Only Murders In The Building Gets Another SNL Icon For Season 4

By Britta DeVore | Updated

Just when you thought that the cast for Hulu’s Only Murders In the Building couldn’t get any more stacked, news has arrived that places comedy legend Molly Shannon as the newest name on the call sheet. The Saturday Night Live alum will be a recurring character on the upcoming fourth season which is set to take place between Los Angeles and The Arconia.

While nothing has been firmly set in stone, it’s rumored that Shannon will appear as a well-known Los Angeles businesswoman who packs her bags and embarks on a new life as an investigator in New York. 

Returning For Season 4

The news of Molly Shannon’s addition coincides with the reveal that the iconic Meryl Streep will reprise her role as Loretta Durkin in the new batch of episodes. This means that Loretta and Oliver (Martin Short) will pick up their romance that left off on a cliffhanger in the Season 3 finale of Only Murders In the Building.

Of course, along with Martin Short, Steve Martin and Selena Gomez will also return to the hit series for another season of solving crimes one step at a time, with the murder of Jane Lynch’s Saz Pataki being the main focus for at least the first few episodes.

Molly Shanon’s Career

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As for Molly Shannon’s appearance in Only Murders In the Building, her latest project comes following an appearance in Zach Braff’s 2023 drama, A Good Person, where she was seen opposite Florence Pugh and Morgan Freeman.

In television, the last few years have seen the comedic performer appear in the first season of Mike White’s critically acclaimed anthology series, The White Lotus, as well as Showtime’s Vanessa Bayer-led series, I Love That for You. In the past, Shannon first launched herself to fame during her time on Saturday Night Live and would go on to appear in such classic features as Superstar, Other People, Wet Hot American Summer, and more.

Viewers Can’t Get Enough Of Only Murders

As for Only Murders In the Building, the series initially dropped on Hulu back in 2021 and was an immediate hit among subscribers. The base plot of the production is that Short, Martin, and Gomez’s characters all share the common home of The Arconia, a lavish apartment building in the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and also all share an affinity for true crime podcasts. After a series of murders take place in the building, the trio gets on the case and makes a podcast of their own. 

The Perfect Trio

The success of the first season of Only Murders In the Building was easy to see right from the beginning as audiences loved the comedic hijinks of the two decades-long names in the biz working alongside Gomez. The chemistry between the three is one of the best parts about Only Murders and something that works and is only made better given that they’re all close friends outside work as well.

Plenty Of Guest Stars

Over the first three seasons, guest stars including Jimmy Fallon, Amy Schumer, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Rudd, Tina Fey, and Cara Delevingne have all graced the production, making Molly Shannon the latest in a long line of stars to step through the doorway of The Arconia. Career-wise, it’s a dream job for anyone lucky enough to get a call from the casting team as Only Murders In the Building has garnered praise from such events as the Emmys, Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice, and more. As of right now, Season 4 of Only Murders In the Building is expected to arrive later in 2024.Source: Deadline