This page is now an archive of the news from 2019, for all of the latest tv comedy news please go here.
Latest Update: This week we have info on the Childrens Hospital spin-off Medical Police, Miranda Hart possibly bringing her sitcom back, Sharon Horgan and Clea DuVall making an animated comedy together, a sitcom based on the Tom Hanks movie Turner and Hooch, the third series of The Windsors, and much more.
Bridges – A multi-camera comedy that is in development for ABC, it “Tells the story of a family of strong Texas Latinas who have their world turned upside down when they lose the beloved mother who held their family together, and are left with the white, conservative father they blame for tearing the family apart. It is designed to be a multi-generational, multi-cultural family comedy about family, identity and forgiveness created by Aaron Serna.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-hulu-little-fires-everywhere-premiere-date-1203436075/
Daybreak – This zombie comedy drama from Netflix has been cancelled after one season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/daybreak-canceled-netflix-1203443824/
High Maintenance – Variety reports that this will be back on February 7th, and “The show’s fourth season follows The Guy (Sinclair) back traversing the city on his bicycle, having said goodbye to last season’s RV. With a new friend by his side, The Guy drops in on a variety of customers whose disparate lives, jobs, identities and circumstances reveal the human connection that we all seek. Returning guest stars this season include Crystal Monee Hall, Heléne Yorke, Ken Leung, Julianna Luna Vasquez, Avery Monsen, Rob Morgan, Max Jenkins, Chris Roberti, Becca Blackwell, Chris McKinney and Birgit Huppuch. Ira Glass and his team at “This American Life” (Nick Kroll, Rebecca Hall, Larry Owens and Calvin Leon Smith) will be featured in the upcoming season as new guest stars.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-leslie-jones-trailer-1203449232/
Housebroken – Veep’s Clea DuVall is making an animated sitcom for Fox which will star Lisa Kudrow, with Sharon Horgan also involved, which started off as “A chat about DuVall’s cat but soon morphed into an exploration of ‘human dysfunction and neurosis through a group of neighborhood animals who live in the suburbs.'” https://news.avclub.com/clea-duvalls-making-a-fox-animated-series-about-a-thera-1840540183
Medical Police – The first trailer for the show is now online, with it looking pretty damn great, and the show is set to debut on Netflix on January 10th – https://news.avclub.com/meet-the-cool-crime-fighting-doctors-of-medical-poli-1840532981
The Midnight Gospel – Is a new animated comedy being made by Netflix, with Vulture reporting that it “Will be an adult animated series about a “spacecaster” named Clancy, “who leaves the comfort of his home to interview beings living in dying worlds.” The interviews will be comprised of snippets of Trussell’s podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. The podcast has garnered acclaim from weirdos across the globe for its frank discussions of topics such as mental illness, psychoactive substances, and spirituality”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/duncan-trussell-and-pendleton-ward-adapt-podcast-to-netflix.html
Miranda – Hart is mulling over bringing her sitcom back for a series of specials. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/19/45040/miranda%3A_i_might_bring_my_sitcom_back
Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – The new sitcom about video game developers from Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day premieres on Apple Tv on Feb. 7th 2020. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-ava-duvernay-cherish-the-day-rob-mcelhenney-charlie-day-1203447992/
The Sidelines – Ben Stiller is producing this single camera comedy which “Follows a newly separated mother of two (Ali Larter) who, at age 40, decides to achieve her lifelong dream of becoming a professional cheerleader. Against all odds, she makes the squad for a local Detroit football team and becomes the accidental den mother to this group of scrappy, resilient young women – and rediscovers herself in the process. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ben-stiller-ali-larter-fox-cheerleader-comedy-1203440420/
Special – This great Netflix comedy about a gay guy with cerebral palsy has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/special-renewed-season-2-netflix-1203436257/
Turner and Hooch – A sitcom based on the Tom Hanks eighties movie is in development. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/turner-and-hooch-tv-series-early-development-disney-plus-1203440012/
Urban Myths – The plot of another episode has been revealed as Sue Perkins is making one about Barbara Streisand and Joan Rivers supposedly kissing. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/17/45017/sue_perkins_directs_her_first_film
The Windsors – Details about the third series of the show, including the casting of a new Prince Harry and a storyline about Prince Andrew retiring from public life, can be found here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/16/45007/meghan_gets_a_new_prince
News from 13/12/2019:
The Andy Cohen Diaries – Variety reports than animated comedy about the chat show host’s life is to be made for Quibi. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-natalie-martinez-the-stand-stephen-king-1203434751/
Avenue 5 – Another trailer for Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi comedy is online, it doesn’t look amazing but hopefully it’s just a case of the trailer being a bit naff – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8Zr3f-_Ft8
Brockmire – Season 4 will be the show’s last. https://news.avclub.com/brockmires-upcoming-fourth-season-will-be-its-last-1840399091
Curb Your Enthusiasm – A trailer for season 10 (which features John Hamm, Jane Krakowski and Kaitlin Olson among the guest stars) is here: https://news.avclub.com/curb-your-enthusiasm-season-10-trailer-delivers-jon-ham-1840371029
Dickinson – Season 2 has added unpopular Iron Fist star Finn Jones to the cast, along with Pico Alexander, with Variety reporting “Jones will star as Samuel Bowles, described as an energetic and magnetic newspaper editor. Alexander will play Henry “Ship” Shipley, a dropout of Amherst College and a boarder with the Dickinsons.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/dickinson-season-2-finn-jones-pico-alexander-1203427668/
Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik – Has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/good-talk-with-anthony-jeselnik-renewed-season-2-comedy-central-1203432832/
Good Times Live – This is the latest Norman Lear sitcom to be performed live with a new cast, which includes Viola Davis, Andre Braugher, Jharrel Jerome, Tiffany Haddish, Jay Pharoah, Asante Blackk and Corinne Foxx. https://news.avclub.com/tiffany-haddish-viola-davis-jharrel-jerome-and-andre-1840400487
The Griswolds – The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki is to produce a tv series based on the National Lampoon’s Vacations movies (in which he starred in the third, Christmas Vacation), with Variety reporting “The series will see the titular family home from vacation and explore their daily lives in the suburbs of modern-day Chicago. Tim Hobert (The Middle, Scrubs and Community) is attached to write and executive produce the half-hour single-camera series.”
The Healing Powers of Dude – Is a new Netflix series ”Which features the voice of Steve Zahn as Dude the dog in this comedy about an 11-year old boy and man’s best friend”, with it debuting on Jan. 13. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-amazon-ilana-glazer-stand-up-special-1203433439/
Kate and Koji – ITV1’s return to comedy has cast Blake Harrison and Meera Syal in it’s sitcom about a refugee from the writers of Outnumbered. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/12/44983/blake_harrison_and_meera_syal_join_itvs_refugee_comedy And if you want to see it recorded live, you can get tickets here: https://www.sroaudiences.com/application.asp?show_id=4299
Kidless – Single Parents writer Mnelik Belilgne is working on a new Fox sitcom “Loosely based on Mnelik’s own parents and their lives post-kids. It is described as an ensemble comedy that follows two married couples, a widow, and a single dad, who must reimagine their lives now that their kids have left the nest.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fox-comedy-kidless-1203431758/
Maria Bamford Comedy Special – The Bamf has announced that she is recording a new special, which will air next year, and as she’s all kinds of amazing everyone should watch it when it’s released.
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – Will be returning for a fourth season on Amazon, we’ve no idea if that’s a good thing or not as we’ve yet to watch the third season, but hey, hopefully there’s lots of storylines and interesting ideas left to explore in the show. https://news.avclub.com/the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-will-be-back-for-a-fourth-sea-1840397034
Medical Police – This spin off from Childrens Hospital debuts on Netflix on January 10th, and will tells “The story of two American physicians in São Paulo, Brazil, who discover a civilization-threatening virus and are recruited as government agents in a race against time and around the world to find a cure and uncover a dark conspiracy.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-amazon-ilana-glazer-stand-up-special-1203433439/
Miracle Workers – Another trailer for the second, very different season is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=9&v=0UzF3f3ehPY&feature=emb_logo
And no, this update hasn’t mysteriously been cut in half, there was just no news about shows beginning with N – Z this week somewhat oddly.
News from 06/12/2019:
AJ And The Queen – This netflix comedy from RuPaul will “Focus on Robert Lee (RuPaul), famously known as drag queen Ruby Red, whose dreams of opening his own drag club are dashed after being scammed by a grifter (Josh Segarra) and his partner Lady Danger (Tia Carrere), prompting him to pick up the pieces of his life by embarking on a cross-country Ruby Red roadshow. When a streetwise 10-year-old (Izzy G) stows away on Robert’s RV in an attempt to escape his tough home life, the drag queen finds himself stepping into the shoes of a parent as the two become an unlikely family.” It launches on January 10th, and a trailer can be found here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-aj-and-the-queen-trailer-rupaul-1203425054/
Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens – The first trailer for this forthcoming Comedy Central sitcom is here: https://news.avclub.com/awkwafina-is-nora-from-queens-in-star-studded-comedy-ce-1840150360 with the show also boasting an impressive amount of guest stars and directors.
The Biggest Star in Appleton – Kristin Chenoweth will star in a new Disney + comedy as “Carol Dannhauser, a Wisconsin mom and waitress (where) she finds her deepest joy in life in her starring roles at the local community theater. But her position as the town star is threatened when a struggling New York chorus girl moves back home.”
But When We Dance – The BBC is making a one off feature length romantic comedy about people with Parkinsons, which Chortle reports will be “Written by Vicar of Dibley writer Paul Mayhew-Archer, who has the condition himself. But When We Dance focusses on two people who fall in love at a ballet class for people with the illness, run by the English National Ballet.”
Cunk & Other Humans – Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) is to host a special where she’ll review the events from the past 12 months. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/03/44929/philomena_cunks_back%21
Curb Your Enthusiasm – A teaser trailer for season 10 is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViCeyLHhnrk
Florida Man – A one hour rom-com procedural from Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nick Stoller, this “Centers around the loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott, who hasn’t left the rambling property on the Apachicola River that he shares with his mother since a personal tragedy occurred five years ago. When Bell discovers a dead body, he’s forced to venture beyond his agoraphobic boundaries and grudgingly partner with the sole remaining cop in town, the practical, brutally direct Cammie Jessop, to solve the murder. With local infrastructure decimated, Bell grudgingly becomes the town’s volunteer criminologist, investigating murders with Cammie as he secretly tries to solve the crime that destroyed his life.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/neighbors-director-nick-stoller-sets-fox-put-pilot-florida-man-1203426127/
Generation – Lena Dunham’s latest dramedy has been given a series by HBO Max – “The ten-episode series follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, and Chase Sui Wonders, with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-max-generation-lena-dunham-1203426119/
Gumshoe – A new HBO Max pilot, Variety reports that “Sonya Cassidy and Miles J. Harvey will play the lead roles in the comedy, with Carla Jimenez, Max Casella, and Phillipa Soo also cast. The project follows sweet, optimistic young cop Cassie (Cassidy) and creepy, crime-obsessed teenager Eamon (Harvey) who secretly team up to solve a murder.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-max-pilot-gumshoe-cast-1203421020/
High Maintenance – Will soon be returning for it’s fourth season, and a short teaser trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/your-favorite-weed-guy-is-back-in-the-high-maintenance-1840177367
Knights Without Armour – Whit Stillman has been trying to make this series for a decade now, and managed to put together a pilot in 2014, but now it looks like it finally might happen in a quite different form as Vulture reports that he has “been developing the series as a fanciful adventure with comic-romantic elements, replete with foreign intrigue and honest-to-goodness swashbuckling. When you think of a Whit Stillman movie, you tend to think of young men and women in formalwear, trading razor-sharp banter and gently teasing the bourgeois….It sounds like it’ll mainly be in that spirit, only with a touch of swords, car chases, and guns.” More info and a full interview with the director is here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/12/whit-stillman-the-cosmopolitans.html
Mad About You – Jason Alexander and Jean Smart are to guest star in future episodes. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-aj-and-the-queen-trailer-rupaul-1203425054/
Mr Black – Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, the men behind The Grinder, are remaking this Australian show which “follows the acid-tongued Mr. Black, a man who has one dying wish: to break up his adult daughter and her boyfriend – whom he happens to live with.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/mr-black-fox-jarrad-paul-andrew-mogel-1203423334/
The Reluctant Landlord – Romesh Ranganathan’s semi-autobiographical sitcom is getting a Christmas special, with guest stars Jo Joyner and Matthew Crosby.
Reno 911! – Is to return for a seventh season on Quibi, according to The AV Club who reported that “Original series creators and cast members Robert Ben Garant, Thomas Lennon, and Kerri Kenney-Silver are returning to write and star in Reno 911!’s seventh season…The cast will be announced at a later date, though Lennon did mention his excitement to reunite with his old cast mates. “Reno 911! holds a special place in our hearts, and it will be a delight to get the original cast back together for ‘re-boot goofin,’” Lennon said. “Hopefully Nick Swardson can still roller skate. Quibi’s short format seems custom made for our show.” https://news.avclub.com/warn-terry-a-reno-911-revival-is-heading-to-quibi-1840270969
Schooled – Has been given a full season by ABC – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/schooled-full-season-order-abc-showrunner-1203422372/
Shrill – A teaser trailer for this great show’s second season is here: https://news.avclub.com/aidy-bryant-takes-a-chance-on-herself-in-new-teaser-for-1840205906
This Country – An American remake is to be helmed by Paul Feig, with a script from Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City, The Big C, The Greatest Showman, Divorce). https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5575/this_country_usa/
Twenties – A trailer for Lena Waithe’s new comedy series is here: https://deadline.com/video/twenties-trailer-first-look-lena-waithes-bet-comedy-series/
United States Of Al – Variety has reported that “Adhir Kalyan is set to star in the CBS comedy pilot…The show was given a pilot production commitment in October. It is a multi-camera comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Kalyan), also known as Al, the interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America”. And now Parker Young has been added to the cast as well.
Untitled Quinta Brunson HBO Max Comedy – Brunson is to star in a pilot about an “Ambitious millennial flying up the ladder at a media startup company who is unexpectedly tasked with running the newly hired, PR crisis–averting team of diverse writers made up of green Internet newbies.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/quinta-brunson-hbo-max-put-pilot-1203421182/
What’s Your Ailment?! – Maria Bamford is hosting a new chat show about mental health with Graham Dickson and Liz Kingsman, with it set to be shown on a new US streaming service called Topic. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/05/44951/maria_bamford_and_british_comics_join_us_streamer
Worzel Gummidge – A trailer for the BBC remake is here which looks pretty fascinating, and slightly creepy too: https://metro.co.uk/video/worzel-gummidge-trailer-2062660/
News from 29/11/2019:
Astronomy Club The Sketch Show – A trailer for this new Netflix series is now online. https://news.avclub.com/get-a-look-at-the-trailer-for-netflixs-kenya-barris-pro-1840025944
BBC Scotland Pilots – Three pilots have been commissioned, including one from the stars of Burnistoun, and all will air on the channel in early 2020 – full details are here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5564/bbc_scotland_sitcom_pilots/
Code 404 – Back in January we reported on this new Sky series, which at the time was supposed to be a Robocop spoof, but now the story has changed a little with it starring Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham as two policeman in the near future who when one of them dies is brought back as “an experimental Artificial Intelligence project”. More info and a photograph is here. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8050/daniel-mays-404
Dispatches From Elsewhere – Is an offbeat spy series starring Sally Field, Andre Benjamin, Jason Segel and Richard E Grant, and a trailer for it is here: https://news.avclub.com/jason-segel-and-sally-field-are-secret-agents-in-the-1840032592
The Goes Wrong Show: The Spirit of Christmas – The creators of “The Show That Goes Wrong” stage shows are doing yet another tv special this Christmas, and full details are here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/26/44873/christmas_will_go_wrong…
Hitmen – More cast members of this sitcom starring Mel and Sue have been announced with Nick Mohammed, Fleabag’s Sian Clifford, Asim Chaudhry, Jason Watkins, Sophia Di Martino and Phoneshop star Andrew Brooke all set to feature in it. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/28/44896/mel_and_sue_reveal_their_hitmen_co-stars
Home – Ben Stiller is to remake this Channel 4 sitcom about a Syrian refugee moving in to a suburban household. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5560/home_usa_remake/
Mystery Science Theatre 3000 – Has been cancelled by Netflix, though the producers are hoping that another network might pick it up. Or they could just use kickstarter to make another season, given how that’s the show came back a couple of years ago, so it’s unlikely to be completely dead in the water – https://news.avclub.com/itll-be-a-sad-thanksgiving-this-year-netflix-has-cance-1840058045
People Just Do Nothing – The show’s official twitter feed has announced the news that there’s going to be a film of the series, with it set to be released at some point in 2020, with Chortle having a photograph of the cast in Japan – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/28/44894/first_look_at_people_just_do_nothing%3A_big_in_japan
Scot Squad – The longrunning BBC Scotland comedy has been given another season.
The Second Half – Stephen Curry and Will Arnett are making a show which “Takes a “humorous look” at a retired NBA player who moves back home to Charlotte, buys a car wash and struggles to reconnect with his father, daughter, ex-girlfriend, and childhood best friend. He starts to realize that when it comes to the game of life.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/stephen-curry-will-arnett-nba-comedy-series-fox-1203413211/
Tigsley – Is a new multi-camera comedy for Fox which will feature Louie Anderson voice a cat, with Variety describing it as “An adult comedy about a family dealing with life, love, the pursuit of happiness, and their obnoxious insult-hurling talking cat (Anderson). According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, Anderson will appear onscreen in a cat costume rather than lending his voice to a CGI or puppet character.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/louie-anderson-talking-cat-fox-comedy-1203413738/
Urban Myths – Sky Arts are making a fourth season of this surprisingly great show, and though little is known it has been revealed that in one of them Morgana Robinson will play Tracey Emin. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/27/44886/morgana_robinson_to_play_tracey_emin
Untitled Paul Simms Pilot – The showrunner of What We Do in the Shadows and creator of Newsradio is making a new show for FX about “A family surviving a widespread technological crisis. Ari Graynor will play the mother, Rachel, while Chris Messina will play the father, Hunt.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/paul-simms-fx-comedy-pilot-ari-graynor-chris-messina-1203414006/
News from 22/11/2019:
Alternative Election Night – Is once again returning, but this time around it will be hosted by Katherine Ryan, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Rylan Clark-Neal and will begin when polls close on December 12th. Also appearing are Clare Balding, Rob Rinder, Channel 4 News political editor Gary Gibbon, Matt Forde, Tez Ilyas, former deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, and former Home Secretary Amber Rudd. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5548/channel4_alternative_election_night_2019/
Avenue 5 – The first trailer for Armando Iannucci’s sci-fi comedy with Hugh Laurie and Rebecca Front is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Emu0I2hNfUk – with the show set to debut in January on HBO.
Back To Life – Daisy Haggard’s show is coming back for a second season. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5550/back_to_life_series_2/
Big Deal – Vanessa Bayer is making a pilot which has been described as “A grounded comedy in which Bayer plays a character, inspired by her own past, who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a QVC host.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/vanessa-bayer-comedy-pilot-showtime-1203407808/
Catterick – Vic and Bob are considering making a sequel to the show (possibly as an animation) according to Chortle, and the duo are still working on their film The Glove too – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/21/44829/vic_and_bob_consider_a_return_to_catterick
Classified – Is a new HBO Max series in development about an intern who works for the CIA, with it being from “Writer David Sidorov, who most recently worked as a writer on the Comedy Central show “Alternatino with Arturo Castro.” The former Onion writer also counts ABC’s “Gong Show” revival, and truTV’s “Billy on the Street” with Billy Eichner among his previous credits.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-max-cia-comedy-classified-1203408267/
The Degenerates – Season 2 will be available on Netflix from December 31st.
Desus & Mero – Has been given another season by Showtime – https://news.avclub.com/showtime-renews-desus-mero-for-another-season-1839985682
Don’t Fuck This Up – Kevin Hart is to make a docu-series for Netflix, which “Will follow the comedian’s day-to-day lifestyle as he tackles what it means to be a partner, father, role model, and business man as well as offer an inside look at some of the major moments he endured within the last year. That includes the now-infamous Oscars debacle following the resurfacing of Hart’s previous homophobic comments.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kevin-hart-netflix-docu-series-1203409271/
Everything’s Going To Be Okay – Please Like Me creator Josh Thomas is back with a new show, where “Thomas plays Nicholas, a (still Australian) twenty-something who visits his father and two teenage half-sisters in Los Angeles and ends up staying on to take care of them after their father dies.” More info and a trailer is here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/everythings-gonna-be-okay-josh-thomas-trailer.html
Ghosts – New Girl producers Joe Port and Joe Wiseman are developing an American version of the show. Which could be great, if it were being made by someone else at least. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/19/44813/ghosts_could_be_getting_a_us_remake
Gumshoe – HBO Max is making a pilot about “A sweet, optimistic young cop and a creepy, crime-obsessed teenager who secretly team up to solve a murder. Aaron Brownstein and Simon Ganz will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunners with Randall Einhorn set to direct and executive produce.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-max-pilots-gumshow-vegas-high-1203406634/
Hitmen – The first image for this sitcom with Sue Perkins And Mel Giedroyc is now online, further info and that picture are here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8010/sky-comedy-hitmen
Intelligence – The first image from the new comedy from Nick Mohammed starring David Schwimmer is now online, with the show being a “Workplace comedy set in the UK’s GCHQ listening station, described a ‘a kind of weedier, geekier version of MI5’, where they tackle cyber crime from a desktop. When an arrogant, maverick National Security Agency agent Jerry (Schwimmer) comes over from the US. to join the team, he enlists an inept and tactless computer analyst Joseph (Mohammed) in a destabilising power grab.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/18/44799/first_look_at_nick_mohammed_and_david_schwimmer_in_intelligence
John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch – Mulaney is back with a new show, but this is a bit different as it’s a children’s variety special, which will be an attempt “To recapture the magic of that bygone television era when children sang songs about their feelings with celebrity guests on funky outdoor sets….I’m John Mulaney and I am a 37-year-old man. The Sack Lunch Bunch is a group of children ages 8 to 13 who are more talented than me. In this special, we are joined by celebrity guests like David Byrne, Tony Award winner André De Shields, Natasha Lyonne, Annaleigh Ashford, Shereen Pimentel, Richard Kind, and Jake Gyllenhaal from the movie Zodiac,” Mulaney said on the project. “The result is a collage of Broadway-caliber showstoppers, comedy sketches for all ages, meditations on the unknown from children and adults, and a papier-mâché volcano. It’s funny, musical, joyous, anxious, and surprisingly profound.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/11/john-mulaney-and-the-sack-lunch-bunch-netflix-premiere-date.html
Miracle Workers – A teaser for the second season, which has the subtitle “Dark Ages”, is now online, with the series set to premiere January 28 on TBS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNRanWod3d0
The Now – Bill Murray is to feature in this new show from The Farrelly Brothers, about “Ed Poole (Dave Franco), who is about to take his own life when he finds out from his mother that his brother just died by suicide and his dad also did in the past. Ed quickly realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to “forget the past, screw the future and just live in the now.” Sources say Murray has already wrapped up shooting his part, while production on the series is still underway. Others set to join Franco and Murray in the short-form show include O’Shea Jackson Jr., Daryl Hannah, Jimmy Tatro, Alyssa Milano, Rob Yang and Lex Scott Davis.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/bill-murray-peter-farrelly-quibi-comedy-series-1203406456/
Pivoting – Liz Astrof is set to write and executive produce a single-camera comedy at Fox. Variety reports “The series is set in a small, middle-class town in Long Island. It follows three close-knit childhood friends, after the death of another. During the grieving period, when psychologists advise not to make any big decisions, the three friends do exactly that and upend their lives in an effort to find happiness while there is still time, taking on the mid-life challenge they never saw coming – becoming un-stuck.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/liz-astrof-pivoting-fox-1203406276/
Scarborough – The BBC have decided against making a second series of the show. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5555/scarborough_no_series_2/
Schitt’s Creek – A short teaser trailer for the show’s final season is here – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kevin-hart-netflix-docu-series-1203409271/
Sex Education – Netflix have released some pictures from the show’s second season, which can be found here: https://cultbox.co.uk/news/sex-education-first-look-at-season-2-arrives
Shopping With Keith Lemon – Has been given a second series by ITV2, the fucking idiots. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5554/shopping_with_keith_lemon_2/
Sissy – Showtime is making a dramedy based on Jacob Tobia’s memoir – “Tobia is a non-binary LGBTQ rights activist, actor, producer, and author. Their memoir, “Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story,” was published earlier this year by Putnam Books at Penguin Random House. The series, currently titled “Sissy,” would follow Tobi Gibran, a non-binary college grad and full time gender weirdo from North Carolina. Tobi moves to New York City in search of queer utopia. Though they score a prestigious job at the UN, Tobi quickly learns that NYC is less “glittering trans paradise” and more “trash-filled hell with a side of street harassment.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jacob-tobia-sissy-showtime-series-1203412275/
Taskmaster – It’s now been confirmed that the show will no longer air on Dave, with it’s new home being on Channel 4, the deal being for six series over three years starting late 2020, and we just hope that doesn’t mean more reality tv stars and less comedians on the show. https://twitter.com/AlexHorne/status/1197830911770931200
This Country – Will return to our screens in February 2020 – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/22/44838/when_is_this_country_coming_back%3F
Untitled Ted Danson / Tina Fey sitcom – This new show which will see Danson’s character run for Mayor, and then try and work out what he stands for, has added Holly Hunter to it’s cast. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/holly-hunter-joins-ted-danson-in-tina-fey-nbc-comedy-series-1203410311/
The Young Offenders – Has been given a third series by the BBC – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/22/44837/third_series_for_the_young_offenders
News from 15/11/2019:
Astronomy Club: The Sketch Show – This new Netflix sketch show “Comes from Barris’ Khalabo Ink Society and will star members of the Eponymous Drop performing sketches that explore pop culture and social issues related to the Black experience.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-kenya-barris-astronomy-club-sketch-show-premiere-date-1203398852/
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Has been given an eighth season by NBC even before the seventh has aired, with it reportedly doing really well on the streaming front. https://news.avclub.com/nbc-renews-brooklyn-nine-nine-for-season-8-1839864172
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Will return to our screens in January, according to Jeff Garlin. https://news.avclub.com/curb-your-enthusiasm-returns-in-january-says-jeff-garl-1839783311
Friends Reunion Special – Multiple sources have reported that HBO Max, the new home of Friends in the US, is putting together a reunion special, but it will be an unscripted affair and probably just a bunch of talking heads going on and on about how good the show was.
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee – Has been given a fifth season by TBS, which pleases. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/full-frontal-with-samantha-bee-renewed-season-5-tbs-1203403615/
Horizon: Whatever Happened To Tony Slattery? – Slattery is making a documentary for BBC2 about his mental health issues, which given his insightful interviews recently should be a fascinating watch. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/5545/tony_slattery_horizon_episode/
John Bishop At The Weekend – Bishop is making an ITV series which sounds fairly poor, where he’ll “dissect the news of the week in a light-hearted way’ with contributors and guests”.
McGruber – The tv series based on the cult comedy film is still being worked on, with star Will Forte saying “it seems like the whole group will be back” and “They’re giving us creative liberties, so we can be as filthy as we want.” https://news.avclub.com/will-forte-on-macgruber-tv-series-throat-rips-will-be-1839781765
New World Order – Frankie Boyle is hosting a round up of the year’s news once again, with the show recording on December 17th, and more info and details on how to be in the audience are here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/13/44758/boyles_back
Party Down – Really rather lovely comedy series Party Down may return after it’s creators and some of the cast appeared at “Vulture Festival” this past weekend and discussed the possibility- https://news.avclub.com/the-creators-of-party-down-are-thinking-about-a-revival-1839784753
Untitled London Hughes Sitcom – Larry Wilmore and Hughes are making a pilot for NBC which “will star Hughes as London Jones, who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend in England, comes to America to find success, herself and maybe even love.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/larry-wilmore-london-hughes-nbc-1203403497/
News from 08/11/2019:
Add and Delete – Lucy Porter and Brenda Gilhooly are developing a new comedy format where guests will “Tell us about their triumphs and tragedies, and they get to add some things they wish they’d done, and delete some of the stuff they’re less proud of. Using the magic of (amateurish) photoshop, low-tech video editing, live performance and with a little help from their famous friends, Lucy and Brenda create a new and improved version of their guests’ life stories.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5534/add_and_delete_pilot/
All In The Family / Good Times – ABC are set to make two more live episodes of these classic shows, though it’s not yet known if the cast will be returning – https://news.avclub.com/abc-will-go-live-with-all-in-the-family-good-times-holi-1839672504
BH90210 – Has been cancelled by Fox. https://news.avclub.com/bh90210-is-r-i-p-at-f-o-x-1839705595
Billions – Corey Stoll and Julianna Margulies are joining the cast in the show’s fifth season – Stoll “is playing Michael Prince, “a business titan from a small town in Indiana.” Margulies’ role is that of Catherine Brant, “an Ivy League sociology professor and bestselling author.” https://news.avclub.com/corey-stoll-and-julianna-margulies-join-billions-1839640346
Bless This Mess – Has been given six more episodes with ABC considering it “A fan favourite”, which means a second season is all but inevitable. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/american-housewife-bless-this-mess-abc-1203397392/
Dickinson – Has been renewed for a second season. https://news.avclub.com/apple-tv-renews-all-its-launch-shows-for-a-second-seas-1839701476
Fresh Off The Boat – Has been cancelled, with the show ending early next year. https://news.avclub.com/fresh-off-the-boat-sailing-into-cancellation-after-its-1839721466
G-Men – The creator of Happy Together is making a multi-camera comedy for Fox – “G-Men centres around two estranged brothers who both claim to be government agents despite the fact that one works for the FBI and the other is a part-time mailman. The duo struggle to put their differences aside when they reunite to help their “larger-than-life mother” move on after their father passes away. While at first they’re not best pleased with the new arrangement, they ultimately realize that sometimes it’s the people you agree with the least who inspire you to be your best.”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fox-developing-multi-cam-comedy-from-happy-together-creator-1203395940/
The Jim Jeffries Show – Has been cancelled by Comedy Central, but he’s working on a sitcom for NBC so will be back on our screens soon. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/07/44705/end_of_the_road_for_the_jim_jefferies_show
Joe Exotic – Kate McKinnon is making a comedy drama based on a hit podcast where “Big cat enthusiast Carole Baskin (McKinnon) learns that fellow exotic animal lover, Joe “Exotic” Schreibvogel is breeding and using his big cats for profit. She sets out to shut down his venture, inciting a quickly escalating rivalry. But Carole has a checkered past of her own, and when the claws come out, Joe will stop at nothing to expose her hypocrisy. The results prove deadly.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kate-mckinnon-joe-exotic-series-1203393396/
Joe Pera Talks With You – Season 2 of this lovely, lovely show premiers on Adult Swim on Friday, December 6th at midnight, and a trailer is here: https://www.adultswim.com/videos/joe-pera-talks-with-you
A League Of Their Own – Variety has reported that “D’Arcy Carden is in negotiations for a starring role in Amazon’s series adaptation of “A League of Their Own.”…Broad City” alum Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham are attached to write and executive produce, with Jacobson also reportedly set to star. Sony Pictures Television will produce. Like the film, the series is said to focus on a women’s baseball team during World War II. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/a-league-of-their-own-series-amazon-darcy-carden-1203397813/
Maxxx – Supermodel Jourdan Dunn, Helen Monks Javone Prince are set to star in this new e4 sitcom “Created by O-T Fagbenle, who also stars as a formerly famous boyband star trying to stage his comeback.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/04/44680/supermodel_jourdan_dunn_joins_e4_comedy_maxxx
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – Has been given a third season by the BBC, with it being considered something of a rating’s hit for the channel. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5538/gone_fishing_series_3/
Parental Guidance – Romesh Ranganathan has made a new pilot which is “a semi-autobiographical sitcom for BBC One…Parental Guidance co-stars Guz Khan as his younger brother and Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington as his wife. The pilot is adapted by writer and stand-up Max Davis from his 2017 Radio 2 pilot of the same name, based on Ranganathan’s life. Shot this summer, it follows Ranganathan’s world-weary character as he struggles to cope with his wife, kids and overbearing mother.”
Shrill – Will return to our screens on January 24th 2020, and the first image from the series plus some PR blurb is here: https://news.avclub.com/hulu-s-first-look-at-shrill-season-2-includes-roller-sk-1839610757
Taskmaster – Multiple sources have reported that Dave / UKTV and Avalon have fallen out and so the show may be moving to a different channel. Initially it seemed like Channel 4 was going to be the show’s new home, but now rumours suggest it might end up on BBC1. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5536/taskmaster_may_move_channels/
Today’s Special – David Wain is working on a new sitcom set in a restaurant, with the twist being that it will be shown daily, and due to the concept will be topical indeed.
Two Weeks To Live – Mawaan Rizwan, Sian Clifford and Kerry Howard are the latest cast addition to this forthcoming Sky sitcom starring Maisie Williams, more info and a picture is here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/03/44675/mawaan_rizwan_and_sian_clifford_join_two_weeks_to_live
Tyler Perry’s Bruh – The hit movie maker is creating this comedy drama for Bet which “Will chronicle the lives of a group of 30-something Black men as they explore the world of dating, careers and friendship in a present-day society. Additionally, viewers can expect the show to tackle some of the stereotypes faced by African American men”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tyler-perry-sets-bruh-and-ruthless-as-two-new-original-series-for-bet-plus-exclusive-1203396341/
Untitled Cara Delevingne Prank Show – Quibi have teamed up with the Suicide Squad star to make this unusual Prank Show, with it’s creator saying “Cara’s an icon in so many ways, and it’s a privilege to partner with her to develop something that authentically encapsulates her unique energy and sensibility,” added Sebastian. “As far as I know, a series in this space with this level of female guidance and representation, both in front of and behind the camera, is unprecedented, and we’re ecstatic to bring this new take on the genre to the ideal platform in Quibi.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/cara-delevingne-quibi-prank-show-1203393677/
Untitled Noel Fiedling Sitcom – Noel Fielding has spoken about his next project, a comedy about a magic record player that he’s making for Netflix, with him saying “Basically a guy gets hold of a magic record player and when you put the record player on a portal appears and you can go inside your favourite albums. I haven’t written it yet. I pitched it and Netflix liked it and we’re making it, but I haven’t started writing it yet. So that’s my next thing.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/11/07/44707/netflix_series_for_noel_fielding
Weeds 4.20 – A sequel to the hit Showtime series that went on for a bit too long is set to be made according to Variety – “The new show picks up with the Botwin family 10 years after the events of the original series in an era of legalization. “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker is attached to star in and executive produce the potential new series…Creator Jenji Kohan is not attached to the project at this time.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/weeds-reboot-starz-1203390573/
News from 01/11/2019:
Big Shots – A new Dramedy from Disney +, this “follows a temperamental college basketball coach (John Stamos) who gets fired from his job and must take a teaching and coaching job at an elite all-girls private high school. Disney Plus has ordered 10 episodes.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/disney-plus-david-e-kelley-john-stamos-high-school-basketball-1203388843/
Blark and Son – Comedy Central are set to make another eight episode season of this not very good show. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-genius-aretha-casting-1203386181/
College Girls – Is Mindy Kaling’s latest series, which “Follows three 18-year old freshmen at Evermore College in Vermont. Kaling will serve as writer, executive producer, and showrunner via Kaling International.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/issa-rae-elizabeth-banks-mindy-kaling-hbo-max-1203387328/
Comedy Against Living Miserably – Dave have ordered three stand up shows which will feature a main act and then three supporting comics, Nish Kumar is the only comedian known to be taking part so far but more names are set to be announced soon. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/31/44662/dave_orders_three_stand-up_shows
Content – Is a brand new online sitcom launching on 12th November 2019, and is “based in the offices of “Content Content” – a digital content agency that no one, including the employees, can pronounce correctly. Each episode explores the team’s attempts to create successful content for clients, whilst tripping over their own inadequacies and each other, and the sitcom showcases Turtle Canyon Comedy’s commitment to exciting talent and pushing new boundaries. The core cast includes newcomer Belle Fage, Kath Hughes, Rajiv Karia, Molly McNerney and Yiannis Vassilakis, and is rounded out by an exciting range of top comedy names including James Acaster, Joel Dommett, Mark Silcox, Kieran Hodgson, Annie McGrath, Sadia Azmat, Sikisa Bostwick-Barnes, Isabella Inchbald, Harriet Kemsley and Evelyn Mok.” For those interested, a full trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiSUfDmtyzQ
DC Super Hero High – Elizabeth Banks is producing this animated comedy “Which follows a group of students experiencing the fun and drama of adolescence at a boarding school for gifted kids. They are just trying to navigate the pressures of high school, but none of them realize that someday they will become legendary DC super heroes.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/issa-rae-elizabeth-banks-mindy-kaling-hbo-max-1203387328/
The End Of The Fucking World – A trailer for season 2 is here: https://news.avclub.com/its-a-not-so-nice-day-for-a-white-wedding-in-the-end-of-1839468233
Friday Night Dinner – Shooting on the sixth season has begun, and more info is here:
How To Date A Magical Creature – A new series debuting next February, the press release for the show is as follows: “Dating is a minefield. It’s hard enough dating humans. What about a magical creature? What’s the etiquette when out with a vampire? Should you let Death give you a kiss goodbye on the first date? Is Santa single these days? These questions and others are answered in full in the 7-part limited series How To Date A Magical Creature launching on Valentine’s Day 2020”, and a trailer for it is now online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMhT1wRTKs4
A League Of Their Own – CBS is making a US version of this panel show, though despite his popularity in America James Corden isn’t in the running to host it. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/31/44659/america_to_remake_a_league_of_their_own
Loafy – Comedy Central are making an online series about a weed dealing manatee who runs a drug empire in Center Park Zoo. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-genius-aretha-casting-1203386181/
Lodge 49 – Has been cancelled by AMC. https://news.avclub.com/amc-closes-down-lodge-49-after-two-seasons-1839456183
Magic Motor Inn – This Fresh Off The Boat Spin-Off is going to have a backdoor pilot with the characters featuring in an episode of it’s parent show in November. According to Variety “The spinoff would center on an Indian family whose daughter goes to school with Eddie Huang (Hudson Yang). Vir Das has been cast as father DC while Preity G. Zinta has been cast as the mother, Meena”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fresh-off-the-boat-spinoff-abc-vir-das-preity-g-zinta-1203385502/
Mixed-Ish – Has been given a full season order, which means it will probably be renewed for a second year. https://news.avclub.com/abc-wants-more-mixed-ish-will-stick-around-in-stumptow-1839427482
NICE ONE! – Quibi are to make a comedy game show hosted by Ron Funches which is a sort of Bizarro world Roast Battle, where comedians have to compliment each other. https://deadline.com/2019/10/quibi-comedy-game-show-nice-one-ron-funches-1202771003/
The Now – Is a new Quibi comedy from Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly which will star Dave Franco, with Variety reporting “The show will examine what makes life worth living, following Franco’s character, Ed Poole, who receives some clarity after a secret from his past has seemingly destroyed his future. He soon realizes the only thing that will make his life worth living is to forget the past, screw the future and just live in the titular now.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-quibi-the-now-greenlight-farrelly-1203389791/
Rap Shit – Issae Rae is making this show for HBO MAX about “A female rap group from outside of Miami trying to make it in the music industry. Rae will write the pilot in addition to executive producing.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/issa-rae-elizabeth-banks-mindy-kaling-hbo-max-1203387328/
Tooned Out – Is to be a hybrid of live-action and animated comedy from Robert Zemeckis, and will be on HBO Max, but otherwise nothing is known about it
Work In Progress – This is a new Showtime comedy co-written by Lilly Wachowski which stars Abby McEnany and Tim Mason, and “Follows McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. The show premieres Dec. 8th”, and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-quibi-the-now-greenlight-farrelly-1203389791/
News From 25/10/2019:
Afterlife – Series 2 has now finished filming despite Gervais only beginning to write it a few months back. Expected to be “Lazy, and utter shit” according to industry insiders, the second series will see the return of Kerry Godliman, Ashley Jensen, Roisin Conaty, Diane Morgan, Tony Way, Mandeep Dhillon, David Bradley, Tom Basden, Penelope Wilton and Paul Kaye. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/25/44611/filming_wraps_on_after_life_series_2
Bless The Harts – Has been given a second season by Fox – https://news.avclub.com/fox-blesses-bless-the-harts-with-a-second-season-1839208966
Carol’s Second Act, The Unicorn, and Bob Hearts Abishola – have all been given full season orders by CBS – https://news.avclub.com/cbs-likes-all-of-its-new-shows-especially-evil-1839275572
Celebrity Gogglebox – Airing tonight, this show which sounds terrible to us might be watchable as Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith are taking part. Though on the flipside so is Jack Whitehall, so maybe not. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/22/44582/inside_no_9_pair_join_gogglebox
Defending The Guilty – This sitcom with Will Sharpe and Katherine Parkinson is getting a second series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5525/defending_the_guilty_series_2/
Duncanville – This new animated comedy debuts on February 16th.
Making It – Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman’s comedy crafting reality show is back on Dec. 2 and will then air on December 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th and 10th, before the two hour finale is on the 11th. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/nbc-making-it-season-2-premiere-date-1203375844/
Modern Love – Only a week after it’s release this anthology series has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/modern-love-renewed-season-2-1203382971/
Punky Brewster – Freddie Prinze Jr is to star in this bizarre reboot of the show as “Travis, Punky’s ex-husband, while a working musician constantly in and out of town, Travis remains a great dad with lingering chemistry between him and Punky.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/freddie-prinze-jr-joins-punky-brewster-sequel-pilot-at-nbcus-peacock-streamer-1203380887/
Silicon Valley – The final season of the series has a new trailer online now, with the show returning to our screens this Sunday – https://news.avclub.com/everyone-s-a-damn-mess-in-the-trailer-for-silicon-valle-1839228418
The Squad – After reporting about one last week there’s a second comedy about eSports set to be made, with The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki and one of the shows writers / producers Anthony Del Broccolo set to make the show which “Follows a new group of friends (and sometimes enemies) who find companionship and common ground in their mutual love of competitive eSports.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/big-bang-theory-johnny-galecki-nbc-esports-1203379563/
Untitled Patrice O’Neal Documentary – Comedy Central US are making a show about the sadly no longer with us comedian, featuring previously unseen material – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/23/44591/comedy_central_orders_patrice_o%E2%80%99neal_documentary
News from 18/10/2019:
Atypical – A trailer for the third season of this Netflix comedy is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bSbF25mXDyM
Comedy Central Roast Battle – A fourth season of this show where comedians mock each other in rap form is to be made, pleasingly without Jonathan Ross as a judge who is being replaced by a different guest comedian each week. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5516/roast_battle_series_4/
Dead To Me – CTW fave Natalie Morales is joining the cast of the show “In the recurring role of Michelle. Described as wry and down to earth, Michelle has a relaxed charm and infectious wit. She forms a connection with Judy (Linda Cardellini) at the Assisted Living Facility, where Michelle’s difficult mother lives.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/dead-to-me-season-2-natalie-morales-1203374213/
Grease: Rydell High -This musical comedy series will serve as a sequel to the classic film, and more info about it is here: https://news.avclub.com/hbo-maxs-new-grease-sounds-suspiciously-like-the-old-gr-1839065798
How Europe Stole My Mum – Channel 4 is making one-off mockumentary about Brexit written by and starring multiple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Kieran Hodgson, with Harry Enfield, Liza Tarbuck and Tom Palmer also starring in the hour-long show due to be shown this autumn. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5517/how_europe_stole_my_mum/
Man Like Mobeen – Series 3 has started filming, and a picture and more info is here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/14/44530/filming_starts_on_man_like_mobeen_series_3
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – The latest trailer for the third season is here – https://news.avclub.com/the-marvelous-mrs-maisel-hops-a-plane-and-hits-the-sta-1839027163
Red Dwarf – A movie is finally going to be made, though unlike any other it will be filmed in front of an audience, and shown on Dave rather than on tv, and if you want to be part of the audience then tickets are available here: https://lostintv.com/
Sunnyside – Has been cancelled by NBS after disastrous ratings, and the remaining episodes aren’t even going to be aired on the channel with them being dumped on to the website. https://news.avclub.com/its-not-looking-too-bright-for-sunnyside-as-nbc-cancels-1839082213
Ted Lasso – Is a new series which Jason Sudeikis will star in, in addition to co-writing it with Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence. A character Sudeikis created back in 2013, he’s “An idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club despite having no soccer coaching experience at all.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jason-sudeikis-ted-lasso-series-apple-1203370140/
Untitled eSports Pilot – CBS have ordered a pilot set in the world of eSports according to Variety, which “Follows a recently retired pro basketball star who attempts to reconnect with his estranged son by buying an eSports franchise. Dan Kopelman will write and executive produce.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/esports-comedy-cbs-1203371477/
Untitled Jim Jefferies Sitcom – The Australian comic is making a show co-written by Hot In Cleveland creator Suzanne Martin for NBC, which will see him ” play a fictionalised version of himself in the as-yet-untitled series.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/18/44562/jim_jefferies_set_to_star_in_his_own_us_sitcom
Untitled Sarah Silverman Pilot – Sarah Silverman is to make a pilot for a new “late night series” on HBO with Judd Apatow and Amy Zvi acting as executive producers, but right now that’s all that’s known about it. https://news.avclub.com/sarah-silverman-lands-late-night-comedy-pilot-on-hbo-1839037584
The Witchfinder – The Gibbons Brothers are making a new BBC2 comedy starring Tim Key and Daisy May Cooper which “Is described as ‘a road-free road trip through an England gripped by civil war, famine and plague’. Key plays the failing witchfinder stuck with an ‘inquisitive, uncouth woman whose ability to prick his pomposity and ask uncomfortable questions turns a straightforward journey into a life-changing ordeal. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/17/44550/tim_key_and_daisy-may_cooper_to_star_in_witchfinder_comedy
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – This NBC musical dramedy “Stars Jane Levy as Zoey Clarke, a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs. At ﬁrst, she questions her own sanity but soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/e4-takes-zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-for-the-u-k-1203370858/
News from 11/10/2019:
Bumps – Amanda Redman and Lisa McGrillis are set to star in a Comedy Playhouse pilot where Redman has two children but decides to have a third via IVF.
Delilah – Nat Faxon and Nicole Byer have been cast in this HBO pilot which “Follows Tom Childs, Sr. (Michael McKean), a man grieving the recent death of his wife, whose life is interrupted by the titular Delilah (Jessica Rothe) arrival of a young woman claiming to be his daughter. Faxon plays Brian, Tom’s oldest and angriest son, while Byer plays Cassie, the only person to welcome Delilah to town. ” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/michiel-huisman-kaley-cuoco-the-flight-attendant-series-hbo-max-1203362196/
Diversity Hire – Fox have ordered a pilot from two Empire writers, where according to Variety “The show centers on Zenzi Baker, a brilliant, young, African-American, programmer whose life is turned upside down when her boss embroils his successful tech company in a publicity nightmare. To save face, Zenzi, a low-level coder, is plucked from obscurity and promoted to chief diversity and inclusion officer. Her primary qualification? She’s “diverse.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/diversity-hire-fox-comedy-1203364856/
Drunk History – An Australian version of the show is now in production, with the show set to air in 2020. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7809/drunk-history-Australia
The End Of The Fucking World – Will return on Monday 4th of November, and it’s been revealed that Tim Key is joining the series as a motel owner called Gus – exciting stuff, I know! https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7798/gus-tim-key
Ghosts – Has been given a third series before the second airs. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5512/ghosts_3_and_more_iplayer/
Rich Hall’s Red Menace – Rich Hall is making a one off 60 minute documentary about the cold war for BBC4 – https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7816/rich-hall-berlin
Rick And Morty – Season 4 will be hitting our screens on November 10th (well, five episodes of it at least, with the second half hopefully showing early next year) and there’s also a new trailer here – https://news.avclub.com/somewhere-within-rick-and-mortys-chaotic-season-4-trail-1838843236
The Russell Howard Hour – Is back on Sky One at 10pm on the 7th of November. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7819/russell-howard-hour
Search Party – Is moving from TBS to HBO Max, which explains the long gap inbetween seasons, with the third season (set to be “The trial of the century”) set to air when the service launches in April, and a fourth season has also been commissioned, such is HBO’s faith in it. https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/search-party-season-3-hbo-max.html
Semi-Detached – After a successful airing of the pilot earlier this year, the BBC is making a full series of Lee Mack’s sitcom. According to Chortle “The comedy is ‘exactly like 24, except instead of following a government agent as he saves the planet, the series follows a perennial loser called Stuart as his life goes down the pan in a suburban cul-de-sac’ say producers. ‘Each episode of Semi-Detached will give viewers an incredibly fast moving, half-hour window into Stuart’s world.'” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/04/44462/bbc_picks_up_lee_macks_real-time_sitcom
The South Westerlies – Acorn and RTE are making a comedy drama which will star Eileen Walsh (“Catastrophe”), Ger Ryan (“Rialto”), Sam Barrett, Lily Nichol (“Handymen”), Steve Wall (“Vikings”) and Patrick Bergin (“Patriot Games”) which will be about “Kate, an environmental consultant for a Norwegian energy firm….Before landing a lucrative promotion, she has to go undercover among protesters and quash objections to a wind farm project near their small coastal town.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/acorn-rte-comedy-the-south-westerlies-orla-brady-eileen-walsh-1203367145/
The United States Of Al – Chuck Lorre is making another sitcom, which Variety reports is “a multi-camera comedy which hails from “The Big Bang Theory” creator and his fellow “Big Bang” executive producers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari. The prospective series is described as a comedy about the friendship between Riley, a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al), the Afghan interpreter who served with his unit and has just arrived to start a new life in America.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/chuck-lorre-u-s-veteran-afghan-interpreter-comedy-cbs-1203366026/
News from 04/10/2019:
Baroness Von Sketch Show – This all female sketch show is coming back on October 30th at midnight, and a trailer for it is here. https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/baroness-von-sketch-show-ifc-season-4-trailer.html
Black Girl Magic – NBC are developing this sitcom which “follows three estranged sisters who learn a mysterious secret about their family history that changes their lives and brings them back to the magical world of New Orleans. “Black Girl Magic” hails from the writing team of Emebeit Beyene, Crystal Boyd, and Chandra Russell. All three have appeared on the Comedy Central series “South Side,” with Russell also writing for that series. The three previously collaborated on the series “Downtown Girls” in 2013.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/gabrielle-union-black-girl-magic-nbc-1203351541/
Comedy Central Online Shows – The channel has ordered some new shows from the likes of Rosie Jones, Desiree Burch and also given Bad Cramps a second series – more info is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5508/new_comedy_central_shows/
Cupcake Men – Empire creators Lee Daniels is making a sitcom for ABC according to Variety – “Here’s the logline for the series: “Having lived his entire life in the shadows of his recently retired NFL player brothers Mo and Quo, eldest brother and owner of Austin’s most popular cupcake food truck AJ Petty is anxious to finally take the mantle as ‘most-accomplished son; by opening his first brick-and-mortar store. However, when the three brothers shockingly discover that they all own a stake in the business, they must learn to work together despite their clashing approaches on how to run a business and tricky sibling dynamics.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lee-daniels-abc-series-cupcake-man-1203358021/
Dear White People – Netflix have given the show a fourth but also final season. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-takes-dear-white-people-back-to-school-for-a-4t-1838708975
Fleabag – Phoebe Waller-Bridge appeared on Seth Myers this week and commented “I quite like the idea of coming back to her (Fleabag) when I’m 50 because she would have had more life then and God knows what she’d be up to. For now, she’s been through enough”. https://news.avclub.com/we-might-be-waiting-16-years-for-more-fleabag-1838704628
Florida Girls – This Pop! sitcom will be returning for a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/florida-girls-renewed-season-2-pop-1203357121/
Forever Family – Modern Family producer Jason Winer is making another family based comedy, about “Three different families that live “miles away but worlds apart” and who discover that their adopted children all share the same birth father.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jason-winer-forever-family-script-nbc-modern-family-1203357716/
Human Resources – Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg and the rest of the team behind Big Mouth have announced that there’s to be a spin-off from the show, starring the hormone monsters who manipulate the characters in the show, which “will take place entirely in the world where the Department Of Puberty rests, complete with all its Shame Wizards, Depression Kittys, and other manifestations of our fucked-up psyche. The series is being described as a workplace comedy; so far, all we have to go on otherwise is an 11-second teaser, although we do get some glimpses of a couple of new monsters, plus the super-spooky Bureau Of Death.” https://news.avclub.com/big-mouths-monsters-are-getting-their-own-animated-netf-1838760244
The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show – is exactly what it sounds like, with Iliza Shlesinger set to make six episodes of the series for Netflix. According to Chortle “Netflix describes the show as ‘a secret world filled with absurd characters, insight into the female experience, and irreverent yet poignant social commentary’.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/02/44444/netflix_orders_liza_shlesinger_sketch_show
Kevin Can Go Fuck Himself – This Rashida Jones show has been given a full series after AMC liked the pilot, which apparently “probes the secret life of a type of woman we all grew up believing we knew: the sitcom wife. The series is said to break television convention and ask what the world looks like through her eyes. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we imagine what happens when the sitcom wife escapes her confines and forces the world to let her take the lead.”
Life Will Be the Death of Me – Universal are looking to make a tv series out of this memoir from Chelsea Handler – https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/chelsea-handler-life-will-be-the-death-of-me-adapted-for-tv.html
Mock The Week – The guests for the next series have been announced with Ed Gamble, Ed Byrne, Tom Allen, Angela Barnes, Kerry Godliman, Rhys James, Milton Jones and Felicity Ward returning, while there will be first time appearances from Maisie Adam, Olga Koch, Sophie Duker, Eshaan Akbar, Rosie Jones and Mark Simmons. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7773/mock-week-guests
Motherland – Has been given a third series before the second has even aired, and thankfully mad bloke Graham Linehan is no longer involved in the show. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5504/motherland_series_3/
Obliterated – A new dramedy from the makers of Cobra Kai, this TBS series will focus on “An elite special forces team who is tracking a deadly terrorist network hell bent on blowing up Las Vegas. After their raging end-of-mission party filled with alcohol and drug-fueled debauchery, the team discovers that the bomb they deactivated was a decoy. With the clock ticking, the intoxicated team has to fight through their impairments, overcome their personal issues, deactivate the bomb, and save the world.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tbs-obliterated-cobra-kai-1203356537/
Rita – Lena Hedey’s new series is an hour long dramedy in where her character is described as “A headstrong, unconventional teacher and single mother who takes on every kind of authority – as well as her family – in a messy and unfiltered way…“Rita” is being written and executive produced by Christian Torpe and is based on his original Danish series. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lisa-cholodenko-lena-headey-showtime-pilot-1203356113/
Sandylands – Hugh Bonneville is the latest big name to join the cast of this Gold sitcom that we reported on a few weeks back. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/02/44434/hugh_bonneville_joins_seaside_comedy_sandylands
Spitting Imagine – A pilot has been made for a new series, with it intended to be aired in the US first. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7758/news-spitting-image-return
Untitled Trevor Noah Series – Quibi is making a series about Noah, which will follow him on tour. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/trevor-noah-quibi-comedy-series-1203354950/
Upright – Tim Minchin’s latest sitcom will be airing on Sky Atlantic on November 28th, with NowTv users able to see it too. According to Chortle “In the series “Minchin plays Lucky Flynn, a talented pianist who’s broke, distant and damaged and who hasn’t spoken to his family in years. When he learns that his mother has only days left to live, Lucky sets off in a hire car to drive the 4,000km from Sydney to Perth to say goodbye, taking with him his only cherished possession in the world: a battered and scarred upright piano. En route he runs into Meg, played Milly Alcock tough-as-nails teenager who has plenty of scars and secrets of her own, and so begins an odd-couple road trip.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/10/02/44443/when_is_tim_minchins_upright_coming_to_tv%3F
News from 27/09/2019:
Bojack Horseman – It’s been announced that the forthcoming sixth season will be the final one of the show with the first half airing on October 25th and the second on January 31st. Which I’m still having trouble processing and am not happy about as I wanted it to run forever, or another three seasons at least. Anyway, a trailer is also online for those who have managed to stop sobbing. https://news.avclub.com/bid-adieu-to-hollywoo-in-this-trailer-for-bojack-horsem-1838527997
Dollface – A trailer for this Kat Dennings sitcom is here: https://news.avclub.com/kat-dennings-bonds-with-a-literal-cat-lady-in-trailer-f-1838368105
First And Last – Jason Manford is to host a Saturday night game show where contestants musn’t win, but also musn’t come last. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5503/jason_manford_gameshow/
First Team – This new sitcom from the writers of The Inbetweeners, Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, has revealed it’s cast with relative newcomers Shaquille Ali-Yebuah (In And Out Of The Kitchen), Jack McMullen (The Hatching) and Jake Short (SuperCool) starring alongside Will Arnett, Chris Geere, Paolo Sassanelli, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Tamla Kari, Vadhir Derbez, Phil Wang, Neil Fitzmaurice and Yetunde Oduwole. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5496/the_first_team_cast/
Made For Love – Ray Romano and Cristin Milioti are to star in this HBO Max series based on the novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, where “Milioti will play Hazel Green, a woman who escapes her marriage to Byron Gogol, a sociopathic-trending tech billionaire, after he implants a chip in her head. The chip allows Byron unprecedented access to Hazel’s brain as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her aging widower father and his sex doll. Romano will play Hazel’s father, Herbert Green. Described as a widower and retired con man, he shuns relationships due to a fear of loss. Herbert is set to live out his final years on a remote desert ranch as a shut-in with his synthetic partner Diane—a high-end, ultra-realistic sex doll. But when Hazel—his only child—unexpectedly arrives on his doorstep fearing for her life, he’s forced to reckon with internal regrets and take action in ways he’d never imagined.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ray-romano-hbo-max-made-for-love-1203348891/
On Becoming A God In Central Florida – Has been given a second season by Showtime. https://news.avclub.com/showtime-renews-on-becoming-a-god-in-central-florida-fo-1838498196
Space Force – John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz, Diana Silvers and Tawny Newsome are all set to star in Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell’s space based sitcom, where according to the AV Club “Malkovich (also appearing in the next season of The New Pope) will play the show’s resident science nerd, while Silvers will play Carell’s daughter. Schwartz will be playing a scheming media adviser named F. Tony Scarapiducci (in case you were wondering what level of remove the parody here was operating at) while Newsome will play a helicopter pilot who’s somehow drawn into the scheme. ” https://news.avclub.com/john-malkovich-ben-schwartz-and-tawny-newsome-sign-on-1838506809
Stand Up Asia! – Comedy Central are making 12 stand up specials featuring the likes of Nigel Ng, Sam See; Aaron Chen, Storm Xu, Qamarul Haziq, Hannan Azlan, Kavin Jay, Brian Tseng, Zainal Bostaman, Yumi Nagashima, JR de Guzman and Ryan Puno. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/09/24/44377/comedy_central_is_making_plans_for_nigel
Untitled London Hughes Sitcom – Stand up star Hughes is apparently making a sitcom based in her life with Larry Wilmore, but little else is known about it. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7735/london-hughes-pilot
Upstart Crow – A stage version is going to be made, with David Mitchell taking to the stage to reprise his role in it. https://www.comedy.co.uk/live/news/5500/upstart_crow_stage_show/
News from 20/09/2019:
The Amber Ruffin Show – Despite the failure of SeeSo, NBC are launching a new streaming service with an even worse name, “Peacock”, and this show from SNL’s Amber Ruffin will be one of the first on it, with it described as “a late-night show with just the good parts — the comedy”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/amber-ruffin-show-peacock-nbc-streaming.html
The Boondocks – As we reported back in June this show is coming back, but now it’s been revealed that it will air on HBO Max rather than Adult Swim, and apparently it will feature”two “reimagined” seasons and a 50-minute special that will kick off the series’ triumphant return.” https://news.avclub.com/the-boondocks-is-making-a-comeback-on-hbo-max-1838222787
Carla – A remake of the BBC series Miranda, this is going to be produced by The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik, with Bialik set to star in the lead role as “The titular Carla, a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother to prove that you cannot have everything you want and still be happy. That is why she spent the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a Cat Café in Louisville, KY. The show is currently expected to launch in fall 2020.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/big-bang-theory-jim-parsons-mayim-bialik-fox-series-miranda-1203342321/
Dickinson – A trailer for this forthcoming Apple Tv series is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=iBMeB6xG4rE
Family Reunion – This Netflix series has been given a second season, and there will also be a Christmas special this year. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/family-reunion-season-2-netflix-1203338860/
Fun – CBS have orded a pilot for this show about the “Life-long love story between a brother and a sister, who always encourage each other to have fun – no matter what hardship life is currently serving up. The project is said to celebrate life in spite of the fact that the family business is a funeral home. As they say in their family: “You can’t spell funeral without f-u-n.” The brother returns to his Pennsylvania hometown to help his sister run the struggling business after his emotional and devastating break-up with show business. Former “Ugly Betty” co-stars Becki Newton and Michael Urie will star in the series in addition to serving as producers”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/funeral-home-comedy-cbs-1203335601/
GLOW – Has been renewed for a fourth season, but it will also be the show’s last. https://news.avclub.com/netflixs-glow-gets-a-fourth-and-final-season-to-deliver-1838286460
Mrs Brown’s Boys – There’s going to be two Christmas specials shown this year, and if you want to be in the audience so that you can shout “Booo, this is rubbish” over and over again you can apply for tickets here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/mrs_browns_christmas_2019
No Good Nick – Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin’s Netflix sitcom has been cancelled. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/no-good-nick-canceled-netflix-1203336325/
Punky Brewster – Another show that might be coming to the Peacock streaming service is a sequel to this classic(?) 80’s sitcom, as a pilot has been ordered where “Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.”
Rutherfood Falls – Ed Helms and Michael Schur have teamed up for a new show for the Peacock service where “A small town in upstate New York is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historic statue.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/battlestar-galactica-reboot-saved-by-the-bell-revival-peacock-nbcuniversal-streaming-service-1203337621/
Sandylands – Gold are to make a new sitcom starring Natalie Dew, David Walliams, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Simon Bird, where “27-year-old Emily (Dew), had escaped her titular hometown for London. But when a bloodied pedalo is washed ashore and her father ‘Les Vegas’ is declared lost at sea, Emily has to return to put his affairs in order.” Further info is here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/09/17/44327/gold_orders_star-studded_seaside_sitcom
Saturday Night Live – As we predicted last week, Shane Gillis has now been fired from the show. https://news.avclub.com/shane-gillis-has-been-fired-from-snl-1838158031
Saved By The Bell – Terrifyingly a new series is to be made, though it might be watchable as it’s from 30 Rock writer and Great News creator Tracey Wigfield. According to Vulture “Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez are set to star and produce. And while Mark-Paul Gosselaar is currently attached to ABC’s new Mixed-ish, the official description of the new Saved by the Bell indicates his Zack Morris character will be part of the revival in some form. Per a press release confirming the revival, which has been rumored for more than a year, the new show imagines a world where Zack is now governor of California (no, really), but he’s in political trouble for “closing too many low-income high schools.” To fix his political problem, Governor Morris decides to “send the affected students to the highest-performing schools in the state — including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the overprivileged Bayside kids a much-needed and hilarious dose of reality.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/saved-by-the-bell-revival-elizabeth-berkley-mario-lopez.html
Truth Seekers – The cast has been announced for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s Amazon sitcom about part time paranormal investigators, with Samson Kayo, Susan Wokoma, Julian Barratt, Morgana Robinson and Kevin Eldon set to star along side Pegg and Frost.
Untitled Jane Lynch / Cyndi Lauper Show – Apparently Lynch and Lauper have sold a show to Netflix which they describe as “A Golden Girls For Today”, telling Variety “We’re our age. I’m almost 60 and she’s 65, and we’re looking for our next act, without ever having had husbands of children,” Lynch said of the show’s premise. “And there will be two other people who haven’t been cast yet. But its kind of a Golden Girls for today.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jane-lynch-cyndi-lauper-comedy-netflix-carol-leifer-1203336611/
Worzel Gummidge – Michael Palin has joined the cast of this forthcoming remake from Mackenzie Crook, which makes us even more excited about it, with Vicki Pepperdine, Steve Pemberton and Zoë Wanamake also set to star. More info is here – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5492/worzel_gummidge_cast/
News From 13/09/2019:
Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – This forthcoming sitcom is “loosely based on Awkwafina’s (Nora Lum) real life growing up in Flushing. Raised by her dad (BD Wong) and grandma (Lori Tan Chinn) alongside her cousin (Bowen Yang), the series centers on Nora who leans on her family as she navigates life and young adulthood in outer borough-NYC.” Natasha Lyonne has been named as one of the show’s directors, too. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/natasha-lyonne-awkwafina-comedy-central-series-1203328647/
Delilah – Michael McKean has joined the cast of this HBO pilot, Delilah, which if given a series “McKean would be a series regular. He will star alongside previously announced series lead Jessica Rothe, who will play Delilah. McKean will play Tom Childs, Sr., a successful and charming car dealership owner grieving the recent death of his wife, who gave him three children, a happy home, and a comfortable life. Tom now has to deal with a funeral, his bickering grown children, and the arrival of Delilah (Rothe), a young woman who claims to be his daughter.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/michael-mckean-hbo-max-delilah-1203333714/
Dollface – Series creator Jordan Weiss has spoken to Variety about this forthcoming show which stars Kat Dennings, Shay Mitchell and Brenda Song – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jordan-weiss-dollface-kat-dennings-shay-mitchell-1203332020/
Fish Out Of Water – Brad Paisley is set to star in this Amazon comedy which is a “Larry Sanders take on celebrity vanity projects, and will provide a behind-the-scenes look at Paisley’s struggle to keep a simple little fishing show from turning into his own personal Fyre Festival.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/brad-paisley-to-star-in-fish-out-of-water-amazon-comedy-series-1203328597/
Mad About You – Helen Hunt has spoken about the return of her 90’s sitcom, and why it’s happening now (with the answer supposedly not being “I like money”, surprisingly) – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/mad-about-you-revival-helen-hunt-paul-reiser-murray-interview-1203321486/
NextUp StandUp Shows – NextUp have teamed up with the Soho Theatre and will be recording shows from Aditi Mittal, Jen Brister, Shappi Khorsandi and Lazy Susan, which is fantastic news as we’re fond of all four acts. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/09/11/44297/nextup_to_film_stand-up_specials_at_soho_theatre
The President Obonjo Show – The comedian behind President Obonjo, Benjamin Bankole Bello, is making his own chat show which will be released online, with it being produced by journalist Kate Copstick. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7694/obonjo-chat-show
The Righteous Gemstones – Has been given a second season. https://news.avclub.com/the-righteous-gemstones-to-lift-your-spirit-take-your-1837986521
Saturday Night Live – Shane Gillis,Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang have been added to the cast, but already homophobic and racist tweets by Gillis have been found so expect him to be fired soon. https://www.vulture.com/2019/09/snl-shane-gillis-racist-homophobic-remarks.html
Shakespeare & Hathaway – This comedy detective series with Mark Benton and Jo Joyner has been given another two series – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5484/more_shakespeare_and_hathaway/
South Park – Depressing news, everyone – the show has been given three more seasons by Comedy Central, despite the last three being all over the place quality wise. https://news.avclub.com/comedy-central-will-keep-going-down-to-south-park-for-a-1838071085
The Watch – The cast has been announced for this Terry Pratchett adaptation, with Richard Dormer in the lead role of Sam Vines – https://www.terrypratchettbooks.com/richard-dormer-leads-watch-cast/
Untitled Maz Jobrani Animated Sitcom – Jobrani is to make a pilot based around his own life for Fox – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/maz-jobrani-animated-comedy-fox-1203331303
News From 06/09/2019:
Australian Amazon Stand Up Shows – Amazon are set to film the following stand up shows: Alice Fraser – Savage, Zoe Coombs Marr: Bossy Bottom, Tom Gleeson: Joy, Celia Pacquola: All Talk, Tommy Little: Self-Diagnosed Genius, Judith Lucy: Judith Lucy vs Men, Lano & Woodley: Fly, Anne Edmonds: What’s Wrong With You?, Tom Walker: Very Very, and Dilruk Jayasinha: Live.
The Crew – Kevin James is to star in a new multi-camera sitcom which is “Set in a NASCAR garage. James will play the crew chief. When the owner steps down and passes the team off to his daughter, James finds himself at odds with the tech reliant millennials she starts bringing in to modernize the team.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kevin-james-nascar-series-netflix-1203323444/
The Detour – Has been cancelled after four seasons. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/the-detour-canceled-tbs-1203324018/
Disenchantment – After last week’s teaser trailer here’s a much longer one for the forthcoming batch of episodes – https://news.avclub.com/disenchantment-goes-to-hell-in-netflix-comedys-new-trai-1837897940
Generation – HBO Max are making a show starring Martha Plimpton which is by 17 year old Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel, which is “A dark yet playful half-hour dramedy that follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” https://deadline.com/2019/09/martha-plimpton-joins-lena-dunham-produced-hbo-max-pilot-generation-1202709827/
The Good Place – The first trailer for the show’s fourth and final season is now online. https://news.avclub.com/the-good-place-gets-a-fresh-start-in-the-final-seasons-1837938488
Grace and Frankie – Has been given a seventh season, but it will also be the show’s final one. https://news.avclub.com/longest-running-netflix-series-grace-and-frankie-will-e-1837870978
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – A trailer for the fourteenth season is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=41&v=fNaR1Ec3L4Y
Jerk – Tim Renkow’s very funny BBC3 comedy will be coming back for another series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5477/jerk_series_2/
The Jim Jefferies Show – Is back on Comedy Central on September 17th.
Joe Pera Talks With You – Season 2 has been announced and it will be fourteen episodes this time around, somewhat fantastically https://news.avclub.com/joe-pera-coming-back-to-gently-talk-with-us-for-another-1837885934
Mad About You – The revival starts on November 20th. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-amazon-jack-ryan-season-2-premiere-date-1203325394/
Ms Pat – Hulu are making a pilot about a show based on comedian Ms. Pat, J. Bernard Calloway (City On A Hill) is the male lead, and it “tells the story of a former convicted felon turned suburban mom (Ms. Pat), whose hustle and resilient spirit were forged on the streets of Atlanta. To much reserve, she now finds herself in conservative middle America alongside her penny-pinching husband (Calloway), a struggle of a sister, and two distinct sets of kids raised under very different circumstances.” https://deadline.com/2019/09/j-bernard-calloway-castr-ms-pat-hulu-pilot-lee-daniels-brian-grazer-1202708528/
Romesh Presents – Sky have commissioned a whole bunch of new shorts which Romesh Ranganthan will present, with the following taking part: Ellie Taylor, Nigel Ng, Austentatious stars Rachel Parris, Cariad Lloyd and Graham Dickson, Amelia Dimoldenberg of the hit YouTube channel Chicken Shop Date, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, Rosie Jones, Darren Harriott, Luke McQueen, London Hughes and Colin Hoult as Anna Mann. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5479/romesh_presents/
Royalties – Darren Criss’s Quibi musical comedy hass added Kether Donohue (You’re The Worst), Tony Revolori (Spider-Man: Far from Home), Georgia King (Vice Principals) and John Stamos (Fuller House) to it’s cast, with the show reportedly following “The ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo – Sara (Donohue) and Pierce (Criss) – as they navigate the strange and hilarious challenges of creating a truly great song, week after week.” https://deadline.com/2019/09/royalties-cast-tony-revolori-georgia-king-john-stamos-quibis-musical-comedy-1202710268/
Saloon – Fox are making a new animated show by writers Elliott Kalan (The Daily Show) and Jenny Jaffe (Big Hero 6 the series), which is set “In the frontier outpost of Timmy’s Town. Kevin (a woman) runs the local saloon, McClanahan’s, where she functions as the townspeople’s unofficial leader/therapist/protector. At the other side of Timmy’s Town is do-gooder Sheriff Stacey Leslie (a man) whose only mission is to close Kevin’s “sinful” bar and run her out of town for good.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fox-saloon-elliott-kalan-jenny-jaffe-1203319723/
Untitled Irish Stand-Up Show – Sky are going to make a series fronted by Deidre O’Kane which will feature the best irish stand up’s around. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/09/05/44262/sky_to_make_an_irish_stand-up_series
News From 30/08/2019:
American Princess – Has been cancelled.
A Black Lady Sketch Show – Has been given a second season, which is all kinds of great news – https://news.avclub.com/hbo-wants-more-of-a-black-lady-sketch-show-1837635469
Brews Brothers – Greg Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer are making an eight episode comedy for Netflix which “Follows estranged brothers Wilhelm and Adam Rodman, who wind up running a brewery together. According to Netflix, each is a “beer genius … but they couldn’t be more different in their beer-making techniques and personalities. A lot of times in a show you see two people who complete each other. These two don’t even make a full person.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-orders-comedy-brews-brothers-1203312586/
Cake – FXX have released a trailer for their anthology series which is aselection of short films and sketches – https://news.avclub.com/oh-hey-that-soft-speaking-butt-guy-is-in-the-trailer-f-1837726707
Cheated – The BBC are making an 18-part comedy-drama told in 10-minute chapters from the producers of The End Of The Fucking World, which will be a “Sexy, messy, comedy drama about morality and monogamy, and everything in between”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/bbc-studios-anton-commission-short-form-series-end-of-the-fing-world-producer-clerkenwell-1203317804/
Dickinson – A teaser trailer for this new Apple Tv comedy is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hailee-steinfeld-apple-dickinson-trailer-1203314010/ with Variety describing the show as “A coming-of-age story that posits poet Emily Dickinson as an “unexpected hero for our millennial era,” the series, set in the 19th century, examines the constraints of society, gender and family from Dickinson’s perspective. The trailer shows a young fictionalized Dickinson rebelling against her parents, yearning for “wild nights,” a la the well-known poem.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/apple-tv-plus-dickinson-starring-hailee-steinfeld-and-jane-krakowski-to-headline-tribeca-tv-festival-1203315415/
Disenchantment – A teaser trailer for the second part of the first season is now online, with the show returning on September 20th, and another longer trailer will be out next week too – https://news.avclub.com/elfo-lives-in-this-new-disenchantment-teaser-1837703594
Drunk History – Will be coming back for a seventh season – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/drunk-history-season-7-comedy-central-1203314021/
Flipped – Is yet another Quibi comedy series being made, from those at Funny Or Die and starring Will Forte and Kaitlin Olson. Variety reports “Forte and Olson will play chronically underemployed couple Jann (Forte) and Cricket Melfi (Olson) who are self-proclaimed home renovation “experts,” more than confident they are television’s next great home design celebrity duo. The series follows the clueless pair as their dreams of basic cable fame and glory are derailed when they get themselves kidnapped by members of a drug cartel (played by the eye-catching trio of Andy Garcia, Eva Longoria, and Arturo Castro) and are forced to renovate their sprawling homes.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/will-forte-kaitlin-olson-quibi-comedy-series-1203314043/
How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Sh*t) – Tony award winner Tonya Pinkins, “New Jack City” director and veteran actor Mario Van Peebles, and newcomer Amandla Jahava have joined the cast of the Lena Waithe-produced project. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lena-waithe-showtime-pilot-cast-1203318498/
I Mom So Hard – A comedy based on this web series is being made by ABC, with the show’s creators involved. Variety reports “Written by Nader, Smedley and Hensley, the untitled series will see Smedley and Hensley continue to push comedic boundaries with their unapologetically honest take on marriage and motherhood, proving that friendship is the ‘secret sauce’.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/i-mom-so-hard-creators-abc-comedy-1203315538/
Marvel Tv Series – Marvel are making two series for Disney +, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel, which if they’re true to their source material should be pretty funny stuff, the former especially often being a strong comedic work. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ms-marvel-disney-plus-development-1203312646/
Mr Mom – Vudu is another frickin’ streaming platform, with evil cunts Walmart behind it, and Mr Mom is their first comedy series. Based on the much loved eighties movie it will air on September 12th, and a trailer is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRyYw3d73u4
Muppets Now – Disney are making a new series which apparently will be unscripted, though how that will work is currently unknown. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/the-muppets-disney-plus-short-form-series-1203312841/
Saturday Night Live – Leslie Jones is leaving the show according to multiple sources. And in other SNL news, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is due to host the show at some point in the next year.
Serendipity – A tv series based on the John Cusack / Kate Beckinsale film is in the works, where The idea for the show seems like a romantic one, here’s the logline: Harry and Claire fall in love one fateful night, are separated by circumstance and then spend years trying to find one another again…with a little help from the universe.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/serendipity-nbc-series-development-1203311506/
South Side – Has been given a second season by Comedy Central. https://news.avclub.com/comedy-central-extends-its-stay-on-the-south-side-1837681398
Unprofessionals – Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and CBS are developing “A comedy series set in the typically not so hilarious location of the United Nations…The series offers a behind the scenes look at a group of the least important people working at one of the world’s most important places in the world.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/seth-rogen-evan-goldberg-united-nations-comedy-series-cbs-1203314532/
Untitled Sarah Hyland and Emily Gordon Project – Modern Family star Hyland and The Big Sick writer Gordon are making “A multi-camera comedy produced by 20th Century Fox Television and inspired by the real-life experiences of the “Modern Family” actress and “The Big Sick” writer.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/sarah-hyland-emily-gordon-project-abc-1203315322/
Woke – Hulu are apparently about to order a series based on this new series from Lamorne Morris, which “mixes live-action and animation and is inspired by the life and art of cartoonist Keith Knight. The series follows Keef (Morris), an African-American cartoonist living in San Francisco, who’s finally on the cusp of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lamorne-morris-woke-hulu-series-1203313940/
News from 23/08/2019:
Agent King – Mike Arnold (some episodes of Archer) is making an adult animated comedy where “The series will find Elvis trading in his “white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves—all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.” https://news.avclub.com/elvis-presley-aint-nothing-but-a-hound-dog-and-a-super-1837310016
Alma’s Not Normal – Sophie Willan is making a pilot for BBC2 loosely based about her life – “With no qualifications and a rebellious streak, she decides to become an escort to support her dreams of becoming a star and leaving Bolton. Meanwhile, Alma’s mother Lin battles with both her addiction to heroin and her troubled relationship with her own mother Joan with the same chaotic fervour. ” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/21/44115/sophie_willan_pilots_bbc_two_sitcom
Ballers – The fifth season will be it’s last. https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/the-fifth-season-of-ballers-will-be-its-last.html
Brassic – Sky ordered a second series of this the day before it aired the first episode. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5462/brassic_series_2/
Bumps – Amanda Redman is making a pilot for the BBC in a show written by Lucy Montgomery and Rhys Thomas, where she’ll play “Anita who uses an egg and sperm donor to have a baby st the same time as her 40-year-old daughter discovers she is expecting her first child.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/22/44137/amanda_redman_to_star_in_new_comedy_about_becoming_a_mum_at_63
Comedy Central US Specials – The station is set to air a new bunch of half hour specials every week from October 18th onwards, and the stand up comics involved are Jaboukie Young-White, Vanessa Gonzalez, Dulcé Sloan, Will Miles, Tom Thakkar, Mia Jackson, Joe Kwaczala, Nore Davis, David Gborie, Allen Strickland Williams, Charles Gould and Sara Schaefer. https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/comedy-central-stand-up-presents-2019-premiere-date.html
The Flight Attendant – The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco is making a dark comedy for HBO max which tells “The terrifying story of a flight attendant (Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man and no idea what happened”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kaley-cuoco-hbo-max-series-the-flight-attendant-1203307665/
Frayed – Sarah Kendall’s new comedy is to launch on Sky on September 26, where according to Chortle “She wrote and stars in the series about Simone, an Australian woman living the perfect life in a London mansion in 1988. But when her husband has a fatal heart attack in a disastrous session with a prostitute, the true state of their finances is revealed. Simone is broke, homeless and a social outcast, and forced to flee back to her family home in Newcastle, Australia.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/08/19/44064/sky_sets_air_date_for_sarah_kendalls_frayed
Generation Z – Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers) is making a tv series about zombies, because no one’s definitely sick of the undead fucking about and stuff. Still, Wheatley is pretty talented so hopefully it’ll be good. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5451/ben_wheatley_generation_z/
Home – Channel 4 are to make a second series of this comedy drama about a Syrian immigrant living in Dorking. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5455/home_series_2/
Kate And Kolo – ITV are making a sitcom for their main channel for the first time in ages, written by the Outnumbered team and set to star Brenda Blethyn and Jimmy Akingbola, with it being about “A working-class woman who runs an old-fashioned café in a neglected seaside town and who develops a strong, if sometimes volatile, friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/22/44140/itv_gets_back_in_the_sitcom_game
Lady Parts – Channel 4 are making a show about a Muslim punk band after a successful pilot was made last year. According to the British Comedy Guide “Lady Parts shows the highs and lows of the eponymous band as seen through the eyes of Amina Hussein – a geeky PhD student who is recruited to be their unlikely lead guitarist. The band’s fierce and enigmatic front-woman Saira sees something in Amina that the others can’t see. Saira uses Amina’s desperation to find a husband as leverage, offering to hook up dates for her if she agrees to join the band. Amina has never, ever met girls like this before, and soon gets swept up in their joyful anarchic energy and general punk-badassery. But will she be the key to the band’s success? And – will she finally find a husband?”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5456/channel_4_lady_parts/
Limmy’s Homemade Show – News which cheers us up no end is that there’s going to be another (short) series for Limmy, with BBC 2 and BBC Scotland set to air three new episodes following the pilot last year. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/21/44116/bbc_two_orders_a_new_limmy_series
Living With Yourself – This Paul Rudd starring Netflix comedy series will be released on October 18th, which is about “A man who is “struggling in life” and turns to a “novel spa treatment” for help, only to realize he’s been replaced by a “new and improved” version of himself—meaning Rudd will play both cool/better Paul Rudd and lame/uglier Paul Rudd”. Aisling Bea plays his wife in it, and more info and images are here: https://news.avclub.com/paul-rudd-finally-meets-his-match-in-first-look-at-netf-1837481901
Lobo – Is not being given a series after Syfy cancelled Krypton, though the producers hope to find a different network to air it – https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/krypton-canceled-at-syfy-1232498
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – A teaser trailer for the third season, which will be released on December 6th, is here – https://news.avclub.com/its-the-first-of-a-million-tours-in-the-marvelous-mrs-1837374936
Mr Black – Fox are making a comedy based on this Australian series that follows “The acid-tongued Mr. Black, a man who has one dying wish: to break up his adult daughter and her boyfriend – whom he happens to live with. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/mr-black-fox-gail-berman-1203304714/
Mum – Their may be a US remake of the show after producer Scott Rudin won the rights to the series in what was apparently a hotly contested bidding war, with Killer Joe scribe Tracey Letts working on it. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/21/44124/mum_set_for_an_american_remake
Nirvanna The Band The Show – A short snippet from season 3 was posted recently, with Eric Andre taking on the role of Matt for one part. https://www.instagram.com/p/B0TxKkFggLj/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
Other People’s Houses – Sarah Michelle Gellar is set to star in a new dramedy “Based on the book by Abbi Waxman, the series is described as a “suburban dramedy, somewhere between ‘Big Little Lies’ and ‘Catastrophe,’” following nine people living in the quiet, well-off Larchmont Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. Though the lens of social media, the show’s characters “navigate their way through emotional ups and downs, as they try to figure out their lives as partners, parents, friends, and neighbors.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fox-developing-other-peoples-houses-sarah-michelle-gellar-1203310810/
Practical Magic Prequel – HBO Max are making a series sort of based on the Nicole Kidman movie, but this will be set in the 60’s and feature a group of women who are descendants of witches. https://news.avclub.com/hbo-max-conjures-up-a-practical-magic-prequel-1837387009
Shining Vale – Sharon Horgan is making a comedy horror pilot for Starz alongside Trial and Error co-creator Jeff Astrof about “a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a small town into a house in which terrible atrocities have taken place. But no one seems to notice except for Pat, the mom, who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed. Everyone has their demons, but are Pat’s real, or is this the portrait of a typical family torn apart by mental illness?” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/starz-orders-horror-comedy-pilot-shining-vale-1203309858/
Silicon Valley – The first trailer for season six is now online – https://news.avclub.com/richard-goes-to-washington-in-the-first-trailer-for-sil-1837312894
The Simpsons – Olivia Colman is to guest star in an episode soon, with producer James L. Brooks saying “‘Just this second came from recording one of the best guest appearances in Simpson’s history. No kidding, I am flying. Olivia Coleman [sic] playing the most down home femme fatal ever who attracts every man she’s ever met but falls hard, harder than she ever imagined, for Homer Simpson.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/17/44030/olivia_colman_to_guest_star_in_the_simpsons
Sky Comedy – Sky are to launch a new channel devoted to US comedy series next year, with Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers, Saturday Night Live, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Mrs Fletcher, The Righteous Gemstones, A.P. Bio, Sunnyside, and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon among the new shows set to be shown, while repeat series will include Will & Grace and Parks And Recreation. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/08/21/44106/sky_to_launch_a_channel_dedicated_to_us_comedies
Succession – Will return for a third season on HBO next year. https://news.avclub.com/hbos-investing-in-a-third-season-of-succession-1837411774
There She Goes – This David Tennant / Jessica Hynes sitcom from Shaun Pye has been given a second series though this time it will air on BBC2. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5453/there_she_goes_series_2/
There’s Something About Movies – Jennifer Saunders is to become a permanent team captain on the panel show, but on the downside Tom Allen is also going to be a regular on it too. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5464/jennifer_saunders_tom_allen_something_movies/
Untitled Sara Pascoe Sitcom – Pascoe is making a comedy for BBC2 about “why everyone else is pairing up and having babies and sets out on a mission to understand them. She tries to prove that romantic love is mere chemicals and conditioning and doesn’t deserve our respect. This conflicts a little with preparations for her sister’s wedding, and her best friend’s first pregnancy.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5458/sara_pascoe_sitcom/
The Upshaws – Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps are making a multi-cam sitcom for Netflix about “a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it”, with Regina Hicks (Insecure) as the showrunner. https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/wanda-sykes-mike-epps-upshaws-netflix.html
Will and Grace – Matt Bomer, Vanessa Bayer, and Blythe Danner are all set to turn up in the finale season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-matt-bomer-vanessa-byer-blythe-danner-will-and-grace-final-season-1203311167/
News from 16/08/2019:
Betty – HBO is making a series based on the film Skate Kitchen about female skateboarders, where “the series is set against the backdrop of New York City and will follow a diverse group of young women navigating their lives through the predominantly male oriented world of skateboarding….Rachelle Vinberg, Nina Moran, Moonbear, Dede Lovelace, and Ajani Russell will star in the series, reprising their roles from the film.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-skateboarding-comedy-betty-crystal-moselle-lesley-arfin-1203302596/
Blockbusters – Because it’s a slow news week, apparently James Acaster and Josh Widdicombe are to appear in a celebrity version of this Dave quiz show presented by Dara O’Briain. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/08/12/43957/james_acaster_and_josh_widdicombe_to_play_blockbusters
Crank Yankers – Is returning to our screens after a 12 year break, and the guest stars are Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Kathy Griffin, Tiffany Haddish, Will Forte, Chelsea Peretti, Nick Kroll, Jimmy O. Yang, Lil Rel Howery, Aubrey Plaza, Abbi Jacobson, Demetri Martin, Bobby Moynihan, Kevin Nealon, Adam Carolla, Nikki Glaser, Paul Scheer, Arturo Castro, David Alan Grier, Natasha Leggero, Adam Pally, Thomas Lennon, Tony Barbieri, Derek Waters, Jeff Ross, and Iliza Shlesinger, with the show set to debut on September 25, at 10:30 p.m. https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/crank-yankers-2019-cast-premiere-date-guests.html
How To…With John Wilson – Nathan Fielder is producing this comedy documentary series which is “A half-hour, first person documentary series hosted by an anxious New Yorker (Wilson) who attempts to give everyday advice while dealing with his own personal issues. Acting as both cameraman and narrator, he covertly documents the lives of fellow New Yorkers in a comic odyssey of self-discovery, inevitably making the audience comfortable with the awkward contradictions of modern life.”
Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back – Will return for a second season of eight hour long episodes. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5446/joe_lycetts_got_your_back_2/
The Kominsky Method – The second season of this comedy starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin will return to Netflix on October 25th.
Last Resort – Dwayne Johnson is producing a comedy series for Quibi which “Centers on a Polynesian family-run resort in Hawaii that’s suddenly thrown into a whirlwind when a tech billionaire puts in a bid to buy the land”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/dwayne-johnson-dany-garcia-paul-feigquibi-series-1203299822/
Love Life – This anthology series from Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig has added Scoot McNairy, Sasha Compere, Zoe Chao and Peter Vack to it’s cast. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/anna-kendrick-hbo-max-anthology-series-cast-1203300663/
Meet the Frasers – E! are to make a new sitcom which “Follows Rhode Island local celebrity couple Matt Fraser, a 28-year-old psychic medium and Alexa Papigiotis, his 21-year-old pageant queen girlfriend. “Meet the Frasers” will showcase the duo’s lives, careers, and their highly involved extended families.” More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/e-sitcom-meet-the-frasers-1203303491/
A Moody Christmas – This US adaptation of the Australian comedy series has cast Denis Leary and Elizapeth Perkins as it’s leads. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/elizabeth-perkins-denis-leary-fox-a-moody-christmas-1203302343/
Starstruck – Rose Matafeo is making a BBC3 sitcom that she will write and star in, which is about her character discovering that she’s slept with a film star, with HBO co-producing it and airing it in the states. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5444/rose_matafeo_starstruck_bbc3/
Taskmaster – The next series will begin on the 4th of September.
Tom Allen Goes To Town – This extremely average stand up has been given a pilot by Channel 4 where he’ll visit a town and host an entertainment show. And he’s also set to host The Apprentice: You’re Fired, because, well, I guess BBC casting departments are very lazy. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5447/tom_allen_channel_4_pilot/
Untitled Nathan Fielder Pilot – This week’s second bit of Nathan Fielder news makes us very happy as he’s producing a pilot for HBO which he will star as well as write and direct, we have no further info on it right now but as soon as we do we’ll post it here. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/nathan-fielder-sets-hbo-overall-deal-docu-series-and-comedy-pilot-exclusive-1203299428/
Untitled Phoebe Robinson Show – Comedy Central have ordered ten episodes of this series where Robinson which will feature “one-on-one interviews and unique experiences with pop culture luminaries.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/phoebe-robinson-comedy-central-show.html
Untitled Tina Fey / Ted Danson comedy – This show which we reported on back in July was almost a 30 Rock spin-off, where Alec Baldwin would have reprised his role of Jack Donaghy and seen “Jack leaving his illustrious career at General Electric (RIP, Microwave Oven Programming) to become the mayor of New York, a career move Jack once considered after being mugged on the street.” After Baldwin decided against it Fey and Robert Carlock rewrote the script, with it now starring Ted Danson as an all new character. https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/alec-baldwin-backed-out-tina-fey-30-rock-spinoff.html
News From 09/08/2019:
Atlanta – Has been given a fourth season before the third even goes in to production, with both series set to be produced back to back in Spring 2020.
Bob’s Burgers – A list of all the famous folk who are contributing voices to the next season includes Jillian Bell, Billy Eichner, Jim Gaffigan, Max Greenfield, Kathryn Hahn, Thomas Lennon, and Damon Wayans Jr, and if you click the link below you can find out about the guest stars for The Simpsons and Family Guy too. https://news.avclub.com/here-are-all-the-famous-people-doing-voices-on-the-simp-1837036073
Fresh Off The Boat Spin Off – ABC is developing a spin-off of this hit sitcom, though it will apparently feature an entirely new cast, and bar a vaguely similar concept the only reason it’s related to the show is that Fresh Off The Boat writer Rachna Fruchbom is writing and producing it. https://news.avclub.com/abc-developing-fresh-off-the-boat-spin-off-about-a-comp-1837011576
The Good Place – Michael Schur has spoken about the final season of the show here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/the-good-place-creator-final-season-1203297056/
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days – Comedian Guy Branum is making a tv version of this romcom for Quibi. The show “will center on a ‘glib young online columnist and an oversexed advertising executive who both need to prove, once and for all, they’re capable of being monogamous. They soon discover, however, keeping a relationship is harder than Andie Anderson made it look!.’ “We were all certain you could not make a good romantic comedy anymore because print media is dead and RomCom ladies have to work at magazines, but against the tides of history, Quibi & Paramount have agreed to let me re-write ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days,” Branum wrote on the news “I will be observing and consulting numerous photos of shirtless Matthew McConaughey to properly research this task.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/guy-branum-how-to-lose-a-guy-in-10-days-quibi.html
Live In Front Of A Studio Audience – After the success of the All In The Family / The Jeffersons live specials Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear are to make more, though they’ve yet to announce which tv shows will feature this time around. https://news.avclub.com/more-sitcom-revivals-on-tap-from-jimmy-kimmel-and-norma-1836974726
Mr. Iglesias – Has been given a second season by Netflix. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/mr-iglesias-renewed-season-2-netflix-1203296770/
Truth Seekers – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are to make a tv show for Amazon Prime together, which is apparently about “a pair of paranormal investigators who “stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals” in hopes of catching ghostly evidence for their “online channel.” Unfortunately for them, the ghostly sightings start becoming “more frequent, terrifying, and even deadly” as they discover some kind of humanity-threatening conspiracy.”
Work In Progress – This new Showtime comedy series will debut on December 8th 2019.
News From 02/08/2019:
Baskets – Is coming to an end with it being announced that there isn’t going to be a fifth season. https://news.avclub.com/the-baskets-rodeo-is-ending-on-august-22-1836868345
The Big Show Show – Paul Wight, a.k.a Big Show is the latest wrestler to try his hand, and quite possibly other body parts too, at acting. He’ll be playing a heightened version of himself in a Netflix comedy with them describing the show as “When the teenage daughter of the Big Show, a retired world-famous WWE superstar, comes to live with him, his wife and two other daughters, he quickly becomes outnumbered and outsmarted. Despite being 7 feet tall and weighing 400 pounds, he is no longer the center of attention.” https://news.avclub.com/wwes-big-show-to-star-in-a-family-comedy-for-netflix-w-1836819374
Don’t – Adam Scott is to host a comedy game show for ABC, where contestants have to not do certain things. Variety reported that Scott said “I’m very excited to be the host of ABC’s new game show ‘Don’t’, As a fan of both games and shows, I feel we may be onto something here.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/adam-scott-abc-1203288814/
Forever – Amazon has finally decided not to give this show a second season. https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/nothing-is-forever-amazon-cancels-forever-after-one-season.html
Kidding – The first trailer for the second series of Jim Carrey’s comedy drama about a children’s tv presenter on the edge of having a breakdown is now online, with the show set to return on November 3rd – https://news.avclub.com/jim-carrey-ariana-grande-and-a-dick-shaped-toy-star-i-1836917191
Love, Beth – Amy Schumer is to star in this sitcom (previously known as Growing) which she will also write, direct, and executive produce.
Made For Love – An HBO comedy from the creator of Maniac that we reported on a while ago, Cristin Milioti has been cast as “Hazel Green, a woman who escapes her marriage to Byron Gogol, a sociopathic-trending tech billionaire, after he implants a chip in her head. The chip allows Byron unprecedented access to Hazel’s brain as she flees to her desert hometown to take refuge with her aging widower father and his sex doll.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/cristin-milioti-hbo-max-made-for-love-1203282970/
Modern Love – This romantic comedy which adapts a whole bunch of famous New York Times essays will star Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway, Sofia Boutella, Andy Garcia, John Slattery, Dev Patel, Shea Whigham, and Cristin Milioti, and will debut on Amazon on October 18th. https://news.avclub.com/anne-hathaway-and-tina-fey-look-for-modern-love-in-the-1836771028
Now Apocalypse – This was supposedly renewed for a second season a while back but it turns out SpoilerTv were lying to us, as it’s been cancelled after just one season.
Pretty – Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco is producing a sitcom “about a ballsy, passionate woman (Santina Muha) who moves from Jersey to L.A. to pursue her dreams of finding love and becoming the next Oprah. Lindsey Kraft will also star.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/kaley-cuoco-cbs-comedy-santina-muha-lindsey-kraft-1203288031/
Sistas – Tyler Perry is making a sitcom for Bet where “A group of single black females from different walks of life who bond over their one common thread: why am I single? The series sees the women navigate their complicated love life status, careers and friendship through the ups-and-downs of living in a modern world of social media and unrealistic relationship goals.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tyler-perry-comedy-sistas-bet-1203287967/
Transparent – A trailer for the final season is now online – https://news.avclub.com/mauras-dead-and-everyones-dancing-in-the-first-teaser-f-1836758951
Undone – The first trailer for this new comedy from Bob Odenkirk and Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, which wikipedia describes as “Undone explores the elastic nature of reality through its central character, Alma. After getting into a near fatal car accident, Alma discovers she has a new relationship with time and uses this ability to find out the truth about her father’s death”, is now online – https://news.avclub.com/bob-odenkirk-is-a-very-demanding-phantom-dad-in-the-fir-1836760537
Werewolf: Live – This popular comedy show (which is back at the Edinburgh Festival this week) is being developed for tv by Avalon, and apparently “The game takes place in a village under attack from werewolves. Most players are villagers, whose aim is to uncover the wolves, who are trying to masquerade as villagers. The werewolves are in cahoots and must subtly work together to influence the group into accidentally accusing innocent villagers of being werewolves, thus killing them. The comedy derives from the debate about who should be killed, with comedians hurling abuse, insults and accusations at each other”
News From 26/07/2018:
Amazon UK Comedy Specials – Chris Ramsey, Ed Gamble, Flo & Joan, Jayde Adams, Paul Chowdhry and Rob Delaney are to make specials for Amazon, along with a bunch of international comedians. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5433/amazon_comedy_specials/
Archibald’s Next Big Thing – An animated version of Veep and Arrested Development star Tony Hale’s childrens comedy book is to be made for Netflix, with a “voice cast which includes Hale as the titular Archibald Stutter along with Rosamund Pike, Adam Pally, Chelsea Kane, Jordan Fisher and Kari Wahlgren”
Big Mouth – Netflix have renewed this show for three more seasons. https://deadline.com/2019/07/big-mouth-renewed-season-4-5-6-three-seasons-netflix-deal-creators-nick-kroll-andrew-goldberg-mark-levin-and-jennifer-flackett-1202654497/?fbclid=IwAR1cokp29K3WHNv_FuYBfI3BE6LNU3RoF-Plc2lFXRYlZhl3wFHj8GwQslM
Blazing Bangladeshis – Jonny Pelham is to make a pilot for Channel 4 which is a sort of British – Asian version of The Inbetweeners. Chortle has revealed “Pelham has written and intends to star in the ‘semi-autobiographical show about my time as a member of the coolest gang in Yorkshire, The Blazing Bangladeshis’ he told Chortle. ‘It will be set in Bradford and I’m really excited to showcase my city….Casting for other roles is currently under way, with filming expected to begin in September during freshers’ week at the city’s university. Producers are seeking ‘five South-Asians from Bradford or West Yorkshire, four men and a woman, who are funny and fresh and can play an 18-year-old college student.'” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/23/43675/jonny_pelham_makes_a_british-asian_inbetweeners
Comedy Shorts – The BBC have released three more Comedy Shorts, with a fourth coming on August 3rd, and they star Diane Morgan, Lolly Adefope, sketch duo Lazy Susan and Famalam’s Gbemisola Ikumelo. Last year’s batch led to Spencer Jones’ The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk being given a series, so maybe that will happen with one of this year’s lot too. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/23/43670/bbc_unveils_a_new_batch_of_comedy_shorts
Delilah – Channel 4 turned down this sitcom from Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan but it’s just been revealed that HBO are going to make a pilot episode of it, starring Jessica Rothe from the Happy Death Day films, where “The show begins “after a life-changing event,” when Delilah’s “first step toward putting her life back together is to introduce herself to a complete stranger who may or may not be her real father, and his family. The only question is, how much damage can one person do while trying to get their own life back on track? The answer is quite a bit.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/jessica-rothe-sharon-horgan-delilah-hbo-max.html
Family Guy – A trailer for the next season was released at Comic Con, and is now online, apologies if it’s awful but I just can’t bring myself to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTrreSCziB4
Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik – A trailer for the show is here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/anthony-jeselnik-good-talk-comedy-central-trailer.html
Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – Hulu is making a new adaptation of Douglas Adams books with the showrunner being Carlton Cuse, who accordung to the AV Club “is writing and producing the series with Jason Fuchs, whose most high-profile success was co-writing Wonder Woman, and who also has a few more questionable credits (Pan, Ice Age: Continental Drift) to his name.” Cuse of course was one of the Lost showrunners, and since then has created The Strain, Bates Motel, The Returned and Colony, so chances are this is going to be pretty bad. https://news.avclub.com/hulu-sticks-out-its-thumb-flags-down-a-hitchhikers-gui-1836676857
The Last O.G. – In Living Colour and Scary Movie star/creator Keenen Ivory Wayans is taking over as showrunner for the series third season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/last-og-keenen-ivory-wayans-showrunner-season-3-1203278171/
Los Espookys – Has been given a second season by HBO. https://news.avclub.com/los-espookys-renewed-for-a-second-season-of-fake-horror-1836681457
The Masked Singer – Joel Dommett is supposedly set to host this ITV talent show according to Chortle, with it b being “A remake of a South Korean programme that has also spawned a US version hosted by Nick Cannon and featuring Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, and Nicole Scherzinger as judges.” It’s an unusual choice given that Dommett is a genuinely talented comedian, so not much like current prime time tv hosts, but hopefully he’ll make the show watchable. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/23/43669/joel_dommett_set_to_become_mr_saturday_night
No Good Nick – This Netflix comedy series, starring Melissa Joan Hart and Sean Astin, airs it’s second season on August 5th.
Scooby Doo – Making me joyful that I don’t have children, Ricky Gervais appeared as himself in an episode of this much loved animated show yesterday, making terrible puns according to the Chortle article, so it will be realistic stuff indeed. We’ve no idea when it will air in the UK, but we will post a warning as soon as we do. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/25/43685/ricky_gervais_stars_in_scooby-doo
Silicon Valley – The sixth and final season will air in October. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-silicon-valley-final-season-october-1203278714/
Star Trek: Lower Decks – The cast for this animated show have been revealed, with Jack Quaid, Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero will all star in the series, and “The Starfleet characters that comprise the ship’s bridge crew include Captain Carol Freeman, voiced by Dawnn Lewis, Commander Jack Ransom, voiced by Jerry O’Connell, Lieutenant Shaxs, voiced by Fred Tatasciore and Doctor T’Ana, voiced by Gillian Vigman. As previously announced, the series will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships. “Lower Decks” has been given a two season order at CBS All Access. The series was developed by “Rick and Morty” head writer Mike McMahan. McMahan also revealed during the panel that the starship featured in the series would be a new class of ship known as a California class and that it would be dubbed the U.S.S. Cerritos.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/star-trek-lower-decks-cast-cbs-all-access-1203274360/
Titania McGrath’s Guide To Social Justice – This comedy character created may be heading to our tv screens according to the British Comedy Guide – “Created by comedian Andrew Doyle, initially as the figurehead of a parody Twitter account, Titania McGrath spoofs the views of “woke” millennials. The production company confirms: “Whizz Kid and Doyle are in discussion with a major broadcaster to develop the series for TV with Titania described recently as the ‘Bridget Jones for millennials’.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5434/titania_mcgrath_on_tv/
Tuca & Bertie – Has sadly been cancelled by Netflix. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-has-canceled-tuca-bertie-and-that-really-suc-1836678360
Why Women Kill – A new dark comedy from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, “The series stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as three women living in three different decades: a housewife in the ’60s, a socialite in the ’80s and a lawyer in 2019, all dealing with infidelity” and begins on August 15th. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-silicon-valley-final-season-october-1203278714/
Will and Grace – The rebooted version of the show will end after it’s third new season in 2020. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/will-grace-series-end-2020-season-1203279881/
Younger – Will finally air in the UK, with Comedy Central having bought up all six seasons. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/22/43650/comedy_central_gets_younger, while in the US it’s been picked up for a seventh year. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/younger-season-7-renewal-tv-land-1203277620/
News From 19/07/2019:
A.P. Bio – Was cancelled, but thanks to NBC’s streaming service Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt’s show is now coming back for a third season. https://news.avclub.com/a-p-bio-has-been-revived-for-nbcuniversals-streaming-s-1836457197
Archer – Is set to return for an eleventh season, but show creator Adam Reed will only be writing one episode for it, and it’s not known if he will continue voicing Ray. As for Archer’s fate and whether he’ll still be in a coma, well, the AV Club has info on that: https://news.avclub.com/archer-is-renewed-for-an-11th-season-and-hes-finally-wa-1836548027
Astronomy Club – Netflix are making another sketch show, which Vulture says “will ‘use comedy to discuss real-world topics,’ with sketches covering ‘an array of topics ranging from pop culture and social issues to the black experience'”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/astronomy-club-kenya-barris-netflix-sketch-comedy.html
Billy Connolly’s Great American Trail – Connolly will be making another travelogue series which might vaguely be worth watching? Possibly? https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/20/43634/billy_connolly_returning_to_tv
The Boys – Multiple sources have revealed that this has already been renewed for a second season by Amazon.
The Colonel Banjoko Show – Famalam and Sliced star Samson Kayo is to play a fictional African dictator in an e4 pilot who sounds a lot like the pre-existing comedy character President Obonjo, with the latter speaking out about the similarity today. In the series Kayo’s character hosts his own chat show which the channel describes as “With his only previous TV experience being lengthy diatribes on Tanzangola’s state-owned news channel, Colonel Banjoko is the perfect person to host an E4 entertainment show. He is bombastic, charming, utterly self-obsessed and highly dangerous and his celebrity guests are kept on their toes by his unique and unpredictable style of interrogation. In many ways, he is a modern-day Mrs Merton, only armed to the teeth and with a pending trial for war crimes at The Hague.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/17/43616/samson_kayo_to_play_a_dictator%26%2347%3Btalk_show_host
Dead Henry – James Corden is making an animated comedy for Fox, which will be “A buddy comedy set in the limitless but strangely familiar world of heaven, where Henry searches for the meaning of life in the afterlife.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/james-corden-animated-comedy-dead-henry-fox-1203273210/
Dead Pixels – The fairly poor sitcom featuring a bunch of online gamers is coming back for a second series on e4. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/17/43614/dead_pixels_gets_a_second_series
Dear White People – The trailer for the third season of this Netflix comedy – https://news.avclub.com/dear-white-people-promises-the-same-title-new-spin-i-1836529084
Frankie Boyle’s Tour of Scotland – Because travelogue’s are piss easy and cheap to make, Boyle is another comedian making one. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/18/43627/frankie_boyle_to_film_a_travelogue_around_scotland
Inside No.9 – Steve Pemberton has revealed on social media that the new series has been shot and edited, so now it’s just up to when the BBC as to when it’ll be shown, but hopefully it should be the autumn. Meanwhile Chortle have run a story about the contents of one of the episodes, along with the duo discussing their careers on a forthcoming South Bank Show. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/18/43626/revealed%3A_the_premise_of_one_of_the_next_inside_no_9s
Rick And Morty – The first two pictures from the fourth season can be seen here: https://ew.com/comic-con/2019/07/16/rick-and-morty-photos-season-4/ while it’s been revealed that Sam Neill, Taikia Waititi, Kathleen Turner and Paul Giamatti will be providing guest voices this season. https://news.avclub.com/rick-and-morty-adds-paul-giamatti-sam-neill-taika-wai-1836467048 – Update: The first clip of season 4 can be seen here: https://tv.avclub.com/unfortunately-theres-an-app-for-everything-in-this-fir-1836540637
Rob Beckett’s Savage Socials – Last week we mentioned that Mark Nelson was making a series about social media for BBC Scotland, and now Rob Beckett is making one for e4, though because we don’t want to be sued this is of course a complete coincidence, I’m sure. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/17/43618/rob_beckett_to_host_e4_social_media_show
She’s Gotta Have It – Netflix have cancelled Spike Lee’s tv version of his critically acclaimed movie after two seasons. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-no-longer-feels-the-need-for-shes-gotta-have-it-1836474506
South Park – Season 23 will begin on Comedy Central on September 25th.
Untitled Tina Fey / Ted Danson comedy – NBC have ordered this series which apparently sees “A wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff, and connect with his teenage daughter, all while controlling the coyote population.” We’re huge fans of both Fey and Danson, so are pretty sure this will be great. Which is nice. https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/tina-fey-ted-danson-nbc-comedy.html
Winos – A new comedy from Reno 911! star Thomas Lennon, “In the series, after failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur (Lennon) moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a run-down vineyard into a success. “Winos” then follows the antics of the rag-tag group of employees who have no business running a winery. In addition to starring, Lennon created the series and will write and executive produce.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/thomas-lennon-winos-quibi-1203266554/
Year Of The Rabbit – A second series hasn’t been commissioned but the writers have started coming up with ideas for it, which will hopefully be stronger than those found in the first series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5422/year_of_the_rabbit_series_2/
News From 12/07/2019:
Bad Influencer – Mark Nelson is making a six part series for BBC Scotland all about social media. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/11/43543/new_bbc_scotland_series_for_mark_nelson
Ballmastrz: 9009 – This only okay AdultSwim series starring Natasha Lyonne has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ballmastrz-9009-tigtone-second-seasons-adult-swim-annecy-animation-festival-2019-1203260511/
Best Intentions – This is a new Pop Tv series created by “American Pie” writer Adam Herz that “Will follow awkward single father Andy Banks, played by David Flynn, who is also the guidance counselor at his teenage son’s high school.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-roundup-the-circus-showtime-season-4-premiere-date-1203263805/
The Flintstones – Is to return to our tv screens, but this time as a “Prime time animated adult comedy series. That comes from Variety, which says this is “based on an original idea featuring characters from The Flintstones,” so it won’t necessarily be a remake of the old show, but some of our old friends (Mr. Slate? The Great Gazoo? The prehistoric bird that is also a can-opener?) will at least show up.” https://news.avclub.com/meet-the-new-adult-oriented-flintstones-reboot-a-sligh-1836290971
Lodge 49 – The trailer for the second season of this reportedly superb AMC show which I really should get round to watching soon is now online. https://news.avclub.com/watch-a-trailer-for-the-new-season-of-amcs-weird-wonde-1836275484
The Now – Peter Farrelly is making a comedy series about suicide for the poorly named streaming service Quibi, which according to Deadline is “The story of a guy who is about to commit suicide when he finds out from his nagging mother that his brother just committed suicide – oh and his dad committed suicide in the past too. He can’t kill himself because he can’t do that to his mom so he has to learn to live life for today, in the now.” – https://deadline.com/2019/07/peter-farrelly-comedy-series-the-now-quibi-1202643331/
Royalties – American Crime Story star Darren Criss is making a musical comedy series for Quibi, which is “A satirical take on the untold stories of songwriters behind the world’s biggest hits. The show follows the ascent of a ragtag songwriting duo, Sara and Pierce (Criss), as they navigate the challenges of creating a great song, week after week. Each episode will feature real-life music personalities portraying fictitious pop stars. Criss is co-writing the series with longtime collaborators Nick and Matt Lang.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/darren-criss-quibi-musical-comedy-series-1203263355/
Taskmaster – The line up for series nine has been revealed with David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo taking part. I’m not too impressed by Baddiel’s inclusion but otherwise it should be a fun series.
Tigtone – This AdultSwim series which I’m all rather fond of has been given a second season.
Untitled Tracy Oliver Sitcom – Amy Poehler is producing this new show from Tracy Oliver which was formerly titled Harlem, and which is about “four black women and former NYU college friends as they navigate sex, relationships, and chasing their dreams”, and Amazon have ordered ten episodes of it. https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/tracy-oliver-amy-poehler-amazon-comedy.html
News From 05/07/2019:
Blackadder 5 – Earlier this week The Sun ran a story claiming that the cast and writers had met up and decided to make a new series, only for it to turn out to be absolute nonsense. Which came as a surprise to no one. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/07/02/43446/fake_news%3F_tony_robinson_casts_doubt_on_blackadder_reunion
The Connors – and Bless This Mess, Mixed-ish and black-ish all begin on ABC on September 24th.
Divorce – As has been suspected for a while now, the current third season of Sarah Jessica Parker’s show will be it’s last. https://news.avclub.com/hbo-and-divorce-are-splitting-up-1836030171
Gremlins – Secrets of the Mogwai – An animated prequel series is being made for the forthcoming WarnerMedia streaming service. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/gremlins-animated-series-warnermedia-streaming-1203256892/
Human Discoveries – This is a new animated comedy which is set over 10,000 years ago and which stars “Anna Kendrick and Zac Efron as Gary and Jane, a pair whose names are far less exciting than cartoon pals like Trog (Lamorne Morris), Ugg (Paul Scheer), and Minerva (Jillian Bell). As the trailer makes clear, most of the jokes are centered around early humans figuring out how to move beyond sheer survival to discover hallmarks of human society—like eating cooked meat, living alongside wild animals, and, uh, accepting the absurd confines of a rigidly defined patriarchy”. More info and a trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/watch-prehistoric-anna-kendrick-and-zac-efron-discover-1836052198
I’ll Get This – This tedious “Dinner Party” game show has been given another series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5403/ill_get_this_series_2/
Modern Family – The eleventh and final season of this show will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 25th.
Red Dwarf – The cast have appeared in an advert for the AA, which feels a bit off without a laugh track but which isn’t too bad – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dvSPmVtgew
The Righteous Gemstones – Yet another trailer for Danny McBride and John Goodman’s new series is online, with the show debuting on August 18th. https://www.vulture.com/2019/07/danny-mcbride-righteous-gemstones-trailer-hbo.html
Unrelated / Besties – We’ve reported on this a fair few times over the months but despite being given a series order Freeform have decided against making it. The script is now supposedly being “redeveloped”, with it possibly going to a different network. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/freeform-shelves-kenya-barris-comedy-series-unrelated-1203258567/
News From 28/06/30:
All Together Now – Rob Beckett’s prime time BBC1 show has been axed, and with good reason. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/06/21/43382/bbc_one_axes_rob_beckett_show
Amusical – This was originally going to be a full series but is now just a one off special, with Frank Skinner, Tom Allen, Suzi Ruffell and London Hughes taking part in singing songs from well known musicals. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5390/amusical_on_comedy_central/
Frank – Rob Delaney is making a pilot with Arthur Mathews, best known for co-writing Father Ted and Toast Of London. Plot details have yet to emerge, but hopefully will be revealed soon. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/21/43384/rob_delaney_pilots_a_dark_comedy_for_channel_4
Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik – Comedy Central are making this new chat show, with Nick Kroll, Tig Notaro, Natasha Leggero, Kumail Nanjiani and Kristen Schaal set to appear. https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/anthony-jeselnik-good-talk-comedy-central-premiere-date.html
In My Skin – After screening a pilot last year the BBC are making a four part series of this dark comedy, which stars “Gabrielle Creevy as Bethan, who desperately tries to keep the truth of her home life a secret from her friends. But she finds its hard as her mother (Jo Hartley) has a penchant for breaking out, of her institution and her father is a Hell’s Angel who drives a rag and bone truck. But, according to the official description of the show, ‘her cheek and wit can only carry her so far as she digs herself deeper and deeper in to a hole of her own lies.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/28/43425/bbc_orders_a_dark_comedy_about_a_teen_and_her_mentally_ill_mum
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Will be returning for it’s fourteen season on September 25th. https://news.avclub.com/it-s-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-american-horror-stor-1835816485
Made For Love – A new series from “Maniac” creator Patrick Somerville, the comedy “follows Hazel Green, a 30-something woman on the run after 10 years in a suffocating marriage to an unstable tech billionaire. Soon she discovers that her husband has already implanted a revolutionary monitoring device — the Made for Love — in her brain, allowing him to track her, watch her, and know her thoughts and feelings as she tries to stay alive.”
Mapleworth Murders – Paula Pell is going to star in this new comic crime procedural about “Abigail Mapleworth (Pell), a murder-mystery writer who also takes on the super chill job of solving homicides in her small town of New Woodstream. The show will feature a steady flow of special guests who will play victims and suspects.” https://news.avclub.com/quibi-will-stream-a-comedic-crime-procedural-starring-p-1835847836
A Moody Christmas – Fox are making an adaptation of this Australian comedy series about “Dan Moody as he returns home to spend Christmas with his dysfunctional family. When he arrives, he’s met with the inevitable madness of a family whose members are all hiding things from each other.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/a-moody-christmas-fox-series-1203253165/
Mr Inbetween – This very good dark Australian comedian about a hitman returns to FX on September 18th.
One Day At A Time – Has been saved by the Pop Network (no, me neither) after Netflix cancelled it, with 13 new episodes apparently going to be made. https://news.avclub.com/pop-network-picks-up-one-day-at-a-time-for-a-new-season-1835920715
Red Dwarf – Series 13 will be filmed this year according to Danny John Jules, with Doug Naylor saying “Probably if we did a Red Dwarf XIII and XIV it would make the O2 live show more difficult. So we’ll probably do Red Dwarf XIII, live show and come back and probably do XIV after that.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/27/43416/red_dwarf_xiii_happening_this_year
Rita – Lena Headey is to star in a comedy drama pilot for Showtime where “Rita is a deliciously subversive character who will make you laugh and cry as she continuously challenges the hypocrisy around her,” said Jana Winograde, president of entertainment at Showtime. “It goes without saying that Lena Headey is a force, whose essence is ideal to take on this wonderfully dynamic lead role.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/game-of-thrones-lena-headey-showtime-pilot-1203254596/
Two Weeks To Live – Maisie Williams is to star in this new Sky sitcom from Benidorm winner Gaby Hull, where “Williams plays Kim Noakes, who lives a secluded country life, but when an unlikely prank goes wrong, she finds herself on the run from a killer and the police with a massive bag of stolen cash”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/26/43407/maisie_williams%C2%A0to_star_in_new_sky_comedy
The Windsors – It’d been over a year since the last one off special so I thought this might not return, but pleasingly it is coming back for a third series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5389/the_windsors_series_3/
News From 21/06/2019:
Cold Feet – Is coming back for yet another bloody series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5381/cold_feet_series_9/
Dear White People – Is returning for it’s third season on August 2nd. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-dear-white-people-season-3-premiere-date-1203248014/
Famalam – This BBC3 sketch show is getting a third series and a Christmas special. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/17/43338/famalam_gets_a_third_series
Family Reunion – Netflix’s latest sitcom will debut on July 10th, the day before my birthday, which I only mention in case you’d forgotten to buy me a present.
The Good Place – Will return for it’s fourth and final season on September 26th.
Gooseberry – Marc Wootton is making a hidden camera show with Sacha Baron-Cohen which “has been conceived as an anthology series of action comedies that play out entirely in the real world and is described as ‘an audacious collision of comic thriller and immersive theatre'”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/14/43326/marc_wootton_makes_hidden_camera_show_in_the_us
How The Middle Classes Ruined Britain – Brexit supporting right wing idiot Geoff Norcott is making a documentary for the BBC, but given that he’s never said anything interesting in his life it’s doubtful it’ll be worth watching. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/7330/geoff-norcott-documentary
I’m Sorry – This TruTv series from Andrea Savage will be coming back for a third season. https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/im-sorry-season-3-andrea-savage.html
I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson – Has been given a second season by Netflix, which pleases. https://news.avclub.com/looks-like-christmas-came-early-because-netflix-just-re-1835656272
On Becoming A God In Central Florida – This series starring Kirsten Dunst was originally supposed to air on AMC years ago and then YouTube Premium but is now finally due to be shown on Showtime, and according to the AV Club it’s “set near Orlando in 1992 and is about a “minimum-wage water park employee” (Dunst) who “lies, schemes, and cons her way up the ranks” of a “cultish, flag-waving, multibillion-dollar pyramid scheme.” In addition to Dunst, it will feature Théodore Pellerin, Beth Ditto, Mel Rodriguez, and Ted Levine”. More info and a trailer are here: https://news.avclub.com/kirsten-dunsts-on-becoming-a-god-in-central-florida-mov-1835597617
Prank Encounters – In what could be a disastrous mess, Strange Things star Gaten Matarazzo is starring in and producing “A hidden-camera prank show which Matarazzo will host. Each episode of the series will take two strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. However, their part-time jobs “turn into full-time nightmares” when their paths collide.” Because destroying the lives of the unemployed is always fun. Sigh. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/stranger-things-gaten-matarazzo-netflix-prank-show-1203243665/
Smack The Pony – Despite having written new sketches there isn’t going to be a return for this show as disappointingly they can’t find a channel interested in making it. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/19/43361/smack_the_pony_reunion_is_not_happening
Workin’ Moms – Is back for it’s new season on Netflix on July 25th.
News from 14/06/2019:
The Boondocks – Is being rebooted by the show’s original creator Aaron McGruder – https://news.avclub.com/the-boondocks-is-getting-rebooted-for-the-modern-era-1835450118
Chasers – Comedy Central have ordered a pilot from Rob Huebel, best known for Children’s Hospital, where Huebel will play “Steve “Crash” Byrd, “the owner and leader of the misfit crew of Chasers” who are tasked with hunting for shocking footage to sell to news outlets: “There’s not a car crash, police chase, celebrity DUI, convenience store smash and grab, baby bear in a swimming pool, or taco truck fire they won’t race to. Every night out on the streets, there are winners and losers. But, mostly losers. And this is their story.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/rob-huebe-comedy-central-show-chasers.html
Corporate – Is coming to an end rather sadly but there is at least going to be a third, final season. https://news.avclub.com/comedy-central-renews-corporate-for-a-third-and-final-s-1835387028
Daria – A spin off with supporting character Jodie is going to be made. https://news.avclub.com/tracee-ellis-ross-to-star-in-the-first-of-many-planned-1835495655
Dave Gorman: Terms And Conditions Apply – Dave Gorman has been given yet another series by Dave, which is similar to the last one apparently but with special guests. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5357/dave_gorman_new_dave_series/
Dial M For Middlesbrough – Is the third one off special which follows on from Murder On The Blackpool Express and Death On The Tyne, and once again stars Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5356/dial_m_for_middlesbrough/
Hypothetical – Has been given a second series by Dave, and you wish to be in the studio audience you can apply for tickets here: https://www.sroaudiences.com/application.asp?show_id=3142
King Gary – The pilot for this Tom Davis comedy was shown last year and it’s now been given a series – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5371/tom_daviss_king_gary/
The Last Woman On Earth – Sadly not a spin off of the Will Forte comedy, this is a two part travel series fronted by Sara Pascoe where she takes on unusual jobs. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5358/sara_pascoe_bbc2_travel_series/
Lobo – SyFy are making a series about this DC comics anti-hero, which if it’s anything like the comics will be a twisted comedy, though as it’s from the producers of Krypton it could well be shit. https://news.avclub.com/dc-comics-lobo-to-ask-what-if-a-korn-song-was-a-person-1835467820
Meet The Richardsons – Dave have ordered a sitcom from the occasionally funny Jon Richardson which will also star his wife Lucy Beaumont and will be a Curb Your Enthusiasm style fictionalised take on his life. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5355/jon_richardson_and_lucy_beaumont_sitcom/
Mythic Quest – The first trailer for this Apple Tv comedy series starring Rob McElhenney as a games designer is now online, and unfortunately doesn’t seem that great. https://news.avclub.com/rob-mcelhenney-is-an-egotistical-game-designer-in-the-f-1835389199
Russian Doll – Has been given a second season, which pleases. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-renews-russian-doll-for-another-season-1835430071
Succession – A full trailer for the second season is now online: https://news.avclub.com/kendall-stares-into-the-abyss-in-new-trailer-for-succes-1835375370
The Trip To Greece – Series 4 will air on Sky One in 2020, with filming having just begun – more info is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5373/the_trip_to_greece/
Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – This terrible BBC3 sitcom is coming back for a one off special, with Ralf Little’s character somehow returning from the grave. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5362/new_two_pints_special/
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Daniel Radcliffe has joined the cast of the forthcoming interactive special, with the AV Club reporting that it will be “Kimmy’s “biggest adventure yet,” with “three states,” “explosions,” and “a dancing hamburger.” It will also involve an evil scheme from Jon Hamm’s Reverend, “a war against the robots,” and—in a big twist that is weirdly buried—Kimmy getting married. Also, series co-creator Tina Fey previously indicated that this special will “officially complete” the series.” https://news.avclub.com/daniel-radcliffe-joins-the-interactive-unbreakable-kimm-1835492843
Undone – Amazon are making an adult animated comedy with Bob Odenkirk and Rosa Salazar from the producers of BoJack Horseman, which is about “A woman who sees visions of her late father after surviving a near-fatal accident, and discovers an ability to travel through space and time.” More info and a teaser trailer are here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-undone-teaser-amazon-1203235968/
Untitled Sandra Bullock Dramedy – Sandra Bullock is making a dramedy about her days at college, which doesn’t sound that exciting but hey, maybe it’ll be fun. https://news.avclub.com/sandra-bullock-is-turning-her-college-days-into-an-amaz-1835385129
Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas – Has been cancelled by those bastards at HBO – https://news.avclub.com/wyatt-cenacs-problem-areas-wont-be-coming-back-for-a-th-1835393144
The Young Offenders – Filming has started on the second series and more details are here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5359/the_young_offenders_2_filming/
News From 07/06/2019:
Anna Mann Pilot – Anna Mann (aka Colin Hoult) is making a pilot for Channel 4 on June 14th in Central London and you can attend it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and they will tell you more about the recording.
Chris Gethard Presents – Chris is returning to tv, this time appearing in a weekly one hour show on PBS which will “offer a weekly showcase for other comedians and “their most experimental, batshit ideas,” as well as “the place where smart comedy viewers go to find that type of cool shit.” https://news.avclub.com/chris-gethard-is-returning-to-tv-in-a-very-cool-way-1835273177
The Comedy Central Roast Of Alec Baldwin – As you may have guessed from the title, Alec Baldwin is to be the next celebrity to be the subject of a roast, with it due to air in the Summer. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/05/43235/alec_baldwin_to_get_roasted
Dead To Me – Is coming back for a second season on Netflix. https://news.avclub.com/dead-to-me-renewed-for-more-black-comedy-plot-twists-in-1835237456
Duncanville – Riki Lindhome has joined the cast of this forthcoming Fox animated comed from Amy Poehler. https://deadline.com/2019/06/duncanville-riki-lindhome-amy-poehler-fox-animated-comedy-series-1202627750/
The Good Place – Is to come to an end, with the fourth and final season beginning in the Autumn. Which is a bit upsetting, but Michael Schur seems okay with it and perhaps it’s a positive that it’ll most likely go out while it’s still amazing must see tv. https://news.avclub.com/the-good-places-next-season-will-be-its-last-1835340971
Happy! – Has been cancelled by SyFy. https://news.avclub.com/syfy-drops-deadly-class-and-happy-1835257333
Letterkenny – Hulu has bought this series, and the new season will air on October 14th. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/letterkenny-season-7-hulu-1203234923/
Nirvanna The Band The Show – The shortened 4 episode season is almost finished shooting according to Jay McCarrol on Instagram.
Not Going Out – The BBC have ordered three more series of the show, taking it up to a total of 13 when all the episodes have aired. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/06/07/43247/bbc_orders_three_more_series_of_not_going_out
Pants On Fire – e4 are making a game show where comedians need to convincing lie where according to the British Comedy Guide “In each show, three teams of fearless comics will plot their own crazy and outrageous challenges. They could come up with anything: from swimming with sharks to winning a pro-wrestling battle royale.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5345/pants_on_fire_on_e4/
The Ranch – Has been cancelled, though there is to be one final season. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-is-finally-dumping-the-ranch-1835252779
Rob Rinder’s Good Year, Bad Year – 4 episodes of this new show have been commissioned, which “will see Rinder cast his perceptive eye as he gives his authored and no nonsense take on current events. Mixing his razor-sharp legal mind and hilarious hot takes, Rob will satirically dissect what exactly is going on with the world today and searching for the elusive things that might make Britain a better place.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5347/rob_rinder_show_channel_4/
Toast Of London – Matt Berry has that revealed he plans to write another series which is fantastic news, but he doesn’t know when he’ll get the chance to do so or when it will air. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5340/toast_of_london_series_4/
Transparent – The first teaser trailer for the final season is now online – https://news.avclub.com/transparents-musical-series-finale-gives-judith-light-t-1835274686
Wurzel Gummidge – Mackenzie Crook is remaking this kid’s tv classic which used to star Jon Pertwee, and a disturbing picture of him in the lead role plus more details are here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/worzel-gummidge
News From 31/05/2019:
Abby’s – Michael Schur’s sitcom starring Natalie Morales has been cancelled. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/abbys-the-enemy-within-the-village-canceled-nbc-1203185776/
Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow – Carr is to revive five classic game shows – Play Your Cards Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky, Bullseye, and The Price is Right – in this new ITV series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5329/alan_carrs_epic_gameshow/
Dead Still – A new comedy drama about a memorial photographer who investigates the murders of his subjects, Variety have revealed “Michael Smiley (“Luther”) and Kerr Logan (“Game of Thrones”) will star alongside Eileen O’Higgins (“Mary Queen of Scots”) and Aidan O’Hare (“Jackie”) in the six-part series”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/acorn-rte-dead-still-drama-comedy-michael-smiley-kerr-logan-1203228886/
Don’t Hate The Playaz – A second series has been given to this show. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5326/dont_hate_the_playaz_series_2/
Gavin and Stacey – The world’s least popular chat show host (at least judging by his recent Reddit AMA) is bringing back this show for a one hour Christmas special. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-48430333
Ghosts – Is coming back for a second series according to their twitter account.
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – Cary Elwes and Stephanie Hsu are joining the cast for the third season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/marvelous-mrs-maisel-season-3-cary-elwes-stephanie-hsu-1203229363/
Peep Show – For the fourth time a US network is trying to remake Peep Show, with this time it being a gender swap affair with two women taking the lead roles – https://news.avclub.com/fx-to-give-peep-show-a-try-with-gender-swapped-remake-1835036534
Schitt’s Creek – Info on the sixth and final season is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/schitts-creek-final-season-six-dan-levy-cathertine-ohara-1203229924/
Silicon Valley – It’s just been announced that the forthcoming sixth season will be it’s last, which despite liking the show a fair bit surely has to be a good thing as the last two seasons have been patchy. Despite what was previously announced the show will air this year, but no one knows the release date currently. https://news.avclub.com/silicon-valley-shutting-down-after-its-upcoming-sixth-s-1835156106
The Stand Up Sketch Show – Despite receiving terrible reviews ITV have renewed this for a second series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5327/stand_up_sketch_show_series_2/
Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten – Arnold Schwarzenegger is to star in one of the last things Stan Lee ever created, an animated comedy where he will play “Arnold Armstrong, who was an average gym teacher before he was imbued with superpowers when the earth passed through the ionic dust left in the wake of a mysterious comet. He becomes Captain Courage, one of Earth’s greatest protectors. However, after a battle with his arch nemesis, Dr. Superior, he expended all of his powers in defeating his foe, and forced to end his career as Captain Courage — until a massive explosion of super-energy particles came raining down and rumors of super-powered children began surfacing. Now, he serves as a kindergarten teacher who secretly trains the new generation of young superheros.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/arnold-schwarzenegger-superhero-kindergarten-stan-lee-1203224919/
Stumptown – Jake Johnston has replaced Mark Webber in this new sitcom starring Cobie Smulders as “Dex Parios, a private detective who focuses on aiding people with problems that the police can’t solve. Dex is a “a strong, assertive and sharp-witted Army veteran with a complicated love life, gambling debt and a brother to take care of in Portland,” Deadline describes. “While her military intelligence skills make her a great PI, but her unapologetic style puts her in the firing line of hardcore criminals and not quite in alliance with the police.” https://news.avclub.com/jake-johnson-joins-abc-s-stumptown-cast-to-will-they-wo-1835123000
Untitled Nate Bargatze Sitcom – ABC are making a sitcom pilot from this stand up comedian which is about “Nate and his wife, who choose to move from California to Nate’s native Tennessee, where his parents still live, to raise their six-year-old daughter. They find the pursuit of a simple life to be much more complicated than they imagined”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/abc-nate-bargatze-jerrod-carmichael-pilot-1203229586/
Work In Progress – Lilly Wachowski, Abby McEnany and Tim Mason are making a comedy for Showtime which according to Variety is “described as a funny and “uniquely human” comedy, which features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified “fat, queer” woman from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performers Theo Germaine and Karin Anglin co-star alongside Celeste Pechous, with “SNL” alumna Julia Sweeney also appearing as herself.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/showtime-comedy-series-lilly-wachowski-1203229281/
Zone Of Champions – John Thomson and Jessica Knappett are to host this new show filled with comedy sports clips. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5322/itv_sport_themed_clip_show_zone_of_champions/
News From 24/05/2019:
The Expanding Universe of Ashley Garcia – Co-created by Mario Lopez and Seth Kurland, Netflix have ordered 16 episodes of this series where “Ashley Garcia — the world’s only 15-and-a-half-year-old robotics engineer and rocket scientist — gets the chance to work for NASA, she moves across the country to live with her Uncle Victor, a pro football player turned high school coach who’s never met a responsibility he can’t shirk.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/mario-lopez-seth-kurland-expanding-universe-of-ashley-garcia-netflix-1203224997/
Good People – Lisa Kudrow, Greg Kinnear, Martin Short and Whitney Cummings are starring in this new Amazon show which “Centers on three generations of women who work in the ombudsman’s office of a college who navigate the current cultural climate, the concept of feminism across different generations, and the struggle to reconcile socially constructed ideas with current ethical views regarding complex issues such as sex, race, class, and gender”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/lisa-kudrow-good-people-amazon-comedy-pilot.html
Love Life – The new Warner Bros. streaming service have ordered 10 episodes of this comedy anthology show from Anna Kendrick and Paul Feig which Variety describes as “The series will follow a different protagonist’s quest for love each season, with each episode telling the story of one of their relationships”.
Plebs – Tracey Anne Oberman, Tony Robinson, Amanda Holden, Emilia Fox, John Thomson, Kevin Bishop, Leo Gregory, Nigel Lindsay and Phil Davis are all set to guest star in the next series of the show. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/05/24/43130/tony_robinson_joins_plebs
Succession – Holly Hunter is joining the cast of this greatly underrated HBO show. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/succession-season-2-holly-hunter-1203222502/
Vic And Bob’s Big Night Out – Is returning for another four episode series on BBC4. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5314/big_night_out_series_2/
Warren – Has been cancelled. Sorry Warren fans. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5312/clunes_bbc_sitcom_warren_ends/
Whatever – HBO are making another Spanish language comedy, about “The search and need to belong, and the thin line between what’s cool and what’s not. All this through the main character’s eyes, two girls from Parla doing their best to survive in the most hipster neighborhood of the capital”. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-europe-the-mediapro-studio-lacoproductora-team-comedy-series-whatever-1203224363/
Zomboat – ITV2 have commissioned a zombie apocalypse comedy where the heroes try to escape by canal boat. Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKen and Cara Theobold are set to star. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5315/zomboat_on_itv2/
News From 17/05/2019:
American Housewife – Will be back for a fourth season.
Black Excellence – Rashida Jones and Kenya Barris are making a new show for Netflix, which according to Vulture is “Inspired by Barris’s “irreverent, highly flawed, unbelievably honest approach to parenting, relationships, race, and culture,” the series “looks to pull the curtain back and reboot the ‘family sitcom’ in a way we’ve never seen before.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/kenya-barris-rashida-jones-black-excellence-netflix-comedy.html
Bless The Harts – A trailer for this new Fox animated sitcom is here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWnyaSgk3qg
Bless This Mess – Lake Bell’s latest show will return later this year for a second season.
Chad – A pilot for this was made in 2016 but then not given a series, but now TBS has decided to make the show which will run for ten episodes and sees SNL’s Nasim Pedrad as “A 14-year-old Persian boy named Chad as he desperately tries to fit in, cope with his mother’s dating life, and reconcile his cultural identity”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/nasim-pedrad-chad-pilot-tbs.html
The Dame Edna Show – Despite Barry Humphries now being a twat who makes shitty comments about transgender people the BBC are giving him an one off special where he’ll interview celebrities and tell bad jokes. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/05/15/43044/dame_edna_makes_a_tv_comeback
Disenchantment – Returns to Netflix on September 20th.
Fam – Has been cancelled.
Friday Night Dinner – Will return for a sixth series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5304/friday_night_dinner_series_6/
The Goldbergs – Has been renewed.
Gosta – Acclaimed film director Lukas Moodysson is making a tv comedy which HBO have picked up, where “Gosta (Vilhelm Blomgren) is a 28-year old child psychologist who gets his first job in a small rural town. He wants to be the kindest person in the world and help everyone he meets, but sometimes it goes better than others. Amy Deasismont and Mattias Silvell also star as Gosta’s girlfriend and father, respectively.” More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hbo-europe-first-look-trailer-lukas-moodysson-tv-comedy-gosta-1203216935/
Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas – Will be filmed by Netflix and shown on the service in 2020. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/05/14/43029/netflix_snaps_up_hannah_gadsby%E2%80%99s_douglas
Happy Together – Has been cancelled.
High Fidelity – Da’Vine Joy Randolph and David Holmes have been cast as series regulars in this adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel.
Indebted – Adam Pally’s new sitcom “focuses on young parents Dave and Rebecca, who are ready to reclaim their life after years of diapers and sleepless nights. However, things take an unexpected turn when Dave’s parents show up unannounced and broke, leaving Dave with no choice but to open the door to the people who gave him everything.” As well as starring Pally the cast includes Abby Elliott, Steven Weber and Fran Drescher. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/bone-collector-lincoln-indebted-perfect-harmony-nbc-1203212012/
I Feel Bad – Is yet another show which has been cancelled.
The Kenan Show – NBC are making a show starring SNL’s Kenan Thompson – https://news.avclub.com/nbc-picks-up-kenan-thompsons-new-show-but-he-still-won-1834704493
The Last O.G. – Has been given a third season by TBS.
Life In Pieces – Has been cancelled.
Man With A Plan – Is coming back for another series.
Miracle Workers – As is this, though it’s not yet known how much Daniel Radcliffe or Steve Buscemi will be in it as the show is planned to be an anthology with certain different characters in it each time.
Mixed-Ish – A trailer for this latest Black-ish spin-off is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLDe0CguuqcMB3mdtsU2jKDKQQVcNOq_IL&v=zcnQjti7hlc
Murphy Brown – Has been cancelled. https://tvline.com/2019/05/10/murphy-brown-cancelled-cbs-revival-candice-bergen/
The Neighbourhood – Has been renewed and will be back in September.
The Orville – Will return for a third season. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/05/12/43018/third_series_for_the_orville
Outmatched – A trailer for this new multi-cam sitcom starring Jason Biggs is here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08jj1NBCU9g
Perfect Harmony – Bradley Whitford’s church choir sitcom has been given a full series order with it starring Anna Camp, Tymberlee Hill, Rizwan Manji, Will Greenberg, Geno Segers and Spencer Allport, and a trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV7ezBolDug
Rel – Is yet another show which has been cancelled.
Rick and Morty – Has been cancelled. Nah, just kidding, in fact it’s returning to our screens in November. https://news.avclub.com/the-fourth-season-of-rick-and-morty-gets-a-premiere-dat-1834782902
Schooled – Has been given another season.
Single Parents – Has also been renewed.
Sunnyside – A trailer for the show is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXtzQ0VFeiE
Tacoma FD – Though not officially renewed this is considered to be a hit by TruTv, so a second season is almost definitely going to happen.
The Tick – Has all rather sadly been cancelled by Amazon, the evil non-tax paying bastards. Ben Edlund is hoping to find a new home for the show, but then nearly all showrunners say that when a show dies and very few find one sadly. https://news.avclub.com/amazons-the-tick-canceled-after-two-seasons-of-wacky-h-1834821410
United We Fall – ABC are making a new sitcom with it debuting in mid-season, and being “a profoundly realistic family sitcom that follows the trials and tribulations of Jo (Christina Vidal) and Bill (Will Sasso), parents of two young kids, as they try to make it day to day as a functioning family. Bill’s very judgmental live-in mother and Jo’s large, Latinx Catholic family will never hesitate to let our couple know they’re seemingly screwing up, but Bill and Jo will always have each other’s backs, united against everyone – other parents, teachers, doctors, specialists, coaches, co-workers and, especially, their kids.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/abc-2019-2020-primetime-schedule-and-new-series-1203214293/
Untitled Amy Hoggart Show – According to Vulture “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee correspondent Amy Hoggart is getting her very own show at TBS…which will blend scripted and non-scripted segments to “tackle everyday problems through Hoggart’s unique kaledeiscope of humor.” Leo Allen (Nathan for You, Review) will serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Samantha Bee.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/amy-hoggart-full-frontal-tbs-show.html
Whiskey Cavalier -And this has been cancelled too. https://news.avclub.com/abc-cancels-whiskey-cavalier-probably-because-of-that-1834704939
News From 10/05/2019:
Angie Tribeca – Has been cancelled after four seasons, which is probably for the best as the last batch of episodes were a bit on the weak side. https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/tbs-is-retiring-angie-tribeca.html
Billions – Will return for a fifth season. https://news.avclub.com/showtime-to-make-even-more-billions-1834617503
Bird Girl – After the success of last year’s Harvey Birdman special Adult Swim are making a spin off revolving around Paget Brewster’s Bird Girl, which pleases us no end. https://news.avclub.com/paget-brewster-to-star-in-harvey-birdman-spin-off-for-a-1834644933
Bob’s Burgers – The movie will be released on 17th of July 2020. Little is known plot wise right now but hopefully details will leak soon.
Bob Hearts Abishola – Is another Chuck Lorre sitcom that CBS are due to make, about “A middle-aged sock businessman from Detroit who, after having a heart attack, unexpectedly falls for his cardiac nurse, a Nigerian immigrant. He sets his sights on getting her to give him a chance”, and Billy Gardell, Folake Olowofoyeku, Christine Ebersole, Matt Jones, Maribeth Monroe, Shola Adewusi, Barry Shabaka Henley, and Travis Wolfe, Jr. star.
Broke – Has been given a full series by CBS too, which sees “An outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda home, forcing the two siblings to reconnect” and stars Jaime Camil, Pauley Perrette, Natasha Leggero, Izzy Diaz, and Antonio Corbo.
Carol’s Second Act – CBS have also picked up this pilot about a woman pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor for a full series, with it starring Patricia Heaton, Kyle MacLachlan, Ito Aghayere, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, and Sabrina Jalees.
Comedians Giving Lectures – After a successful pilot was shot last year Dave have ordered an eight part series of this show hosted by Sara Pascoe where a variety of comedians will talk about subjects that fascinate them. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5296/comedians_giving_lectures/
The Cool Kids – Has been cancelled today.
Duncanville – Modern Family’s Ty Burrell is to voice a lead character in this new animated comedy from Amy Poehler. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ty-burrell-amy-poehler-fox-animated-comedy-duncanville-1203208822/
Fresh Off The Boat – Has been renewed, though star Constance Wu has been upset by ABC’s other cancellations. https://news.avclub.com/constance-wu-appears-to-have-some-complicated-feelings-1834685851
The Great North – Nick Offerman stars in this new Fox animated show as “Single dad, Beef, does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close, especially as the artistic dreams of his only daughter, Judy, lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall”. Jenny Slate, Megan Mullally, Paul Rust, Aparna Nancherla, Will Forte, and Dulcé Sloan also star. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/fox-2019-2020-season-stephen-dorff-brittany-snow-john-slattery-michael-sheen-1203210230/
The Kids Are Alright – Has been cancelled by ABC.
Lethal Weapon – Has unsurprisingly been cancelled by Fox. https://news.avclub.com/constance-wu-appears-to-have-some-complicated-feelings-1834685851
Outmatched – Jason Biggs is to star in a new Fox family comedy about “A blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses” which also stars Maggie Lawson, Connor Kalopsis, Ashley Boettcher, Jack Stanton, Oakley Bull, and Tisha Campbell-Martin.
Speechless – Has been cancelled too.
Splitting Up Together – As has this.
Sunnyside – Because apparently it’s now illegal for NBC to make a sitcom without the involvement of Michael Schur, the comedy he co-created with Kal Penn about a group of immigrants searching for the American Dream has gotten a full series order. https://news.avclub.com/nbc-gives-series-order-to-kal-penn-and-mike-schurs-immi-1834570182
Three Busy Debras – This series based on the comedy troupe is going to air on Adult Swim, being (rather depressingly) the first time the network has ordered a show from a female showrunner. Starring Mitra Jouhari, Sandy Honig, and Alyssa Stonoha it revolves around “the surreal day-to-day lives of three deranged housewives, all named Debra, in their affluent suburban town of Lemoncurd, Connecticut”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/three-busy-debras-adult-swim-comedy-series-order.html
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Is coming back for a one off special, with the twist being it’s going to be a Choose Your Own Adventure style show like the recent Black Mirror episode Bandersnatch. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-is-bringing-kimmy-schmidt-back-for-an-interacti-1834628270
The Unicorn – Another CBS pilot which has been given a full series, this is about a widower getting over the death of his wife and trying to bring up his two daughters with the help of family and friends, and stars Walton Goggins, Rob Corddry, Michaela Watkins, Omar Benson Miller, Maya Lynne Robinson, Ruby Jay, and Makenzie Moss. All of the CBS news today comes from: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/cbs-fbi-spinoff-patricia-heaton-walton-goggins-1203210467/
What We Do In The Shadows – Has been renewed for a second season – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/what-we-do-in-the-shadows-renewed-season-2-fx-1203207690/
News from 03/05/2019:
68 Whiskey – Paramount have ordered ten one hour episodes of this comedy drama about “a multicultural mix of men and women deployed as Army medics to a forward operating base in Afghanistan nicknamed “The Orphanage.” Together, they endure a dangerous and Kafkaesque world that leads to self-destructive appetites, outrageous behavior, intense camaraderie and occasionally, a profound sense of purpose”. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing though, so it might be bad. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-roundup-paramount-68-whiskey-comedy-series-ron-howard-brian-grazer-1203201863/
BBC Comedy Shorts – The BBC have ordered a selection of shorts from BBC Scotland, one of which will be a spin off of Scot Squad – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/29/42908/bbc_announces_scot_squad_spin-off
Black Monday – Has been renewed a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/black-monday-renewed-season-2-showtime-1203200441/
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy will appear as himself in the next season of the show. https://news.avclub.com/larry-david-to-piss-off-jeff-tweedy-on-the-next-season-1834485130
Easy – A trailer for the third and final season is now online. https://news.avclub.com/heres-a-love-filled-trailer-for-the-third-and-final-sea-1834366251
The Fast Show – There now won’t be any 25th anniversary episodes as the BBC turned down Higson and Whitehouse’s plans for two specials – http://cultbox.co.uk/news/headlines/bbc-cancels-plans-for-the-fast-show-reunion-episodes
Mae and George – Lisa Kudrow and Charlotte Ritchie have joined the cast of Mae Martin’s forthcoming sitcom. http://cultbox.co.uk/news/headlines/mae-martin-to-launch-semi-autobiographical-sitcom-on-e4
Mixed-Ish – Another Black-ish spin-off is in the works, with this being a prequel series about Bow set in the 80’s. https://news.avclub.com/abc-hands-out-a-series-order-to-the-black-ish-prequel-s-1834490399
On My Block – Has been renewed for a third season, with eight more episodes being made. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/on-my-block-netflix-season-3-renewal-1203200631/
Pen15 – Will be coming back for a second season on Hulu, with 14 new episodes ordered.
Ramy – As will this show, with ten new episodes commissioned, I’ve heard great things about it and really must watch soon. https://news.avclub.com/hulu-renews-freshman-comedies-pen15-and-ramy-1834444633
The Righteous Gemstones – A trailer for Danny McBridge’s new show, which also stars John Goodman and Adam Devine, is now online, with the show due to preimier in August. https://news.avclub.com/be-reborn-in-the-holy-hilarious-depths-of-this-righteo-1834483924
Succession – Will be returning in August on HBO, and a short teaser trailer can be seen here: https://news.avclub.com/hbos-excellent-under-the-radar-succession-gets-a-secon-1834450552
News from: 26/04/2019
Avenue 5 – We’ve reported on Armando Iannucci’s latest show a few times of late while it was still just a pilot, but now HBO have ordered it to series so it will definitely be aired. Starring Hugh Laurie, Rebecca Front, Zach Woods, Lenora Crichlow and Josh Gad, all that is currently known about it is that it’s a “space tourism comedy” set in a future where “the solar system is everyone’s oyster” and Hugh Laurie will captain a spaceship. https://news.avclub.com/hbo-gives-series-order-to-armando-iannuccis-sci-fi-show-1834226857
Cards Against Humanity – Comedy Central are making a pilot based around the game, with it seeing members of the public playing against each other rather than comedians presumably because it’s cheaper not to pay professionals to appear in the show. I’ve nothing against shock humour but this sounds bloody lazy stuff, and would be amazed if it turns out to be any good. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5277/cards_against_humanity_pilot/
Dead Set – Netflix are making a Brazilian version of Charlie Brooker’s zombie comedy series, with Chortle reporting “in the remake the zombie apocalypse hits a fictional reality show – Olimpo, The House Of The Gods – during its elimination night”, with Charlie Brooker commenting “It’s incredible to see the ways in which Torres has reimagined this series, setting it in a city as iconic as Rio and tapping into Brazilian pop culture in such a sharp way.”
Hell Den – Comedy troupe Dr. God have teamed up with streaming site DrinkTV and Shout! Studios to create “an animated series that mixes old cartoons with absurd commentary in a twisted parody of classic animation. The six-episode series takes place after the apocalypse wipes out civilization, but one 12-year-old boy survives and is joined by a fifth horseman of the apocalypse, a cyborg, an alien and a giant to watch cartoons. The show will premiere in May.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-amazon-sneaky-pete-releases-season-3-trailer-1203194557/
Inside Job – Netflix have ordered another adult animated comedy, this time from Gravity Falls and Disenchantment writer Shion Takeuchi. Variety have reported that “The 20-episode adult animated series…is described as a workplace comedy set in the shadow government, where every conspiracy theory – from the Illuminati to Reptoids – is true, and one woman struggles to keep the chaos under wraps.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-adult-animated-series-inside-job-1203195544/
Previously – Shane Todd is making a pilot which will see the stand-up “offer a new commentary to archive footage”, something which has been done many times before, but hey, maybe it’ll still be great. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/23/42864/shane_todd_pilots_satirical_archive_show
Santa Clarita Diet – Has been cancelled by Netflix, sadly. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-gives-up-the-santa-clarita-diet-1834346353
Superstore – Showrunner Justin Spitzer has quit the series, but the fifth season will still go ahead with executive producer’s Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green taking over running things. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/superstore-justin-spitzer-showrunner-gabe-miller-jonthan-green-1203193509/
Untitled Los Angeles Comedy Store Documentary – Showtime are making a four part documentary about the famous American comedy club, which they say will “Spotlight one of pop culture’s great laboratories with never-before-seen footage and incisive, emotional interviews with some of the biggest names in comedy”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/23/42868/documentary_to_chart_the_history_of_the_comedy_store
Wellington Paranormal – This spin-off from What We Do In The Shadows (the film vs, rather than the current tv show) is coming back for a second series of thirteen episodes, which will air later on in 2019.
News from 19/04/2019:
Curb Your Enthusiasm – The next season won’t be hitting our screens until 2020 apparently, and the same applies with fellow HBO series Insecure.
Last Man Standing – Has unfortunately been renewed for another season.
Law Man – Nick Mohammed has made a pilot for Channel 4 which is a dark, crime thriller comedy and also stars Detectorists’ Aimee-Ffion Edwards. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/17/42840/nick_mohammed_pilots_crime_thriller_comedy
Mama K’s Team 4 – Netflix have commissioned this African kids comedy about a group of female superheroes. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-first-animated-series-africa-mama-k-team-4-triggerfish-1203189786/
The Marvellous Mrs Maisel – This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown is the latest addition to the show’s cast and will appear in the forthcoming third season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/sterling-k-brown-marvelous-mrs-maisel-season-3-1203189863/
Rel – Has unfortunately been cancelled.
Scarborough – Written by Benidorm’s Derren Litten and starring Jason Manford, Catherine Tyldesley, Stephanie Cole and Steve Edge, this new BBC comedy about people who live in the small seaside town has now begun filming, and more details can be found here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5269/bbc1_comedy_scarborough/
Shrill – Is coming back for a second season, this time being eight episodes. https://news.avclub.com/shrill-renewed-for-an-8-episode-second-season-on-hulu-1834048922
The Tommy Tiernan Show – Is returning to Irish screens for a third series, and is now in a primetime Saturday night slot.
Twenties – Lena Waithe is making a new show for BET, about a gay girl and her two straight friends talking nonsense and chasing their dreams. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lena-waithe-twenties-bet-1203189653/
Zapped – Has been cancelled after three series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5273/zapped_axed/
News from 12/04/2019:
Barry – Has been renewed for a third season, which kind of spoils the second season as it suggests Barry won’t be shot repeatedly in the head. https://news.avclub.com/hbo-renews-barry-for-a-third-season-of-bad-acting-and-g-1833954077
Bigger – A new sitcom from Will Packer is in the works, as are a couple of other shows. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/will-packer-tv-ambitions-1203186446/
Derry Girls – Has been given a third series after the success of the second. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5261/derry_girls_series_3/
Documentary Now! – Is yet another show which has been given a new season this week. https://news.avclub.com/ifc-has-renewed-documentary-now-1833894317https://news.avclub.com/ifc-has-renewed-documentary-now-1833894317
Enterprice – The BBC3 sitcom from Kayode Ewumi is coming back for a second batch of episodes, which will air later this year. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5264/enterprice_series_2/
Future Man – Is returning for a third and final season, which is probably for the best as it’s been a patchy beast, but at it’s best really fun. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/future-man-renewed-season-3-final-season-1203184946/
High Fidelity – A tv version has been in the works for a while now and will air on Disney+ instead of Hulu, cutting down the size of the audience it could possibly attract. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/zoe-kravitz-series-high-fidelity-moves-to-hulu-from-disney-1203184815/
Liza on Demand – A new youtube comedy series starring Liza Koshy is currently in production.
Monsters At Work – Disney+ are making a spin off series set six months after the events of the first film with John Goodman and Billy Crystal returning to voice the duo – https://news.avclub.com/john-goodman-and-billy-crystals-mike-and-sulley-will-re-1833917197
The Sandlot – Disney+ are making a tv series based on the 1993 film. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/the-sandlot-tv-series-disney-plus-1203187263/
Threesomes – BBC3 are producing a bunch of new short comedy series and sketch shows, with each episode only three minutes long. So far Hunter, Oi, Pussy! and Fully Blown have been announced, and more info can be found here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5265/bbc3_to_launch_threesomes/
The Righteous Gemstones – Walton Goggins has joined the cast of this new comedy from Danny McBride, a picture of his character and more details are here: https://news.avclub.com/walton-goggins-reuniting-with-danny-mcbride-for-the-rig-1834001537
Transparent – Details are finally being revealed about the final series, with the last episode being at least partially a musical – https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/transparent-finale-photos.html
Youtube Comedy Series – Champaign ILL, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television, Sideswiped, and Do You Want to See a Dead Body have all been cancelled.
News From: 05/04/2019
And Did These Feet, With Alan Partridge – More details are emerging about the next Partridge series, with it confirmed that it will be a mockery of historical documentary shows. Also revealed is that the Gibbons Brothers are working on a non-Partridge series, but nothing is known about that just yet. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/05/42703/alan_partridge_to_front_a_sweeping_history_of_britain
Boomerang – Lena Waithe and Halle Berry’s comedy based on the Eddie Murphy film has been renewed for a second season. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lena-waithe-halle-berry-show-boomerang-renewed-season-2-bet-1203178355/
Emily In Paris – The latest comedy drama from Darren Star is about “a driven twenty-something from the Midwest who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity” according to Variety, and will star Liy Collins. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lily-collins-emily-in-paris-paramount-network-1203173068/
Fleabag – There won’t be a third series of this fantastic show, co-star Sian Clifford revealed today on BBC Breakfast saying “This is it. I think I’ve described it online as this beautiful, perfect ending and I think it is”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/04/05/42709/this_is_the_end%2C_says_fleabag_star
Jefferson County Probation – Roy Wood is making a pilot for Comedy Central about his early life – https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/roy-wood-jr-comedy-central-first-look-deal.html
Like Magic – This NBC pilot is apparently about “an optimistic young woman (Jee Young Han) pursuing her dream to be a headlining magician in the eccentric and ego-driven world of the Magic Palace” and will star Rory O’Malley, Freddie Stroma, Hayley Magnus, French Stewart, and Mike Lane, with Criss Angel guest starring. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/criss-angel-like-magic-nbc-1203181764/
Multifarious Maris – Is a terrible name for a comedy, but the concept sounds good as it’s going to be a female led animated sitcom from Showtime. More details are here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/showtime-female-led-animated-comedy-multifarious-maris-1203178953/
Q-Force – A new animated show from Michael Schur and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer-producer Gabe Liedman, Q-Force “centers around a handsome secret agent and his team of fellow LGBTQ super-spies. Constantly underestimated by their colleagues, the members of Q-Force have to prove themselves time and again as they embark on extraordinary professional and personal adventures.”
Richard Lovely – Seinfeld star Jason Alexander is the latest actor to join this pilot. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/jason-alexander-fox-comedy-pilot-richard-lovely-1203179574/
News from: 29/03/2019
Better Things – Pamela Adlon’s beautifully affecting and funny series has been given a fourth season – https://news.avclub.com/fxs-better-things-is-getting-the-fourth-season-it-deser-1833585354#_ga=2.99757086.1205410333.1549306715-1465752910.1539555978
The Boys And Girls Guide To Getting Down – A one off pilot which the latest member of the Royal family made back in 2011, this has been bought by an unknown network and be shown at some point this year. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/27/42625/coming_soon%3A_meghan_markle_in_a_sex_comedy
Central Park – Bob’s Burgers’ producer Nora Smith has co-created a new animated comedy for AppleTv with Josh Gad, who we’re starting to think may not have been evil all along.
Doc Martin – Is sort of a comedy, and it’ll be getting a ninth season which will please my sister, and up to three or four other people. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5250/doc_martin_series_9/
Dickinson – A new comedy about the life of the much loved poet is to be made for the new Apple Tv service.
Is There Still Sex in the City? – A pilot is being made about Candace Bushnell’s latest novel, which is released on August 6th, though it’s not yet known if the original cast will be involved in any way – https://news.avclub.com/sex-and-the-city-follow-up-series-chronicling-the-sex-l-1833614153
Little America – Another AppleTv show, this will be an anthology series about immigrants in America, with Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon producing it.
Mae And George – e4 are making a sitcom based on Mae Martin’s life, about a recovering addict who gets in to a new relationship with a woman. As well as airing e4 it’ll be on Netflix for the rest of the world, so all will get to see it. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5252/mae_martin_sitcom_on_e4/
Mythic Quest – Previously reported as Untitled Rob McElhenney sitcom, this will see the It’s Always Sunny star team up with Charlie Day once again in a comedy about the world of video game development, and F. Murray Abraham,Imani Hakim and David Hornsby are also set to appear.
Overthinking with Kat & June – Has been cancelled, all rather sadly.
Special – A trailer’s now online for this new Netflix comedy about a gay man with cerebral palsy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8S9Gxrp-uI
Star Struck – Rose Matafeo is to star in this BBC3 sitcom about a woman trying to sort out her work and love life. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/28/42634/rose_matafeo_to_star_in_bbc_three_sitcom
Super Simple Love Story – Chewing Gum star Susan Wokoma and Ronny Chieng have been added to the cast of this US comedy pilot about how a couple become a family over a ten year span. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/29/42639/us_sitcom_role_for_chewing_gums_susan_wokoma
Tiffany Haddish Presents – A new Netflix seies which will feature the best female black stand up comics is being made, with Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams featuring. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/27/42624/new_netlix_series_showcases_black_female_comics
Untitled Hannah Simone Comedy – Art Malik has joined the cast for this highly anticipated pilot as Hannah’s father, which along with Simone also stars Jane Leeves. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/hannah-simone-abc-pilot-art-malik-1203171724/
News from: 22/03/2019
Adam and Eve – Ryan Hansen is going to star in this pilot which according to Variety “follows one couple at three stages of their relationship — young and passionate, middle-aged with kids, and navigating retirement.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/ryan-hansen-adam-eve-fox-pilot-1203165685/
Afterlife – It was a rumour last week but now it’s been confirmed that Ricky Gervais is working on a second series. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/20/42581/ricky_gervais_plans_after_life_series_2
The Conners – Is coming back for a second, Roseanne-free, season on ABC. https://news.avclub.com/abc-invites-the-conners-back-for-a-second-season-1833494638
High Maintenance – Has been renewed for a fourth season by HBO.
KGB – A new Australian series about two rookie detectives, this is going to star Clarence Ryan, Bjorn Stewart, Genevieve Morris, Mark Coles Smith, Aaron McGrath , Jesse Phillips, Lynette Narkle and Amy Smith. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/03/19/42563/new_comedy_about_indigenous_australian_detectives
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – Showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino has spoken about the third season of the show – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/marvelous-mrs-maisel-creator-season-3-1203165019/
The New Negroes – This Comedy Central series starts next month, a mix of comedy and music it will feature Hannibal Buress, Chris Redd, Lil Rel Howery, Sasheer Zamata, Dulcé Sloan, Sam Jay, George Wallace, and Donnell Rawlings. https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/new-negroes-comedy-central-premiere-date-trailer.html
Our House – Katherine Heigl has been cast in the lead role for this CBS pilot about “a devoted mom (Heigl) and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/katherine-heigl-cbs-comedy-pilot-1203168800/
The Politician – Ryan Murphy’s first Netflix series is to be a satirical comedy about a teenager who wants to be president. Starring Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lucy Boynton, Bob Balaban, and Jessica Lange, it’s due to begin on September 27th. https://news.avclub.com/ryan-murphys-satirical-netflix-series-the-politician-ge-1833493381
Richard Lovely – Thomas Lennon’s new sitcom about the disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, “Mr. Mouse” has added Nicole Richie to the cast.
Saddled – Richard Gadd and Greg McHugh are to star in this BBC sitcom about cyclists. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/20/42575/on_the_chain_gang
Schitt’s Creek – Has been renewed for a sixth and final season, with show co-creators Dan and Eugene Levy saying it was their decision to do one last batch of episodes rather than have the series go on and on for way too long. https://news.avclub.com/david-schitt-s-creek-has-been-renewed-for-sixth-and-fi-1833466897
Tales Of The City – A sequel to this much loved comedy drama is being made by Netflix, with it due to be aired in the Summer – more details are here: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/03/tales-of-the-city-netflix-photos-first-look
Untitled Mindy Kaling Netflix Show – Netflix have ordered a coming of age series based on “Kaling’s own childhood growing up in suburban Massachusetts, which she wrote about in great detail in both of her memoirs”. https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/mindy-kalings-next-project-is-coming-of-age-netflix-comedy.html
News from: 15/03/2019
A5 – Will be a new show co-written by Judge and Etan Cohen (Holmes & Watson, King of the Hill), and SpoilerTv has stated that “It is centered on a bioengineer who discovers the gene that makes a person an asshole and attempts to answer the questions nagging at all of us: Why do assholes exist? Why have they come to dominate our culture? And can they be cured?”
Alexei Sayle’s Memoirs – The BBC are to adapt Sayle’s two memoirs for tv, more info about this is here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/15/42536/bbc_to_adapt_alexei_sayles_memoirs_for_tv
Bring The Funny – This new comedy competition begins on NBC in the Summer with Kenan Thompson, Chrissy Teigen and Jeff Foxworthy as judging aspiring new comedians.
Geniuses – Fox are making a new pilot with Tisha Campbell-Martin about two parents bringing up four kids, three of whom are incredibly smart. Further info is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tisha-campbell-martin-geniuses-fox-pilot-1203161189/
Jon Glaser Loves Gear – Ratings for the second season of this amazing show were apparently quite poor so the outlook for a third doesn’t look good, but we can only hope TruTv appreciate just how good it is and so stick with it for another year.
The Kominksy Method – Kathleen Turner is to feature in the second season, acting with Michael Douglas again for the first time since 1989’s War of the Roses. Paul Reiser and Jane Seymour are also set to join the cast too. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/the-kominsky-method-season-2-michael-douglas-kathleen-turner-1203163459/
Llas Vegas – Johnny Vegas is making a four part humourous documentary about running a welsh campsite. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/5240/johnny_vegas_glamping_series/
Now Apocalypse – Has been renewed for a second season already by Starz.
One Day At A Time – Because Netflix seemingly want to cancel all of it’s shows right now, this will not be returning for a fourth season, apparently because not many people were watching it. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-cancels-one-day-at-a-time-after-three-seasons-1833300005
On The Spectrum – A comedy about Autism based on an Israeli series, according to SpoilerTv this will be “a coming-of-age comedic drama about three 20-something roommates on the autism spectrum, striving for the same things that we all desire: To get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them.”
Qualityland – According to SpoilerTv Mike Judge is to make a series based on the novel of the same name by Marc-Uwe Kling for HBO, and is apparently “set in the very near future, it’s everything we have now, and more so. It’s the story of humanity’s struggle against the tyranny of convenience. But funny.”
Time Bandits – First announced in 2015, with Terry Gilliam supposedly involved, Taika Waititti is now helming the Time Bandits series, writing and directing the first episode and hopefully more after that. https://news.avclub.com/taika-waititi-is-adapting-terry-gilliams-time-bandits-f-1833207401
Timewasters – This ITV2 comedy may be getting a US remake, with LL Cool J producing it. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/03/14/42528/timewasters_set_for_us_remake
Tonight With – The BBC are making a new topical comedy show which will feature computer generated versions of world leaders, and celebrities, because they’re funnier than comedians these days apparently. Ugh. More info is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5242/tonight_with_bbc_pilot/
Veni Vidi Vici – Lionsgate are developing a remake of this Swedish comedy about a film director who starts making pornography and leading a double life. https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/lionsgate-television-acquires-remake-rights-swedish-series-veni-vidi-vici-1203162198/
News from 08/03/2019:
Crashing – Has been cancelled by HBO. https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/03/crashing-cancelled-by-hbo.html
Insatiable – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Vincent Rodriguez III is to star in the next season of the show.
Mad About You – Despite nobody demanding it, this 90’s sitcom with Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt is returning – https://news.avclub.com/try-to-contain-yourself-but-new-episodes-of-mad-about-1833105424
Man Like Mobeen – This great BBC sitcom has been given a third series. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/6873/news-third-series-man-mobeen
No Activity – Has been renewed for a third season.
Run – HBO have ordered a series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her frequent collaborator Vicky Jones, a romantic comedy thriller starring Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars) & Merritt Wever (Godless, The Walking Dead), while Waller-Bridge will recur in the series. https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/03/run-romantic-comedic-thriller-from.html
SMILF – Has been cancelled by Showtime.
The Unicorn – Walton Goggins is to play a hot sexy dad in this new cbs comedy. https://news.avclub.com/walton-goggins-to-play-a-hot-widower-dad-for-cbs-1833074338
Unrelated – A new comedy from Freeform which was formerly known as Besties, this has now begun production and more details are here: https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/03/unrelated-production-begins-on-freeform.html
Untitled Diarra Kilpatrick and Keenen Ivory Wayans Comedy – SpoilerTv reports that Showtime is set to make this comedy about “Maya (Kilpatrick), a sharp-tongued Detroiter moves to LA hoping to turn two weeks of great vacation sex into a real relationship with her new boyfriend. Turns out, he comes with some baggage, namely a close group of friends who embody nearly everything she thinks she despises. The series is a mixed-race love story that explores what happens when you’ve found your person but not your tribe.”
News from 01/03/2019:
Avenue 5 – SpoilerTv has reported that three more famous names has been added to the cast list, with Josh Gad playing “Herman Judd, the billionaire face and name behind Avenue 5”, while Lenora Crichlow of Being Human fame is “Billie McEvoy, the second engineer. Young, outspoken, smart and career-focused but exhausted by responsibility, she loves building and fixing things but is terrified of dying in space.”, and Nikki Amuka-Bird (Hard Sun, Quarry) will play “Rav Mulcair, head of Judd Mission Control on Earth. She’s extremely intelligent but frustrated and exhausted by lack of control. Intense and slightly odd, Rav is racked with guilt over having sent her two best friends into space in an attempt to fix their failing marriage.”
Beverly Hills, 90210 – Yep, you read right, but the reason we’re featuring it here as this is going to be a Curb Your Enthusiasm style show with the cast playing “heightened versions of themselves” and trying to get a network interested in a reboot of the series. Nearly all the cast are to return bar Shannon Doherty. https://news.avclub.com/the-original-beverly-hills-90210-crew-is-reuniting-for-1832939043
Blindboy Undestroys The World – After a successful pilot last year the Rubberbandits star has been given his own show – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/02/28/42417/blindboy_bags_a_bbc_three_series
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Is getting a seventh season, it’s second for NBC.
Divorce – SpoilerTv has reported that Dominic Fumusa (The Purge: The Series) has joined the cast of this HBO cast where he “will play Jeremy, a handsome former semipro basketball player who’s an assistant coach of the Lady Raiders under Thomas Haden Church’s Robert”.
Glass Houses – Dawn French is to star in this comedy drama for ITV along with Mark Heap, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Vicki Pepperdine and Patrick Robinson. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5226/dawn_french_in_glass_houses/
Gremlins – SpoilerTv has reported that a new animated series is in development which apparently is set in the past and will see a young Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, go on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. Even though it was the family who named him Gizmo after they bought him from Mr Wing, so why he’s called that in this makes no sense.
Insatiable – According to SpoilerTv Arden Myrin has been upped to series regular for Season 2.
I Ship It – This musical comedy which previously aired online is coming to the CW Network for it’s second season.
Ladhood – Liam Williams’ superb radio show Ladhood is being made in to a tv series for BBC3 – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/02/28/42413/liam_williamss_ladhood_heads_to_bbc_three?rss
Muzlamic – The BBC are making an all Asian sketch show written and performed by Ali Shahalom and Aatif Nawaz.
Uninsured – Adam Pally’s making a new sitcom from the writers of The Goldbergs about a married couple who after years of making financial mistakes have to move back in with his parents. https://news.avclub.com/adam-pally-is-coming-back-to-primetime-tv-assuming-any-1832854795
Untitled Hannah Simone Comedy – Frasier star Jane Leeves has joined the cast of this show which “will focus on Hannah and her Indian immigrant father Sid. Each one has to start over – Hannah professionally because she’s stuck in a dead-end job, and Sid because his marriage has failed – and they grow closer as a result.”
Untitle Lil Dicky Show – The popular US rapper is to make a comedy show for FX which will be about “A suburban neurotic man in his late twenties who has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time. Now he must convince his closest friends, because with their help, he might actually convince the world.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/lil-dicky-comedy-series-fx.html
Untitled Jaime Camil Comedy – The Jane The Virgin star is set to appear in a pilot which follows “an outrageously wealthy trust fund baby who is cut off by his father, so he and his wife move into her estranged sister’s Reseda condo, forcing the two siblings to reconnect.”
Young Sheldon – Two more seasons have been commissioned. Yeesh, what a horrible note to end on. Sorry.
News from: 22/02/2019
Adult Swim – UK viewers will finally be able to watch The Venture Bros., The Eric Andre Show, Mostly For Millennials and a whole host of other great AS shows on e4 and All4 – further info is here: https://www.channel4.com/press/news/rick-and-morty-get-schwifty-channel-4-e4-and-all-4
Afternoons – Inbetweeners writers Damon Beesley and Iain Morris are writing a new sitcom for BBC2 which is about three premiership footballers. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5216/afternoons_bbc2_sitcom_beesley_morris/
Alex & Katie – Netflix have renewed this show for a third season. https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/02/alex-katie-renewed-for-3rd-season.html
Besties – Gigi Zumbado, Jessika Van & Davi Santos have joined the cast of this greatly anticipated pilot starring Jordin Sparks and Matt Shively.
Dad’s Army: The Lost Tapes – Bernard Cribbins has sadly left the project due to personal issues, and is going to be replaced by Timothy West. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5214/bernard_cribbins_exits_dads_army_remake/
Friends From College – Has been cancelled. Sorry.
The Show That Goes Wrong – The team behind the hit play The Play That Goes Wrong are making a new six part series for BBC One, where each time a theatrical event will go terribly wrong. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5217/the_goes_wrong_show_bbc_series/
How To Make Love To A Black Woman – Several outlets have reported that this comedy Anthology from Lena Waithe has been given a pilot by Showtime.
Inside No.9 – The guest stars for series 5 have been revealed and include David Morrissey, Maxine Peake, Jenna Coleman, Dipo Ola, Phil Davis, Jill Halfpenny, Steve Speirs, Tom Goodman-Hill. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/02/17/42340/inside_no_9s_series_five_guest_stars_revealed
Medical Police – More info about this Children’s Hospital spin-off have been revealed. https://news.avclub.com/tomato-tomahto-the-childrens-hospital-team-to-serve-a-1832734036
News from 15/02/2019:
Chad – SNL star Nasim Pedrad will act in a new pilot where she’ll play a 14 year old boy. Originally commissioned by Fox in 2016 they decided to pass on it, but now TBS is making the show. https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/nasim-pedrad-chad-pilot-tbs.html
Crank Yankers – Is returning, for some bizarre reason, with Jimmy Kimmel once again involved. https://news.avclub.com/fucking-crank-yankers-is-coming-back-1832545292#_ga=2.126485645.1205410333.1549306715-1465752910.1539555978
David Spade Chat Show – Due to the popularity of his Instagram account Comedy Central have given Spade his own show.
Frasier – Work on a third series starring Kelsey Grammar’s Cheers character is still going ahead, with it being suggested that Niles and Daphne would still feature, and it would reflect the death of John Mahoney. https://news.avclub.com/kelsey-grammar-says-wheels-are-turning-on-the-third-ac-1832563022
How To Be A Couple – Will be a new Comedy Central sitcom from former Broad City writer Naomi Ekperigin.
Hulu’s Animated Marvel Shows – Four series are going to be made by Hulu (with an eventual crossover planned), the AC Club revealed that: “Patton Oswalt will be an executive producer on MODOK…A supervillain with a big head and a tiny body who “struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family.” Hit-Monkey is about a monkey assassin and it comes from Josh Gordon and Will Speck. Tigra & Dazzler is an interesting choice, if only because Dazzler is definitely a mutant and mutant characters have thus far been left out of most Marvel-backed adaptations…Chelsea Handler is an executive producer. Finally, Howard The Duck is about a duck named Howard. He wears clothes and stuff, and Kevin Smith is an executive producer.” https://news.avclub.com/hulu-picks-up-four-animated-marvel-shows-including-mod-1832541629
Meaty – And Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson is creating a show based around Samantha Irby’s book of essays, Meaty. https://news.avclub.com/comedy-central-is-giving-david-spade-a-whole-late-night-1832542780
Paddington – Nickelodeon are making a tv series based around the bear’s adventures, with Ben Whishaw once again providing his voice, though we’ve doubts it’ll be as great as the two superb movies. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5207/paddington_tv_series/
South Side – Another Comedy Central show, this begins in the summer and is about “Two friends who find themselves stalled at a local rental retail company after graduating community college”, and a trailer is here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/south-side-comedy-central-show-trailer.html
The Other Two – Has been renewed for a second season, pleasingly.
Untitled Black-ish Spin Off – Black-ish may be getting a second spin off based around the character Rainbow when she was young. https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/black-ish-young-rainbow-spin-off-in-development-at-abc.html
Wrecked – Has been cancelled by TBS. Good. Which may seem mean but it had a great cast but mostly wasted them and hopefully now they’ll go on to bigger and better things.
News from: 08/02/2019
Adam and Eve – Based on the French-Canadian series an American version is to be piloted with a script from Jon Beckerman (Ed, Late Show with David Letterman), and the show “Follows one couple at three stages of their relationship — young and passionate, middle-aged with kids, and navigating retirement. This is a comedy that asks the big questions: What makes a marriage last? Do people ever really change? And, after 40 years together, why can’t we pick a place for dinner without it turning into a whole, you know, “thing?”” https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/02/next-and-adam-eve-ai-thriller-comedy.html
Bad Move – ITV have cancelled this sitcom starring Jack Dee and Kerry Godliman.
Besties – Jordin Sparks, Matt Shively and newcomer Brooks Brantly have been cast in this new Freeform comedy about three best friends. https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/02/besties-jordin-sparks-matt-shively.html
Birds Of A Feather – Proving that sanity occasionally does prevail, ITV have also cancelled this too, meaning they are no longer currently making any sitcoms for their main channel. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5195/itv_ends_sitcoms/
Bless The Harts -This is a fairly daft story and the characters won’t ever interact, but apparently this new animated series is set in the same universe as Mike Judge’s astonishingly fantastic King Of The Hill – https://news.avclub.com/upcoming-animated-fox-show-bless-the-harts-takes-place-1832443510
Gagging Order – ITV are making a pilot of a topical news comedy show which Ellie Taylor will host and will see a group of comedians making jokes about controversial news stories. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/5188/ellie_taylor_on_gagging_order/
The Kominsky Method – Jane Seymour, Jacqueline Bisset and Paul Reiser have joined the cast for the show’s second season. https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/02/the-kominsky-method-season-2-jane.html
MacGruber – The director of the original film is apparently trying to get networks interested in a tv show version of it, with original stars Will Forte and Kristen Wiig apparently up for starring in it. https://news.avclub.com/holy-shit-a-macgruber-tv-series-with-the-original-cast-1832471223
Mom – Has been renewed for another two seasons, which is great news as it’s surprisingly fun.
Mr Swallow Show – Nick Mohammad’s pilot is going to be aired by Channel Four, which is a mix of chat and comedy. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5187/mr_swallow_show_pilot/
Nana – SpoilerTv have revealed that Katey Segal is starring in a multi-cam pilot which “Centers on an obsessive, overprotective dad, who after the death of his wife, is forced to invite his brash and bawdy mother-in-law – Nana (Sagal) – into his home to help raise the two granddaughters she barely knows”.
Our House – Another CBS pilot is apparently about “A husband and wife doing their best to raise a good kid, but whose situation gets a lot crazier when the wife’s family comes barrelling into their lives.” Ugh.
Out There – ITV2 is making a pilot which sees stand up’s perform their sets in unusual places, with Tom Allen, Milton Jones, Zoe Lyons, Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Darren Walsh, Mark Simmons, Rhys James, Ivo Graham, London Hughes, Nathan Caton, Huge Davies, Rosie Jones, Nigel Ng, Bec Hill, Chris McCausland, Glenn Moore and Masai Graham all taking part. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/02/03/42226/itv_pilot_puts_stand-up_in_odd_places
Patty’s Autos – The Big C creator Darlene Hunt is making a pilot for Fox which is “Inspired by Patrice Banks’ Girls Auto Clinic, a Pennsylvania-based auto repair shop with all female mechanics. It centers on Patty and the eclectic women who work for her.” https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/01/pattys-auto-comedy-from-big-c-creator.html
Reasons To Stay Alive – UKTV are making a comedy drama about Matt Haig’s best-selling book which deals with depression, with the producers of Fleabag also behind it. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5193/reasons_to_stay_alive/
The Simpsons – Has been renewed for another two years, which will take it’s episode count up to 713 by the end of the 32nd season. https://news.avclub.com/despite-disney-merger-the-simpsons-is-staying-put-on-f-1832401637
Travelling Blind – Sara Pascoe is co-starring in this travelogue show along with blind presenter Amar Latif, and Pascoe’s also filming her current stand up show for the BBC too. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/02/04/42230/sara_pascoe_to_star_in_new_bbc_travel_show
The Unicorn – CBS are making a pilot about a widower raising two daughters, which sounds incredibly original.
Untitled Pastors Comedy – SpoilerTv have run a story about this show, which is “inspired by real-life progressive pastors Touré & Sarah Roberts. The comedy revolves around Omari (Odom Jr.) & Hope who together run a modern ministry and share an even more eclectic and chaotic home life with a combined four children.”
Village Gazette – Amber Ruffin is to star in a pilot where “Amber (Ruffin) is the editor of the Benson Village Gazette. Amber loves fluff pieces that demonstrate the idyllic nature of life in her hometown. When the newspaper owners hire a reporter who’s looking to uncover a juicy story in Benson, he threatens to unravel the happy denial Amber has been living in.” https://www.spoilertv.com/2019/02/village-gazette-comedy-starring-amber.html
Woke – According to SpoilerTv Blake Anderson will play “One of Keef’s three roommates. A lovable eccentric, Gunther’s blissful worldview is that everything always works out — and for him, it usually does.”
News From: 01/02/2019
A Black Lady Sketch Show – Created by comedian and writer Robin Thede and produced by Insecure’s Issa Rae this is a new HBO show, and more info about it is here: https://news.avclub.com/robin-thede-and-issa-rae-bringing-a-black-lady-sketch-s-1832157246
Carol’s Second Act – CBS have orded a pilot for this Patricia Heaton show which sees “Carol Chambers (Heaton), who after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embark on a unique second act: she’s going to become a doctor.”
Dollface – Brenda Song (The Social Network, Pure Genius) and Lex Scott Davis (Superfly, Training Day) have joined the cast of this Hulu comedy.
Fuller House – Will be returning for a fifth and final season – https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2019/01/31/42197/fuller_house_to_return
Half Empty – Cazzie David, the daughter of Larry David, has sold a pilot to Amazon – more info’s here: https://news.avclub.com/cazzie-david-daughter-of-larry-david-to-write-and-sta-1832135108
Happy Accident – Kether Donohue, Vanessa Williams and Matt Walsh are all due to star in this pilot from two Modern Family writers which “revolves around two Pittsburgh families — a father (Veep’s Matt Walsh) with three adult daughters (JoAnna Garcia Swisher will play the eldest) and a hotel lounge singer (Vanessa Williams) with her med student son — who are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed. Donohue will play Danielle Bennett, Bud’s (Walsh) middle child. The character is a single mother who is described as emotionally sloppy, neurotic, dedicated to her neofeminist politics to the point of self-defeating exhaustion. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/kether-donohue-joins-abc-comedy-happy-accident-1181476
Sex Education – This Netflix show has been renewed for a second season – https://news.avclub.com/netflix-thinks-youre-ready-for-more-sex-education-1832260499
To Whom It May Concern – According to SpoilerTv CBS are making a pilot from Mike Metz (Californication) which “Centres on Evan who sets out with his group of 20-something friends to accomplish a list of challenges he wrote for himself years ago in an effort to turn around his banal life.”
Untitled Mike Schur Sitcom – The creator of The Good Place and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is making a pilot for NBC which will star Kal Penn as “A former New York City Councilman who meets a group of recent immigrants who are “in need of his help and in search of the American Dream”, we love all things Schur so hope a full season is given. https://news.avclub.com/kal-penn-to-star-in-nbc-comedy-pilot-from-the-good-plac-1832143447#_ga=2.202515601.1247221523.1542417761-1465752910.1539555978
Woman Up – According to SpoilerTv Fox are making a pilot “About two former teen moms who have worked their asses off to see their daughters all the way through high school graduation. And now, at 35, they’re ready to make up for the youth they never had.”
News From 26/01/2019:
Amazon Stand Up Specials – Amazon are getting in to the stand up game and it’s first release will be Jim Gaffigan’s Quality Time. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/01/24/42146/amazon_joins_the_stand-up_business
Americanized – Produced by Reese Witherspoon according to SpoilerTv this pilot “Tells the story of a loving and off-beat Iranian family who’s been living with a huge secret: they’re undocumented immigrants. Told through an irreverent, heartfelt and a-political lens, the series will give viewers a window into the life of a Middle-Eastern household while exploring the universal truths that bond every type of “American” family.”
F is For Family – Has been renewed for a fourth season. https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/netflix-f-is-for-family-season-4.html
Friends-In-Law – NBC have ordered a second pilot for this show about “Brian and Jake, polar opposites who must quickly figure out how to coexist when their respective best friends decide to get married.”
Friends In Low Places – SpoilerTv has revealed that this pilot “is a relationship comedy about a group of thirtysomethings trying to overcome the mess they made as twentysomethings. After splitting up and losing touch, five old roommates reunite for the funeral of their old dog, Steve Buscemi. For the past few years, they’ve kept up through Instagram, which, as we all know, rarely tells the full story.”
Geniuses – Fox have ordered a pilot for the multi-cam sitcom about “A blue-collar couple in South Jersey trying to get by and raise four kids, three of whom just happen to be certified geniuses.”
The Girlfriend – According to Spoilertv Freeform is developing this show from writer-actress-comedian Jamie Lee, and “it revolves around Crystal Chase — a 30-something toiling away in Bakersfield, California — whose life is turned upside down when she finally meets “the one”… Too bad “the one” is the prime suspect in his wife’s mysterious disappearance.”
Inside No.9 – The fifth series has entered production and will be shown later this year, with Steve Pemberton directing one of the episodes for the first time. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5171/inside_no_9_series_5_filming/
Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father – Will return for a third series on Netflix with the duo this time visiting America. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/01/25/42150/jack_whitehalls_travels_with_my_father_gets_a_third_series
The Neighborhood – Will return for a second season.
Old Baggage – Vicki Pepperdine and Joanna Scanlan are making a new TV comedy about suffragettes, based on the best selling novel by Lissa Evans. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5176/old_baggage_tv_series/
Richard Lovely – According to SpoilerTv Fox have an ordered a pilot of this show which is “described as a comedy in the vein of About a Boy. Richard Lovely follows a disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, Mr. Mouse. He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them.”
The Russell Howard Hour – Two more series have been commissioned by Sky. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/01/24/42135/sky_orders_two_more_series_of_the_russell_howard_hour
Stan Against Evil – Has been cancelled after three seasons.
Uninsured – Another NBC pilot, SpoilerTv stated “Uninsured centres around young parents Dave and Rebecca who end up having to take care of Dave’s parents who have mishandled their finances and need help to pay down a sizeable debt.”
Untitled Bradley Whitford Sitcom – According to Vulture this will see “A rural church choir gets the director it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League music professor stumbles through their door.” https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/nbc-orders-bradley-whitfords-church-choir-pilot.html Update: True Blood’s Anna Camp has now joined the cast.
News From: 19/01/2019
AJ And The Queen – Spoiler Tv have reported that “Matthew Wilkas (Top Five) will play Officer Patrick Kennedy, a macho, gay police officer who is charming, easy going, and comfortable in his own skin. Officer Patrick works for the New York Police Department alongside Officer Rhonda Whyatt (Misty Monroe)” in RuPaul’s new Netflix show.
Dad’s Army The Lost Episodes – The full cast, which includes Kevin Eldon, Matthew Horne and Robert Bathurst amongst others can be seen here – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5162/dads_army_lost_episodes_cast/
Grace And Frankie – Netflix have given this series a sixth season. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-confirms-grace-and-frankie-will-return-for-a-si-1831784501
Like Magic – Superstore and The Grinder’s Bridget Kyle and Vicky Luu are making a pilot about “An optimistic young woman pursuing her dreams in the mysterious world of the Magic Palace” according to SpoilerTv.
The Kominsky Method – Has been renewed for a second season.
National Parker – Jenna Fischer is making a new sitcom, and details about it can be found here: https://www.vulture.com/2019/01/jenna-fischer-new-show-national-parker-freeform.html
Saving Kenan – A pilot has been ordered for this which according to Spoiler Tv: “Centers on a newly widowed dad (Kenan Thompson) determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.”
Space Force – Greg Daniels and Steve Carrell are working together on this show which is a parody of Trump’s Space Force plans. More info’s here: https://news.avclub.com/steve-carell-and-greg-daniels-are-turning-trumps-space-1831811308
Stath Lets Flats – This Channe Four sitcom is coming back for a second series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5160/stath_lets_flats_series_2/
News From 12/01/2019:
Code 404 – Richard Gadd’s Robocop spoof is getting a full series on Sky. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/01/11/42050/sky_greenlights_richard_gadds_robocop-style_spoof
The House Of Sleep – Jonathan Coe’s superb 1997 novel might be turned in to a six part comedy series – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/01/10/42043/jonathan_coe_novel_could_become_a_tv_comedy
I Love You, America – Sarah Silverman’s Hulu show has been cancelled. https://news.avclub.com/hulu-doesnt-love-i-love-you-america-enough-to-keep-it-1831623078
Modern Family – Despite rumours that this current season was going to be the last, the show has been renewed for an eleventh final season.
Nirvanna The Band The Show – Due to Viceland going under the third season has been delayed, and it now looks like it will only consist of four episodes.
News from 05/01/2019:
Deadpool – In an interview with Nerdist Deadpool creator Rob Liefield claimed “An unnamed Marvel executive personally promised him “Don’t worry, Robert, we’re going to give you a Deadpool cartoon.” https://nerdist.com/another-deadpool-animated-series-possibility-marvel-rob-liefeld/
The Office (US) – Rumours of a reunion special have been floating around for a while, but now producer Paul Lieberstein (who also played Toby in the show) has suggested that ““I think a one-off special would be the way to go…Some event that brings everyone back together.” The full interview is here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/paul-lieberstein-is-so-much-more-than-toby-from-the-office?via=twitter_page
Secret Society – The producer of HBO’s superb Barry is now working with NBC about a show where a woman takes over a dying all-male secret society.
Taskmaster US – The show has been cancelled and won’t be getting a second season.
And here’s a bunch of old news about shows which are either set to air in 2020, are still being worked on but might never be shot, or were commissioned but then cancelled before they made it on to our screens:
Alice – A reboot of the 70’s and 80’s US sitcom based on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore has been given a pilot, with writers Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof behind it. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/alice-reboot-fox-diablo-cody-liz-astrof-1202982218/
Alien News Desk – Syfy are going to make an animated comedy starring Will Forte, and produced by SNL’s evil head honcho, Lorne Michaels. https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/61845/syfy-announces-new-animated-series-alien-news-desk
All Fancy – Anjelah Johnson is to star in a new sitcom based on her life. According to Variety “Inspired by Johnson’s life and stand-up, the series is seen through the point of view of Veronica Jimenez (Johnson), a newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations, creating chaos and comedy within her marriage, business and extended family.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/anjelah-johnson-kevin-hart-america-ferrera-nbc-1203017050/
An American Band – Is a new single-camera comedy about the harmonic and discordant adventures of The Wyldes, a diverse and dysfunctional Northern California family that can’t get a single thing right with each other, except for the music they’ve been making for the last 25 years as a multi-generational family band.
America, U.S.A. – CBS is developing this new theme park workplace comedy from husband and wife duo of TV writer-producer Michael Kramer (Men in Trees, Life Unexpected) and actress Lilli Birdsell (TURN), and writer-director-producer Alex Reid (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
Avenue 5 – A new sci-fi comedy from Armando Iannucci and HBO, this is only at the pilot stage right now but as it stars Hugh Laurie we’d be amazed if it didn’t get picked up for a full series. Update: According to io9 “Rebecca Front has landed the “lead role” of Karen Kelly in Armando Iannucci’s outer space comedy for HBO. According to Deadline, “Karen is a middle-aged American housewife, who boarded Avenue 5 using her sister’s non-transferable ticket. Strong-willed, articulate and likeable, Karen finds herself becoming the voice of the passengers, enjoying her newfound power.” Update: Josh Gad will also appear in the show.
Best Lives – This show is now going to be aired on Fox instead of CBS, and according to Variety is “is described as a hybrid multi- and single-camera comedy that revolves around a brother and sister who find themselves both starting over after divorce”. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-nabs-comedy-best-lives-project-from-cbs-television-studios-1203020309/
Big Deal – SNL’s Vanessa Bayer is developing a sitcom about her life for Showtime. https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/snl-alum-vanessa-bayer-showtime-comedy-big-deal.html
Breeders – Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard are set to star in this new sitcom coming to Sky One in 2020. Ten episodes have been commissioned, and it’s going to be written by Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5061/martin_freeman_in_breeders/
Brockmire – Season 4 has been commissioned by IFC – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/brockmire-season-3-tawny-newsome-1202956867/
Buffalo Wings – Fox is developing a new animated comedy from Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras, and Larry Dorf, which centres around “So-called “immigrant refugee birds” from Canada who “do not follow the rest of their flock when they fly south” and instead make their way to Buffalo, New York. The series will reportedly explore “what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the ‘American Dream’ from every possible angle.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/buffalo-wings-animated-comedy-fox-immigrant-refugee-birds.html
Celebrity Deathmatch – MTV is bringing back this claymation series once again. https://news.avclub.com/brace-yourselves-for-impact-mtv-is-reviving-celebrity-1830886369
Code 404 – Richard Gadd is starring in a pilot for Sky which is a cop comedy, though unfortunately he hasn’t written it, with Not Going Out’s Daniel Peak being behind the script – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/41444/richard_gadd_pilots_cop_comedy_for_sky
Conversations From A Long Marriage – The BBC have commissioned a pilot based on this radio series, starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam to star in TV sitcom pilot.
Crossing Swords – A new medieval / fantasy animated series from Hulu, this is from Robot Chicken writers John Harvatine IV and Tom Root, and stars Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Adam Pally and Tara Strong, and is set to air in 2020.
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Shooting has just begun on the 10th season – https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/curb-your-enthusiasm/54061/curb-your-enthusiasm-season-10-news
The Dark Room – John Robertson’s hit live show is to be turned in to a tv series.
Dollface – Kat Dennings is to star in a new Hulu comedy where after being dumped by her boyfriend she decides to rekindle old female friendships. http://www.vulture.com/2018/11/hulu-orders-kat-dennings-comedy-dollface-to-series.html
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared – This online show is being turned in to a tv series by Conan O’Brien’s production company, and a few details are here: https://www.sundance.org/blogs/news/2019-sundance-film-festival-episodic-shorts-special-events
The Duchess – Katherine Ryan is creating a six part sitcom for Netflix, which according to the British Comedy Guide is about “the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mum living in London”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5096/katherine_ryan_sitcom/
Dumb People Town – Youtube is producing an animated comedy based on the podcast of the same name created by Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, and Daniel Van Kir.
Duncanville – Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Wiz Khalifa are set to star in a new animated sitcom from former Simpsons writer Mike Scully. According to Variety “The show will center on a Duncan, “a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends.” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/amy-poehler-rashida-jones-wiz-khalifa-fox-animated-comedy.html
Eight – Fox are developing a new show from You’re the Worst alum Alison Bennett, about Jillian and Trevor, who, after a whirlwind romance that resulted in a baby and a wedding (in that order), attempt to carve out their own family’s identity – with eight grandparents there to offer 8 million different opinions.
The Emperor of Malibu – The author of Crazy Rich Asians book is making a sitcom with CBS about two families, one from one from Shanghai and one from the US. http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/crazy-rich-asians-kevin-kwan-cbs-comedy-series.html
The End Of The F***ing World – Has been picked up for a second season, airing next year.
Exit Plans – Veep’s Timothy Simmons is working on a new project about assisted suicide – https://news.avclub.com/veeps-timothy-simons-is-developing-an-assisted-suicide-1831188829
Fin Taylor’s Bullshit Bingo – Has been given a second season which will be shown online first.
Fleabag – A French tv channel is making it’s own version of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s superb sitcom, which could be interesting.
GCHQ – Sky is making another spy based comedy series, this time with David Schwimmer and Nick Mohammed. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5143/david_schwimmer_to_star_in_intelligence/
The Glove – We don’t normally report on comedy films being made (yet, at least) but Vic and Bob are making a movie so this excites us greatly. For more info, click here.
Good Christian Bitches – This was first adapted by ABC under the title “Good Christian Belles” in 2012 but failed miserably, and now CW are attempting a new take on the book complete with the original title.
Halfway There – Stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger is working on a sitcom with CBS. According to Vulture “It will feature Shlesinger as a female stand-up comic “who prides herself on ‘guiding women’ in her act.” That is, of course, until her half-sister moves in with her and puts her guidance skills to the ultimate test!” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/iliza-shlesinger-pilot-where-she-guides-women-in-the-works.html
Happy Accident – Modern Family writers Jon Pollack and Abraham Higginbotham are making a pilot for ABC where “Two Pittsburgh families – a father with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.”
Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood – Steve Coogan is adapting this popular novel in to a comedy drama about Welsh hippies. According to Digital Spy, Coogan said: “It has 15, 20 characters of different sizes, various storylines that intersect. It’s something I am passionate about and know will make people laugh and move them. It’s about class, politics and, more importantly than any of that, it’s about people, characters, stories, humanity.”
Hitmen – Sky have ordered a new sitcom starring Mel and Sue, with the couple playing hapless assassins.
Hoops – Netflix is to make a new animated series by Jake Johnson, revolving around a foul mouthed basketball coach – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/netflix-hoops-animated-comedy-jake-johnson.html
IFC – The channel is working on five new shows, though whether or not they’ll make it to air is another question. “Almost Asian,” executive produced by Margaret Cho, chronicles the life of a mixed-race millennial; “Annika Erotica” follows a young pastor harboring a secret passion for writing erotic novels; the adventure comedy “Art Thieves” is about self-proclaimed Robin Hoods of the art world; “Beth,” focuses on a happily-agoraphobic man’s uneasy journey back to the outside world; and the satirical and politically provocative sketch comedy “The Middle Passage.” The projects join the previously announced series in development “How to Rig an Election” and “NGO.”
In My Skin – After a successful pilot this has been given a four part series, which the British Comedy Guide describes as “the dark comedy follows teenager Bethan (Gabrielle Creevy) as she struggles to maintain the pretence of being a normal, gobby teenager with run-of-the-mill personal, home life”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5153/in_my_skin_series/
It Takes Two – According to Variety Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the memoir written by “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/property-brothers-series-fox-1202982848/
The Invisibles – Grant Morrison is adapting his comics series for tv, whilst not an out and out comedy it has some very funny moments in it so we hope it gets picked up a network soon. https://news.avclub.com/cue-the-cosmic-placentas-and-time-travel-orgies-grant-1830298144
Josh Investigates – Another Comedy Central show to be screened online is from YouTuber Josh Pieters, where he investigates fascinating things. Or dull things. I just don’t know.
K-Town – HBO is producing a new show with Girls star Greta Lee, which according to Vulture is “about a kingpin family in the Los Angeles neighborhood, with Lee playing ‘Yumi, self-proclaimed Brentwood Barbie and daughter of the Kang family’, who reconnects with her ‘embarrassing’ Korean roots to become a powerful Korean-American woman.” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/hbo-is-developing-a-greta-lee-dark-comedy-called-ktown.html
Last Stop Bay Bridge – Fox are developing a semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy from Andy Roth (One Day At A Time). SpoilerTv describe it as”About eight people of different ages and ethnicities who form friendships, and rivalries, as they commute by the subway from their gentrifying neighbourhood in Brooklyn to their respective jobs in Manhattan. It’s inspired by Roth’s own upbringing in Manhattan where he rode the subway to school every day and formed the most unlikely and life changing relationships.”
Laughing At Salad – Comedy Central have commissioned a female only sketch show written by Harriet Kemsley, Sarah Morgan, Gemma Arrowsmith, Kat Butterfield, and Cassie Atkinson and performed by Maddie Rice, Beth Rylance, Bronwyn James, Danielle Vitalis and Elinor Lawless. It’ll be released online initially but hopefully will be shown on the channel at some point.
The Long Game – ABC are developing a single-camera family comedy from writer Chadd Gindin, about “A family of scam artists led by Loni – who, 16 years into being a mother, decides it’s time for her to be a good one. She tries to get her family to go straight despite a husband who still slips, a lifetime of bad examples that the kids won’t let her forget and no idea how to accomplish this in a society that seems to have embraced the morally grey area she’s trying to get them away from.”
Medical Police – Netflix have ordered a spin-off of Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital which will star Rob Huebel and Erinn Hayes, with Rob Corddry who created the original series writing for it, along with Jonathan Stern and David Wain, so it should be pretty great. https://www.spoilertv.com/2018/12/medical-police-netflix-orders-childrens.html
Mister Winner – Spencer Jones’ sitcom has started filming, and full details can be found here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/24/41525/lucy_pearman_joins_mister_winner
Mrs Fletcher – The Leftover’s co-creator Tom Perrotta’s comedy series has been picked up by HBO. Starring Kathryn Hahn, according to the network: “Mrs. Fletcher” is a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty nest mother and her college freshman son.”.
No Hard Feelings – The CW is making a show which according to Variety “is described as a dark comedy about a group of friends who conspire to exact revenge on an old rival who assaulted one of their own and got away with it back in college.” – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/cw-jordan-reddout-gus-hickey-1202983423/
The Obsolescents – Meg Ryan is producing and possibly starring in a new NBC comedy which variety describes as taking place “in a New Jersey suburb where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a long-time Township Council member.” – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/meg-ryan-andrew-gottlieb-nbc-comedy-1202969052/
Peacock – Preacher star Dominic Cooper is to play a fitness instructor in a new gym-based comedy for Sky from two of the creators of People Just Do Nothing.
People Just Do Nothing – Might be getting a US remake, with a pilot ordered from Amazon – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5074/people_just_do_nothing_usa/
Pushover – According to SpoilerTv this is “A darkly comedic soap from Kevin (Probably) Saves The World creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and ABC Studios…Pushover centers around a woman who has been “nice” all her life and decides to become a villain, with the help of her landlord, the office custodian, and the IT department.”
Quinta & Jermaine – Jermaine Fowler is making a pilot with CBS, along with Quinta Brunson and Larry Wilmore, about best friends having a child.
Rags To Riches – Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Snyder Urman is developing a new comedy with CBS where “An outrageously wealthy trust fund baby is cut off by his father, he and his wife move into her sister’s Reseda condo where they delight in the “charms” of the working class but mourn the loss of being the 1% of the 1%.”
Random Acts – Mae Martin is the new host of this series which shows various short films – https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/6297/mae-martin-tv-series
Robbie – Rory Scovel is going to star in a new Comedy Central sitcom with Beau Bridges, SNL alum Sasheer Zamata, and Mary Holland. Vulture says “It follows a small town youth league basketball coach living in his father’s shadow, until he realizes he has a son of his own who can lead him to greatness. Scovel wrote the series with Anthony King (Search Party, Silicon Valley).” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/comedy-central-orders-new-shows-from-awkwafina-rory-scovel.html
Save the Deli – NBC is developing a new comedy based on David Sax’s book of the same name from writer Lauren Bachelis (Single By 30), which is “A family workplace comedy centering on a 30-year-old woman, who much to the shock of her family, friends and mostly herself, becomes the new owner of her Chicago family deli after her grandfather dies. Naturally, her very opinionated staff and family members make the job unbearable since they all have conflicting ideas of how to save the deli.”
Shit Happens – Which will probably be renamed before it makes it on to our screens is a new unscripted comedy game show from the men behind Impractical Jokers – https://theinterrobang.com/stars-impractical-jokers-land-new-tbs-series/
Significant Brother – Fox is creating a new comedy by former Difficult People showrunners Scott King and Moe Jelline. Vulture says it’s “Based on King and Jelline’s real-life friendship, the show centers on “a newlywed couple as their marriage is tested, but ultimately strengthened, when the husband’s estranged gay brother moves in and becomes best friends with his wife.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/fox-developing-comedies-uncle-joey-and-significant-brother.html
Solar Opposites – A new animated series from Justin Roiland, this isn’t due to air until 2020, but Netflix have already commissioned two seasons. According to The AV Club “The show is about a family of aliens from a “better world” who must hide out in middle America for some reason, with some of them bemoaning the frustrating turn of events and others deciding that America is actually pretty cool—presumably making them… solar opposites. Roiland will lead the voice cast, naturally, alongside Sean Giambrone from The Goldbergs and Mary Mack from Golan The Insatiable.”
Stand Up and Away! With Brian Regan – Will be a new four episode sketch show from Netflix, with Jerry Seinfeld executive producing.
Star Trek: Lower Decks – The Star Trek universe is about to get a lot odder as CBS have ordered an animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. According to the AV Club it “Will follow a support crew on one of Starfleet’s ‘least important ships'” and more info’s here – https://news.avclub.com/cbs-all-access-expands-its-growing-star-trek-universe-w-1829999826
Tails – Fox is developing a new comedy from Riki Lindhome and Monica Padrick – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-to-develop-comedy-starring-co-created-by-another-periods-riki-lindhome-1202983437/
Takeshi’s Castle – London Hughes, Stephen Bailey and Lauren Pattison will be commentating on the show when it returns to Comedy Central next month, and Roman Kemp has replaces Jonathan Ross as the host. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/30/41561/comics_join_takeshi%E2%80%99s_castle
Thicker Than Water – According to Vulture Tig Notaro is writing an new hour long comedy drama, about “a single mom who heads to her smaller town, middle of the country hometown to attend her estranged father’s funeral. What she discovers is a bunch of half-siblings she never met.” – https://theinterrobang.com/tig-notaro-developing-hour-network-dramedy/
This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay’s hit (and very good) book is being turned in to a comedy drama for the BBC, with Kay writing the scripts.
Tourist Trap – Sally Phillips’ latest sitcom will be returning for a second series.
The Trip – Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon are returning for a fourth series of the show with the duo visiting Greece this time around. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/12/21/41953/steve_coogan_and_rob_brydon_to_go_on_another_trip
The Tuckers – BBC Wales are giving this a full series which according to the British Comedy Guide “stars Steve Speirs as the head of a family of petty-criminal chancers living in the Welsh valleys who are “low on cash but high on spirit”.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5102/bbc_wales_sitcoms_tourist_trap_tuckers/
Uncle Joey – Fox is developing a multi-camera sitcom starring Joey Diaz which according to Vulture will be “Written by former King of the Hill and Maron executive producers Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin…the show follows Diaz as “a Cuban immigrant with a troubled past who’s given a second chance at life when he moves his family to an upscale suburb. Intent on being the best family man possible, Joey works to raise his young daughter with old school values in today’s rapidly changing world.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/fox-developing-comedies-uncle-joey-and-significant-brother.html
Unqualified – Tim Heidecker are Eric Wareheim producing a new unscripted show for TBS which will star Ken Jeong and Shaquille O’Neal and see the duo taking on unusual jobs.
Untitled Blake McCormick Comedy – NBC is developing a new show from the Single Parents producer which “would follow a “meek and modest” man from Los Angeles who travels to remote, small-town Alaska to claim a mysterious inheritance after the death of his estranged uncle.”
Untitled Brent Morin Series – Bill Lawrence is producing a comedy series starring and co-written by comedian Brent Morin, about Andy Hewitt (Morin) who, in a desperate attempt to prove himself to his family after losing his dream job, has no choice but to take a retail job at the world’s most fashionable department store.
Untitled Diablo Cody Comedy – David Spade is set to star in a new HBO comedy from the Juno / United States Of Tara writer, which according to the AV Club is about “a washed-up, semi-famous grunge rocker who fell out of the spotlight in the ‘90s after getting addicted to heroin. Now, years later, he’s sober and working as a waiter when he meets a young actress named Bailey who changes his life “in unexpected and electrifying ways.” https://news.avclub.com/david-spade-prepares-to-make-a-serious-comedy-comeback-1830399360
The Venture Bros. – Season 8 has been commissioned but probably won’t hit our screens until 2020 at the earliest.
Waiting – Comedy Central once again are making a new online show, this time from Pleb’s star Ryan Sampson, which is a ten-part scripted series in which two characters are stuck waiting in various different scenarios. This news, and all of the other Comedy Central info came from: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/12/10/41887/comedy_central_orders_all-female_online_sketch_show
The Watch – A second Terry Pratchett series is soon to hit our screens with the BBC adapting his The Watch series of novels – http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a869721/discworld-tv-series-the-watch-terry-pratchett/
Whites – Alan Davies sitcom is going to be remade in the states – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/41436/whites_to_get_a_us_remake
Woke – Hulu have ordered a pilot for this new show starring Lamorne Morris which Variety describes as “a half-hour comedy with a mix of live-action and animation. It is inspired by the life and art of cartoonist Keith Knight.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/lamorne-morris-hulu-woke-keith-knight-1203017527/
Work Wife – Michael Ian Black is to write a new sitcom, which according to Variety is “inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The multi-camera series…has received a put pilot commitment at the network. It is described as an ensemble comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding people’s “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/kelly-ripa-ryan-seacrest-comedy-series-abc-1203016123/
You’re Killing Me – Is being developed by CBS All Access and is produced by Gina Rodriguez, who could potentially act in it. According to Spoiler tv it will centre around “Gracie who thought she was cursed with an overbearing mother. But when her mom dies unexpectedly and haunts Gracie for real, Gracie’s worst nightmare becomes her mom’s dream come true.”