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After shocking plot twist, ‘Search Party’ returning with new season

By in Press Enterprise on November 17, 2017

By Rob Lowman

TBS’s dark comedy “Search Party” ended its first season with a shocker.

“I think audiences didn’t see the end coming and sort of like that [they didn’t],” says star Alia Shawkat.

Adds showrunner Michael Showalter, “I think while you’re stunned, you go, ‘That’s exactly what it should have been.’”

(And no, we aren’t telling what it was.)

The first season focused on Dory (Shawkat), a twentysomething pretty much going nowhere, in a useless job and no career path. Her other millennial friends all seemed to have something, barely, going on.

When Dory learns that Chantal (Clare McNulty), a girl she barely knew in college, has gone missing, she goes on a quest to find her. Her friends – Portia (Meredith Hagner), Elliott (John Early) and Drew (John Reynolds) – eventually are drawn into helping her track Chantal down and buying into Dory’s paranoid theories about what happened.

In the end, though, bizarre events lead them on a wild road trip into Canada, which leads to some unexpected consequences.

“Part of the shock of the first season for the audience was that Dory was all wrong,” says Showalter, who also directed the film “The Big Sick.” “We all feel the shock of being wrong, because we wanted her to do all those things that she did because we wanted to solve a crime. So we’re equally as shocked as her and so we’re also guilty.”

Shawkat, who played Maeby on “Arrested Development,” says the drama Dory created in the first season seems to be coming from a true place. “She’s not overly dramatic, She truly believes she’s doing what’s best for other people,” says the actress. Dory seemed the sane one among her friends but then you realize that she’s really more messed up.”

Showalter says the network was a little hesitant about the ending of the first season, […]    

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