Today marks the premiere of one of Quibi’s most promising series to date in the new comedy Mapleworth Murders. Co-created by Paula Pell and John Lutz, the series follows famed murder-mystery writer Abigail Mapleworth as she works to solve a series of homicides in the town of New Woodstream. Executive produced by Lorne Michaels, Mapleworth Murders promises to be a zany new take on the traditional murder-mystery/whodunnit, with an endless array of guest stars popping up as either suspects or victims in Abigail's investigations.
Here's a sneak peek at the show's sprawling cast and where you know them from:
Paula Pell is best known in comedy circles as a longtime writer for Saturday Night Live, but her on screen credits are impressive in their own right. As an actress, Pell has turned in memorable work on shows like 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Documentary Now!, No Activity, Big Mouth, Love, and The Awesomes. She also stars as Helen on the NBC-turned-Peacock comedy series, A.P. Bio. In addition to co-creating, writing, and executive producing Mapleworth Murders, she also stars as show’s titular author, Abigail Mapleworth.
The other-half of the Mapleworth Murders' creative team, TV viewers will likely remember John Lutz for his role as J.D. Lutz on 30 Rock. Similar to Pell, Lutz has had a prolific career behind-the-scenes, as a longtime writer for both Saturday Night Live and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Comic J.B. Smoove is best known for his recurring work as Leon Black on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role that he's played over the last 13 years. His other TV credits include his work as a writer and occasional performer on Saturday Night Live from 2003-2006, and his guest roles on shows like The Last O.G., Everybody Hates Chris, ‘Til Death, Bent, The Millers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 3Below: Tales of Arcadia, and Harley Quinn.
One of the lesser-known members of the Mapleworth Murders cast, Hayley Magnus stars as Heidi, an enthusiastic young woman who teams up with Pell’s crime-solving author. Her previous screen credits include supporting roles in the Syfy miniseries, Childhood’s End, the Australian drama series, The Wrong Girl, the FXX anthology series Cake, and the 2015 Kate Winslet-led drama, The Dressmaker.
A successful comedian, actress, podcaster, and writer, viewers will probably recognize Nicole Byer as the Emmy-nominated host of the Netflix baking competition series Nailed It!. Her acting credits include guest roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Unicorn, The Simpsons, The Good Place, Transparent, Lady Dynamite, and Angie Tribeca, as well as supporting roles in this year’s Valley Girl remake, 2015’s Other People, 2016’s Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and 2018’s All About Nina. She also hosts the popular Why Won't You Date Me? and Best Friends podcasts.
A comedy powerhouse, Maya Rudolph rose to prominence as a Saturday Night Live cast member, where she was one of the show’s strongest players from 2000 all the way to her departure in 2007. She followed up her work on SNL with roles in a number of memorable films, including Bridesmaids, MacGruber, The Way, Way Back, Sisters, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and Life of the Party. Rudolph has also received acclaim for her TV work in shows like Up All Night, Forever, Bless the Harts, Big Mouth, and The Good Place. She has been nominated for six Primetime Emmys for her work on SNL, Big Mouth, and The Good Place.
Another modern-day comedy giant, Fred Armisen is a 14-time Emmy nominee and has had a hand in some of the most beloved comedy films and TV shows of the past decade. After breaking onto the scene with an 11-year run as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, Armisen went on to co-create a trio of critically acclaimed comedy series in Portlandia, Documentary Now!, and Los Espookys. His acting credits include hits like Anchorman, Easy A, Forever, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Last Man on Earth, and many, many more. In 2020 alone, Armisen has appeared in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Miracle Workers, Central Park, Big Mouth, and now, Mapleworth Murders.
D’Arcy Carden became a star thanks to her Emmy-nominated turn as Janet in The Good Place. Outside of that beloved NBC comedy, viewers may also remember Carden for her recurring and guest roles in HBO’s Barry and Comedy Central’s Broad City, or for her supporting turns in films like Bombshell, Let it Snow, and Other People.
One of the busiest actor/comedians on the planet right now, Patton Oswalt has steadily become one of comedy’s most recognizable faces. Over the course of the past two decades, Oswalt has had an immensely successful TV career, starting with his breakout work as Spence Olchin on The King of Queens, followed by recurring roles on shows like United States of Tara,, Happy!, Veronica Mars, The Goldbergs, and A.P. Bio, He's also had memorable guest roles on Justified, Caprica, Archer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Veep. And of course, he was the voice of Remy, the lead character in Pixar’s Ratatouille.
Wanda Sykes has been a formidable force in the comedy scene ever since her Emmy-winning work on The Chris Rock Show in the late 90s. In the decades since, Sykes has remained a consistently prominent comedic voice, with roles on shows like Wanda at Large, The Wanda Sykes Show, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Alpha House, Black-ish, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Some of her film credits include The Wedding Year, Monster-in-Law, Bad Moms, Snatched, and A Bad Moms Christmas.
Another Saturday Night Live alum, Andy Samberg was a popular and influential member of the show’s cast from 2005–2012, where he starred in and helped create some of the most memorable skits and digital shorts of the past 20 years. Comedy fans also know him as one of the three members of the comedy music group The Lonely Island, and as Jake Peralta in the hit NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Earlier this year, he received major acclaim for his turn as Nyles in Hulu’s breakout feature film comedy Palm Springs.
Terry Crews achieved some of his earliest success with his supporting role in the 2004 comedy White Chicks. He's also familiar to fans for his role as Julius in the hit sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Some of his other notable roles include his turn as Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS comedy series Are We There Yet?, and his work as Hale Caesar in The Expendables franchise. Alongside Samberg, he currently stars in Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Terry Jeffords, and also serves as the host of both America’s Got Talent and its spin-off series, America’s Got Talent: The Champions.
Ike Barinholtz should be a recognizable face to anyone who has been paying attention to the comedy world over the past decade. After making a name for himself as a cast member of MADtv, Barinholtz went on to land recurring roles in both The Awesomes and The Mindy Project, and achieved even greater notoriety for his supporting turns in film comedies like Neighbors, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Sisters, Snatched, and Blockers. More recently, he voiced the character of Wayne Edwards in the first season of the animated comedy Bless the Harts, and starred in the satirical horror film The Hunt.
Like so many other names on this list, Tim Meadows is well-remembered for his work as a longtime cast member on Saturday Night Live. His most memorable film roles include the school principal in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls, and other parts in Semi-Pro, Grown Ups, Trainwreck, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Most recently, he’s had a recurring role as Mr. Glascott on both The Goldbergs and its spin-off Schooled.
Mapleworth Murders premieres Monday, August 10th on Quibi.
Alex Welch has written about television and film for TV by the Numbers, IGN, The Berrics, Paste Magazine, Screen Rant and GeekNation. Follow him on Twitter @alexrwelch.
TOPICS: Mapleworth Murders, Quibi, Andy Samberg, D'Arcy Carden, Fred Armisen, Hayley Magnus, Ike Barinholtz, J.B. Smoove, John Lutz, Lorne Michaels, Maya Rudolph, Nicole Byer, Patton Oswalt, Paula Pell, Terry Crews, Tim Meadows, Wanda Sykes