January 30, 2023

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Murder Mystery. Do not read until after watching!]

“We needed the entire thing to really feel like a shock social gathering, the place only one factor after one other occurs,” showrunner Krister Johnson says concerning the newly launched Who Killed Santa? A Murderville Homicide Thriller, a particular episode of the Netflix improv comedy sequence the place the chaos of Season 1, launched final February, will get amplified to an entire new stage.

Within the particular, hard-nosed and mustachioed Detective Terry Seattle (Will Arnett) is joined by not one, not two, however three clueless celebrities as he makes an attempt to resolve a homicide; there are further visitor stars sprinkled all through the double-length episode, together with loads of different surprises.

“The present was rather well acquired when it got here out, and I really feel like folks appreciated it for a similar causes that I did,” Johnson says. “Clearly humorous stuff occurs, however the world has a really sort of unpredictable sort of chaotic feeling to it, the place ideally you’re feeling such as you’re on a prepare that’s barely staying on the tracks and sometimes hops proper off. Which I take pleasure in. I prefer it feeling such as you actually aren’t certain what’s going to occur. And I believe it’s one of many causes I’m so, so happy with how the particular got here out, as a result of it was greater than something we did in Season 1.”

The thought for the particular, Johnson tells Consequence, happened earlier this 12 months. “We’re nonetheless making an attempt to determine if we’re doing a second season, however Netflix needed to do extra,” he says. “And so the concept was instructed to us, by them, to perhaps do a particular. I believe we began speaking about it firstly of the summer season and we shortly centered on a Christmas particular, simply because it felt proper for the present.”

As soon as Johnson and Arnett got here up with “form of the overall thought, we pitched that to Netflix and, they usually mentioned, yeah, that’s nice. And from that time on, it was sort of stomping on the gasoline pedal as a result of by that time it was mid-summer.” Taking pictures the particular occurred at a breakneck tempo, Johnson says, as a result of after getting the greenlight in late June 2022, they instantly needed to leap into writing, manufacturing, and casting — then, after the two-and-a-half day shoot in September, it turned a scramble to complete up a minimize by early November.

“The timeline was very compressed with the intention to get it prepared for the vacations, and so it was a blur,” Johnson says. “Fortunately, I did have sense of form of story-wise how I imagined the particular going. And in addition conceptually, we had been all in settlement that needed to up the stakes a little bit so far as the chaos, and that it could be enjoyable to have a couple of movie star visitor being thrown into the case.”

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