Coming Attractions – Tv News From January 2020

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This is the tv news from January 2020, for the latest tv news please go here.

Latest Update: This week we’ve news on a new animated sitcom from Natasha Lyonne and Maya Rudolph, Natasha Leggero’s forthcoming CBS series Broke, a musical comedy featuring SNL star Cecily Strong, pilots being made for a US version of This Country and James Acaster’s We The Jury, and much more.

Broke – Is a new CBS comedy that’s debuting on April 2nd, which “Stars Pauley Perrette as a single suburban mother who takes in her estranged sister (Natasha Leggero) and brother-in-law (Jaime Camil) when the couple’s money dries up.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-riverdale-hedwig-season-4-musical-1203484246/

Cabin – US Comedian Bert Kreischer has been given his own series, where “After years on the grind, Bert Kreischer sets out on a purifying retreat to a remote cabin. But Bert only has one speed. Joined by his celebrity friends, Bert attempts bizarre therapy techniques, intense physical challenges, and ridiculously improvised encounters with nature. Bert attempts to cleanse his “mind, body and soul” at breakneck pace with often disastrous results.” https://thelaughbutton.com/news/bert-kreischer-to-star-in-netflix-improv-series/

Fairfax – Is going to be an animated series made by Amazon which follows “Four middle school best friends on a never-ending quest for clout on L.A.’s titular Fairfax Avenue: the “pulsing heart of hypebeast culture.” Hypebeast culture being all about men obsessed with fashion, the series hails from creators Matt Hausfater, Aaron Buchsbaum, and Teddy Riley, and is slated to premiere on Amazon in 2021.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amazon-animated-series-los-angeles-hypebeast-culture-1203485621/

Hey Tracey – Joel Dommet’s itv2 quiz show has been given a second series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5617/hey_tracey_series_2/

The Hospital – Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne’s Animal Pictures are producing this animated series which “Will follow Sleech and Klak, two brilliant alien doctors who specialize in rare sci-fi illnesses. When Sleech defies protocol and contracts a disease from another dimension, the heroes must find a cure before the universe is destroyed.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/maya-rudolph-natasha-lyonne-amazon-show-hospital-1203485715/

Howard The Duck – This animated comedy from Marvel is no longer going to be made, and the same applies with Tiagra and Dazzler as well. https://news.avclub.com/howard-the-duck-and-tigra-and-dazzler-are-both-dead-at-1841212757

Physical – Rose Byrne is set to star in this AppleTv series “Set in a 1980s Southern California beach community. It follows a woman (Byrne) struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife who finds an unconventional path to power through an unlikely source: the world of aerobics.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/rose-byrne-apple-series-physical-1203485984/

Run The World – Starz has ordered eight episodes of this comedy about a “story of a group of Black, vibrant, fiercely loyal best friends who work, live and play in Harlem as they strive for world domination. At its core, it’s an unapologetically female show about enviable friendship and not only surviving – but thriving together.” The cast includes Amber Stevens West as Whitney, Andrea Bordeaux as Ella, Bresha Webb as Renee, Corbin Reid Sondi and Stephen Bishop as Matthew. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/starz-yvette-lee-bowser-comedy-pilot-run-the-world-1203486825/

Sex/Life – Sarah Shahi has been cast in the lead role of this forthcoming Netflix dramedy, and it’s been described as “The story of a love triangle between a woman, her husband, and her past. Shahi will play Billie Connelly, a woman with everything to lose, a suburban mother of two who goes in search of that sexy, single girl in the city she used to be ten years ago. She takes a fantasy-charged trip down memory lane that sets her very married present on a collision course with her wild-child past.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/sarah-shahi-sex-life-netflix-1203487313/

This Country – The UK version is set to end after the forthcoming third series but a US version is in the works and a pilot is set to be made, which Variety describes as “In the half-hour project, a documentary crew goes to a small town to study young adults and their current concerns. Their focus is the daily lives of cousins Kelly and Shrub Mallet and their idiosyncratic surroundings. The American version of “This Country” hails from writer Jenny Bicks, who will also executive produce under Perkins Street Productions banner. Paul Feig is attached to direct the pilot in addition to executive producing.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fox-this-country-jenny-bicks-paul-feig-1203486787/

Untitled Cecily Strong Musical Comedy – Apple are working with the SNL star on this series which “Follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.”” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/cecily-strong-apple-series-1203486253/

Untitled Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello, and Jen Statsky HBO Max sitcom – HBO have ordered a pilot from these three writers (Broad City, The Good Place), where “The project details a dark mentorship that forms between two women from different generations — a Las Vegas diva and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/hbo-max-comedy-pilot-jen-statsky-paul-w-downs-lucia-aniello-mike-schur-1203484458/

We The Jury – US Network CBS is making a version of James Acaster’s pilot We The Jury (which we reviewed a while back here), though Acaster’s only involvement would be as an executive producer. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5611/we_the_jury_usa/

News From 24/01/2020:

American Auto – One of five NBC pilots announced this week, this “Hails from “Superstore” creator Justin Spitzer. It is described as a workplace comedy set at the headquarters of a major American automotive company in Detroit, where a floundering group of executives try to rediscover the company identity amidst a rapidly changing industry.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-comedy-pilots-jim-jefferies-justin-spitzer-1203477392/

B Positive – Chuck Lorre is making another sitcom, with a pilot ordered for this show which “Centers around newly divorced dad Drew, who is at the end of his rope when face when finding a kidney donor. Fortunately, he runs into Gina, a rough-around-the edges woman from his past who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/chuck-lorre-b-positive-comedy-pilot-cbs-1203477372/

Central Park – A new animated comedy from the creator of Bob’s Burgers, show creator Loren Bouchard has spoken about the show in detail here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/bobs-burgers-central-park-creator-loren-bouchard-kristen-bell-biracial-character-1203472434/

Crazy For You – NBC is making a pilot from Silicon Valley writer Rachele Lynn which “Revolves around Daisy who, with her life stalling, re-enters the dating scene only to discover that while she was out of the game, the game sort of, totally, completely changed. Realizing she is a bit rusty at being “normal” and “appealing” on first dates, she’ll need the support of her friends as she strives to succeed while being her true self in today’s quick-to-dismiss dating culture.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-pilots-seth-meyers-brooklyn-nine-nine-co-creator-dan-goor-30-rock-writers-1203477670/

Dollface – This Kat Denning’s sitcom has been renewed for a second season by Hulu. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/wu-tang-an-american-saga-dollface-season-2-renewal-hulu-1203470316/

Grown-ish – Has been given a fourth season by Freeform. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/grown-ish-good-trouble-renewed-at-freeform-1203470747/

High Fidelity – There’s another trailer for the show here: https://news.avclub.com/zoe-kravitz-scours-the-wreckage-of-her-love-life-in-thi-1841064395

Home – This Channel 4 sitcom returns on February 5th, and Douglas Henshall has been added to the cast. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2020/01/24/45248/douglas_henshall_joins_home

Jefferies – As reported last year, Jim Jefferies is the latest comedian who’s making a sitcom based on his life, and now NBC have commissioned a pilot of it. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-comedy-pilots-jim-jefferies-justin-spitzer-1203477392/

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. – This animated comedy has added a bunch of new cast members, including Ben Schwartz, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Beck Bennet, Jon Daly, and Sam Richardson. More info on the show is here:
https://news.avclub.com/marvels-m-o-d-o-k-expands-cast-with-ben-schwartz-meli-1841141208

Miss Austen – Steve Coogan’s production company Baby Cow is making a comedy drama based on this novel – “The critically acclaimed book – already lauded as one of the best novels of 2020 by The Times of London, Financial Times and BBC Online – follows the lives and loves of sisters Cassandra and Jane Austen. The tale is inspired by Cassandra’s infamous burning of Jane’s letters, a mystery that has long puzzled biographers and academics. The London Observer described “Miss Austen” as “a novel of great kindness, often unexpectedly moving, with much to say about the status of ‘invisible’ older women.” “Gill has brought such wit, ingenuity and heartbreaking tenderness to this literary mystery, turning it into a terrifically compelling and relevant novel,” said Langan, Baby Cow’s chief executive. “Not only does she effortlessly capture Austen’s unique and irresistible tone but, in Cassandra, she may have delivered us the ultimate Austen heroine. Baby Cow is thrilled to be entrusted with bringing this gem to our screens and to a whole new audience.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/baby-cow-gill-hornby-miss-austen-1203477336/

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – Apple Tv has given Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney’s sitcom a second season even before the first has aired. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mythic-quest-ravens-banquet-season-2-renewal-apple-tv-plus-1203472080/

My Village – ABC has commissioned a pilot from the creator of The New Adventures Of Old Christine, Kari Lizer, about “An empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/abc-comedy-pilot-kari-lizer-1203477321/

The Prince – A new HBO animated comedy, this is from Gary Janetti (Vicious, Family Guy) and “The series takes a look at the royals through the eyes of Prince George, the eldest child of Prince William and Princess Kate. Janetti will voice Prince George, with other members of the voice cast including: Orlando Bloom as Prince Harry, Condola Rashad at Meghan Markle, Lucy Punch as Kate Middleton, Tom Hollander as both Prince Philip and Prince Charles, Alan Cumming as George’s butler Owen, Frances De La Tour as Queen Elizabeth, and Iwan Rheon as Prince William.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/british-royal-family-series-hbo-max-the-prince-1203474443/

Prospect – ABC are making a pilot “described as a comedic western about an idealistic young woman who moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher. Her ideals are quickly tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/abc-western-comedy-pilot-sherry-bilsing-graham-ellen-kreamer-1203472325/

Ramy – The second season Is finally being aired on Hulu, with the series airing on May 29th.
https://news.avclub.com/hulus-ramy-finally-gets-a-premiere-date-1841067339

Sliced – Dave has ordered another series of the show, with it being six new forty minute episodes rather than the three we got last time around. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5608/sliced_series_2_dave_samson_kayo/

Someone Out There – Is another pilot NBC are making “Based on the format “Pequenas Coincidencias,” created by Spanish actor Javier Veiga. The prospective show is a romantic comedy about two set-in-their-ways adults who are challenged by very unexpected strangers to become the best versions of themselves in order to find love and possibly each other.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-pilots-seth-meyers-brooklyn-nine-nine-co-creator-dan-goor-30-rock-writers-1203477670/

This Country – The forthcoming third series will be the show’s last – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/21/45230/end_of_the_road_for_this_country

Trying – Apple Tv+ are making their first British series, a comedy starring Rafe Spall, Esther smith and Imelda Staunton. According to the British Comedy Guide “Spall and Smith play young couple Jason and Nikki, who are desperate to get pregnant. Eight half-hour episodes of the “heartfelt, hilarious British comedy” have been produced by BBC Studios and will be published globally on Friday 1st May 2020, the company has announced. They tease: “All Jason and Nikki want is a baby. But it’s the one thing they just can’t have. Trying is a new comedy series about growing up, settling down and finding someone to love.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5603/apple_tv_announces_trying/

Untitled Dan Goor Sitcom – And another NBC pilot being made is from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-creator Dan Goor and writer Phil Jackson, which has been “Described as an ensemble comedy about black friends, their dating lives and wine.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-pilots-seth-meyers-brooklyn-nine-nine-co-creator-dan-goor-30-rock-writers-1203477670/

Untitled Steve Martin and Martin Short Sitcom – After touring together for a fair while now Steve Martin and Martin Short are to make a tv series which sees them as two of “Three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one”. The AV Club suggests the third main cast member might be Chevy Chase, but we’ve no idea if there’s any evidence that might be the case. https://news.avclub.com/steve-martin-and-martin-short-playing-true-crime-obsess-1841065773

The Watch – The first photos from the series have been released, which have received a mixed reaction from Pratchett fans: https://io9.gizmodo.com/our-first-look-at-the-discworld-tv-show-is-not-what-you-1841061466

News from 17/01/2020:

The Adventure Zone – NBC have announced a whole host of shows for their forthcoming streaming service Peacock, including this one “Based on the McElroy Family’s wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons podcast and #1 NY Times Bestselling graphic novel series—The Adventure Zone is a side-splitting and heart-filled fantasy animated comedy series that follows an unlikely, poorly equipped trio and their beleaguered Dungeon Master as they reluctantly embark on a quest to save their world.” https://news.avclub.com/nbcs-peacock-streaming-service-announces-macgruber-and-1841045788

American Dad – Has been given a two season renewal on TBS – https://news.avclub.com/american-dad-to-continue-being-under-appreciated-for-2-1841043387

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – Has been renewed for a second season before the first begins on January 22nd, and a new trailer for it can be found here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/awkwafina-is-nora-from-queens-season-2-renewal-comedy-central-1203466488/

Beef House – Tim and Eric are to make a sitcom for Adult Swim, so yes, expect something rather unusual indeed, with the official description being “Tim, a laid-back rock-and-roll slacker, and his best friend Eric, a high-strung stay-at-home husband, find themselves in the middle of a madcap misadventure that can only be traversed with the help of their fellow Beef Boys.” – https://news.avclub.com/tim-and-eric-reunite-for-beef-house-sitcom-throwback-on-1841025755

Billions – Returns to Showtime on May 3rd. https://news.avclub.com/showtime-announces-premiere-dates-for-billions-penny-d-1840965833

Black Monday – This Is back on Showtime on March 15th, and a new trailer is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-hulu-releases-shrill-season-2-trailer-1203465796/

Bojack Horseman – The trailer for the final episodes of the series is now out, though we’ve not watched it due to spoiler reasons so for all we know it could just be Bojack staring at the camera for three minutes shrieking miserably. It’s probably not though. Probably.
https://io9.gizmodo.com/bojack-horseman-reflects-on-how-far-hes-come-in-the-fin-1841021045

Brockmire – The final series is to air on March 18th with it sounding like a very different beast as to what came before, with Variety saying it’s “Set 15 years in the future, the titular character (played by Hank Azaria) is now the commissioner of baseball and tasked with saving America’s pastime as the world around him descends into chaos, all while trying to salvage his relationship with his newfound daughter (Reina Hardesty) and rekindle the love he once had for Jules (Amanda Peet). Guest stars this season include Joe Buck, Paul F. Tompkins, Katie Finneran, Ego Nwodim and Tyrel Jackson Williams.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina1203469644-1203469644/

Chilvary – Steve Coogan and Him And Her Star Sarah Solemani are to star in a satire on the #MeToo movement, with Chortle reporting “Coogan plays a ‘ladies’ man’ film producer called Cameron who has just been dumped by yet another twentysomething girlfriend (via WhatsApp) and is facing a feminist backlash over his latest thriller. Him and Her star Solemani plays a liberal director who is promised funding for her pet project if she helps him reshoot the sexist blockbuster to make it less toxic and salvage his reputation. Channel 4 says the satire about ‘the complex state of contemporary sexual politics’ will ask: ‘How fluid are our politics and how political are our fluids? Can romance blossom – not in spite of #MeToo, but because of it?’” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/13/45157/steve_coogan_and_sarah_solemani_to_star_in_%23metoo_satire

Clean Slate – Laverne Cox is making a sitcom for the NBC Streaming service Peacock, with Variety reporting “It follows old school car wash owner Henry (George Wallace), who is thrilled that his estranged child is returning to Alabama after 17 years. However, Henry has a lot of soul searching to do when the child he thought was a son returns as the determined, proud, trans woman, Desiree (Cox).” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/macgruber-series-laverne-cox-norman-lear-peacock-1203469354/

Division One – Amy Poehler is producing a sitcom for the new NBC streaming service Peacock, which is described “as a coming-of-age comedy about an underdog women’s collegiate soccer team that gets a new female coach – a former professional soccer player who’s fallen from grace – and must decide whether or not they’re going to take the risk of trying to be great. Maggie Carey, who is best known for directing episodes of shows such as “Barry,” “Silicon Valley” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” is writing, directing and executive producing the show.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amy-poehler-mindy-kaling-peacock-comedies-in-development-1203469347/

Don’t Forget The Driver – The BBC are going to be making a second series of Toby Jones’ sitcom about a bus driver who discovers an asylum seeker. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/16/45189/don%E2%80%99t_forget_the_driver_to_make_a_return_trip

Expecting – Is a show which Mindy Kaling is producing, which Variety says ”Centers on Ellie, a fiercely independent but perpetually single music manager who has always wanted a family but never found a man worthy of the role of “father.” When she reaches her 39th birthday, Ellie decides to ask her gay best friend and co-worker, Jonathan, if he’ll be her sperm donor…Chris Schleicher is writing and executive producing.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amy-poehler-mindy-kaling-peacock-comedies-in-development-1203469347/

Flack – The Anna Pacquin comedy is back on March 13th. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/one-day-at-a-time-season-4-premiere-flack-season-2-pop-tv-1203464744/

Girls5Eva – Is a new series from Tina Fey “About a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s that reunites to give their pop star dreams one more shot.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/peacock-original-series-1203469579/

Insecure – The fourth series returns on April 14th, and a trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/issa-raes-insecure-gets-a-season-4-teaser-and-premiere-1841026104

The Kemps: All True – The full cast for this mockumentary about Spandau Ballet stars Gary and Martin Kemp has been revealed, along with further details about the plot, with Chortle saying “Perry Benson from Benidorm features as their brother ‘Ross Kemp’ alongside Simon Day, Anna Maxwell Martin, Daniel Mays , Alan Ford, Lucy Montgomery Tony Way and Christopher Eccleston…As well as looking at their fake history, the show will explore the Kemps’ other passions as Martin attempts to launch a new film franchise and Gary plans a new vegan meat-substitute, Wonge. Martin Kemp says: ‘After being known as Roman Kemp’s dad for a few months, I’m really happy to be getting back in the limelight and being known for being that one from Spandau Ballet who hit someone over the head with an ashtray in EastEnders; as well as spending some time with my brothers, Gary and Ross.’ Gary Kemp added: ‘I’m thrilled that the BBC is making this probing documentary into the lives of my brother and me, and great to be in the delicate yet blood-stained hands of the wonderful Rhys Thomas. Anyone who knows Rhys’s work can expect a little more probing than is usual. Our lawyers await.’ https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/17/45194/full_cast_revealed_for_the_kemps%3A_all_true

Ladybaby – Is a new BBC3 pilot about a stand up who is reunited with her lost daughter, with it written by Kirsty Swain of Channel 4’s Pure series. “Set in Edinburgh, Ladybaby follows a struggling 35-year-old comic who comes off stage one night to discover the 20-year-old daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/17/45199/bbc_three_pilots_a_comedy-drama_about_a_stand-up

The Lebanese Outpost – Brendan O’Carroll, the monster behind the horrendously bad Mrs Browns Boys, is making another sitcom though at the moment it’s thankfully only at pilot stage. The British Comedy Guide reports that it “will follow a group of Irish peacekeepers patrolling the Lebanese-Israeli border”, and may well be responsible for the outbreak of World War III. Well, we can but hope.
https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5599/the_lebanese_outpost_pilot/

MacGruber – After being talked about for ages the NBC Streaming service Peacock has commissioned a series based on the SNL character who had his own film a decade back, where after “Rotting in prison for over a decade, America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot MacGruber (played by Forte) is finally released. His mission: to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber, Vicki, and Piper must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within. Forte is a writer and executive producer on the project in addition to starring. Jorma Taccone and John Solomon are also writing and executive producing.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/macgruber-series-laverne-cox-norman-lear-peacock-1203469354/

Mother Mary – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom is to star in a comedy series about the mother of Jesus Christ, or to give him his full name, Jesus H Christ Superstar. According to The AV Club “Mother Mary is described as “a modern twist on one of the famous stories ever told.” That famous story is biblical, as the series features the title character (previously created by Betsy Sodaro of Disjointed) as “the most irresponsible and lazy human on Earth” who happens to become pregnant by way of Immaculate Conception. Mother Mary will star Sodaro as the title character; Bloom steps in as “Christa Anton,” the mother of the antichrist. Fun! Sodaro will also write the project along with Casey Feigh (What We Do In The Shadows) and Dan Gregor (How I Met Your Mother).” https://news.avclub.com/pop-tv-picks-up-rachel-bloom-s-new-mother-mary-pilot-1840981436

Night School – NBC are making a series based on the Kevin Hart film, with Variety claiming “The multi-cam series centers on a mix of adults at a night school GED prep class who unexpectedly bond over their shared experience and find themselves helping each other both inside and outside of the classroom.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/night-school-series-pilot-nbc-1203463627/

One Day At A Time – Will premier on Pop on March 24th, and more info about the show’s new season is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/one-day-at-a-time-season-4-premiere-flack-season-2-pop-tv-1203464744/

Our Cartoon President – The trailer for the third season is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ul7izCYD3Nw&feature=emb_logo

People Just Do Nothing – Despite making a pilot for it, the proposed US version of the show won’t be going ahead. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/14/45176/us_remake_of_people_just_do_nothing_is_axed

The Ranganation – Is coming back for a second series in May. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5598/the_ranganation_series_2/

Sex Education – Yet another trailer for season 2 has been released. https://tv.avclub.com/will-they-or-wont-they-applies-to-a-few-things-in-sex-1841040001

Shameless – Has been renewed for an eleventh season, but it will be the show’s last. https://news.avclub.com/shameless-at-long-last-is-coming-to-an-end-1840975946

Sherman’s Showcase – Will be returning for a one off, hour long special which according to Variety “will feature more sketches, guest stars and original hit songs”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina1203469644-1203469644/

Shrill – A trailer for the show’s second season is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-hulu-releases-shrill-season-2-trailer-1203465796/

Tacoma FD – is back for a second season on Mar. 26 at 10 p.m. – “The half-hour comedy will deliver 13 episodes in its sophomore season, during which the squad finds themselves fighting fires at a haunted house, trapped in an elevator during the annual Firemen’s Ball and creating fire safety videos with the “buffest” group of firemen in town.” A trailer for the show is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-young-sheldon-reba-mcentire-casting-1203468331/

This Week At The Comedy Cellar – Has been given a third season by Comedy Central. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-comedy-central-renews-this-week-at-the-comedy-cellar-season-3-1203463465/

Tooning Out The News – Stephen Colbert is to make a short daily cartoon satirising the news, which will have an omnibus edition at the end of the week. According to The AV Club “As announced today, the series is called Tooning Out The News and it will utilize a fairly unique strategy in order to retain timeliness. As a press release explains, there will be “short daily segments” from the Tooning Out The News team that culminate in a “weekly full episode featuring a cast of animated characters mocking news of the day.” The animated characters will also interview “real world guests and newsmakers.”
https://news.avclub.com/cbs-all-access-and-stephen-colbert-to-make-fun-of-the-n-1840960350

Tosh 4.0 – Because sometimes we report bad news, the show has been given yet another season, and host Daniel Tosh a “First Look Deal” at Comedy Central which might commission a scripted project from the comedian / hack. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tosh-0-scores-four-season-renewal-daniel-tosh-inks-overall-deal-with-comedy-central-1203466490/

Work In Progress – Has been given a second season, with the network saying “We fell in love with Abby at first sight, and are eager to share in the laughter — and tears — that she, Tim and Lilly will undoubtedly evoke in Season 2.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/showtime-renews-the-l-word-generation-q-and-work-in-progress-1203464681/

The Young Rock – Dwayne Johnson is to have a sitcom based around his time as a kid, with the AV Club saying that it’s “A comedy TV show about the “formative years” of Dwayne Johnson. Johnson himself will apparently appear in “every episode,” which we’re going to guess will be some kind of “Hey, I’m The Rock, here’s a funny thing that happened when I was a kid” framing device as opposed to a regular acting gig—not because he couldn’t do it, but because he seems far too busy to dedicate a lot of time to a major role on a network sitcom. The show is coming from Fresh Off The Boat and Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23 creator Nahnatchka Khan, who co-wrote the pilot with Jeff Chiang.” https://news.avclub.com/dwayne-johnson-and-nbc-announce-sitcom-about-young-rock-1840957904

News from 10/01/2020:

Archer – Returns on May 6th 2020. https://news.avclub.com/fargo-and-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-will-return-to-fx-i-1840903319

Atlanta – Season 3 won’t air on FX until January 2021, but there is some good news in that it’s being shot back to back with Season 4, and that will be shown in the Autumn on 2021. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/atlanta-season-3-january-2021-fx-tca-1203461937/

Better Things – Season 4 will air on March 5th, and Pamela Adlon has given a great interview here which among other subjects touches on the use of the C word. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/better-things-season-4-pamela-adlon-c-word-trans-tca-1203462276/

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – An 80’s style trailer for the next season (which begins on February 6th) is now online – https://news.avclub.com/nbc-goes-full-80s-with-this-trailer-for-brooklyn-nine-n-1840933581

The Connors – Is to air a live episode on February 11th, the night of the New Hampshire primary, in what will apparently be a heavily political episode. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-conners-live-episode-new-hampshire-primary-politics-abc-news-1203460344/

Finding Alice – Chortle have reported that Joanna Lumley and Nigel Havers have joined the cast of this dark comedy drama co-created by Keeley Hawes, who stars as “A woman whose husband’s sudden and accidental death unearths a trail of secrets, debt, suspicion and criminality. Lumley and Havers will play the parents of Hawes’ title character. Also joining the cast are Gemma Jones and Kenneth Cranham, who play Alice’s in-laws; Jason Merrells as her husband Harry; Isabella Pappas as their 16-year-old daughter Charlotte; and Two Doors Down actor Sharon Rooney as Harry’s sister Nicola.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/10/45144/joanna_lumley_and_nigel_havers_join_finding_alice

Gloop World – Rick and Morty’s Justin Roiland is making a stop motion series for Quibi about “the “absurd but strangely relatable lives” of two roommates named Bob Roundy and Funzy living in the “malleable suburbia and outskirts of Gloop World.”, and “Roiland is specifically looking for a very low-tech claymation experience. In a statement, he said that he wants the show to have an “imperfect approach, where you can see the animators in the work,” to the point where the characters seem so much like real clay that you’ll “feel like you can reach into your phone and grab them yourself”. https://news.avclub.com/rick-and-mortys-justin-roiland-goes-to-quibi-for-clayma-1840837784

High and Low – Is another forthcoming Quibi series, which apparently “Follows comedic siblings Erin and Sara Foster, as they set off to uncover what the best travel destinations have to offer. In each episode, the sisters will flip a coin to see who goes high and who goes low. Flipping high entails a luxury travel experience, while landing on low pushes the other sister into a more authentic – and possibly rocky – vacation. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-abc-sets-modern-family-and-how-to-get-away-with-murder-series-finale-dates-1203461155/

Inside No.9 – A sixth series has been commissioned by the BBC before the fifth has even aired. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5591/inside_no_9_series_6/

The Kemps – All True – Rhys Thomas (of Brian Pern and A Year In The Life Of A Year fame) is making a mockumentary with Martin and Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/08/45132/carry_on_kemping

Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet – This new comedy from Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney launches on February 7th on Apple Tv, and a full length trailer for it is here: https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-always-sunny-team-has-made-silicon-valley-for-the-w-1840855845

The Nanny – We didn’t normally report on stage comedy here but because it’s about Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star and co-creator Rachel Bloom we thought we should because she’s all kinds of amazing, but it’s been reported that she’s to write the songs for a Broadway version of the vaguely liked nineties sitcom The Nanny, with originally star Fran Drescher co-writing the script. https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/the-nanny-musical-rachel-bloom-fran-drescher.html

The Offenders – Steven Merchant is making a comedy drama which “Will follow seven people from different walks of life who are forced together to complete a community payback sentence in Bristol. The producers say: “At first, they seem like archetypes we can easily pigeon hole but gradually we see behind their façades, understand their hidden depths and what made them the people they are today. We are reminded that no one is all good or all bad. Everyone has a story. As their unlikely new friendships intersect with their complicated private lives, The Offenders must unite to protect one of their own from Bristol’s most dangerous criminal gang. The show is part crime thriller, character study, and a state-of-the-nation commentary – with humour and heart.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5590/the_offenders_on_bbc1/

Our Cartoon President – Returns for its third season on Jan. 26 and will guest star Jon Glaser, Kate Berlant, Ed Begley Jr., Matt Lucas, Joe Mande, James Downey and Anna Drezen. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-sex-education-season-2-official-trailer-1203459900/

Phoenix Night – Peter Kay has once again suggested that he might make a film based on his hit series, though as Chortle point out this isn’t exactly the first time he’s said such a thing – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/06/45112/peter_kay%3A_im_thinking_of_making_a_phoenix_nights_film

Roast Battle – The line up for the fourth series has been revealed with Joe Sutherland v Sophie Duker, Phil Wang v Fern Brady and Lou Sanders v Luke McQueen among the more interest battles, with the show returning on January 20th. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/09/45139/whos_in_series_4_of_roast_battle

Saved By The Bell – Has cast Josie Totah in the reboot of this unloved 90s sitcom. According to Variety “Here’s the logline for the revival: When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality. Totah will play the role of Lexi, who is described as a beautiful, sharp-tongued cheerleader and the most popular girl at Bayside High, who is both admired and feared by her fellow students.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/saved-by-the-bell-revival-peacock-josie-totah-casting-1203458032/

Sex Education – A trailer for the second series is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZhb0Vl_BaM&feature=emb_logo, with the show premiering on January 17th.

Temporary Humans – Will Arnett is producing an animated sitcom for Fox that “follows Jake, a hapless twenty something who rescues a naked amnesiac, Sammy, from an explosion in a lake and makes him his roommate”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fox-animated-comedy-temporary-humans-will-arnett-1203458224/

Untitled Gordon Ramsey Produced Sitcom – Angry twat Gordon Ramsey is creating a single camera sitcom according to Variety, where “A young chef named Laura, who decides to strike out on her own after a huge blow up with her perfectionist, demanding, Gordon Ramsay-like mentor. Thinking there’s got to be a better way to run a kitchen, she opens her own restaurant. But after a twist of fate throws them back together, she finds herself stuck with her opinionated, foul mouthed former boss, not only in her kitchen, but in her personal life too. Although Ramsay might seem like a logical choice to play the opinionated mentor chef, sources say there are currently no plans for him to play a role in the series. He will serve as a non-writing EP via his Studio Ramsay banner.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/gordon-ramsay-single-camera-chef-comedy-fox-1203458706/

Urban Myths – Steve Pemberton has written an episode of this Sky Arts show, all about Les Dawson and “the time the comedian spent as a pianist in a Parisian brothel and his relationship with a prostitute there.
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/10/45147/steve_pemberton_writes_a_film_about_les_dawson

What We Do In The Shadows – The Second series will begin airing on April 15th, and it’s been announced that Mark Hamil will be one of the guest stars. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mark-hamill-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-season-2-guest-star-1203462505/

Young Frankenstein: The Musical – This is the latest Broadway show to be get a live tv version, with it set to air on ABC later this year. https://io9.gizmodo.com/young-frankenstein-will-be-puttin-on-the-ritz-for-a-li-1840876643

News from 03/01/2020

Black Excellence – Variety reports that “Genneya Walton (“The Resident”), Iman Benson (“Suits”), Scarlet Spencer (“Bright”), Justin Clairborne, Ravi Cabot-Conyers and Richard Gardenhire Jr. have been cast in Netflix‘s new comedy…The eight-episode series from Kenya Barris (who executive produces and also stars) explores what it means to be a “new money” Black family.” https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-zoe-kravitz-high-fidelity-1203450168/

The Good Life – A stage version of the much loved Richard Briers and Felicity Kendall sitcom is due to be made, with Katherine Parkinson starring as Barbara. Which sounds like a terrible bit of miscasting to me, but hey, maybe she’ll be okay. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/03/45100/the_good_life_to_be_a_stage_show

High Fidelity – A short teaser trailer for this Hulu show which updates Nick Horny’s novel is here: https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-zoe-kravitz-high-fidelity-1203450168/

Inside No.9 – Apparently the show has been ready to air since last April, but Reece Shearsmith has hinted that it should finally be hitting on our screens soon, and details about two of the episodes are here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8171/Reece-Shearsmith-Dracula

The Mighty Boosh – Noel Fielding has suggested on Twitter the duo will be returning soon, saying “There really wasn’t enough Boosh this decade! let’s try and rectify that in the next one 🙂 x”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/01/03/45101/noel_fielding_teases_a_boosh_comeback

Schitt’s Creek – Another trailer for the final season has been released – https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/schitts-creek-final-season-trailer-teases-davids-wedding-and-a-rose-family-goodbye-watch-1203449517/

Sick Of It – Karl Pilkington has revealed more about the second series which debuts on January 10th, including how his character is less depressed this time around and tries to enjoy life a little more. https://www.chortle.co.uk/features/2019/12/23/45065/this_series_is_more_upbeat…_but_its_not_richard_curtis_upbeat

The Tuckers – A new sitcom written by Steve Spiers (Stella, Upstart Crow) about a family of lovable rogues, this starts on BBC One Wales on January 10th, and much more info about it is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8165/bbc-wales-tuckers

This Country – The BBC are hosting a free preview of the first two episodes of the forthcoming series, to those who live in the Cotswolds – tickets can be applied for here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/

Untitled Armstrong and Miller Sitcom – It’s very early days but this comedy duo may reunite for a sitcom that they’re currently working on. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2019/12/28/45082/armstrong_and_miller_could_reunite_with_a_sitcom

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