Only Murders in the Building season 4: Release date speculation and latest news
Will Charles, Oliver and Mabel be investigating another mystery? *Warning - contains full spoilers for Only Murders in the Building season 3*
*Warning: This article contains full spoilers for Only Murders in the Building season 3.*
It's been a little while since the third season of Only Murders in the Building drew to a close, bringing with it weeks of speculation about how things would pan out for our true crime loving trio.
Things were left on a major cliffhanger at the end of season 3 with one beloved character's life hanging in the balance but also, with the group chatting a lot about upping sticks and making a move to Los Angeles.
Well, not only has the series been confirmed to take a little jaunt to LA but in rather exciting news, Meryl Streep will be returning for season 4. Her role as Loretta Durkin was a standout in season 4, not least because she was in the eye of suspicion and also struck up a romantic connection with Oliver (Martin Short).
Confirming the news of Streep's return, 20th Television president Karey Burke — whose studio produces Only Murders in the Building – said on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast: "Meryl is returning for next season because she had a tremendous time."
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Speaking more about what we can expect to unfold in the fourth season, Disney Television Group President Craig Erwich told Deadline: "Well, I’m very excited to see Steve, Martin and Selena take a little break from the apartment building and come to Los Angeles.
"So in the same way that John Hoffman used the canvas of Broadway to tell what I think was one of the most unique seasons you’ve ever seen, the same unique Only Murders take will be applied to Los Angeles, which I’m really excited about."
But when is the new season likely to arrive on our screens, and who else from the cast could return?
Will there be an Only Murders in the Building season 4?
Yes! It has been confirmed that a fourth season of Only Murders in the Building is coming to Disney Plus (and Hulu in the US).
Disney Plus confirmed in an Instagram post in October 2023 that a fourth season has officially been green-lit.
"Only Murders in the Building is coming back for season 4! Let the investigating begin..." the caption read.
We would imagine that we should hear more regarding the future of the show in the coming months, and will make sure to keep this page updated with any new information as soon as we get it.
Only Murders in the Building season 4 release date speculation
So far, all three seasons of Only Murders in the Building have stuck to a fairly regular release schedule, with season 1 releasing in August 2021, season 2 in June 2022 and season 3 in August 2023.
The news of season 4 came after the WGA strikes drew to a close, meaning that writing on the new series could convene soon after the announcement. While we don't know if it will have led to some production delays, some new casting announcements signal that filming could be soon to get underway.
Regardless, the earliest season 4 could arrive would be Summer 2024. We'll keep this page updated once we have a sense of the timeline for Only Murders in the Building season 4.
Who could return for Only Murder in the Building season 4?
Only Murders in the Building wouldn't quite be what it is without the main trio now, would it? Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez will all be back as Charles, Oliver and Mabel in season 4. The new series is set to kick off in LA, so it'll be exciting seeing the gang in a new environment.
As for who will be with them, we know that Meryl Streep's Loretta will be making a return, so let's hope her relationship with Oliver is a little more plain-sailing this season. As for Mabel's love interest Tobert (Jesse Williams), it has not yet been revealed if he will be returning for more, but the pair did seem to be discussing their LA future together in the season 3 finale, so here's to hoping.
In terms of new characters, it's now been announced that actress and comedian Molly Shannon will be joining the cast for season 4. Known for her roles in The White Lotus, Saturday Night Live and I Love That For You, Shannon is set to star as a "high powered LA business woman who finds herself drawn into the world of the investigation in NY", according to Deadline.
One character's life who hangs in the balance is Charles's stunt double Sazz, played by Jane Lynch. The beloved character appeared to be dead in the season 3 finale, so we would assume her murder will be the central mystery of season 4, maybe meaning we'll get some flashbacks with Lynch appearing in the series once again.
We're sure plenty more cast announcements are set to come in due course but for now, these are the cast members confirmed to return for Only Murders in the Building season 4:
- Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage
- Martin Short as Oliver Putnam
- Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora
- Meryl Streep as Loretta Durkin
- Molly Shannon as TBC
What will happen in Only Murders in the Building season 4?
As for what will happen in the fourth season, as usual, plot details will be kept under wraps. But we have a pretty big feeling that the drama will centre on Sazz's murder, especially as the bullet that appears to have killed her was intended for Charles. So, who could be out to kill him?
While the third season revolved around a Broadway show murder, it looks as though the gang will be venturing off to Los Angeles. Previously speaking about the move to LA for season 4, Only Murders in the Building co-creator John Hoffman told Deadline: "Well, we are gonna see if there’s a definite touch of Los Angeles in small doses. We’ll see.
"That is a wish too because there are continuations. It’s not like we put a final period on the interpersonal relationships that were so beautifully built across the season. I loved watching the reactions throughout the season to these personal relationships and what they mean.
"Now the trio is in a situation where with everyone they get involved they wonder, what have I done? Have I gotten involved with someone nefarious and murderous, potentially? I love the audience going with that and feeling it and, and making assumptions, presumptions about all of it and then flipping in ways that are gentler and surprising. We hate losing anybody in the cast like we said about Jane, but we can find ways of keeping them involved as this great ensemble continues."
The trio's friendship was seriously tested in season 3 as Mabel disagreed with the way that Oliver and Charles were investigating, going off on her own and then with love interest Tobert to crack the case of Ben Glenroy's (Paul Rudd) murder.
While we don't know exact plot details just yet, there are some serious open-ended questions going into season 4 – will Charles and Joy (Andrea Martin) rekindle their failed relationship? Will Oliver and Loretta be able to make their relationship work with Loretta's impending work set to take her to LA?
Is there a trailer for Only Murders in the Building season 4?
There isn't a trailer available for Only Murders in the Building season 4 yet, but we'll keep this page updated if and when any new footage is released.
In the meantime, you can rewatch the trailer for season 3 right here now.
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