Craig Erwich, head of ABC/Hulu shared some thoughts about Only Murders in the Building during the TCA 2024 Winter Press Event this week. During the press conference, he shared about the show’s upcoming season along with its the possibilities of it being on ABC more in the future.
The series appears in ABC last fall after SAG/AFTRA strikes impacted production schedules of other shows. This led to The Walt Disney Company pulling some shows from its streaming services and putting them on network television.
“We’re certainly open to doing it with ‘Only Murders’ again and or other shows. When we look at both ABC and Hulu, it’s one big chessboard, so you’re able to see where certain audiences watch certain shows; some migrate from one platform to another. ‘Only Murders’ was really a perfect show to put on ABC, not only did we know that not a lot of people had watched it yet, as popular as it is, which is hard to believe, but ‘Only Murders’ has that broad, comedic, aspirational tone and quality that I think aligns very well with the ABC brand,” Erwich said.
Part of the exciting things about bringing over streamed shows to network television is pairing them with other shows that are already on the linear network. “You can imagine watching ‘Abbott Elementary’ and ‘Only Murders In The Building’ in the same session. That’s why we think the experiment was very successful; we were really happy,” Erwich added.
Erwich also talked about the upcoming season of Only Murders in the Building. The fourth season was given the green light back in October. While there weren’t any announcements made regarding a release window for the season. However, Erwich did share a little bit about the scripted. “I don’t have any news on the release date,” he explained – and then added, “I’ve read the first four or five scripts, and they’re incredible.”
Only Murders in the Building is written and co-created by Steve Martin and John Hoffman. It stars Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. It also has had an impressive slate of guest stars each season including Nathan Lane, Tina Fey, Jane Lynch, Amy Schumer, Paul Rudd, Meryl Streep, Matthew Broderick, and many more. The first three seasons are currently streaming on Hulu.
Are you excited about the fourth season of Only Murders in the Building? What do you think about it being shown on network television?