Coming Attractions: Tv News From February 2020

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News from 28th February 2020:

American Auto – Ana Gasteyer is to star in a single camera comedy for NBC, with Variety reporting “The project hails from Justin Spitzer, the creator of NBC’s well-received comedy series “Superstore.” It is 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. Gasteyer will star as Katherine Hastings, the CEO of Payne Motors. She joins previously announced castmember Harriet Dyer, who will play Payne Motors’ head of communications, Sadie.”

Atypical – Will return for a fourth and final season.

Big Deal – Molly Shannon is to co-star with Vanessa Bayer in this Showtime comedy, “In which Bayer plays a character who overcame childhood leukemia to achieve her lifelong dream of landing a job as a successful home shopping channel host. Shannon will star as Jackie, the charismatic, popular host at the network. Bayer’s character is inspired by her own life.”

The Chair – Is a new six part dramedy from Amanda Peet and produced by Game Of Thrones’ co-creators Benioff and Weiss which “centers on the Chair of an English department at a major university, who will be played by Sandra Oh. Jay Duplass is also attached to star in an unspecified role”.

Frank of Ireland – Brian and Domnhnall Gleeson are to make a sitcom together which “Brian will play a 32-year-old misanthropic, narcissistic, fantasist who lives in Dublin with his mother, and believes the world owes him something. He describes himself as a musician but hasn’t written a song or played a gig in more than seven years and five months. Meanwhile Domhnall, who plays General Hux in Star Wars, will be Frank’s ‘wingman’ Doofus. The pair have written the six-part series with Michael Moloney, and it will be directed by MJ Delaney.”

Future Man – Returns for it’s third and final season on Hulu on April 3rd.

Kevin Can F*** Himself – Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek) is the lead in this new comedy, which “Centers around Murphy’s Allison, Kevin’s wife, who escapes her confines and discovers her rage.“Kevin Can F– Himself” 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 and forces the world to let her take the lead.”

Night School – A tv pilot based on the hit Tiffany Haddish film is to be made, with Shanola Hampton has been cast in the lead role for this NBC series. Variety reports it’s about “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.Hampton will star as Carrie Dawes, a high school teacher who doesn’t suffer fools and takes no prisoners.”

The Scotts – After a successful pilot, a full series has been given of this BBC Scotland comedy.

The Simpsons – Producers have announced that Hank Azaria is to no longer voice Apu, though a replacement actor has yet to be revealed. It’s also been revealed that Marvel’s Kevin Feige will be appearing in a forthcoming episode.

This Country – Sean William Scott has been cast in the lead role of the US remake of the much loved British sitcom.

This Way Up – Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan’s Channel 4 sitcom is coming back for a second series –

The Three Of Us – Oliver Hudson and Malin Akerman are to star in a CBS pilot about “Adult siblings who are children of divorce who must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage.”

True Story – Ed Helms and Randall Park are to host this new NBC comedy series, a sort of spin on Drunk History where comedians retell other people’s stories, though this time they’re sober.

Valley Trash – Jason Lee is to star in a new ABC pilot from “Speechless” writer Niki Schwartz-Wright that according to Variety “Revolves around the Harmans, a scrappy, blue collar family living in the deep Valley who suddenly experience a major culture clash when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Abby, gets accepted to a prestigious LA private high school filled with students and parents who want nothing to do with her, her family or their 818 area code. Lee will play the role of Cal, a Southern, charming, slightly rough around the edges father of two whose number one passion in life is being a great dad and a loving husband. He’s a scrappy lawyer who has his face plastered on billboards and bus ads around the Valley and an office that sits above a Yoshinoya.”

Who’s Asking – Richard Ayoade is to host a pilot for a new panel show, where “The players write the questions…. The producers explain: “Who’s Asking? is a brand-new comedy pilot hosted by Richard Ayoade. Join Richard as he invites three comedians to take part in a quiz like no other. On Who’s Asking? it’s up to the players to write the questions. Expect some healthy competition, inventive rounds and plenty of laughs.”

News from 21/02/2020:

The Auteur – Thor Ragnarok and Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi has signed up to direct several episodes of Jude Law’s new comedy, that Variety reports is “Told from the point of view of an eccentric “auteur” played by Law, is a satire on Hollywood. It’s unknown when the show will go into production as Law is about to start shooting the third installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, while Waititi will commence production on “Thor: Love and Thunder” later this year.”

Bigger – Will Packer’s series has been given a second season.

B Positive – Chuck Lorre is producing yet another show, though this one is still only at pilot stage right now, and will star Annaleigh Ashford, with Variety reporting “In the show, faced with finding a kidney donor, newly divorced dad Drew is at the end of his rope when he runs into Gina (Ashford), 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. Gina is further described as a working-class woman who is larger than life in every sense — most importantly, her heart. She lives in her mother’s basement, drives a senior citizen van for a living, and makes rash decisions, including giving Drew her kidney.”

Cold Feet – Is going on hiatus, with the show creator deciding he’d run out of things to say about the characters at their current age, but he does plan on bringing the show back when they’re all a bit older.

The Curse – Nathan Fielder is making a pilot with The Safdie Brother (Uncut Gems) with all three contributing to the script, that according to The AV Club “Will be about a newly married couple that hosts a “troubled HGTV show” called Flipanthropy. Also, the couple is apparently cursed…Fielder will be playing the husband and Safdie will be playing the producer of the show, which Deadline repeatedly refers to as an “HGTV show” (as opposed to, say, an “HGTV-like show”)…Before we get too excited, though, The Curse is still just a pilot at this point, so it might not get any further than this stage.”

Die Hart – Josh Harnett has joined the Quibi show, as “A fictionalized character of himself, an alumnus of the action school where Kevin Hart is training. Harnett’s character has returned to the school to participate in Hart’s training where he is trying to become an action star in a movie.”

Dodger – Rhys Thomas has written a Dickens inspired comedy for the BBC, it will focus on the character from Oliver Twist and air on CBBC.

Feel Good – Mae Martin’s sitcom is due to air in March, and a trailer for it is now online –

The Last O.G. – Returns on April 7th at 10:30 p.m, and guest stars this year include “Mike Tyson, Katt Williams, J.B. Smoove, Sasheer Zamata and many more.”

A League Of Their Own – The pilot for the tv adaptation has announced it’s cast, with D’Arcy Carden the lead in a cast “that also includes Abbi Jacobson, Chanté Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, Priscilla Delgado and Melanie Field”.

Minx – HBO Max have ordered a pilot from Paul Feig and Ellen Rapoport, in which “An earnest young feminist joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women.”

Reno 911! – It’s now been confirmed that a seventh season is to be made, with the full cast returning, which includes Robert Ben Garant, Kerri Kenney, Thomas Lennon, Niecy Nash, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Cedric Yarbrough, Carlos Alazraqui, Ian Roberts, Joe LoTruglio and Mary Birdsong.

Run – A new HBO comedy from Vicky Jones, a teaser trailer is here:

The Shrink Next Door – Paul Rudd and Will Ferrel are to star in a dark comedy inspired by true events (and a hit podcast) about “The bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). Over the course of their relationship, Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s home and taking over his family business.”

Untitled Emily Kapnek Sitcom – ABC have ordered a pilot from the creator of Splitting Up Together, which is “A love story with a twist centering on New York City teenager Lennon Cochrane, whose life is turned upside down when she stumbles on a family secret. Lennon is further described as creative, rebellious, and endlessly indulged by her mother. She rarely heard the word no growing up. Raised to believe she could do anything, Lennon never worried about fitting into any conventional box. She found music early and it became the primary outlet for her self-expression. When her city life is upended, she struggles to adjust to her new circumstances.”

The Windsors – Returns for it’s long awaited third series on the 25th of February, and it’s been revealed that Simon Day, Julia Deakin and Miriam Margolyes are to guest star. Update: A trailer for the new series is now online too:

News From 14/02/2020:

Adopted – Jimmy Kimmel is writing the pilot for a new show according to Variety, and “The prospective series also comes from two military veterans: Shawn Vance, a former United States special forces Green Beret, and Daril Fannin, a former combat army medic. Vance and Fannin will write and exec produce alongside Kimmel. “Adopted” centers on a Green Beret who returns home to Texas from military service. Once home, he and his family struggle with the challenges of adopting his new brother, a 12-year-old Russian boy. The project is inspired by a true story and hails from ABC Studios in association with the host’s Kimmelot banner.”

Afterlife – Returns to Netflix somewhat depressingly on April 24th.

Avenue 5 – Has been given a second season by HBO.

Beef Boys – The first trailer for Tim Heidecker’s forthcoming sitcom is now online –

Bloods – Sky have ordered six episodes of this comedy that stars Samson Kayo and Jane Horricks as paramedics. Originally an one-off Sky comedy short from 2018, according to Chortle Kayo said: ‘I’m super excited to show the world Bloods, especially because I almost became a paramedic. Lucky for the NHS, I chose to play the character instead.’”

Brassic – Joe Gilgun’s comedy drama has been given a third season well before the second airs.

Call Me Kat – The US version of Miranda has been given a new name (with it formerly being known as Carla) and Swoosie Kurtz has been joined the cast. Variety reported “It follows Carla (Bialik), a 39-year-old woman who struggles every day against society and her mother (Kurtz) to prove that you cannot have everything you want — and still be happy. Which is why she spent the money her parents set aside for her wedding to open a Cat Café in Louisville, KY. Kurtz’s character is named Sheila. Sheila grew up in Louisville and subscribes to very traditional gender roles. She views her daughter Kat’s unmarried status as her own personal failure. A charming narcissist, Sheila has used her sex appeal to date an endless array of men since Kat’s father died.”

Carl Hutchinson Live From Newcastle Tune Theatre – To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Hutchinson has posted his most recent show on youtube for free –

The Emily Atack Show – The Inbetweeners star is to make a pilot of her own stand up and sketch show. “According to the producers, the new show will be ‘playing to the two big loves of Emily’s life – acting and making people laugh’ and will involve the star ‘performing stand-up, mixed with sketches, all reflecting on the relatable topic of “nights out”.’”

Flack – The trailer for the second season of this dark comedy is now online –

The Goes Wrong Show – Has unfortunately been given a second series.

Home Economics – Because ABC are the most evil of the networks, they’re making a new sitcom from two of the producers of Two And A Half Men starring Topher Grace, that “centers around three adult siblings: one in the one percent, one middle-class, and one barely holding on.”

Intelligence – Sky have ordered a second series of the forthcoming Spy comedy starring David Schwimmer and NIck Mohammed, even though the first has yet to air.

Insatiable – Has been cancelled by Netflix after two seasons.

King Gary – Despite being a bit naff, this is returning for a second batch of episodes.

Ladhood – Liam Williams’ superb BBC3/1 sitcom has been given a second series –

The Mighy Ducks – The tv series based on these movies about kids playing hockey has been given a series order, with Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham set to star.

Nefertiti – Chortle has reported that “Shappi Khorsandi is being lined up to play the mother of drag queen Glamrou in a semi-autobiographical TV comedy…The comic and the founder of drag girlband Denim have shot a taster pilot, Nefertiti, with Big Talk, the production company that made Cold Feet, Spaced and Black Books. Also featuring character comic Abbie Murphy, the show blends narrative elements with excerpts of stand-up and musical performances.”

Red Dwarf – The full plot and casting details for the forthcoming feature length special can be found here: – with the show rumoured to air in April, though this has yet to be confirmed.

Resident Alien – A forthcoming comedy for the Syfy Channel, this Alan Tudyk series has a teaser trailer now online –

Safe Space – Greg Davies has made a pilot for Sky about “A demotivated small-time psychotherapist …Davies’s character in the new show is heading nowhere fast until fate intervenes in the form of a new client; his rising star local MP….”A dark web of revelations lead to a serious breach of client confidentially,’ the broadcaster says, describing the show as: ‘A tale of control, power and how idiotic it makes us”. ”

Sex Education – Has unsurprisingly (but pleasingly) been given a third season –

Stand Up And Deliver – Five celebrities are going to try and do stand up in this Channel 4 series which normally we’d mock but as it’s linked to the channel’s Stand Up To Cancer strand we’ll let it off this one time.

Superstore – Will be returning for a sixth season.

Sweetpea – Sky are to air an eight part dark comedy drama about “An average girl next door who has a long-buried secret…The comedy is based around Sweetpea, the novel by CJ Skuse. It has been adapted for the screen by Pure writer Kirstie”Rhiannon is your average girl next door, living quietly with her boyfriend and little dog. By day her job as an office manager is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friends’ plans for marriage and babies. Rhiannon never complains, smiling through it all with reserves of serenity and a sparkling wit. She has become skilled at keeping it together. Being normal. But behind this mask is a ferocious power lying dormant, and a long-buried secret that Rhiannon wishes she could forget. When a chance encounter with a stranger leads to a shocking act of violence, Rhiannon’s mask slips completely and she is forced to confront the darker side she has long kept hidden. The girl everyone overlooks might just be able to get away with murder.”

Swimming With Sharks – Quibi are making a series based on the 1994 film, though thankfully without original star Kevin Spacey.

The Tail Of The Curious Mouse – Dawn French is to star in this one off-special about the time Roald Dahl met Beatrix Potter.

This Time With Alan Partridge – Has been given a second series with it set to air within the next 12 months, and a Partridge hosted podcast is soon to be launched too called The Oast House.

Three Busy Debras – A trailer for this Amy Poehler produced Adult Swim comedy about three deranged housewives all named Debra is now online, with the show set to debut right after Beef House on March 29th –

Turner And Hooch – Disney have given this remake of the film about a dog who is a cop a 12 episode order –

Urban Myths – Details on the four episode fourth season of this Sky show have now been announced, with Robbie Coltrane starring as Orson Welles, Katherine Ryan playing Joan Rivers, Zach Wyatt taking on Jimi Hendrix, and Steve Pemberton writing a one off about Les Dawson. Further details can be found here:

The Year Of The Rabbit – Though it was rumoured a while back it’s now been officially confirmed that this will be coming back for a second season, with Matt Berry saying “I’m looking forward to Inspector Rabbit returning back to our screens to fight crime in the past. ‘This time he’ll deal with all sorts of unearthly forces, including the Royal Family. Victorian London is presently very much where it’s at.’”

News From 07/02/2020:

Age Of Outrage – BBC One Wales are making a pilot of a sketch show after one of the videos they made went viral, with it currently receiving 15 million views on Facebook in under a fortnight. “The corporation says: “The clip, entitled If High Street Shopping was like Online Shopping, quickly went viral on a number of the BBC’s social media platforms, and has been shared and liked by millions of people since it was first posted on January 11th, making it one of BBC Wales’s most-viewed social media videos ever. Now, it’s set to hit television screens with a 30-minute pilot episode, which was previously commissioned, due to air on BBC One Wales.”

Comedians Giving Lectures – Dave have confirmed that there will be two more series made of the show.

Die Hart – Another Quibi short comedy series, this sees John Travolta team up with Kevin Hart in an action comedy where “Hart plays a fictionalized version of himself who is tired of being the comedic sidekick. He gets his wish when a famous director offers him his dream – to be a leading man action star – but there’s a catch: Hart must first train at the world’s greatest action star school, run by a lunatic (Travolta). Pushed to his limits by this action school coach and a tough-minded rival student, Hart must survive a series of hilarious, over-the-top action sequences and face his fears if he wants to achieve his dream and land the role of a lifetime.”

Escape from Virtual Island – Audible are making a scripted audio comedy that’s notable as it’ll star Paul Rudd, Jack McBrayer, Paula Pell, Amber Ruffin, Scott Adsit, Jane Krakowski, Seth Meyers, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, Olivia Wilde and Henry Winkler, with the series following “Derek Ambrose (Paul Rudd) as he runs an island resort in 2038 where the wealthy come to live out their wildest fantasies in virtual reality”

Ghosts – One of several CBS pilots announced this week, it’s an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, with Variety describing it as “A struggling young couple’s dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it’s both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.”

Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule – Has been cancelled and so will not be returning for a fourth series.

House Of Payne – Tyler Perry is bringing back the multi-cam comedy series for BET, with the revival picking up five years after the end of the previous season.

Hypothetical – Has been given a third series –

Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father – Is coming back for a fourth series, with this time it being set in Australia.

Mandy – After a successful pilot last year, Diane Morgan’s comedy is being made in to a series, with The British Comedy Guide reporting “The BBC tease: “Mandy is a woman with dreams. Big dreams. Most of all she dreams of breeding Doberman Pinchers. But there are hurdles to overcome before that dream can become a reality. So, in this series we’ll see her go on a health kick, rent out her small back room on Airbnb and attempt a series of short-lived jobs in the modern gig economy.” Diane Morgan said: “Why do they insist on sticking mayonnaise in everything? That’s not a question that this series of Mandy will answer, but surely someone should be looking into it? Panorama?”…Six 15-minute-long episodes began filming yesterday (Wednesday 5th February). The series will be broadcast on BBC Two later this year.”

Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable – Mel Giedroyc is hosting a new Dave panel show where she will hear celebrities confessing their sins and decide what is forgivable and what isn’t. Eight hour-long shows have been commissioned, with Giedroyc saying: “I’m thrilled that the wonderful people at Dave have asked me to host Mel Giedroyc: Unforgivable. It would be strange if they hadn’t asked me because my name is in the title. Anyway…in the show I’ll be leading a competitive confessional where only the celebrity or comic who admits to the worst behaviour can win. I intend to lead from the front by dropping in a few of my own misdemeanours to get the ball rolling, and I only hope it’s as fun to watch as it is to host! Though I also hope that anyone I’ve wronged and doesn’t yet know it, doesn’t watch Dave.”

Pivoting – Fox has ordered a pilot from Liz Astrof where “The project follows three women after the death of their childhood best friend. Faced with the reality that life is short, in desperate attempts to find happiness, they make a series of impulsive, ill-advised and self-indulgent decisions, strengthening their bond proving it’s never too late to screw up your life.”

Please Hold for Frankie Wolfe – Is a pilot CBS are making from the writers of Will and Grace, which is described as “An unfiltered, irreverent, powerful businesswoman with no personal life. When Frankie’s impossibly fragile and neurotic sister, Tommie, abandons Quincy – an incredibly bright inner-city child who Tommie attempted to foster – Frankie is faced with the choice of taking him in or casting him back out.”

Run – Is a new HBO series which is going to air on HBO, “Written and produced by Vicky Jones, the comedy follows Ruby Richardson (Merritt Wever), a woman whose humdrum life is thrown upside down when she receives a text from her college sweetheart Billy Johnson (Domhnall Gleeson) inviting her to drop everything and meet him in New York to fulfill the pact they made 17 years earlier. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rich Sommer, Tamara Podemski, Archie Panjabi will appear as guest stars.”

Shaun The Sheep – A Christmas special has been ordered by the BBC called “A Winters Tale”, though it probably won’t have anything to do with Shakespeare’s bleak epic.

The Three of Us – A CBS pilot from writer and executive producer Frank Pines, it will follow “Adult siblings who are children of divorce must circle the wagons when their sister’s husband unexpectedly announces he wants to call it quits on their marriage.”

The Trip To Greece – Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s comedy will be returning on March 3rd at 10pm, with Steve Coogan revealing this will be the final series.

Untitled John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein Pilot – Another CBS pilot is from from the team best known for writing the screenplay for “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, which will see “Penelope’s career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband’s. They decide to call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia, to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid.”

Work Wife – ABC have ordered a pilot which Variety reports as “A comedy inspired by the real-life partnerships of producers Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, and writers Casey Johnson and David Windsor. The prospective series tells the story of a platonic male-female team whose professional success, personal friendship and ability to share deodorant makes their lives work. Set in the world of real estate, Dani and Scott have taken the leap to start their own team. Now feeling the stress of being the boss, they have to rely on the yin-yang of their dynamic more than ever to keep their professional and personal lives afloat.”

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