Everything To Know About Only Murders In The Building Season 3

Hulu’s murder-mystery show returns this summer.

by Gretchen Smail and Kadin Burnett
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Charles, Oliver, and Mabel will return in 'Only Murders in the Building' Season 3.
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It’s not time to move out of the Arconia just yet: Only Murders in the Building Season 3 has the green light. Hulu confirmed the renewal in a press release last summer, noting that the murder mystery series was the company’s most-watched comedy show in Season 1, with both seasons maintaining a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Based on its success, it sounds like the streaming platform intends to keep the series around for as long as possible. “Only Murders in the Building is the true crown jewel of our slate. Its appeal across generations, the intersection of humor and heart, and its truly original approach are a hallmark of and testament to Dan [Fogelman], John [Hoffman], Steve [Martin], Marty [Short], and Selena [Gomez]’s work,” said Hulu Originals president Craig Erwich. “We are grateful to be able to continue telling the stories of Charles, Oliver, and Mabel to viewers that have consistently shown us they crave more of this story.”

Season 2 centered on the trio trying to solve the murder of Bunny Folger (Jayne Houdyshell), the crotchety Arconia board president who definitely didn’t appreciate that they were snooping around and making a scandalous podcast about Tim Kono’s murder. Like the previous installment, the third season is also about another murder, only this time we aren’t sure if this new victim is an Arconia resident. The finale revealed Paul Rudd’s new character, Ben Glenroy, met his demise under suspicious circumstances, and once again, Charles, Mabel, and Oliver will need to kick off a new investigation. No one is truly safe in Only Murders, so let’s go over everything else we know about Season 3 so far.

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Premiere Date

On April 30, Variety reported that Steve Martin unexpectedly announced Only Murders Season 3 will premiere on August 8, 2023, during his “You Won’t Believe What They Look Like Today!” tour with co-star Martin Short in Orlando, Florida. While warming up the show’s audience, Martin and Short shared updates on their latest projects when Martin said, “Catch the new season August 8.”

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Cast

“Guess what? All of your favorite characters are going to be returning for Season 3,” Gomez said in an announcement posted to Twitter on July 11. Naturally, that means the return of Steve Martin as Charles-Haden Savage, Martin Short as Oliver Putnam, and Selena Gomez as Mabel Mora. A few months later, on Oct. 25, Deadline reported that Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams joined the cast as a documentarian who is interested in following the trio’s new murder case.

On Jan. 17, Gomez shared a major casting update from the set of Season 3 — that Meryl Streep had joined the cast.

On Feb. 23, Deadline reported that Emily in Paris star Ashley Park also joined Season 3 in a recurring role. Park will reportedly play Kimber, a Broadway ingenue.

We can likely expect to see Tina Fey’s Cinda Canning (a Sarah Koenig parody character) continue to make her own podcast about the Arconia trio, while Detective Williams (Da’Vine Joy Randolph) will also return. But not everyone is guaranteed to come back in Season 3. Will minor antagonists Uma Heller (Jackie Hoffman) and Howard Morris (Michael Cyril Creighton) return? Or what about Nina Lin (Christine Ko), the new board president who is the current suspect in Bunny’s murder? Also, will the show continue Mabel’s romance with art gallery owner Alice (Cara Delevingne)? Or, like her relationship with Oscar (Aaron Dominguez), will it be only a short-term thing? Only time will tell where this latest investigation will take the podcasting trio.

It’s likely that we’ve seen the last of Poppy (Adina Verson) and Detective Kreps (Michael Rapaport), given that the season finale outed them as the masterminds behind Bunny Folger’s murder. The finale also ended on a cliffhanger that introduced audiences to Broadway star Ben Glenroy, played by Paul Rudd. Based on his fate in the finale of Season 2, don’t expect too much from Rudd; his character is presumably murdered on stage. However, Rudd has been confirmed to star in Season 3, so we can at least expect to see the Ant-Man star in flashback scenes.

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Production

Season 3 filming had wrapped as of April 20. Gomez marked the occasion with an Instagram post celebrating their “beautiful” season. “I’m not sure I have enough words to explain just how beautiful this season has been,” she wrote, in part. “It has been deliriously hilarious, challenging and for me, an absolute dream. I’ll post more soon.”

The singer-actor also touched on one of the most anticipated parts of Season 3: her new co-star Streep. “I’ll leave it with the woman I adore, look up to and love,” she concluded, alongside of a photo of the two grinning at each other.

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Plot


The Season 2 finale includes an epilogue that sets up another mystery in Season 3. After a year of murder-free living, our beloved trio reunited on the opening night of Oliver’s new play, one that features Charles in a lead role opposite Rudd’s Ben Glenroy. It’s clear from the get-go that Charles and Ben don’t get along, punctuated by Charles threatening Ben to “stay away from her,” before the curtains raise. Ben, unfazed, retorts, “Why? What are you going to do?” Only for Charles to respond, “I know what you did.”

The show begins as Ben is alone on stage, but as he says his first line, he keels over and begins regurgitating blood before dying on stage. Charles and Oliver clamber to his aid, but Ben has already passed. Mabel, Oliver, and Charles quickly realize that there’s another murder afoot, and they’ll have to be the ones to solve it. But not before Mabel has time to grumble, “You’ve got to be f*cking kidding me.”

Since the finale suggests that Charles has a motive for taking out Ben, we can expect Season 3 to dig deeper into their relationship and Charles’ animosity toward his co-star. It’s also likely that this death might also be the killing blow for Oliver’s show, keeping his bad luck streak alive. The trio might have to resort to reviving their podcast for another season.

Does Mabel get married? On March 22, Martin tweeted two photos of Gomez in a wedding dress. “Guess what just happened!” he captioned a shot of himself in a tux posing next to the actor. Following up with a second wedding-themed shot of Short and Gomez, Martin added, “Turns out this happened, too.” As seen in fan videos and photos, the dressed-up trio filmed a scene in which they rushed from the Arconia to an NYC taxi. Naturally, Hulu wasted no time in making a Father of the Bride reference, retweeting Martin and writing, “Only Fathers of the Bride in the Building?”

Only Murders In The Building Season 3 Trailer

During the Oscars on March 12, Hulu dropped a teaser for the season — featuring the first look at Streep’s new role.

The full trailer followed on July 26, introducing the star-studded suspect lineup.

This post will be updated as more information about Only Murders in the Building Season 3 becomes available.

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