Will Arnett stars in a new Netflix series Murderville where celeb guests improvise their way through an otherwise scripted murder mystery.
After Arnett secured the rights to adapt the BBC‘s Murder in Successville, he then needed celebrity guest stars willing to improv their way through each episode.
We’re basically making Law & Order without a script.”
Arnett is the lead detective and his celeb homicide trainee try to solve a murder. And Netflix –where Arnett has done BoJack Horseman, Flaked and Arrested Development– stepped up in ways Arnett says others didn’t.
They really got what we wanted to do…”
Conan O’Brien plays himself on an absurd magic show murder case involving a rival, a former assistant and a moms association. Arnett and producers also landed Annie Murphy, Ken Jeong, Kumail Nanjiani, Marshawn Lynch and Sharon Stone.
Without a script the celebrity guest stars are in the dark with what happens next and they have to improvise their way through the case with Arnett, but only THEY are tasked with naming the killer at the end of the episode.
I do 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 go for a ride
…and I have to give these people credit because it’s freakin’ scary as shit.”
Of course, not everyone involved with the project came into it blind. There are eight writers who planned out every episode although there are BIG holes in the script for celebs to fill it.
And if it all goes sideways, I’d have to go sideways too.”
What a great premise, with killer comedy cred –I’m in! (The next Only Murders in the Building?) Six episodes of Murderville are on Netflix starting February 3.
(Photos, Netflix; via THR)