Michael Showalter’s ‘Search Party’ Starring Alia Shawkat Is Headed to TBS
Alia Shawkat is headed to TBS to star in her own comedy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has given a series order to Search Party, a comedy co-created by Michael Showalter and Mozart in the Jungle/Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp writers Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers. The series is described as a dark comedy that follows “a group of four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who come together when a former college acquaintance mysteriously disappears,” and John Early, John Reynolds, and Meredith Hagner round out the main cast. Here’s more info on the series from THR:
Search Party centers on Dory (Shawkat), a fragile, frustrated, life-long doormat who is not particularly proud of her impact on the world, especially since her greatest accomplishment to date is organizing clothes to be donated to Goodwill for her wealthy employer. Dory feels stuck in a stale and disconnected relationship with her boyfriend, Drew (Reynolds), a kind of clueless, complacent, spoon-fed doofus who just really loves Christmas. She also feels removed from her closest friends, Elliott (Early), a self-diagnosed narcissist who loves adding job titles to his designer-stylist-curator multi-hyphenate lifestyle, and Portia (Hagner), an actress always struggling to balance the challenging demands of chronic insecurity and pathological self-absorption.
Search Party opens with Dory learning that Chantal, a girl she barely knew in college, has gone missing. Despite having almost no personal connection to her, Dory becomes fixated on the mystery. Dory, Drew, Elliott, and Portia are not crime solvers. They value brunch, parties, and their own loud opinions. So when Dory drags them into a bumbling, perilous pursuit to find the missing girl, they soon learn the meaning of real danger and become entangled in a sinister plot that is more than their privileged Brooklyn lifestyles ever bargained for.
Search Party will make its TBS debut sometime next year. Check out a trailer below: