Poker Face (TV series)
|Created by||Rian Johnson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||47–67 minutes|
|Distributor||Paramount Global Distribution Group|
|Original release||January 26, 2023 –|
Poker Face is an American television series created by Rian Johnson for the streaming service Peacock. Stylized as a "case-of-the-week" murder mystery series, it follows Natasha Lyonne, as Charlie Cale, a casino worker on the run who entangles herself into several mysterious deaths of strangers along the way.
Peacock announced the series in March 2021, with Lyonne attached and Johnson as director. Nora and Lilla Zuckerman were named as co-showrunners. Poker Face will consist of 10 episodes and debuted on January 26, 2023. The series has received critical acclaim.
The series centers around Charlie Cale, a casino worker with an ability to detect lies, traveling across America on the run from the casino boss following a suspicious death. Along the way, she encounters colorful characters and solves homicides in a variety of settings.
- Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale, a casino worker who goes on the run
- Benjamin Bratt as Cliff LeGrand, the casino head of security, who chases Charlie across the country
- Ron Perlman as Sterling Frost Sr., the casino owner
- Adrien Brody as Sterling Frost Jr.
- Dascha Polanco as Natalie
- Noah Segan as Sheriff Parker
- Hong Chau as Marge
- Megan Suri as Sara
- Colton Ryan as Jed
- John Ratzenberger as Abe
- Brandon Micheal Hall as Damian
- Chelsea Frei as Dana
- Lil Rel Howery as Taffy Boyle
- Danielle Macdonald as Mandy Boyle
- Shane Paul McGhie as Austin / Hanky T. Pickins
- Larry Brown as George Boyle
- Chloë Sevigny as Ruby Ruin
- Nicholas Cirillo as Gavin
- Chuck Cooper as Deuteronomy
- John Darnielle as Al
- G.K. Umeh as Eskie
- John Hodgman as The Narc
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
- Stephanie Hsu
- David Castañeda
- Ellen Barkin
- Simon Helberg
- S. Epatha Merkerson
- Judith Light
- Nick Nolte
- Charles Melton
- Tim Blake Nelson
- Jameela Jamil
- Tim Meadows
- Cherry Jones
- Luis Guzmán
- Rhea Perlman
- Clea DuVall
- Rowan Blanchard
- Reed Birney
- Angel Desai
- Leslie Silva
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|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by ||Original release date |
|1||"Dead Man's Hand"||Rian Johnson||Rian Johnson||January 26, 2023|
When a close friend meets an untimely end, Charlie Cale, a casino cocktail waitress with an uncanny knack for identifying lies, is determined to unravel these mysterious events, even if it endangers her own life.Guest stars: Adrien Brody, Dascha Polanco, Benjamin Bratt, and Noah Segan
|2||"The Night Shift"||Rian Johnson||Alice Ju||January 26, 2023|
Wounded and on the run, Charlie is forced to make a pit stop in desolate New Mexico where she tries to clear the name of a trucker framed for the murder of a local.Guest stars: Hong Chau, Megan Suri, Colton Ryan, John Ratzenberger, Brandon Micheal Hall, and Chelsea Frei
|3||"The Stall"||Iain B. MacDonald||Wyatt Cain||January 26, 2023|
Charlie takes a job at a family-run Texas BBQ joint and must use her skills of perception to sniff out the truth behind a shocking death.Guest stars: Lil Rel Howery, Danielle Macdonald, Shane Paul McGhie, and Larry Brown
|4||"Rest in Metal"||Tiffany Johnson||Christine Boylan||January 26, 2023|
Charlie goes on tour with has-been metal band Doxxxology, a motley crew of dejected rockers who've spent decades trying to write a new hit; Charlie suspects foul play when one musician winds up dead.Guest stars: Chloë Sevigny, Nicholas Cirillo, Chuck Cooper, and John Darnielle
|5||"Time of the Monkey"||TBA||Story by : Joe Lawson & CS Fischer|
Teleplay by : Joe Lawson
|February 2, 2023|
|6||"Exit Stage Death"||TBA||TBA||February 9, 2023|
|7||"The Future of the Sport"||TBA||TBA||February 16, 2023|
|8||"The Orpheus Syndrome"||Natasha Lyonne||Natasha Lyonne & Alice Ju||February 23, 2023|
|9||"Escape from Shit Mountain"||Rian Johnson||Nora Zuckerman & Lilla Zuckerman||March 2, 2023|
|10||"The Hook"||Janicza Bravo||Rian Johnson||March 9, 2023|
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The project was announced in March 2021, with Rian Johnson serving as creator, writer, director and executive producer. Johnson stated that the series would delve into "the type of fun, character driven, case-of-the-week mystery goodness I grew up watching." The series was inspired by Columbo, being referred as a "howcatchem". Johnson also used Magnum, P.I., The Rockford Files, Quantum Leap, Highway to Heaven and The Incredible Hulk as influences for the tone of the series. Johnson was interested in "doing that Columbo or even Quantum Leap thing of having every episode be an anthropological deep dive into a little corner of America that you might not otherwise see."
The announcement of the series included that Natasha Lyonne would serve as the main lead actress. She was approached by Johnson about working on a procedural project together, with Lyonne as the lead character. As Johnson explained, the role was "completely cut to measure for her." While the series and lead character would share things in common with Columbo, the writers sought to differentiate the lead character by making her a con artist, instead of working with the law.
Due to the series' procedural aspects, the episodes feature several guest stars. Johnson was inspired by the number of actors who guest starred on Columbo, wanting to deem each guest star as the star of the episode, which allowed them to attract many actors.
In April 2022, Benjamin Bratt joined the series. Instead of a guest role, his character would recur as Cliff, the head of security at a casino where Charlie works. When she escapes the casino, his character would go after her, deeming it "a ticking clock for the show".
According to the director of the Hudson Valley Film Commission, filming was based in Newburgh, New York, and ran from April through October 2022, in locations throughout the mid-Hudson Valley. At least one episode of the series was filmed in late August 2022 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Some scenes were filmed at a casino in Laughlin, Nevada in September 2022.
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Poker Face was met with critical acclaim upon release. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 98% approval rating with an average rating of 8.6/10, based on 61 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "With the incomparable Natasha Lyonne as an ace up its sleeve, Poker Face is a puzzle box of modest ambitions working with a full deck." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 85 out of 100 based on 34 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
Chicago Sun-Times's Richard Roeper gave a rating of 3.5 out of 4 stars and said, "The beauty part is watching the amazing Natasha Lyonne's Charlie puzzle out the crime in clever and often hilarious fashion." Linda Holmes of NPR felt Lyonne's "unforgettable" performance proved herself to be the "Peter Falk of her generation". Ben Travers of IndieWire gave the series a B and stated "All this star power is enough to guarantee Poker Face will be, at least, an enjoyable diversion. But... it's hard to shake the feeling that Poker Face isn't as good as it could've been." The Atlantic's Sophie Gilbert believed the show succeeded in its first episodes "by attending to the emotional cadences of overlooked people and places" but criticized the characters of later episodes for falling into tropes. Gilbert, however, concluded, "In renovating the crime procedural so persuasively, Johnson and Lyonne are making clear a truth that's largely been forgotten in the undisciplined era of streaming: Structural constraints can be liberating for storytellers."
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Source: "Poker Face (TV series)", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, January 29th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_Face_(TV_series).
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