Coming Attractions: Tv News From May 2020

coming attractions 29052020This is archive news page for May 2020 – For the latest tv news, please go here.

News From 29/05/2020:

Agatha Raisin – Even though the third series has yet to air (with it starting on June 10th) this has been given a fourth series.

Better Things – Has been renewed for a fifth season by FX.

Comedians: Home Alone – More details have emerged about this show which begins on Monday, with Bob Mortimer set to appear as his “Train Guy” character, with Beyond The Joke also reporting that “The first episode of this new quickfire sketch series will also feature Michael Spicer taking on Priti Patel in his viral sensation Room Next Door and married comedians Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke perform a sensational lip sync battle taking on songs by Blue and Robbie Williams. Also starring Kerry Godliman and Rhys James, the seven-part series will also include Vic Reeves, Tom Allen, Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar, Tez Ilyas, Russell Kane, Sally Phillips, Mat Horne and Richard Herring’s Me1 v Me2 self-playing snooker activity.”

Exciting Times – This best selling novel is being turned in to a romantic comedy drama tv series which “follows the liaisons of Ava, newly arrived in Hong Kong from Dublin, who spends her days teaching English to rich children. Julian is a banker. A banker who likes to spend money on Ava, to have sex and discuss fluctuating currencies with her. But when she asks whether he loves her, he cannot say more than ‘I like you a great deal.’ Enter Edith, a lawyer. Refreshingly enthusiastic and unapologetically earnest, Edith takes Ava to the theatre when Julian leaves Hong Kong for work. Quickly, she becomes something Ava looks forward to. And then Julian writes to tell Ava he is coming back to Hong Kong… Should Ava return to the easy compatibility of her life with Julian or take a leap into the unknown with Edith?”

F Is For Family – Another trailer for season 4 is now online, with the series debuting on Netflix on June 12th.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Has been renewed for a fifteenth season, even though (and it pains me to say this) the quality has been a bit up and down of late and it might be time to end it.

Laughter In Lockdown – Wanda Sykes, Judd Apatow, Ray Romano, Roy Wood Jr., Carl Reiner, Craig Robinson, Dave Attell, Jeff Ross and Jim Norton are all appearing on this fundraiser that airs tonight in the US.

Love, Victor – A dramedy based on the film Love, Simon, the first trailer for the show is now online.

Royalties – A trailer for this new series from Darren Criss which begins next week on Quibi is now online –

What We Do In The Shadows – Will be coming back for a third season, rather fantastically.

News From 22/05/2020:

ABC Renewels / Cancellations – The following sitcoms have been renewed – Black-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, American Housewife and Mixed-ish, while Schooled, Bless this Mess, and Single Parents have been cancelled.

Alexa & Katie – The fourth series returns to Netflix on June 13th.

Behind The Filter – Phoebe Walsh is making a pilot for BBC3 where she plays “Ruby, who “never imagined that her life would turn out like this. Single, unemployed, ‘the wrong side of 25’, suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and still living at home with her parents (Upstart Crow’s Dominic Coleman and Green Wing’s Pippa Haywood).”

Call Your Mother – This sitcom (formerly called “My Village”) starring Kyra Sedgwick has been given a full series, and is 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.”

Breeders – Is coming back for a second season, because apparently people enjoy seeing parents being abjectly miserable.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay – This superb series is coming back for a second season, which made me all rather happy.

Gentefied – This is returning for a second season on Netflix, though with two fewer episodes this time around.

Good Girls – This crime dramedy with Mae Whitman, Christina Hendricks and Retta is coming back for a fourth season.

In The Long Run – Idris Elba’s sitcom is returning for a third series on July 22nd, with the British Comedy Guide revealing “The new series will also see Walter’s mum appear for the first time. Played by Ellen Thomas, the character has to date only been heard on the telephone. Producers explain: “The third series of this semi-autobiographical Sky One comedy, loosely based on Idris’s own childhood, sees the welcome arrival of Walter’s mum from Sierra Leone with Walter desperate to impress. “Bagpipes has a near death experience that makes him question the meaning of life. Valentine finally finds love and Kirsty sets up her own catering business all while Agnes gets suspicious as some developers start taking an interest in the Eastbridge Estate, threatening the very existence of the community.” Idris Elba says: “Nothing beats a funny story from someone who was there! I can’t wait for viewers to see Series 3.”

Last Man Standing – Tedious twat Tim Allen has had his Fox sitcom renewed for another year. Ugh.

Mr Iglesias – The second season drops on Netflix on June 17th.

Muppets Now – A new Muppets series is launching on Disney+ on July 31st, with the official description being ““In the six-episode season, Scooter rushes to make his delivery deadlines and upload the brand-new Muppet series for streaming. They are due now, and he’ll need to navigate whatever obstacles, distractions, and complications the rest of the Muppet gang throws at him”. Apparently it’s an unscripted affair, but quite how that work is currently unknown.

Outmatched – Has been cancelled, and as the old saying goes “Ah, fuck it, who cares”.

The Persuaders – Steve Coogan has been trying to remake this series for ages now so god knows if it ever happens, but supposedly it may be finally coming to our screens soon-ish, though it’s still at the writing stage rather than the shooting one.

Pls Like – Tim Key and Liam Williams are making a third season of this BBC3 which is all kinds of great news.

Remote Comedy From The Paddock – Lolly Adefope, Jamie Demetriou, Claudia O’Doherty, Phil Wang, Cat Cohen, Natasia Demetriou, Ellie White, Rosie Jones and Sam Campbell are to all star in this short 15 minute per episode series where they’ll perform stand up.

Space Force – Another trailer for this Steve Carrell comedy is online, it still doesn’t look great but hopefully that’s due to whoever cut the trailer rather than the quality of the series itself –

Staged – David Tennant and Michael Sheen are making a lockdown sitcom, about “The cast of a West End production who try to keep their rehearsals on track when they are forced to work from home. The series also stars Tennant’s wife Georgia and Sheen’s partner Anna Lundberg plus Lucy Eaton and guest stars including W1A’s Nina Sosanya… Staged will be made with the actors shooting themselves and using video conferencing technology, all in accordance with the latest social distancing protocols. It is written and directed by theatre director Simon Evans, based on an idea he had with film producer Phin Glynn and will air next month.”

Takeshi’s Castle – Is to return to Comedy Central, hosted by Stephen Bailey –

This Way Up – Aisling Bea has confirmed that the second series of this is still in the works.

Tuca & Bertie – Was cancelled by Netflix after one series but now Adult Swim have stepped in and decided to bring it back for another season.

Young People – BJ Novak is making a series for HBO Max “about six twenty-somethings from “very different backgrounds and perspectives” who all somehow end up living together in an apartment in Brooklyn (we’re going to guess it’s an absurdly large apartment in Brooklyn, but Variety doesn’t say)…The show will also cover “friendship in the age of argument, connection in the age of disconnection, and the joys and anxieties of building a life in a gig-to-gig, date-to-date, month-to-month world.”

News From 15/05/2020:

Alternatino with Arturo Castro – Is to move from Comedy Central to the wildly unpopular Quibi app –

Bob’s Burgers – Has been officially renewed for an eleventh season.

B-Positive – A pilot produced by Chuck Lorre that we reported on a while back, this has been picked up for a full series – “B Positive stars Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford. The comedy is about a therapist and newly divorced dad (Middleditch) who is faced with finding a kidney donor when he runs into a rough-around-the-edges woman from his past (Ashford) who volunteers her own. Together they form an unlikely bond and begin a journey that will change both of their lives. Kether Donohue, Sara Rue and Kamryn Kunody also star.”

Close Enough – A new animated comedy from JG Quintel, the creator of Regular Show, this will air on HBO Max from July 9th and is “A surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates all living together on the east side of Los Angeles. They’re navigating that transitional time in your 30s when life is about growing up, but not growing old. It’s about juggling work, kids, and pursuing your dreams, while avoiding time-traveling snails, stripper clowns, and murderous mannequins. Their life may not be ideal but for now, it’s close enough.”

Code 404 – Sky have announced that the series will return for a second batch, with it apparently being “Sky’s biggest comedy launch in eight years” with 1.9 million watching the first episode in the first week.

Dave – Is apparently FX’s most successful series ever (with ratings higher than Atlanta, Archer, Louie or It’s Always Sunny) and so will be coming back for another season.

Doom Patrol – Only partially a comedy but often a hell of a lot funnier than many a sitcom, this returns for it’s second season on both HBO Max and the DC Universe streaming services on June 25th.

El Presidente – A forthcoming dramedy this series will explore “The 2015 “FIFA Gate” corruption scandal through the story of Sergio Jadue, a small‐time Chilean football club president who became a key player in the bribery conspiracy.”

Fuller House – The trailer for the final episodes is now online here –

Hannah Gadsby – Douglas – Gadsby’s follow up to Nanette has a trailer now online –

Head Of The Class – Scrubs creator is working on a remake of this show – “This new version will be co-written by Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen from Netflix’s American Vandal (a different kind of high school comedy), and they’ll co-showrun with Scrubs’ Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. In other words, Lawrence is pulling out some accomplished TV people for this. THR says this reboot is being aimed at “kids and families,” which is weirdly surprising choice for something like this in an era when every other reboot has some kind of cynical edge or is specifically targeted toward nostalgic adults who grew up with the original. Instead, we’re just getting a new Head Of The Class that kids and parents can enjoy together. Fun! It’s important to have mutually enjoyable activities like that in this new world where nobody’s allowed to go outside anyway.”

Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party – A spin off from the normal show this is due to premiere on May 21 at 10 p.m., and it will apparently “Virtually bring together Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Sal Vulcano as they sit down to chat with one another from their respective homes.”

Insecure – Issa Rae has spoken about the forthcoming fifth season that she’s currently writing here:

Mythic Quest: Quarantine – A special iphone shot mini-espisode of the show is due to air on Apple Tv + on May 22nd, with the core cast returning.

Room 104 – This anthology series which sometimes has comedic episodes is coming to an end with one more season set to be made. More info on that season is here:

Santa Inc – Is a new animated HBO Max series from Alexandra Rushfield that will star Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen – “The eight-episode series follows Candy Smalls (Silverman), the highest-ranking female elf in the North Pole. When the successor to Santa Claus (Rogen) is poached by Amazon on Christmas Eve, Candy goes for her ultimate dream — to become the first woman Santa Claus in the history of Christmas.”

Search Party – Series Three of Alia Shawkat’s comedy thriller is finally hitting our screens on May 25th, with it airing now on HBO Max instead of TBS.

Upload – Will be coming back for a second season, pleasingly.

News From 08/05/2020:

Afterlife – Is coming back for a third series, and you can guess how ecstatic that news made us.

Archer – Season 11 has been delayed because of the Coronavirus but Chris Parnell has given an interview about what to expect when it does return, including how Cyril has changed while Archer was in the coma.

Bob Hearts Abishola – Gina Yashere’s sitcom has been given a second season by CBS despite being a bit bland.

CBS Cancellations – Man With a Plan, Carol’s Second Act, Broke and Tommy have all been cancelled.

Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – Might have come to an end, with Seinfeld sounding quite bored of the whole thing in this interview.

Coming To England – The British Comedy Guide have reported that Asim Chaudhry has made a pilot for Channel 4 that “Follows the lives of three characters trying to make a new life in the UK. Obnoxious Indian billionaire Rupert Khan has settled in London’s Mayfair and barks demands at his personal assistant Sasha, played by Tessa Coates (Damned). Another character Chaudhry has showcased on social media, and is believed to also feature, is lovelorn scientist Raj Delgado from Goa.”

F Is For Family – Jonathan Banks is joining the cast of this Netflix animated comedy, with it’s fourth season set to air soon, and in the meantime a short trailer is here –

Happy Endings – Will sort of be coming back with new material, though it’s a filmed table reading rather than a proper episode.

Insecure – Will be returning for a fifth season on HBO.

Joe Exotic – Nicolas Cage is to star in a scripted version of Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, though why we need a dramatised version considering how great the documentary is is something I’ll never understand, but given the source material it’ll presumably be at least partially a comedy.

Joe Wilkinson In Cars With Other People’s Mums – Wilkinson has made a pilot of this chat show where he interviews comedian’s mums in cars.

Mr Show – Bob Odenkirk and David Cross are to reunited for a one off online episode, tickets for which can be bought online, and which will also feature Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Tom Kenny, Jill Talley, Jay Johnston, Brian Posehn, Brett Paesel, and John Ennis –

The Neighbourhood – This is another CBS renewal, with the show returning at some point in the future.

Paul Merton’s Comic Heroes – Merton is making another documentary for Channel 5 about comedy, this time a 2 hour programme about “his love of vintage stars such as Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy, as well as more modern comedians including Victoria Wood and Jo Brand.”

Space Force – A trailer for the new series from Greg Daniels and Steve Carrel is now online, with the pr blurb 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.”. Said trailer looks a bit weak, but hopefully the show will be better than it suggests.

Stath Lets Flats – A short, lockdown episode has been promised by show creator Jamie Demetriou –…

Trying – Has been given a second series on Apple TV+, and show star Rafe Spall talks more about that here –

The Unicorn – Walton Goggins sitcom will be returning for a second season.

Untitled Michael Schur Sitcom – Schur and “Broad City” alums Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky are making are a sitcom that “Will explore a dark mentorship that forms between a Las Vegas diva (Jean Smart) and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old.”

Untitled Rob Ford Sitcom – Jim Gaffigan is to star in a dark comedy series that tells of “The rise and fall of the controversial Ford, who served as the mayor of Toronto from 2010 to 2014 after many years as a city councilor. He was infamously caught on video smoking crack cocaine during his reelection campaign and was known to suffer from other substance abuse issues.”

News From 01/05/2020:

Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe – Is set to air on Thursday 14th May 9pm on BBC2.

Crossing Swords – Is a new stop motion animated series from Hulu starring Nicholas Hoult, which is apparently “a ribald affair, with about as stacked of a cast as Mrs. America: Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Yvette-Nicole Brown, Alanna Ubach (another voiceover ringer), Adam Pally, and Wendi McClendon-Covey all lend their voices to this series…Crossing Swords follows Patrick (Hoult), an idealistic young man who works his way into the castle, taking on a squire position only to find out that those of “higher birth” all have their minds in the gutter. Like Sir Gawain, Patrick is taken aback by the debauchery; though he doesn’t get his neck slicked in this trailer, he does get sprayed on by some magical little being, so he still has to take his lumps.” More info and a trailer is here:

Dead To Me – A trailer for this second season is here:

The Feeding America Comedy Special – This charity comedy special has been produced by Funny Or Die and NBC, will air on May 10th and feature pre-recorded segments from the likes of “Byron Allen, Louie Anderson, Judd Apatow, Jack Black, Wayne Brady, Adam Carolla, Cedric the Entertainer, Margaret Cho, Andrew Dice Clay, Deon Cole, Billy Crystal, Whitney Cummings, Tommy Davidson, Bill Engvall, Mike Epps, Billy Gardell, Brad Garrett, Whoopi Goldberg, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin James, Jim Jefferies, Jamie Kennedy, Keegan-Michael Key, George Lopez, Jon Lovitz, Howie Mandel, Sebastian Maniscalco, Marc Maron, Tim Meadows, Eddie Murphy, Caroline Rhea, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, JB Smoove, Kenan Thompson, Sheryl Underwood and Marlon Wayans.”

Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours To Kill – A trailer for Seinfeld’s new comedy special is here:

The Misadventures Of Romesh Ranganathan – Has been given a third series –

One Day At A Time – The producer’s are currently making an animated episode, presumably just so that the actors have something to do while in lockdown.

Plebs – Won’t be returning for a sixth series, but it has been given a feature length final episode. “Talking to The Sun, director Sam Leifer said: “After five series, we wanted to go out with a bang. So we’re sending the plebs off to join the army. Unsurprisingly, they won’t cover themselves in glory or return as conquering heroes.”

Ramy – Returns to Hulu on May 29th, and a trailer is here:

Reno 911! – Yet another trailer is online for one of the few Quibi shows that looks any good, and it’s also been revealed that Dave Holmes, Patton Oswalt, Tim Allen and Ron Perlman will guest star in the series.

Terry Pratchett’s DIscworld – More Discworld novels are going to be adapted for the small screen, with Variety reporting “The “Discworld” series of novels has sold more than 100 million copies globally, and the adaptations are to remain “absolutely faithful” to Pratchett’s original works…Rhianna Pratchett, co-director of Narrativia and Pratchett’s daughter, said: “Discworld teems with unique characters, witty narrative and incredible literary tropes, and we feel these should be realised on screen in a form that my father would be proud of. It’s wonderful to embark on this journey with Motive and Endeavor Content, who both perfectly share our vision to make this a reality.”

Tom Allen: Ad Man – Because Channel 4 is largely shit now it’s making a four part series about this history of adverts, with Allen hosting and making some spoof adverts of his own. Ugh.

Turn Up Charlie – Idris Elba’s Netflix series has been cancelled –

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – A trailer for the interactive special which drops on Netflix on May 12th is now online –

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Alex Finch.
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