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A stylish Hitchcock homage, a tender exploration of autism and a hilariously horny holiday special were among favorites of THR's TV critics.

After ‘Only Murders in the Building’ Finale, Here Are 10 More Murder Mysteries to Watch

Only Murders in the Building may be done for now — after Ben Glenroy’s (Paul Rudd) murder was solved in the third season finale. But binge-worthy whodunnits with elusive killers pursued by troubled detectives or amateur sleuths are everywhere. Below, The Hollywood Reporter plucks 10 murder mysteries to keep viewers sharp and solving crime puzzles until […]

‘Poker Face’ Star Natasha Lyonne Speaks Nothing But the Truth

Natasha Lyonne, the star known for her raspy wisecracks, believes she leads with her silliness. “I am, to my own detriment, sort of a silly person,” she says. “Because I think, you know, it’s funny that we live and we die and everybody takes it so seriously.” But her work, she explains, means a lot […]

Villain or Victim, Why Top Actors Jumped to Guest-Star in ‘Poker Face’

Poker Face pulled off many things in its debut season. With its murder-mystery-of-the-week plot in a new spin on the detective genre, the Natasha Lyonne-starring Peacock series from Rian Johnson revived the concept of procedural television for streaming, saw Benjamin Bratt turn a catchy Blues Traveler song into a poetic monologue and recruited Star Wars […]

Hollywood Flashback: Lee Grant Killed It on ‘Columbo: Ransom for a Dead Man’

Peacock detective serial Poker Face, created by Rian Johnson and starring Natasha Lyonne, revolves around a new cast of guest stars every episode, much like the iconic murder mystery series Columbo. Back in 1971, Columbo guest star Lee Grant caught the TV Academy’s attention when she appeared alongside Peter Falk in Ransom for a Dead […]

“I’m Not Just Here to Smile”: Jenna Ortega, Elle Fanning and the THR Comedy Actress Roundtable

“My God, we are a breath of fresh, fabulous air,” declared Abbott Elementary’s Sheryl Lee Ralph as she looked around the table at Jenna Ortega (Wednesday), Elle Fanning (The Great), Ayo Edebiri (The Bear), Natasha Lyonne (Poker Face) and Devery Jacobs (Reservation Dogs) — all gathered on a late April morning for THR’s annual Comedy […]

The ‘Succession’ Effect: Do Other Dramas Stand a Chance at the Emmys?

Awards strategists managing this season’s Emmy campaigns may have issued a collective gasp on the night of April 9 — at least those who were watching the third episode of Succession live as it aired that evening. With little warning, and off-camera, Logan Roy (played by Emmy winner Brian Cox, twice nominated for his role […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Natasha Lyonne (‘Poker Face’)

Natasha Lyonne, the guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, is a self-described “oddball” who has been in the business for more than 30 years, experiencing many personal and professional ups and downs along the way, but emerging a respected actress, writer, director and producer with four Emmy nominations to her […]

Clea DuVall on Coming in for Key Finale Storyline in ‘Poker Face’

[This story contains spoilers to the season one finale of Poker Face, “The Hook.”] When Natasha Lyonne reached out to Clea DuVall about a pivotal role on Poker Face, it was an easy ask. “She just texted me and said there was this role she wanted me to play and, would I be able to […]

How the ‘Poker Face’ Finale Sets Up Charlie Cale for Season 2 and Beyond

[This story contains major spoilers to the season one finale of Poker Face, “The Hook.”] The hook brings you back. Going into the finale of Poker Face, showrunners Nora and Lilla Zuckerman had warned The Hollywood Reporter to keep an eye out for all of the “hooks.” And that Easter egg hint panned out with […]

‘Poker Face’ Showrunners on Putting Natasha Lyonne Through the Wringer With “Gut-Wrenching” Episode

[This story contains spoilers to the penultimate episode of season one of Poker Face, “Escape From Shit Mountain.”] By the time Poker Face viewers hit play on “Escape From Shit Mountain,” the audience for the Natasha Lyonne-starring murder mystery series knows what to expect: There will be a murder, and Charlie Cale (Lyonne) needs to […]

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Reuniting With Rian Johnson for ‘Poker Face’ — and That Dong Cameo in ‘Glass Onion’

[This story contains major spoilers to the penultimate episode in season one of Poker Face, “Escape From Shit Mountain.”] After delighting audiences with his unsuspecting cameos, Joseph Gordon-Levitt finally steps back into Rian Johnson’s frame on Poker Face. Since starring in Johnson’s directorial debut, the 2005 indie movie Brick, the actor has appeared in every […]