Yet another teen mystery is coming to the screen this fall, and I’m super excited for it. I’m ready to experience those plot twists and solve a mystery as I did with the book years ago. Here’s everything we know about one of the most anticipated teen shows of 2021, One of Us Is Lying.
What is ‘One of Us Is Lying’
The eight-episode One of Us Is Lying will premiere on October 7 on Peacock with the first three episodes.
The next three episodes will release on October 14. The series concludes when the last episodes will be released on October 21.
The show has been described as Elite meets Pretty Little Liars. Or Breakfast Club with murder. Either way, I’m in.
Five students get detention one afternoon, but only four come out. Everyone in the room is a suspect, and everyone has a secret to hide. So, who did it?
Filming for the pilot took place in Vancouver in November 2019, while the rest of the episodes are still being filmed in New Zealand.
Darío Madrone, who co-created Elite, is the showrunner of the series. Jennifer Morrison (yes, Emma Swan from Once Upon a Time) directed and produced the pilot episode.
The Cast of ‘One of Us Is Lying’
One of Us Is Lying focuses on the death of Simon, the school’s leading gossip guru. Simon will be played by Mark McKenna, most well known for his role in Wayne.
The four students in the crosshairs of the police are Bronwyn, Nate, Addy, and Cooper.
Bronwyn, the “brains” of the group, will be portrayed by Marianly Tejada of The Purge. “Criminal” of the group, Nate, will be played by Cooper van Grootel from Go! “Princess” Addy and “jock” Cooper will be portrayed by Annalisa Cochrane (Into the Dark: Pure) and Chibuikem Uche (Ghost Draft), respectively.
Jessica McLeod (You Me Her), Barrett Carnahan (Grown-ish), Karim Diane (StartUp), Martin Bobb-Semple (Free Rein), George Ferrier (Dirty Laundry), Zenia Marshall (Date My Dad), and Sara Thompson (Burden of Truth) join the cast as the classmates and friends of the main character
Melissa Collazo from Swamp Thing will play Bronwyn’s younger sister, Maeve. Cooper’s younger brother, Lucas, will be played by Miles J. Harvey from the Netflix original The Babysitter.
Karen M. McManus’s Other Books
Karen M. McManus has proven time and time again that she writes mysteries well since her four books have all been hits.
One of Us Is Lying is McManus’s debut novel and was followed up with One of Us Is Next. I’m hoping that if these eight episodes are good, Peacock renews the show and adapts the sequel.
Two Can Keep a Secret is another McManus book I love. It was even named one of the best books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews. The book follows a similar storyline to There’s Someone Inside Your House, which is also being made into a show.
The main difference between Two Can Keep a Secret and There’s Someone Inside Your House is that McManus’s book has a disappearance instead of murders. So, if that movie goes well, maybe Netflix will try their hand at another secretive town’s mystery with this book.
McManus’s most recently published book, The Cousins, follows three cousins in a messed-up family as they try to get back in their grandmother’s good graces. But, once they get to her house, they realize it’s nothing like they thought it would be.
I’m hoping this gets adapted because it reminds me of Knives Out, which is one of my favorite movies. I also think it runs in the same vein as The Inheritance Games, also being adapted right now. So, fingers crossed, I get some more dysfunctional families fighting for their inheritance on my screen.
McManus is releasing another book, You’ll Be The Death of Me, at the end of November this year. It’s been described as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with murder. I hope it’s as big a hit as her others and that we get to see more of her work on the screen soon.