It’s been a breakthrough year for Samira Wiley; the explosive talent who first made a splash on “Orange Is the New Black” picked up an Emmy nomination for her sharp performance as Moira in Reed Morano’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” This fall, Wiley returns to her comedic roots with a Hollywood-set buddy comedy from the director of “Dodgeball,” “Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television.” The Hollywood satire makes fun of its semi-unknown titular star while boasting guest appearances from Kristen Bell, Joe McHale, and Jon Cryer. The eight-episode, half-hour comedy released its first official trailer today, and it’s full of snappy jabs and famous people making fun of themselves.
The series stars Hansen (“Veronica Mars”) as himself, a member of an LAPD task force which partners actors with homicide detectives so they can use their “actor skills” to help solve murders. Wiley plays as his no-nonsense partner, and the other guest stars play bizarro versions of themselves. At one point, Bell taunts Hansen for the number of unaired pilots he’s shot. In another scene, she tells Wiley’s character: “You’re not gonna shoot Kristen Bell.”
“Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television” was created by Rawson Marshall Thurber (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story”), who serves as writer, director, and executive producer. It will debut at Tribeca TV Fest on September 23, before going wide on YouTube Red on October 25.
Watch the spunky trailer below: