Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Eugene Levy joins cast of "Only Murders in the Building"

Multiple sources are reporting that Eugene Levy (Schitt's Creek) has joined the cast for season 4 of Only Murders in the Building. Levy joins recent cast additions of Eva Longoria and Molly Shannon, all of them new for this latest season. 

With the number of new cast members, I'm starting to wonder just how big Meryl's role is going to be. I realize that in the last season, in addition to Meryl, there was Paul Rudd, Jesse Williams and Da'Vine Joy Randolph, so maybe all of the members of season 4 will have similarly-sized roles. I still have a feeling that Meryl's part will be smaller that last season, but we'll of course have to wait and see. 

Still no word on when filming will get underway. Levy's role details remain few, as do specifics on the plot for this season. 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Eva Longoria joins cast of "Only Murders in the Building"

Following the news that Meryl is set to return for season 4 of Only Murders in the Building, multiple sources are reporting today that Eva Longoria has also joined the cast. Per the report, Longoria will "appear as a recurring character who becomes integral to the twists and turns of the season’s investigation." No further info on her character was given. 

Molly Shannon was announced as joining the cast earlier this month as well. No word yet on when official filming begins for the new season, but I'm guessing it's soon. 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Streep officially returning for season 4 of "Only Murders in the Building"

Well, we were kind of already expecting this news after the announcement a couple of days ago that Only Murders in the Building was headed to Los Angeles for season four. Multiple sources are reporting today that Meryl will be officially returning for a second season. 20th Television president Karey Burke confirmed the rumor in an interview saying, "Meryl will be returning for a second season because she had a tremendous time." Molly Shannon (love her) was announced yesterday as joining the cast as well, whose character is a high-powered businesswoman. 

No word on exactly how big Meryl's role will be in this season. My guess is that filming is starting very soon (if it hasn't already). Hopefully this leaves the rest of the year available for her to film something new and fabulous! Maybe with how "fun" this project has been for her she'll be a bit more apt to get involved with something a bit heavier and dramatic. Fingers perpetually crossed these days.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Season 4 of "Only Murders in the Building" moving to Los Angeles

Several sources are reporting today that the fourth season of Hulu's Only Murders in the Building is moving to Los Angeles. The first three seasons of course took place in New York City. 

In the Collider article I read, Disney Television Group President, Craig Erwich, teased a possible return of Meryl's character, Loretta Durkin. At the end of the season 3, Loretta was getting offers for acting work in Los Angeles. The latest season's move to California seems to suggest a natural setup for seeing Meryl at least in an episode or two, even if she's not as heavily featured as she was in season 3. I suspect filming will be underway soon, with a late-summer/early-fall release. 

While I want to see a lot of Meryl, I want new stuff! I want a lead role in a feature film or a limited series and will settle for nothing less. Fingers crossed we get some more definitive news either way soon. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Streep attends 40th-anniversary screening of "Sophie's Choice"

I was surprised to see this headline today for two reasons. One, it's been over forty-one years since Sophie's Choice was released, and two, I had no idea this event was planned. At first, I thought it might just be a repeat article from a couple of years ago that I just didn't remember, but there are several outlets that have released articles on the night's event. 

Several big stars showed up at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan last night for the screening. This news doesn't have a lot of significance as far as I can tell, but maybe it rejuvenates some interest Meryl as an exceptionally talented actor whom any director would be blessed to work with. I have a feeling Meryl already has a few things coming down the pike, and as I mentioned in my previous post, she's just kind of visible a lot more lately. It's like she's finally, if slowly, whetting our appetites for seeing something new and exciting of hers on screen. 

Streep with Sophie's Choice co-stars Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol

Monday, February 5, 2024

No Grammy for Streep

Meryl will have wait to get one step closer to her EGOT. Last night, she lost the Grammy Award for Best Audio Book Recording to former first lady, Michelle Obama. Streep had been nominated for reading Big Tree

Despite the loss, Meryl was prominently featured in the night's telecast, jumping into her seat while host Trevor Noah was mid-monologue.

I chuckled at "The Grammys is gonna win an Oscar." 

We knew ahead of time that Meryl would be presenting an award at the show. I'm sure any of us knew for what, though. And it turns out that she joined her music producer son-in-law, Mark Ronson, to present Record of the Year. They did a cute little bit.
@hollywoodreporter #merylstreep roasts her son in law #markronson while they present together at the #grammys #grammys2024 ♬ original sound - The Hollywood Reporter

I didn't watch the show because they weren't going to show her category, and I figured I'd be able to see clips of her presenting if I wanted to a few hours later. And I'm not that invested in whether or not she ever wins an EGOT. I care about her on-screen acting work. With that said, she seems to be more visible these days. Yes, it's awards season, but even for the couple of noms she's had for her work in Only Murders in the Building, it feels like with the greater exposure she's building up to some news about what we'll get to see her do next. As in, she's not going away anytime soon. 

Patiently waiting.