Search Party, a comedy with thriller elements, is back on HBO Max Jan. 14. Three new episodes drop that day, then three more Jan. 21, then the final four in season four Jan. 28.
Dory, played by Alia Shawkat, is held prisoner by her psychotic stalker Chip (Cole Escola), who is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends. Portia (Meredith Hagner) is starring in a film about the trial, although not as herself. Elliott (John Early) has switched party lines to become a far-right conservative talk show host, and Drew (John Reynolds) is trying to escape his dark past by working as a cast member in a theme park.
Search Party is executive produced by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, and Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez for Jax Media.
Turning up as guests are Susan Sarandon, Busy Philipps, Ann Dowd, Griffin Dunne and Lillias White. Sarandon plays Lylah, the unapologetically wealthy aunt of Chip, Dory’s kidnapper.
Children’s author R.L. Stine has a cameo role.
Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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