Entertainment Weekly : 2020-07-01

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NEW FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLIN­G AUTHOR OF SEARCH PARTY EXHIBIT A ↓ ON SALE 7.7 Co-creators SarahViole­t Bliss and Charles Rogers reveal season 3’s legal influences HBO MAX JUNE 25 STREAMING NETWORK PREMIERES TIME WHEN LAST WE SAW SEARCH PARTY’S DORY (ALIA Shawkat), she was sitting in the back of a police car, staring at her fractured image in the cruiser’s cracked rearview mirror. Having accidental­ly killed Keith (Ron Livingston) in season 1 and deliberate­ly offed her blackmaile­r in season 2, Dory is now on trial for murder alongside her off-again boyfriend Drew (John Reynolds). She’s guilty, of course, but Dory publicly announces that she had “nothing to do” with Keith’s death—much to the chagrin of Drew and her friends/ accomplice­s Elliott (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner). “It just felt right to me in the moment,” explains Dory. “This way, it’s like nothing happened.” Though season 3 was shot in 2018, Dory’s approach to her predicamen­t—the “truth is what you want it to be” defense—feels very timely. As the trial becomes a national sensation, the media drowns out facts with snackable headlines: “Gory” Dory is a monster who manipulate­d dreamy Drew. Outside of the courtroom, struggles a bit to keep all of its characters engaged; some subplots, like Portia’s halfhearte­d religious awakening, feel aimless. But each half hour is layered with so much savvy hipster humor—Elliott and Marc (Jeffery Self) choosing “attention” as their wedding theme, a Yanny/Laurel gag that still lands in 2020—the missteps don’t derail viewer enjoyment. now fully embraces Dory’s sociopathi­c nature, and Shawkat brings a chilling element of detachment to her character’s burgeoning confidence. “Everybody can tell me what I can’t do, but nobody can tell me what I can do,” Dory lamented back in season 1. This time around, our blackheart­ed heroine won’t let anyone tell her what she actually do, and it’s a thrill to watch. John Grisham The co-creators aimed for the grand courtroom melodrama of “THE KIND OF The Pelican Brief The Client. and SLOW-CRAWLING HORROR THAT’LL KEEP YOUR NIGHTMARES UP AT NIGHT.” —Melissa Albert, New York Times The Hazel Wood bestsellin­g author of Amanda Knox trial The Italian murder case’s media frenzy kicked off Dory’s emotional arc. Search Party NOW IN PAPERBACK! Search Party The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story Drama upstaged truth in this mustwatch FX series. DELACORTE did PRESS B+ —KRISTEN BALDWIN LEARN MORE AT GETUNDERLI­NED.COM

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