Natasha Lyonne’s back in 'Poker Face,' Peacock's new 'howcatchem' from the 'Glass Onion' creator

Needless to say, 'Poker Face,' Peacock's latest mystery series, is a must-watch this winter

Natasha Lyonne in Poker Face, Peacock's new series from Rian Johnson
(Image credit: Evans Vestal Ward/Peacock)

Searching for your next mystery series? In Poker Face, Peacock's new "howcatchem," Charlie Cale (Natasha Lyonne) is searching for killers. 

On the heels of the massively successful Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, director Rian Johnson's next project is a modern take on Columbo with the Russian Doll star at its center. And luckily for us, Poker Face will begin streaming just a few short weeks after Glass Onion premiered on Netflix. (Those who love Detective Benoit Blanc and can't get enough of the outfits in Glass Onion can rest easy.) 

For Charlie, it's not hard to figure out when something's adrift, but piecing all the clues together isn't necessarily as simple. We're dying to see what comes of all her sleuthing.

"I only know if something is a lie," Lyonne says in the Poker Face trailer. "The real trick of it is to figure out why."

(Looks like Natasha Lyonne's Russian Doll sunglasses make a cameo, too.) 

'Poker Face' Peacock: everything fans need to know

In the series, Charlie is a cool-as-a-cucumber casino worker who loses a close friend...but needs to go on the run for reasons unknown (at least for now). While cruising around in her Plymouth Barracuda, she meets a bunch of people who have their own crimes that need to be solved. Given that she's a human lie detector, Charlie jumps at the chance to take a crack at each case.

"Charlie lives in the sun," Lyonne tells Vanity Fair (opens in new tab). "She has a basic belief in people’s underlying goodness. It’s not cynical."

However, she's bound to come in contact with others who are not quite as optimistic as she is.

'Poker Face' TV show cast: who's starring in the new series?

Though Lyonne and her blue Barracuda are undoubtedly going to steal the show, Poker Face is said to have a star-studded lineup that rival's Johnson's other projects. There is a lengthy list of cameos that is nothing short of impressive, especially for a new show with only a handful of episodes

"I wanted to be able to create a real meal for actors to come in and feast on if they’re going to be the guest star," Johnson revealed to Vanity Fair. "We really got an amazing group of folks."

Some of the actors making cameos include (but are not limited to): 

  • Chloë Sevigny
  • Benjamin Bratt
  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Adrien Brody
  • Luis Guzmán

What is the 'Poker Face' series release date?

Poker Face, the 10-episode "mystery-of-the-week" series will stream on Peacock beginning January 26. Make sure to set aside from screen time for the highly-anticipated new project!

Though we're not sure how things wind up come the end of Poker Face—we aren't treated to much in the way of details surrounding Charlie's friend's death—we can all agree that it's sure to be an interesting ride. 

"We just had a blast making the show,” Johnson further revealed to Vanity Fair. "If we’re allowed to keep going with this, it feels like something that could be endlessly fun to play with."

Consider us booked on January 26.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


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