HBO Max today announced that season four of the Max Original Search Party premieres on Thursday, January 14 with three episodes. The comedy thriller’s ten-episode season continues with another three episodes on Jan. 21 and the final four episodes on Jan. 28.
In Search Party season four, Dory (Alia Shawkat) is held prisoner by her psychotic stalker Chip (Cole Escola), who is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends. Meanwhile, Portia (Meredith Hagner) is starring in a film about the trial, although not as herself.
Elliott (John Early) has switched party lines to become a far-right conservative talk show host; and Drew (John Reynolds) is trying to escape his dark past by working as a costumed cast member in a theme park.
As the friends begin to connect the dots that Dory might not be touring Europe as her faked social media suggests, they must decide whether to put their traumatic pasts behind them and once again become a search party – but this time, for Dory.
Search Party is executive produced by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, Michael Showalter, and Lilly Burns and Tony Hernandez for Jax Media.
You can watch the teaser trailer below and read on for more on the new podcast!
This week marked the launch of Search Party: The Podcast, hosted by comedian and Search Party fan Bowen Yang. In each episode, Yang will sit down with a Search Party co-creator, actor or writer as well as a celebrity fan to dissect specific themes from seasons one through three of the show.
Together, the three talking heads will humorously analyze the characters’ psychology, share behind-the-scenes anecdotes and discuss the series’ most insane moments.
Search Party: The Podcast will release new episodes Mondays and Wednesdays on iHeartRadio, HBO Max and all major podcast platforms with notable guests including Paul Scheer, Chloe Fineman, Busy Philipps, Mitra Jouhari, Kate Berlant, Carrie Brownstein, Michaela Watkins, Vanessa Bayer and Shalita Grant. Episode one with guests Charles Rogers and Taran Killam is live here.
Search Party: The Podcast is co-produced by iHeartRadio and HBO Max, and distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.
In the fourth season, Susan Sarandon plays Lylah, the unapologetically-wealthy aunt to Chip, Dory’s kidnapper. One of Hollywood’s most acclaimed actresses, Sarandon is an Oscar and SAG Award winner, and has earned nine Golden Globes nominations and six Emmy nominations. Her countless memorable credits include Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Dead Man Walking and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Busy Philipps plays Donna DiMarco, a former teen star who is cast as Portia in a film portraying the murder of Keith Powell (Ron Livingston). To Portia’s dismay, Donna has a lot of specific choices in mind. Philipps is an author, actor, activist, writer and most recent late-night talk show host of Busy Tonight. Philipps released a collection of humorous autobiographical essays titled This Will Only Hurt a Little, which became a New York Times Best Seller in its first week.
Her newest venture is a podcast with Cloud10 called Busy Philipps Is Doing Her Best and she is currently filming the comedy series Girls5eva opposite Sara Bareilles. Girls5eva will premiere on Peacock and is produced by Tina Fey.
Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Ann Dowd plays Paula Jo, a nosy Christmas-obsessed townie who gets a little too close to Chip’s house for his own comfort. Dowd is best known for her role as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaid’s Tale, and her additional film and television credits include Hereditary, Compliance and The Leftovers.
Actor, director and producer Griffin Dunne plays Richard Wreck, the CEO of a pastry company called Lil’ Sticky’s, which might offer a vital clue to finding Dory’s whereabouts.
Dunne directed and produced the documentary Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; directed Addicted to Love and Practical Magic; and his acting credits include I Love Dick, War Machine, Dallas Buyers Club and This Is Us. He is an Oscar, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee.
Tony winner Lillias White plays Wilma, a world-famous talk show host who has an obsession with Chantal (Clare McNulty). White won a Tony for her role as Sonja in The Life, was nominated for a second Tony as Funmilayo in Fela! and her other Broadway credits include Dreamgirls, Cats and Chicago.
On the screen, she received an Emmy as part of the cast of Sesame Street. Other notable film and television credits include Disney’s animated feature Hercules, Pieces of April and The Get Down on Netflix. Coming in 2021 is her next solo album entitled Get Happy!
R.L. Stine is one of the most popular children’s authors in history. His books have sold more than 400 million copies, and the Goosebumps series have so far inspired a television show and two motion pictures.
He is currently writing a series of graphic novels entitled Just Beyond.