Coming Attractions: Tv News From March 2020

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News From 27/03/2020:

The Big Show Show – Is a multi-camera sitcom where Paul Wight “plays himself in the saccharine series, which finds him embracing life with his three daughters as his in-ring career winds down, only to discover that they’re growing up faster than he could ever realize. As tends to happen in these sorts of stories, the very act of a man so large demonstrating vulnerability is all the punchline an audience needs. WWE veterans Mick Foley, Mark Henry, and Rikishi Fatu will cameo on the series, as will Queer Eye’s Tan France”, and a trailer is now online.

#BlackAF – A trailer for this Rashida Jones sitcom is now on youtube –

Coffee & Kareem – This new Netflix movie stars Ed Helms as a man who’s surname is Coffee (because yes, lazy titles are back in vogue it seems!) who hangs out with a kid called Kareem, and a trailer can be found here.

Ellie & Natasia – After a successful pilot the BBC have ordered six more episodes from the duo.

Famalam – Sliced actress Danielle Vitalis has joined the cast of series 3 of the show.

Future Man – The third and final season is on Hulu from April 3rd, and a trailer is here:

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show – A trailer for this new sketch show is now online –

Lazy Susan – Four 15 minutes episodes of a sketch show by this superb duo has been commissioned by the BBC, which pleases as  our review of the pilot of the show was a pretty positive one.

Little Britain – Matt Lucas has been talking more about the possible return of the sketch show, with Netflix apparently showing some vague interest and the suggestion that it might be as a live stage show.

The Mash Report – Is going to be filmed in the homes of it’s presenters, with each of them skyping in their reports when the show returns on April 3rd.

National Anthem – The writer of the film Contagion is making a musical anthology series which is apparently “A “tragically funny story” about a middle-class family “tumbling down the ladder of American society” and “periodically bursting into song.” National Anthem will also be produced by T Bone Burnett and The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn”.

Never Have I Ever – Mindy Kaling’s new Netflix series is “A new coming-of-age comedy about the complicated life of a modern-day first-generation Indian American teenage girl. The series stars newcomer, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, an overachieving high school sophomore who has a short fuse that gets her into difficult situations” and a trailer is here:

Red Dwarf – Another short trailer has been released, which gives us more of an idea of the plot as it revolves around the other Cats who evolved from Lister’s un-quarantined pregnant cat from the first ever episode.

Socially Distant With Susan Calman – In “Shut up, you’re a slow news week” news, Calma is to host a variety show from her garden shed, which will start on BBC Scotland on Thursday 9th April at 8:30pm.

Solar Opposites – Justin “Rick and Morty” Roiland’s forthcoming Hulu series will star Thomas Middleditch, Ken Marino, Rainn Wilson, Tiffany Haddish, Phil LaMarr, Christina Hendricks, Andy Daly, and Alan Tudyk, all of the episodes will be made available on 8th of May and a trailer is now online here:

News From 20/03/2020:

The Beef Boys – A new trailer for this forthcoming Adult Swim live action sitcom from Tim and Eric is here:

Billions – A trailer for the show’s fifth season is here:

Black AF -is to be available on Netflix from April 17. “The family comedy stars Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones in a show inspired by Barris’ real life.”

Conan – Will be returning to the airwaves on March 30th, but in a very different format as it will be without an audience, and Conan will interview guests via video feed.

Ghosts – A lot of shows are being delayed or postponed (or even potentially cancelled) because of the Coronavirus, but we have some good news in that they’ve finished shooting Ghosts now, so it will return for a second series at some point this year.

Harley Quinn – A trailer for this ultra violent and quip filled animated supervillain action comedy is now available to view –

The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show – Is set to begin on April 1, with Variety reporting “The half-hour sketch comedy series finds Schlesinger in a secret world filled with absurd characters, insight into the female experience and “irreverent social commentary.””

Middleditch and Schwartz – Stars Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwarz and will be streaming on Netflix from April 21.” Every performance from this show is different and made up on the spot”.

The Midnight Gospel – This new Netflix animated comedy has a trailer now online –

Never Have I Ever – The new series from Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher will be on Netflix from April 27. “The coming-of-age series follows the life of a first-generation Indian American teenage girl (newcomer Maitreyi Ramakrishnan)” and a trailer is here:

One Day At A Time – Returns next week, and a trailer is here:

Plebs – Another series of this ITV2 sitcom is going to be made –

Reno 911! – A short 90 second clip from the new Quibi series is now online:

Run – A trailer for this new show from Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Vicky Jones is now online, with the show debuting on HBO on April 12th –

Saturday Night Live – Has suspended production until the Coronavirus madness comes to an end, so there may well now not be a new episode until September.

Timewasters – There won’t be a third series of this sitcom from Ginger & Black’s Daniel Lawrence Taylor as ITV2 have decided against picking it up.

Unforgivable – Lou Sanders is to Mel Giedroyc’s sidekick in this new Dave entertainment show, which is also set to feature Jo Brand, Charlotte Church, Tom Allen, Scarlett Moffatt and Johnny Vegas.

Upload – Greg Daniels’ new Amazon Prime comedy has a trailer online now. According to The AV Club “Robbie Amell stars as an app developer who, like everyone on the edge of death in his world, is given the choice between surgery or an afterlife spent in a virtual reality paradise owned by his girlfriend’s family. Unfortunately, an afterlife spent among the ephemeralities and micro-transactions of a digital space is less than ideal, and his only happiness appears to come from a living customers service rep for the program”, and the trailer is here:

What We Do In The Shadows – Another trailer for the second season is now online, with this one featuring The Office star Craig Robinson –

News From 20/03/2020: 

Central Park – This new Apple Tv series from Bob Burger’s co-creator Loren Bouchard now has a trailer online –

Crazy for You – Seth Meyers pilot has cast Shelley Hennig as the main character, as well as Alice Lee, Tiana Okoye and Nick Cafero in series regular roles. “Crazy for You” revolves around Daisy (Hennig) 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.”

The Fast Show – More details have been revealed about the new episode, and rather than featuring new sketches it’s a retrospective, but with both the actors and the characters being interviewed.

Inside No. 9 – Two more series have been ordered by the BBC.

Insecure – A trailer for the show’s fourth season is online here:

Jury Duty – The US version of James Acaster’s comedy We The Jury has cast more actors, with Chortle reporting that “Hawaii Five-0 co-star Meaghan Rath will play a neurotic juror called Jen in the CBS pilot…Hollywood website Deadline describes Jen as a successful book editor ‘who is high maintenance, but thinks she’s low maintenance’ – and who feels like she is getting left behind as she is still single and all of her friends are married with kids. Meanwhile, former Mom star Sadie Calvano has been cast as the sweet, naive, overexcitable Linzee – and Alanna Ubach will play Judge Wallace, an over-sharer who wanted to be an actress and now uses the courtroom as her stage. They join Jack Cutmore-Scott… who was recently cast as the comedy’s male lead.”…

Kate and Koji – The first sitcom to air on ITV1 in, oh, I don’t know, 72 years? is to begin on March 18th, and which “Centres around a working-class woman who runs an old-fashioned café in a seaside town and who develops a strong, if sometimes volatile, friendship with an asylum-seeking African doctor.” Advanced word suggest it’s pretty average stuff, but it’s worth supporting just so that ITV1 makes more new comedy.

Kids Matter Now – A new pilot from the creator of Joey has been ordered, so, er, it might be vaguely watchable? Variety commented “The series follows a diva boss with no patience for working parents who adopts a baby and has a change of heart, casting her mother-of-three assistant as an unlikely mentor and upending the office dynamics.”

Mr Corman – Arturo Castro is to star along with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this Apple Tv series, according to Variety, which is described as “A deep cut into the days and nights of San Fernando Valley public schoolteacher Josh Corman (Gordon-Levitt). Castro will star as Victor, Josh’s roommate and friend.”

Mulligan – Tina Fey and Robert Carlock are working on another show together, this time an animated comedy that tells “A story about humanity’s struggle to rebuild society after aliens destroy the planet. It’s called Mulligan, and it’ll be an animated comedy that focuses on people trying to figure out how to “get it right this time” and also if anyone knows “how to, like, farm.””

Raised By Wolves – Unrelated to the British comedy of the same name, Modern Family’s Julie Bowen is going to star in this pilot of a multi camera comedy where “a very successful and fiercely independent crisis manager’s (Bowen) world is turned upside down when she decides to let someone into her life for the first time—an 11-year-old girl who she adopts and raises with the occasional help of her fragile, nervous wreck of a sister.Bowen’s character, Frankie Wolfe, is described as a successful, totally put-together powerhouse whose aggressive, blunt-talking style belies the damage incurred by literally being raised by Wolfes (Barbara and Arnie).”

Red Dwarf – A short teaser trailer for the forthcoming tv movie is now online –

Three Busy Debras – Adult Swim’s latest live action comedy begins on March 29th, “The series follows the surreal day-to-day lives of three deranged housewives, all named Debra, in their affluent suburban town of Lemoncurd, Conn”, and a trailer is online here.–OIgqle68&feature=emb_logo

Trip – Is yet another Quibi comedy series, apparently inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice it “Centers around two best friends who set out to have a “legendary” week-long summer vacation on Fire Island with the help of cheap rose and some friends. “Trip’ is written by Joel Kim Booster and produced by JAX Media.”

What We Do In The Shadows – Teaser trailers for season 2 can be found here, with the show returning on April 15th:

Work Wife – The previously announced comedy based on the the partnership between Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest has revealed it’s cast, with Kelly Ripa playing herself and Angelique Cabral, Tone Bell, Christopher Gorham, Annapurna Sriram, Matt Shively and Maile Flanagan also starring.

News From 06/03/2020:

AJ And The Queen – Has been cancelled after just one season.

Asian Descent – Many of those behind Fresh Off The Boat are working on this new sitcom that’s been described as “A dark comedy about an aspiring musician who sets aside her dreams and pride by moving back home with her immigrant parents and leans on her high school friends to figure out the next chapter of her life.”

Boomerang – Returns for it’s second season on BET on March 11th, and a trailer for it can be seen at:

B Positive – Thomas Middleditch has signed on for this Chuck Lorre sitcom, where “Faced with finding a kidney donor, newly divorced dad Drew (Middleditch) 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.” It’s also been revealed that Kether Donohue and Sara Rue will co-star too – “Donohue will star as Leanne, described as a party girl who can still keep up with the 20-somethings but now pays for it the next day. She doesn’t sweat the small stuff, lives for today and really just looks to have a good time. Her jobs consist of assistant manager at a retail clothing store, jewelry designer and bartender. Rue will play Julia, described as an ambitious social climber. Julia is a local real estate agent who believes she deserves to live in the fabulous homes she tries to sell. She tried to tolerate her ex-husband Drew’s “idiosyncrasies,” but she eventually acted out in the form of an affair.” /

Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – Jojo Rabbit director Taika Waititi is making not one but two animated series for Netflix based on the books, little is known yet but one will apparently be “based on the world of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and another based on the Oompa-Loompa characters…The shows will retain the quintessential spirit and tone of the original story while building out the world and characters far beyond the pages of the Dahl book for the very first time,” Netflix said. The streaming giant also revealed that Waititi’s signing on to these two series marks the beginning of an “extensive partnership” between Netflix and The Roald Dahl Story Company, which will reimagine many of Dahl’s stories, including “Matilda,” “The BFG,” “The Twits,” and others.”

Crank Yankers – The revival of this series has been a success (with viewers at least), and has been given a 20 episode season order.

The Fast Show – Is coming back for a 25th anniversary special with all of the surviving cast on board.

Ghosts – There’s been two additions to the cast of this pilot this week with iZombie’s Rose McIver taking on the female lead role, while The Good Place’s Brandon Scott Jones (who played the gossip columnist meant to drive Tahani mad) will be one of the ghosts.

Guilty Party – Isla Fisher’s sitcom has been given a full series order and will air on CBS All Access, with Variety saying “In the half-hour series, Fisher plays Beth Baker, a discredited journalist desperate to salvage her career by latching on to the story of a young mother sentenced to life in prison for maiming and murdering her husband, crimes she claims she didn’t commit. In trying to uncover the truth, Beth finds herself in over her head as she contends with Colorado gun-smugglers, clickbait culture, the doldrums of marriage and her own tarnished past.”

Kids In The Hall – In news which makes us shout “Fuck yeah!”, Amazon are bringing back the Canadian sketch comedy series for eight new episodes “With original cast members Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson returning. The cast will bring back some of their classic characters in the new episodes along with some new ones. The series will be executive produced by “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels.”

Licence To Clean – Greg Davies is involved in a pilot for a remake of a German comedy, with Chortle reporting “Licence To Clean, is an adaptation of the hit German comedy Der Tatortreiniger, or Crime Scene Cleaner, which ran for seven seasons on the German channel NDR between 2011 and 2018. It began in a graveyard timeslot but quickly acquired a cult following for Bjarne Mädel, who starred as Heiko ‘Schotty’ Schotte, tasked with removing the final traces of the dead from crime scenes in Hamburg. Schotty’s job involves visiting gruesome murder sites and interacting with bereaved spouses, friends and even the ghosts of victims. But it’s as regular a job for him as being a plumber, so he doesn’t see the tragedy and maintains a philosophical outlook.”

My Village – Kyra Sedgwick is to star in an ABC mult-camera comedy, with Variety stating “In the show, empty-nester mom Jean Raines (Sedgwick) 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.”

Out Of Her Mind – Adrian Edmonson and Juliet Stephenson are to play Sara Pascoe’s parents in her new sitcom that Chortle says will also star “Poet and podcaster Scroobius Pip, Benidorm’s Sheila Reid and Jack Gleeson from Game Of Thrones. The cast is rounded off by Navin Chowdhry, Sean Gilder, Tom Stuart, Jumayn Hunter, Cash Holland and Lorraine Ashbourne”, with them also commenting “Out Of Her Mind subverts the traditional sitcom format by breaking out of the narrative for surreal asides and factual insight, some drawn from Pascoe’s 2016 human behaviour book, Animal. Over the series, the comic explores 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 – while preparing for her sister’s wedding, and her best friend’s first pregnancy.”

Q Talks – British Stand Up James Veitch is to host a show on the Quibi streaming service, which sounds a bit like Comedians Giving Lectures as it will see “Celebrity speakers give ‘expert’ talks” though the dubious twist is that “with the script fed to them by a rigged teleprompter, which they must obey rigidly. Guests lined up include Friends star Lisa Kudrow, Girls Trip actress Regina Hall and comedian Kristen Schaal. Bridesmaids and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig is among the executive producers.”

Shining Vale – Courtney Cox is making a pilot for a comedy horror series with Starz, that “Follows 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 (Cox), who’s convinced she’s either depressed or possessed. Pat is further described as former “wild child” who rose to fame by writing a raunchy, drug-and-alcohol-soaked women’s empowerment novel. Fast forward 17 years later, Pat is clean and sober but totally unfulfilled. She still hasn’t written her second novel, she can’t remember the last time she had sex with her husband, and her teenage kids are at that stage where they love their vile friends and want you dead. She was a faithful wife until her one slip-up: a torrid 15-night-stand with a hot, young artist/handyman/musician neighbor. In a last-ditch effort to save her marriage, she and her family move from the “crazy” of the city to a large, old house in the suburbs.

Spitting Image – Is to return after 24 years off our screens, with the streaming service Britbox set to make new episodes. According to the BBC “The new series will also poke fun at the likes of Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders and the UK Prime Minister’s chief political advisor Dominic Cummings, as well as celebrities like Adele, Kim Kardashian, Greta Thunberg and Jurgen Klopp. In a statement, the programme-makers said: “With the world getting smaller and more turbulent, the time couldn’t be more appropriate for an iconic British satirical take on global events.”

Superstore – America Ferrera is to leave the show at the end of the current season, though the series will continue because sitcoms never go bad when one of the leads leaves.

This Country – More details have been revealed about the cast of the American remake –

Untitled Elizabeth Hurley Pilot – Hannah Simone and Elizabeth Hurley are to star in a pilot from Corinne Kingsbury, John Francis Daley, and Jonathan Goldstein. “In the show, when Penelope’s (Simone) career takes off at exactly the same time as her husband Josh’s (not yet cast), they call on Penelope’s young single mom, Georgia (Hurley), to help raise their son, but what they find is Georgia needs more raising than their kid. Penelope is further described as a smart, hard-working producer at a sports TV network, wife to airline pilot Josh, and mother of their challenging toddler, Levi. Georgia is said to be in her late 40s but looks and acts much younger. Fun-loving and a bit immature, she doesn’t have the best judgment, especially when it comes to men. Georgia had Penelope when she was 17, and although she was a warm and loving single mom, their roles have reversed a bit now that Penelope is an adult. When Georgia becomes the babysitter to Penelope’s toddler, she might get a chance to redeem herself, but then again chaos tends to follow her.”

The Upshaws – Kim Fields has joined Wanda Sykes and Mike Epps in this new Netflix comedy, which Variety says “centers on a working-class African American family in Indiana struggling to make it work and make it right without the blueprints to do it. Fields will star as Regina Upshaw, Lucretia’s (Sykes) sister and Bennie’s (Epps) high school sweetheart, now wife, and the mother of his three children. Regina works in medical billing at a local hospital and struggles to stay upbeat and keep her family happy and her husband in check while pursuing goals of her own. Epps’ Bennie Upshaw is described as the lovable, charming, thug-adjacent head of the Upshaw family. Sykes’ Lucretia is someone who collects disability after falling from a jetway at the airport. She is a real estate owner and silent partner in Bennie’s garage, only stomaching his antics for her sister.”

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Alex Finch.
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