Hulu announces new Steve Martin/Martin Short comedy

The untitled Hulu comedy about three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one, hails from co-creators and writers, Steve Martin and John Hoffman (Grace & Frankie, Looking).  Martin and Hoffman will executive produce along with This is Us creator Dan Fogelman, Jess Rosenthal (This is Us) and Martin Short.

The synopsis goes a little something like this. Longtime friends and frequent collaborators Martin and Short play two of the strangers, the third is a younger woman, according to Deadline. Martin, who has largely stayed away from television (except for SNL) for the past five decades, pitched Hulu with what would be his first TV series starring role.

“When you’re lucky enough to have lunch with Steve Martin, and halfway through the meal he says ‘hey, I have an idea for a TV show’ – it’s a pretty good day,” Fogelman told the outlet. “This is as exciting as it gets.”

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The series is set in New York, which is expected to be a big character in the show, and will film there.

Short, a two-time Emmy winner, most recently headlined with Maya Rudolph the Maya & Marty variety series for NBC and did an arc on Apple’s The Morning Show, for which Jennifer Aniston just won a SAG Award.

In 2018, he shared two Emmy nominations with Martin for their Netflix special, Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life. In features, the two starred together in ¡Three Amigos! and the Father Of the Bride franchise, among other collaborations.

Streaming has proven to be a good opportunity for aging actors. Both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie) and Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin (The Kominsky Method) have both experienced success. Maybe they will make it a trifecta.

SOURCE: Hulu, Deadline