Peacock today announced a straight to series 10-episode order for Poker Face, Rian Johnson’s first television series. The streaming service has also set the premiere of comedy series Rutherford Falls for Thursday, April 22.
From T-Street and MRC Television, Natasha Lyonne will star in hour-long mystery series Poker Face. “Rian Johnson’s distinct sensibility and talent for telling edge-of-your-seat mysteries is a massive gift for Peacock, and we can’t wait for audiences to delve into each case,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Paired with the acting genius of Natasha Lyonne, this series will be entertaining and addictive.”
Said Rian Johnson: “I’m very excited to dig into the type of fun, character driven, case-of-the-week mystery goodness I grew up watching. It’s my happy place. Having Natasha as a partner in crime is a dream, and we’ve found the perfect home at Peacock.”
MRC Television President Elise Henderson added: “Rian is a gifted writer and director who draws you in with his unique approach to mystery and we’re so proud to partner with him, and Ram, and to have Natasha Lyonne as our lead, and land this phenomenal show at Peacock with a talented team.”
Johnson will serve as creator, writer and director of Poker Face. He will also executive produce alongside partner Ram Bergman and T-Street television president Nena Rodrigue.
Johnson was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Knives Out, which earned more than $300m worldwide and was nominated for many other awards including from the WGA, PGA, Critics Choice and Golden Globe for film as well as for star Daniel Craig. Johnson’s other recent credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Looper.
Lyonne will also serve as an executive producer via her Animal Pictures along with Co-Executive Producers Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens.
Lyonne stars in Russian Doll, for which she earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. She serves as co-creator, co-writer, executive producer, and director on the Netflix series which is in production on its second season. Lyonne also recently executive produced and directed Sarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine. She can currently be seen in Lee Daniels’ United States vs Billie Holiday.
T-Street was launched in 2019 by Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman. They are currently preparing the follow up film to Knives Out, which Johnson is writing and directing; and they are currently producing Three Body Problem alongside David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo for Netflix. MRC is a minority investor in T-Street, with a first-look deal across film and television. T-Street is repped by CAA and attorney Stephen Clark.
Rutherford Falls is a comedy about two lifelong best friends, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) and Reagan Wells (Jana Schmieding), who find themselves at a crossroads — quite literally — when their sleepy town gets an unexpected wakeup call.
The series stars Ed Helms (The Office, The Hangover), Jana Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes (I Know This Much Is True), Jesse Leigh (Heathers) and Dustin Milligan (Schitt’s Creek).
Rutherford Falls represents a breakthrough moment in Native representation in comedy television both in front of and behind the camera. Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux) and Michael Greyeyes (Nêhiyaw from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation) star in the series.
There are five Native writers staffed on Rutherford Falls, one of the largest Indigenous writer’s rooms on television. These writers include co-creator and executive producer Sierra Teller Ornelas (Navajo), Bobby Wilson (Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota), Tai Leclaire (Kanien’kehá:ka [Mohawk Nation]/Mi’kmaq), Jana Schmieding (Cheyenne River Lakota Sioux), and Tazbah Chavez (Nüümü [Bishop Paiute Tribe], Diné [Navajo], San Carlos Apache).
Rutherford Falls is from co-creators and executive producers Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation, The Good Place), Ed Helms and Sierra Teller Ornelas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore). Mike Falbo, David Miner and Morgan Sackett also serve as executive producers.
The series is produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment and Pacific Electric Picture Company.