Schitt's Creek alum Annie Murphy has joined the cast of Netflix's upcoming second season of the critically acclaimed comedy drama, Russian Doll. The Emmy award winning actress' role in proceedings is being kept under wraps, much like pretty much everything else about this series, but regardless of what capacity she will be involved, Murphy is sure to bring the same comic timing and effortless charm she has shown throughout the hugely popular Schitt's Creek.
Annie Murphy is of course coming off the back of the successful comedy series Schitt's Creek, a performance which recently won her an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress. Murphy will next star in AMC's comedy Kevin Can F*** Himself, which takes a dark look at the secret life of a sitcom wife.
For those who have yet to see the first season of Russian Doll, it is best enjoyed knowing as little as possible going in, so skip a few paragraphs. Led by Emmy-nominated actress Natasha Lyonne the series centers on Lyonne as Nadia, a young woman who is on a journey to be the guest of honor at a party in New York City. But she gets caught in a mysterious loop as she repeatedly attends the same event and dies at the end of the night each time -- only to awaken the next day unharmed as if nothing had happened.
Starring an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, and Charlie Barnett, with Chloë Sevigny, Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton III, Rebecca Henderson, Jeremy Bobb, Ritesh Rajan, and Jocelyn Bioh all showing up for guest spots, Russian Doll has been compared favorably to the beloved Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day, but with a sharper-tongued edge. The series was met with wide critical acclaim and holds a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Russian Doll also racked up several award nods, including four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Lyonne.
The first series seemingly told a fully contained story, leaving many to wonder why it is being brought back for a second season. However, according to Lyonne, who also co-created the show with Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler, the plan was always to tell more stories based in the world of Russian Doll, with the actress, writer and director previously saying, "I definitely have ideas ranging from the really kind of out-there anthology to staying on board with our friend Nadia." In fact, the show was originally pitched as a three-season arc, though at this time we still have no idea how exactly Russian Doll season 2 will bring us back into the time loop antics.
Production on the second season of Russian Doll is currently underway, with hopes that the show will hit Netflix sometime in 2022. Lyonne, Poehler, and Headland will continue executive producing the new series, with Lyonne and Headland contributing as writers and directors for the upcoming second season. With Murphy now on board, it should certainly prove interesting to see how the events of Russian Doll are continued. This comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter.