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.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.