3 cast?
The Arconia’s been quite the revolving door for a slate of celebrity guest stars, including the likes of Sting, Amy Schumer, Shirley MacLaine, Cara Delevingne and more. We expect the star-studded roster to grow with each season, and the trailer indicates as much. All evidence points to the usual suspects, plus these confirmed additions:
- Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora
- Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage
- Martin Short as Oliver Putnam
- Ryan Broussard as Will Putnam
- Da’Vine Joy Randolph as Detective Dee Williams
- Michael Cyril Creighton as Howard Morris
- Paul Rudd as Ben Glenroy
- Meryl Streep as Loretta Durkin
- Ashley Park as Kimber
- Jesse Williams as Tobert
In a most grandiose entrance, Paul Rudd made a cameo in the season 2 finale as the star of Oliver’s play, Ben Glenroy. Though his curtain call came abruptly (a nasty onstage death by poison), this mystery will be the pinnacle of Only Murders in the Building season 3.
Tack on a new headshot to the suspect’s board — as if the cast couldn’t get any more impressive, it just invited its most prestigious guest yet. Months after Selena dropped the biggest plot twist of all on Instagram, the Spring Breakers star shared another post of her smiling sweetly at her new co-star, Meryl.
“Well, we wrapped season 3 of @onlymurdershulu,” she penned the caption. “I’m not sure I have enough words to explain just how beautiful this season has been. It has been deliriously hilarious, challenging and for me, an absolute dream. I’ll post more soon. But I’ll … leave it with the woman I adore, look up to and love. 🥰.”
But there is one familiar face who won’t be returning to the Arconia — Teddy Dimas, played by Nathan Lane. Speaking with Deadline, the guest star revealed that he wasn’t able to shoot season 3 because it coincided with his run in the Broadway play Pictures From Home. That said, the door is open in case a season 4 is green lit!
What’s the episode release schedule for Only Murders in the Building season 3?
Seasons 1 and 2 each packed in 10 suspense-filled episodes, so it would only make sense for Only Murders in the Building season 3 to follow the same pattern. While it’s unclear exactly what each episode will be about, we do have some clue as to how Hulu plans on rolling out the new installments week by week.
Like most shows on the streamer, the first two episodes of Only Murders in the Building season 3 will drop on the August 8 premiere date. After that, a new episode will air every week through early October. If you’re curious about what the show’s release schedule will probably look like, take a look below:
- August 8: Episodes 1 and 2
- August 15: Episode 3
- August 22: Episode 4
- August 29: Episode 5
- September 5: Episode 6
- September 12: Episode 7
- September 19: Episode 8
- September 26: Episode 9
- October 3: Episode 10
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What will Only Murders in the Building season 3 be about?
Get your red push pins and detective hats ready. The creators revealed that the upcoming season plans to shift focus toward Oliver, which season 2 already hinted at with the one-year jump forward to his Broadway directorial debut.
John explained to The Hollywood Reporter: “If season 1 was a little more focused on the emotional storyline for Mabel and Tim Kono, and season 2 was a little more emotionally connected to Charles and his relationship with his father and himself, I’m very excited to both lean into the theatrical side of New York City and also into Oliver and his world.”
On August 23, 2022, the show’s writers promised an “insane” and “so exciting” season ahead. “It’s also very twisty,” John admitted to TVLine. “We try to check ourselves, like, ‘OK, what can we do and how can we do this differently?’ and ‘What feels like a different take? A fresh take?'”
He added: “So, I can only say hang tight! There’s a lot going on, and certainly, the victim is colorfully drawn so far.”
When filming a scene for OMITB on the Upper West Side, the trio were photographed in costume — Selena in a wedding dress — looking frantic to catch a cab during the shoot. Hmm …
Where can I watch Only Murders in the Building season 3?
Stream OMITB seasons 1 and 2 exclusively on Hulu — subscriptions start at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year. You can tune in from the Hulu website or Hulu app. Fans based in the U.K., Canada and other participating countries can watch on Disney+.
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