Exclusive: ‘Search Party’ Cast Talks Season 2 At NY Premiere

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Actors Alia Shawkat and John Reynolds attend the TBS Comedy Festival 2017 - "Search Party" Presents: The Guilty Party on November 8, 2017 in New York City. 27441_001 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TBS)

Season 2 of TBS’ ‘Search Party’ drops November 19, leaving a group of self-absorbed millennials, dealing with the aftermath of a murder from their hands. This hilarious crime show starts off with Dory (Alia Shawkat), who became so obsessed with finding a missing former classmate Chantal (Clare McNulty) that she ended up bringing blood to her own hands. It turns out real life is not a mystery like the ones we read in the books.

Michael Showalter, one of the executive producers of the show gave some enticing insight to what is going to air next week.

“There is a whole horror element to this season. Where there are forces out there where they know what they’ve done, but who are not known to our characters. So they are kind of being followed, but they don’t know by who.”

As for the main characters, Dory (Alia Shawkat) the face of Search Party, she goes into telling about her self-image and how she is constantly trying to find herself in every problem she digs up. This next season takes that to a whole new level.

“The first one was about her definitely discovering her identity a lot more, that being the focus on every choice she made, the definition behind it was, ‘I don’t know what I am, so maybe I’ll try this,’ Shawkat said. Whereas this time I think she discovered who she was and really didn’t like who she saw; someone who is guilty enough to kill somebody. So there is a lot of self-hatred and anxiety that comes from it, but again because of the clock, she kind of doesn’t have enough time to actually be like ‘yo you’re fucked up, go to the fucking police.'”

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: (L-R) John Reynolds, Alia Shawkat, John Early and Meredith Hagner attend the TBS Comedy Festival 2017 – “Search Party” Presents: The Guilty Party on November 8, 2017 in New York City. 27441_001 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TBS)

Dory’s two best friends Elliot (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner) realize that their own careers may be affected by this decision made of hiding a dead body and how they could potentially melt under pressure.

John Early:

“I think for all of them something extreme happens at the end of season one that like it doesn’t matter where they were. They have no choice but to just deal with the given circumstances in season two. On a more public level he (Elliot) gets that book deal, he’s so thrilled of the potential success for the book, he completely skips over any chance to learn anything about himself. He’s working on his book but he is also trying to deal with the hell of what happened in season … It is in his nature to follow the spotlight and get attention. This season, that’s the main comedic engine for Elliot, it’s like that’s his natural way of being. But if he does that he will be more vulnerable for prosecution. It’s very funny tension that is created.”

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 08: Jordan Firstman (2nd L), Charles Rogers (2nd R) and Meredith Hagner (R) attend the TBS Comedy Festival 2017 – “Search Party” Presents: The Guilty Party on November 8, 2017 in New York City. 27441_001 (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for TBS)


“Portia ends up following what’s happening, so she ends up stumbling upon the scene and ends up being sort of implicated. Her arc around the story is her sort of waking up to the fact that she has been manipulated by her friends and it’s been really fun playing Portia.”

Charles Rogers, the creator of the show and executive producer was able to even get a super fan onto the show, Jessica Chaffin, who plays a brand new character who happens to be the dead’s guy’s ex-wife’s best friend. (That’s a mouth full.) Chaffin is going to the side-kick to the ex-wife throughout the season.

“This is absolutely one of my favorite sets I’ve ever been on, everybody is so cool and natural and smart. They were so welcoming, the directors are amazing everything should feel this way,” Chaffin said. “So I do a broadcast called Ronna and Beverly and Charles Rogers who created the show is a huge fan of my podcast and about a year and a half ago I got ten emails. One from my manager, agent, friend, and they were like “Do you know Charles Rogers? He wants to be on your show.”

Chaffin along with many other Americans cannot get over how wonderful this show is. Be sure to binge watch the whole first season and get ready for a whole Scooby-Doo mystery for the gang of Search Party.

“After ten harassing emails, he came on the show and I binged the whole show and I am embarrassed to say I am insane super fan of the show. I hate everything and love this show.”

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