The first five episodes of Poker face streaming now on Peacock and the Rian Johnson-created series has five episodes left this season. The show stars Natasha Lyonne as Charlie Cale, a woman who can tell when people lie, and the episodes are formatted similarly to Colombia, meaning the audience watches a guest star commit murder at the beginning of the episode before the main character steps in to solve the crime. Poker face has been a huge hit with critics and audiences alike and currently holds a 99% critics rating Rotten tomatoes and an audience score of 80%. While there’s no official word on whether or not the show will get a second season, The Hollywood Reporter‘s TV top 5 podcast recently had a chat with Susan Rovner, the president of entertainment content at NBCUniversal TV and streaming, who gave a promising update on Poker face‘s future.
“It’s beautifully executed,” Rovner said Poker face. “We’re over the moon.” She added: “I know we don’t give numbers”, before the hosts tried to get them out of her, but she continued: “I can’t right now; hopefully one day we can, but [Poker Face] is definitely punching above its weight. In addition to the actual figures, we are also delighted with the critical reactions. [It] has 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.” When asked about a renewal announcement, she added, “I think some good news will probably come soon.”
When asked how Peacock plans to capitalize on their breakthrough hits, Rovner explained, “First, we’re continuing to market and promote the shows and make sure they become the catwalk for the shows coming up. Just like with the planning, we’re holding shows after Paul T. Goldman and Poker Face. So hopefully people can find more of our originals. There’s going to be a big ad for Poker Face during the Super Bowl, which is exciting. We’re going really bet double on it.”
How does Charlie’s Gift work Poker face?
During a recent interview with VarietyLyonne and Johnson discovered how Charlie’s special ability works.
“We had to define this very clearly for ourselves and the rules we put in place is that she can tell if someone is saying something out loud that they know is an intentional lie,” Johnson explains. “If someone says something that isn’t true, but they think it’s the truth, that will be read to her as truth. It’s perfectly fair for someone to say something that’s a lie. The interesting impediment to that is how do you a mystery series where does someone have that gift and isn’t the show over in five minutes?”
“We definitely played with the idea that, oh, every time it’s a twitch or a flicker or a close-up or something,” Lyonne added. And it doesn’t seem so much stupid in the end, but potentially short-sighted. If this was a character who would live through all situations and, arguably, if she’d been like that since she was a kid , she would have figured out a way to almost hide it When someone bites their nails, they figure out how to hide their fingernails or something, they put their fingers in their fists, or you don’t see them on the table That way I think Charlie would have learned how to look in all situations have to navigate around it but sometimes she just still can’t help it or she just says it and mentions it like she sees it because the stakes aren’t or sometimes she finds herself saying it in a situation where it was really bad that it was a reflex.’
The sixth episode of Poker face coming to Peacock on February 9.
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