6 things to know about the new sitcom The Afterparty

One part murder mystery, one part high school reunion, and a new comedy on Apple TV+ the other side It will keep the audience guessing until the end. The series, which is descended from Chris Miller and Phil Lord (lego movieAnd Spider-Man inside the spider world), follows a group of high school graduates who reunite at a lavish party, only to find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery in which each one is a potential suspect.

Miller and Lord have worked together as co-directors on a variety of highly successful projects, but while Lord has an executive producer and writer credited with the other sideMiller has taken on the camouflage duties single-handedly and pieced together this mystery of madness into the eight-episode season that is set to drop Friday.

Sam Richardson plays Detective Danner and Tiffany Haddish, and the actors perform a host of comedic talent including Zoë Chao (Aniq’s Love Zoe interest), Ben Schwartz (Aniq’s bestie Yasper), Dave Franco (high school dweeb-turned-pop star Xavier) ), Ike Barinholtz (Zoe’s ex-husband Brett), Ilana Glazer (the tragically misunderstood Chelsea), Jon Early (Danner’s partner, Detective Kolb), and Jimmy Demetriou (the seemingly forgotten Walt).

rotten tomatoes Talk to Miller and the cast to learn more about the series. Here are six things you need to know the other side.

1. It has been in development for a decade.

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It’s been a decade since the initial idea of the other side Chris Miller hit and a lot has happened since he wrote the script. achieve success, their schedules become packed, and the other side I got the back burner.

“I wrote a script and sold it as a movie,” Miller explained. “I would have done it, but we got busy making all the legothe Spider Manthe jumping streetsetc.,” Miller said.

Miller only had a chance to reconsider his idea a few years ago and realized that because this was a character-driven piece of music, the project would do better as a TV show.

“For a movie, you only get under two hours,” Miller continued. “So every story should, by necessity, be really short. So we thought, What if we turned it into a series where each character could have their own episode? You can really dive in and see them as complex and interesting characters and give them time to shine. That seemed like a better idea.”

2. after party It is a fun game that revolves around the genre of murder and mystery.

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It would be easy to take a look at the work Miller has put in place over the past decade and relate him to Lord as a comic strip man. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that Miller is a huge fan of murder mysteries. And the other side It is his love letter to this genre.

“I’ve always been a huge fan of murder and mystery, growing up,” Miller revealed. I was reading Agatha Christie, watching ColomboAnd Last SheilaAnd She wrote the murderAnd Poirot, Like this. It’s always been interesting to me to solve a murder mystery and tell it Rashomon style where you have both suspects telling their version of the night and you can only tell who did it by hearing all the stories.”

3. It was an epic challenge to Miller to tell stories.

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When thinking about the work that Miller and Lord have put into the world over the past decade, they’re clearly great at providing golden comedy. And let’s be clear, the other side funny. But it also works by the rules of the type of addicts. Miller admits that tying the story together and making sure all the pieces fit correctly was an epic challenge.

“It’s one of those things that has to be a piece of a clock mechanism that has been really discovered structurally,” he said. “It can’t just be like, Oh, we got the loose idea, we’ll find out who’s doing the editing. It has to be really designed, in essence. The masses are smart. You have to stay three steps ahead of everyone else. And you have to figure out a way to understand who did it, how they did it, and then you have to hide the obvious facts and then give hints to everyone along the way so that they are surprised in the end.”

4. A strong comedy troupe keeps the party going.

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A real band carrying the show from start to finish. Part of the reason for this cohesive feeling is the comedic talent that has appeared on the table. According to Barinholtz, Miller regularly allowed actors to improvise their scenes in order to bring this world to life in a way that is funny, fulfills the story, and feels as organic as possible. But given how well each actor fits the character they’re playing, we had to wonder if a selection notice was put in place or if they targeted specific names for the roles. Turns out, it was the latter.

“We kind of picked the people we were fans of,” Miller said. “Phil and I have worked with some of these people before, and we’ve been friends with some of these people, and we admire a lot of them. In some cases, they were people we wrote to, and in others, we didn’t think of anyone in particular.”

One of the actors they targeted was Tiffany Haddish who played Detective Danner who looks like Columbo. As Miller explained, she was the perfect candidate for the job.

“I love ColomboAnd Who is the character who will always prey on people who underestimate him?” Miller continued. “They let things slip because they thought he was kind of absent-minded. Tiffany is someone who has been underestimated her whole life, and people don’t realize how smart and sharp she is. She was the perfect person to do that kind of person – to be gossip, to talk and hear stories. But she You actually pay a lot of attention and you know what’s going on – more than people realize.”

5. Each episode is a completely different kind.

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“Everyone is their own movie hero, telling their story in a different movie style,” Miller said, explaining how he came up with the idea that each episode tells the story of a character in a different genre. From rom-com to animation to flick to music, each episode offers a surprising perspective on the mystery that unfolds as you unlock each character’s stories, showing how they relate to one another and the overall crime at hand.

Aniq’s story is a rom-com for the band and the character, as Richardson explains, is “pretty much Bridget Jones – he’s charming, but he’s a little cute, and a little weird and sarcastic. So playing with all that stuff was a lot of fun.”

Chao’s character gets more exploration in the only animated episode of the series.

“Chris Miller and Phil Lord are the kings of animation, so I felt really special that I was able to explore that with them,” she said. “It was really helpful to actually have a dedicated loop examining so many different aspects within Zoe.”

Bring him Barinholtz The Fast and the Furious He dreams of life for his episode, saying, “There’s definitely some Dom Toretto’s DNA out there.” The Mindy Project The alum sprinkled some Steven Seagal’s work into things, too. “There are moments when Brett is in the depths of his eyes trying to look his coolest. You have equal parts Dom and equal parts Seagal. But he is a 100 percent fool.”

Schwartz goes all out for the concert. According to the actor, the whole thing was “at first exciting and then terrifying” because he had to walk into the record booth and “sing for real.” It was an experience he called “nervous fatigue” and he gives all credit to his vocal coach, choreographer and backup dancers for bringing the production to life.

“Each character naturally fits a certain type of filmmaking,” Miller continued. “And then that evolved from the characters being based on the way we were telling their story. So it kind of became fundamental to who they are and how they see themselves. And that’s when they really blossomed into what they are now.”

6. after party It is, after all, a show of empathy.

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With each episode taking on a different character’s perspective, allowing for a new story angle to be explored, Miller described the show as “Ultimately, it’s about empathy, where you see events through your own lens. Sometimes, you’ll see others as two-dimensional or stereotypical. But If you see the world through their eyes, you realize that they are human beings with their own things. And they are way more complex and surprising than you ever imagined.”


Next Party: Season 1
It will premiere Friday, January 28, on Apple TV+.

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