8. “Search Party” (TBS)
Starring: Alia Shawkat, John Early, Meredith Hagner, John Reynolds, Brandon Michael Hall
Synopsis: When a young woman goes missing, four twenty-something friends form a search party to look for their college acquintance.
Why you should watch: Two reasons – or two people, I should say. First, Shawkat. The young actress has strayed from the bigger Hollywood productions, always picking indie roles that are fun and challenging. From the memorable character Maeby on the cult-classic “Arrested Development” to film roles that show how diverse the actress is from the hilarious sex comedy “The To Do List” to last year’s quite good slasher drama “The Green Room.” She will next be seen in Mike Mills’ (“Thumbsucker”) “20th Century Women” with Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig later this year.
Second is Michael Showalter who is a co-creator along with Sarah Violet-Bliss and Charles Rogers. Showalter is a comedy icon. He’s better known for his role as Coop in “Wet Hot American Summer,” which Netflix released last summer as a prequel series (it’s amazing!) He’s also known for writing on the aforementioned series, as well as “Children’s Hospital” and the criminally forgotten “Michael & Michael Have Issues.” where he and his “Wet Hot” co-star Michael Ian Black constantly bicker. Showalter also released his second feature film last year – the Sally Field starrer “Hello, My Name is Doris.” With Showalter and Shawkat attached, I’m already a fan.
Premiere Date: Nov. 21