How Steve Martin, Selena Gomez, Martin Short Came Up with Podcast Title in 'Only Murders in the Building'

PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek at Hulu's Only Murders in the Building before its Aug. 31 premiere

All queries about the origins of the Only Murders in the Building title are answered.

Ahead of the Hulu series' premiere, PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek of Selena Gomez, Steve Martin and Martin Short in Only Murders in the Building as they set up their yet-to-be-named true-crime podcast.

"Here's the thing I don't get: People who worry about living in the big city because of all the crime. As any true-crime aficionado will tell you it's the boondocks you need to worry about," Martin's character, Charles Hayden-Savage, says while recording the podcast. "Nailed it."

"I don't know. It's so PBS-y," Short's character Oliver Putnam objects. "Like a Ken Burns documentary on the history of boredom. Maybe Mabel should give it a try."

But Gomez's character says, "I'd rather die."

Only Murders in the Building

The series follows three strangers — Mabel Mora, Charles and Oliver — who love true-crime and suddenly end up entangled in one when a death occurs inside the Arconia, their fictional apartment building in New York City's Upper West Side. Since the trio suspects that a murder likely took place, they team up to investigate the matter and record a podcast to document the case.

As the team finalizes their plans for their case, including blueprints, maps and a timeline, Oliver begins to dream up a bigger project.

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Only Murders in the Building

"Hey, did you guys hear about that mysterious death in the park last night? We could multi-task a little bit. Silo out a second investigation, do a second podcast," Olivier pitches.

"No, we need to focus. Only murders in the building," Charles says.

"Only murders in the building," repeats Oliver, who has a twinkle in his eye about their new podcast title.

"Welcome to Only Murders in the Building, a true-crime podcast," Charles duplicates with an ominous yet excited tone. "I'm your host Charles Hayden-Savage."

Only Murders in the Building, created by Martin and John Hoffman and produced by This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman, premieres Aug. 31 on Hulu.

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