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Michael Showalter on the Origins of ‘Search Party’ and Status of ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ – IndieWire’s TURN IT ON Podcast

How the podcast "Serial" inspired the new TBS series. Also: Marc Summers on 30 years of "Double Dare," and Florence Henderson on how she became Carol Brady.

Search Party Season 1 John Early, Meredith Hagner, John Reynolds, Alia Shawkat

“Search Party”


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The new TBS series “Search Party” mixes elements from clever indie comedies, film noir and whodunit mysteries to tell the story of a group of twentysomethings who become obsessed with finding Chantal, a missing woman they only vaguely know. Alia Shawkat plays Dory, a young woman looking for meaning in her life, and who finds it via her quest to discover the truth about Chantal.


From executive producer Michael Showalter and creators Sarah Violet-Bliss and Charles Rogers, the 10-episode, half-hour series aired as a week-long event this week on TBS, which will also encore the first season during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, while also making all 10 episodes available on demand the night of premiere to encourage binge viewing.

IndieWire TV critic Ben Travers called the show “shrewdly observant and emotionally honest.. ‘Search Party’ doesn’t sound like an uproarious comedy from the elevator pitch, but its writers strike a delicate balance between pleasure, lies, and truth while their characters seek the latter. The result is a series that calls out a generation’s easily misguided need for personal significance while honoring their inquisitive sensitivities.”

IndieWire’s TURN IT ON podcast recently talked to Michael Showalter, who’s currently busy shooting “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.” He said part of the look and feel of “Search Party” was inspired by the podcast “Serial.”

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Also on this edition: Marc Summers celebrates 30 years of “Double Dare,” we say farewell to Florence Henderson, and we look at the week’s new TV.

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