TV Critic’s Corner

Natasha Lyonne’s ‘Russian Doll’ is set for Netflix

Natasha Lyonne at the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September.
Natasha Lyonne at the 70th Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in September.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/file)

The more Natasha Lyonne, the better, as far as I’m concerned. Her brand of wry wit and hard-won wisdom is just my cup of strong tea, and her scenes on “Orange Is the New Black” have always been among my favorites. So I am looking forward to seeing her new comedy series, “Russian Doll,” which has been filmed for Netflix but does not yet have a release date.

The show features Lyonne as a woman named Nadia, who is the guest of honor at a party one night in New York. Yup, the details about the story line are few, but I have faith — in Lyonne, and in the rest of the talent involved. She created the show with Amy Poehler, the Boston-bred comic and actress formerly doing business as Leslie Knope, and Leslye Headland, whose writing credits include the one-season wonder “Terriers.”


Furthermore, Lyonne has teamed up with Maya Rudolph for a first-look deal with Amazon Studios. Under their new Animal Pictures production banner, the pair will develop projects for the streamer — the same streamer that recently gave us Rudolph’s poignant comedy “Forever.”

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