Just three episodes into Season Two of Hulu’s smash comedy hit Only Murders in the Building, the streaming service announced the show is headed back for a third season. Does this make the remaining episodes of Season Two less interesting, knowing it’s highly unlikely any of the shows stars will get murdered? Guess we’ll have to keep investigating.
Only Murders in the Building set a Hulu platform record in Season One as its most watched comedy premiere in history. Selena Gomez, Martin Short and Steve Martin are a trifecta of talent who have clearly kept viewers satiated on their seemingly constant quest for whodunit.
“Only Murders in the Building is the true crown jewel of our slate,” said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, in a statement reported by Deadline. “Its appeal across generations, the intersection of humor and heart, and its truly original approach are a hallmark of and testament to Dan, John, Steve, Marty and Selena’s work. We are grateful to be able to continue telling the stories of Charles, Oliver and Mabel to viewers that have consistently shown us they crave more of this story.”
One thing that’s made Season Two an early success is how the main characters play into the challenges of a successful second season. This goes back to their “Only Murders in the Building” podcast. Steve Martin’s character, Charles-Haden Savage, says early on in the new season, “You know, it’s very rare for a true crime podcast to do a sequel. They usually move on to a new case that never hits like the original…”
In so many ways, that’s what many of us viewers are thinking, too, about the Hulu series. Even Selena Gomez’s character, Mabel Mora, wants nothing to do with the podcast or her co-stars as friends. “I need a life away from death. We should all just let ourselves be a little boring again,” she says before Martin Short’s character, Oliver Putnam, wastes no time trying to bring the band back together. “I’d rather be dead than boring.” True words to live by.
One key character which might not make it to Season Three is the building Only Murders has largely taken place in. That’s The Arconia (real name The Belnord), which takes up a full city block on West 86th Street.
In an October 2021 interview with EW.com, co-creator John Hoffman said that after the second season, “we’ve already been talking about a potential hopeful future for the show that continues beyond [The Belnord].”
Only Murders in the Building airs new episodes Tuesdays at 3 a.m. Eastern time. Episode Four is out Tuesday, July 12.