No stranger to the small screen, Johnson previously directed what is widely considered one of the all-time greatest “Breaking Bad” episodes, “Ozymandias,” and helmed an episode of Ted Griffin’s short-lived but critically-adored noir dramedy series “Terriers” (an episode that was penned by Lyonne’s “Russian Doll” co-creator Leslye Headland no less — small world, huh?). In his interview with Vanessa, Bergman confirmed that Johnson wrote the first and last episode of “Poker Face” season 1 and helmed three of its 10 episodes total:
“It was just a whole new experience because the show takes place in different settings every episode. So it’s almost like making 10 different movies. So that is a challenge to pull off, just period, to recast the show every time with completely new sets. But I hope people are going to respond to it because again, there’s still nothing like this right now on TV, I feel. It’s on Peacock. Hopefully, people discover the show and are going to enjoy it.”
Honestly, between the “Poker Face” teaser and everything else Johnson’s ever done, this show is already a must-watch for me. My only real concern is that it might end up being overlooked, given Peacock’s continuing struggles to keep up in the streaming wars. It’s a shame, too; the streamer houses some truly unique original shows, like the Indigenous American sitcom “Rutherford Falls” and the British all-female Muslim punk band comedy series “We Are Lady Parts.” (No, Peacock didn’t pay me to write that.) Maybe “Poker Face” can help to turn things around?
“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” will play in theaters for one week starting on November 23, 2022, before premiering on Netflix on December 23, 2022. “Poker Face” will debut on Peacock on January 26, 2023.