Coming Attractions: Tv News From April 2020

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This is our archived news page for April 2020, for the latest news please go here.

Alma’s Not Normal – After a successful pilot Sophie Willan’s sitcom has been given a full series, with five more episodes set to be made.

At Home With Amy Sedaris – Because occasionally nice surprises take place, we’ve just learnt that the third series (which we didn’t even know had been commissioned) will debut on May 23rd, with special guests this season including “Laura Benanti, Arturo Castro, Michael Cera, Ann Dowd, Rachel Dratch, Bridget Everett, Ana Gasteyer, David Alan Grier, Josh Hamilton, Darrell Hammond, Jackie Hoffman, Richard Kind, David Koechner, Jane Krakowski, Debi Mazar, Michael McKean, Chris Parnell, Tim Robinson, Paul Rudd, James Saito, Peter Serafinowicz, Michael Shannon, Jason Sudeikis, Justin Theroux and Matt Walsh.”

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe – Brooker is returning to BBC2 for a one off Wipe, which apparently will feature Philomena Cunk (Diane Morgan) and Barry Shitpeas (Al Campbell) “Offering their “own very special brand of in-depth reporting”, the BBC said. Other contributors will also be involved, although a press release could not name them as they “haven’t been told they’re doing it yet, but have no good excuse not to”.”

Entitled – Australian comic Kitty Flanagan is making a sitcom in her home country about a probate lawyer. Chortle reports that in the series “She takes the lead role as attorney Helen Tudor-Fisk, navigating ‘death, money, grief, property, family and people’s unerring sense of entitlement’.”

Feel Good – Though not officially recommissioned, Mae Martin and her writing partner Joe Hampson have been paid to write scripts for the second series, with it due to be shot in both Canada and the UK this time around.

The Great – A satirical series based on the life of Catherine The Great and starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, a trailer for this is now online, with it set to premier on Hulu on May 15th –

The Last Leg – Will return for four episodes in May, but with Adam Hills hosting the show in his garage in Australia while Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker will appear from their homes in the UK.…

Little Demon – Danny DeVito and Aubrey Plaza are to star in a pilot for an animated series about “A reluctant mother (Plaza) who, 13 years after being impregnated by the Devil (DeVito), is attempting to live an ordinary life in Delaware with her daughter. However, she is constantly thwarted by monstrous forces, including Satan, who yearns for custody of his daughter’s soul.”

Love Life – A trailer for Anna Kendrick’s “Sex And The City”-esque HBO Max show is now online, along with a couple of others for HBO Max shows too.

Parks and Recreation – Is to come back for a one off charity special – with it airing on Thursday, 30th April, which is all rather soon. “Executive producer Mike Schur said: ‘Like a lot of other people, we were looking for ways to help and felt that bringing these characters back for a night could raise some money, I sent a hopeful email to the cast and they all got back to me within 45 minutes. Our old Parks and Rec team has put together one more 30-minute slice of (quarantined) Pawnee life and we hope everyone enjoys it. And donates! The new episode will be filmed inside each cast member’s house and air in the US on April 30 – although there is no news yet on whether it will be available elsewhere.”

Peter Sellers: A State Of Comic Ecstasy – This documentary about the much loved comedic actor will air BBC2 on 9th May – The channel says: “In this new single-documentary film about one of the greatest comedians of all time, friends and family, colleagues and critics reveal insight into the real Peter Sellers. Alongside interviews with his daughters Sarah and Victoria, famous fans such as Michael Palin, Steve Coogan and Hanif Kureishi lend their thoughts on what Peter Sellars meant to them. The film also features an exclusive interview with Sellers’ second wife, Britt Ekland, who has never spoken before to any documentary or biographer about her life and turbulent marriage with Sellers.”

The Shrink Next Door – Apple Tv + have given this Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell show a full series – “Inspired by true events documented in the Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” is described as a dark comedy following 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. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.”

Squeamish About – After the (ratings) success of The Road To Brexit, Arthur Matthews and Matt Berry are to make four more mockumentaries, with Chortle reporting “They will be fronted by Berry’s alter-ego Michael Squeamish, as featured in last year’s mockumentary, The Road to Brexit. As with that programme, each Squeamish About… episode will mix archive footage and voiceover to create a surreal take on the subject in hand.”

News From 17/04/2020:

All Star Happy Hour – Is the latest “Lockdown variety show”, which has been described as “A joyful mix of his trademark sketches, viral formats, unique musical performances and hilarious prize-winning games”.

Big Night In – More info has been revealed about this charity telethon thing, with Walliams and Lucas set to perform a brand new Little Britain sketch, and Peter Kay and Catherine Tate are also set to appear.

Comedians in Quarantine – Variety reports that this is a “Short-form series sees 10 comedians film three episodes each, between one and three minutes long, for a total of 30 episodes. They will launch across Comedy Central International’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts beginning April 18” but the comedians involved is not yet known.

Dead To Me – Season 2 will premiere May 8, with Variety revealing “The new season picks up in the aftermath of the bloody backyard reveal in Season 1. Jen (Christina Applegate) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) are once again struggling to keep their secrets buried. The pair must take drastic measures to protect their loved ones as Detective Perez (Diana Maria Riva) follows their every move and a new visitor arrives in town.”

Dummy – A trailer for this Quibi comedy about “An aspiring writer (Anna Kendrick) befriending her boyfriend’s (Donal Logue) talking sex doll (voiced by Meredith Hagner)” is now online, with the show debuting next week on the 20th.

Filthy Animals – Quibi is working on a 2D animated science-fiction comedy series “featuring Rashida Jones and Will McCormack. The series… follows a 12-year-old middle schooler who befriends a selfish and suave cat.”

God Friended Me – This comedy drama has been canceled by CBS after two seasons.

Kisses And Bumflicks – Written by, produced by and stars Delia-René Donaldson, Sky are making a pilot “based on her long-running sex and relationship blog and former teaching career.”

Lee And Dean – Won’t be coming back for a third season on Channel 4 due to disappointing viewing figures.

Lockdown Laughs with Charlotte Crosby – MTV is to make a six episode series where “Crosby broadcast quarantine clips from her lockdown bunker in her parents’ home, while also giving her own lockdown challenges to her MTV friends”.

Netflix Comedy Specials – Patton Oswalt and Jerry Seinfeld have recorded specials for the streaming service, and Hannah Gadsby’s follow up to Nanette, Douglas, will air on May 26th.

Never Have I Ever – A trailer for Mindy Kaling’s coming of age series is now online –

Newark Newark – Colin Hoult is to star in this sitcom pilot from Nathan Foad about his childhood and adolescence in the market town, where his mother ran a chip shop. It is currently unclear if a broadcaster is attached.

Punky Brewster – A trailer for the revival of the show is here:

Reasons To Be Cheerful – Is a new sort of comedy show written by Harry Hill where Matt Lucas will “Look at how people are entertaining themselves during lockdown, and run for six half-hour episodes from April 26.It will feature comedians, TV personalities, musicians, sports stars and members of the public, all from the safety of his own homes, as well as new sketches.”

Reno 911! – Launches on Quibi on May 4th.

Saved By The Bell – If you were hoping this sequel series (from one of 30 Rock’s writers, apparently) would feature Slater bragging about fucking you’re in luck!

Solar Opposites – Another new trailer for Justin Roiland’s sci-fi show is now online –

Toothpix – A new Quibi sketch show from director Dave Green, this is based on “The Instagram account of the same name, the show is set entirely in the world of celebrity chefs, restaurants and influencer culture, and aims to celebrate the absurdities of the food world.”

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – According to their facebook page the interactive episode Kimmy Vs The Revrend will debut on May 12th,.

News from 10/04/2020:

Afterlife – A trailer for the second season of this shit is now online, with it set to air on April 24th.

Amy Schumer Learns to Cook – Is a new reality show which will presumably be at least vaguely amusing as the comedian discovers how to cook.

Archer – Season 11 has been delayed because of the Coronavirus, with FX announcing “Due to production challenges and scheduling issues, season 11 of FXX’s Emmy award winning animated comedy series “Archer” will no longer premiere on May 6th, FX will shift the premiere date to later this year.”

The Big Night In – A mix of Comic Relief and Children In Need, this is raising money for charities relating to the Coronavirus with the PR blurb stating “The BBC is celebrating the acts of kindness, humour and the spirit of hope and resilience that is keeping the nation going during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic with a special night of programming for BBC One.”

Brassic – Joe Gilgun’s comedy drama returns next month, with Beyond The Joke reporting that it “returns for a second series next month, with all episodes available from Thursday 7 May on Sky One and on streaming service NOW TV.”

Doogie Howser – A female led reboot of this much loved kid’s comedy drama is set to be made by Disney + – “The new show will focus on a 16-year-old half-Asian, half-white female lead who works as a doctor in Hawaii. The working title for the new show is Doogie Kealoha, M.D.”

Duncanville – This very average affair has been renewed for a second season.

Fleabag – For £5 you can now stream the live version of the Soho Theatre production of the play.

Home Alone With Joel Dommett – Is another low budget affair where a comedian will host a variety show from his own home, with it featuring “Celebrity call-ins, comedy interviews and games with self-isolated viewers from the shares home he shares with his wife Hannah”.

Lights Out With David Spade – Has been cancelled by Comedy Central, which apparently is a bit of a shame as it was supposed to be alright, though CTW never saw an episode so can’t say if that’s true or not.

Middleditch & Schwartz – The three improv specials from these two men are dropping on April 21st, and a trailer can be found here:

The Midnight Gospel – This new Netflix animated fantasy comedy has a trailer online right now, with the official synopsis being “The Midnight Gospel is the story of Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator who leaves the comfort of his extra-dimensional home on the Chromatic Ribbon to interview beings living in other worlds.” So who knows what it’ll be like, but the creative team inspire optimism at least.

Peter Kay’s Car Share – A special audio episode is to be released, with Chortle reporting “The comic said he created the special short episode with co-writer Paul Coleman and Sian Gibson to cheer people up during the lockdown. He explained: ‘It’s a horrific situation right now we’re all going through and like so many people I feel compelled to try to do something positive in an attempt to cheer people up in some way. Sian Gibson, Paul Coleman and myself got together via t’internet and wrote a new short episode of Car Share. It all happened very quickly – in fact, it didn’t exist a week ago. Obviously we weren’t able to film anything because of the lockdown but I hope people will use their imagination and enjoy listening.’”

Saturday Night Live – Is finally returning, but it won’t be “Live from New York” in the way it normally is, with the cast sending in videos they’ve recorded at home.

Space Force – A trailer for Greg Daniels new sitcom starring Steve Carell is here, with the official synopsis describing the show as “A decorated pilot with dreams of running the Air Force, four-star general Mark R. Naird (Steve Carell) is thrown for a loop when he finds himself tapped to lead the newly formed sixth branch of the US Armed Forces: Space Force. Skeptical but dedicated, Mark uproots his family and moves to a remote base in Colorado where he and a colorful team of scientists and “Spacemen” are tasked by the White House with getting American boots on the moon (again) in a hurry and achieving total space dominance. From co-creators Carell and Greg Daniels (The Office), SPACE FORCE is a new kind of workplace comedy, where the stakes are sky high and the ambitions even higher.” And Variety have revealed that Lisa Kudrow is part of the cast, and that it will debut on May 29th.

This Country – Will return for a Christmas Special apparently – “Asked if there will be more episodes, Daisy said: ‘I think we will. Of course we bloody will, we’ll need the cash. We’ll definitely do a Christmas special at some point in the next couple of years, for sure. We were thinking of maybe doing 12 days of Christmas, spreading it out. But that’s very, very early days. But there has to be [more episodes]. I’d like to see what a Mucklowe family Christmas is like and how many of them there are, because they are a shady bunch.’ Her comments came during an Instagram Live chat with Gaby Roslin.”

Untitled Paul Lieberstein “Remote Office” sitcom – The Office writer is devising a sitcom that can be shot remotely, with The AV Club reporting “Currently untitled, the series will possibly drop the virus aspects, but keep the “constantly looking at a too-close image of our coworkers” vibe of the current situation, focusing on an “office” in which all staff members are forced to be on with each other all day, every day. (Which does, in fact, kind of sound like Black Mirror: Dunder Mifflin Edition.) Besides the obvious increase in all-important talking head real estate, the series would also presumably be pretty easy to film in the current climate: Just find your actors, send them a script, and have them webcam themselves.”

News From 03/04/2020:

Adult Swim Shows – No exact dates have been given but according to The Futon Critic “Dream Corp LLC season 3 invades your brain this summer, Tigtone – season 2 reveals all-new quests to conquer this fall, Lazor Wulf – season 2 howls with more laughs this fall, 12 Oz. Mouse – long-awaited 3rd season comes this summer”.

American Dad – Is returning to TBS for it’s fifteenth season, during which it will celebrate it’s 300th episode, and there’s also set to be an episode written by TheWeeknd who also stars in it. For more details and a trailer, go here:

Billions – Seven episodes of the latest season will air when the show returns in May, but the rest of the season has yet to be shot so will be delayed until later on in the year, at least if we’re lucky and this current nightmarish situation decides to never end.

Black Monday – As with Billions not all of the season will air as only seven episodes of the second season are currently complete.

Breeders – This beyond bleak comedy about shitty parents and their shitty kids is coming back for a second season.

Code 404 – This new Sky comedy which pays homage to Robocop and stars Daniel Mays, Stephen and Anna Maxwell Martin will air from April 29th on Sky One, with the whole season available on the NowTv app from that day too.

God’s Assistant, Emily – A new show from one of the writers of Curb Your Enthuisam, it “Follows the trials and tribulations of Emily, an assistant to a blundering boss who happens to be God. The series will focus on Emily’s frantic struggles to ensure that her buffoonish boss doesn’t make our human lives miserable down here, and Emily and her co-workers’ lives up there.”

JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales – A new Adult Swim series from the creator of Trap Universe, according to The AV Club: “There’s no better way to describe JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales than with this voiceover line from the trailer: “They’re not just Grimm… they’re grim… AS FUCK.” These are fairy tales with attitude, insert guitar wail over shots of blood and viscera, throw in an F-bomb, holy shit can you believe they put this on TV?! The basic premise is, well, exactly all of the above. Fairy tales, but naughty and weird. That’s it. That’s the deal. JJ Villard’s Fairy Tales debuts on May 10, and if you can hold on to your nards for that long, you’ll get to enjoy a profane cartoon featuring the voices of horror faves like Linda Blair, Robert Englund, Corey Feldman, Warwick Davis, and Jennifer Tilly.” More info, and that trailer, is here:

Nikki Fre$h – Another Quibi series, this “Follows Nicole Richie, who unites her passions for Mother Earth and hip hop into her eponymous alter ego, Nikki Fre$h. Nikki will interact with real life seekers and consciousness experts to learn ways to better service our bodies and our planet.”

Red Dwarf – The Radio Times have published an early review which suggests the forthcoming feature length special isn’t all that special, and which ends with: “The end result is a good-but-not-great first stab at the feature-length format for Red Dwarf – The Promised Land is unlikely to convert anyone who’s found themselves immune to the show’s charms thus far, but it’s a reasonably rewarding outing for the faithful.”

Rick And Morty – The second half of season 4 is to begin airing on May 3rd, and a trailer for it is here.

The Shivering Truth – Is set to return for it’s second season May 10th.

Shrill – Will be coming back for a third season as Hulu are lovely.

Sick Of It – Karl Pilkington has decided not to do a third series, and has even suggested he may not work in tv again.

This Joka – A 16-episode stand-up comedy series hosted and executive produced by Willl Smith “In the show, Smith plays host to a diverse guest list of comedians, ranging from up-and-comers to legendary performers. “This Joka” showcases their stand-up sets and will feature one-on-one conversations between Smith and the comedians plus docu-style moments shot backstage and around Vegas.”

Tooning Out The News – Was delayed thanks to the Coronavirus, but will now debut on April 7th.

YOLO: Crystal Fantasy – Michael Cusack is making an Adult Swim show that “Follows Australian party girls Sarah and Rachel as they are looking for fun times, new experiences, positive vibes, and hopeful horoscopes in the bizarre town of Wollongong. Sarah’s quest is to find love, whereas Rachel hungers for chaos, often bringing them into conflict as they encounter surreal Australiana, strange bush creatures, and eccentric nomads.”

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Alex Finch.
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