Peacock is going all in. The streaming service has renewed “Poker Face,” Rian Johnson and Natasha Lyonne’s retro mystery-of-the-week dramedy, for a second season. The pickup comes while Season 1 is still rolling out. It premiered on January 26 and will reach its finale on March 9.
“Poker Face” is inspired by mystery procedurals of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s like “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Rockford Files,” and especially “Columbo.” It follows Charlie Cale (Lyonne), a woman with a preternatural ability to tell when someone is lying, as she travels around the country getting pulled into mysteries her sense of justice forces her to solve. She’s on the run from casino boss Sterling Frost Sr. (Ron Perlman), whose henchman Cliff LeGrand (Benjamin Bratt) is pursuing her. (Other than Lyonne, Bratt is the only actor who appears in multiple episodes so far). The series uses a “howcatchem” format, where the audience sees the crime committed and then watches Charlie use her detective abilities to catch the perp.
The guest cast includes Adrien Brody, Lil Rel Howery, Judith Light, Chloë Sevigny, Ellen Barkin, Tim Meadows, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nick Nolte, Cherry Jones, and dozens of other notable performers.
Lyonne is getting Emmy buzz for her performance, and some of the guest performers are likely to see nominations, too. The show has received critical acclaim and currently has a 99% “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The series was created by “Knives Out” writer-director Johnson, who executive produces with Lyonne, showrunners Nora and Lilla Zuckerman, and his producing partner Ram Bergman.
“Poker Face” is available to stream on Peacock.
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