Coming Attractions: Tv News from June 2020

coming attractions 26062020This is our archived news page for June 2020, for the latest tv comedy news please go here.

News From 26/06/2020:

Afterlife – Ricky Gervais has promised that the forthcoming third season will be the show’s last, saying ” ‘I’ve already made my mind up, there just won’t be a fourth. You never say never but you put those things out there to make you remember because it’s tempting, it’s very tempting. Studios are tempting, the audience are tempting… The audience think they want another one but they don’t know, they’re not sure, so you’ve got to be careful.’” And let’s just pray he’s not lying.

The Afterparty – Chris Lord and Phil Miller are making a series for Apple Tv, with Variety reporting “The series is described as a murder mystery comedy set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each of the eight episodes will feature a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality.”

Big Mouth – Jenny Slate has left the series after realising it really was pretty fucked up that she was playing a black character.

#BlackAF – Kenya Barris’ Netflix comedy has been given a second season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Four of the episodes written for the next season have been ditched according to Terry Crews, and the next season could be very different due to current events in the US –

Central Park – Kristin Bell has left the series as like Jenny Slate in the Big Mouth story above, has realised that she shouldn’t be portraying a black character, so the role will now be recast. What’s not known is if whether that will be done in time to change any of the yet unreleased episodes, or whether it will take place from season 2 onwards.

Expecting Amy – This 3 part HBO documentary airs on July 9th, and a trailer is here:

The Great North – This new animated series from some of Bob’s Burgers writers has been given a second season before the first even airs, with Variety reporting “It hails from Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin from “Bob’s Burgers” as well as Minty Lewis. “The Great North” follows the Alaskan adventures of the Tobin family, as a single dad, Beef (Nick Offerman), does his best to keep his weird bunch of kids close – especially his only daughter, Judy (Jenny Slate), whose artistic dreams lead her away from the family fishing boat and into the glamorous world of the local mall. Rounding out the family are Judy’s older brother, Wolf, (Will Forte) and his fiancé, Honeybee (Dulcé Sloan), her middle brother, Ham (Paul Rust), and ten-year-old-going-on-fifty little brother, Moon (Aparna Nancherla). While their mother is not in the picture, Judy seeks guidance from her new boss, Alyson (Megan Mullaly), and her imaginary friend, Alanis Morrisette (guest-voicing as herself), who appears to her in the Northern Lights.”

I’m A Virgo – Boots Riley has announced on twitter that he has making a tv series, saying “I have a show about a 13-ft tall Black man who lives in Oakland. It’s called I’m A Virgo. Jharrel Jerome is playing the lead. I’m doing this w Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res. We haven’t decided on the network/streamer. It’ll be dark, absurd, hilarious, and important.”

The Kemps – All True – A trailer for Rhys Thomas’s latest mockumentary can be found on twitter, with the show airing on July 5th. and more clips are on Rhys Thomas page:

The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan – Is to return for a second series in 2021 –

Muppets Now – The first trailer for this forthcoming Disney series is now online, with the show set to debut on July 31st, and the AV Club reported “The six-episode show follows Scooter as he readies the gang for each chaotic episode. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Bunsen, Beaker, and even Pepé the King Prawn are on hand in the below clip, which also teases celebrity appearances from Seth Rogen, RuPaul, Aubrey Plaza, and many more. From a press release: “Overflowing with spontaneous lunacy, surprising guest stars and more frogs, pigs, bears (and whatevers) than legally allowed, the Muppets cut loose in Muppets Now with the kind of startling silliness and chaotic fun that made them famous. From zany experiments with Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker to lifestyle tips from the fabulous Miss Piggy, each episode is packed with hilarious segments, hosted by the Muppets showcasing what the Muppets do best.”

Nancy Wu Done It – Deadline have reported on this forthcoming series describing it as following “A frustrated Asian American female YA author who suddenly finds herself transported into one of her own books. As a result, she must work with the titular character she created — who she now hates — to solve an unfinished mystery.”

Only Murders In The Building – More details have been revealed about Martin Short and Steve Martin’s new tv series, with Chortle reporting that it “will revolve around three New Yorkers who find they have a mutual interest in solving true crime – but only in their building. A younger actress will be cast to play the third lead alongside the comedy veterans ‘I’m so proud to say that this show is already one of the highlights of my career,’ said Short as the show was unveiled as part of a presentation of forthcoming shows from Hulu. Martin joked back: ‘I’m proud to say it’s a blip on the radar of mine.’”

Solar Opposites – More info on the show’s second season can be found here:

Untitled Stephen Merchant Deepfake Sitcom – Which is quite the mouthful we know, and apparently sees Merchant making a show where “The comedian, writer and producer has filmed a taster sketch with Rory Bremner and Matt Forde portraying Boris Johnson and Donald Trump, respectively. Written by The Office creator, the project uses sophisticated synthetic media techniques to map the performances of the impressionists onto real footage of the Prime Minister and President of the United States, creating an extremely convincing likeness that puts words in the leaders’ mouths.”

News From 19/06/2020:

10-Year-Old-Tom – HBO Max have ordered this animated series from writer Steve Dildarian, which Variety reports sees “Tom grapple with being corrupted by the grownups around him each day just by leaving his house. Bad influences seem to lurk around every corner — litigious parents, drug dealing bus drivers, and band teachers who want to sleep with his mom. If he sets up a lemonade stand, he gets sued for gross negligence. If he plays baseball, he is encouraged to “dabble with roids.” And if he visits the school nurse, he is introduced to the world of insurance fraud. The grownups in Tom’s life all mean well, but somehow just can’t manage to lead by example.”

30 Rock – Is getting an hour long reunion special but before you get to excited it appears to be a promo for the network’s other shows / the new Peacock streaming service in disguise. Variety says the special will “feature guest appearances from talent across NBCUniversal, highlighting new and returning programming from NBC, Telemundo, USA Network, Syfy, E!, Bravo, and more.” It seems like a weird gimmick to frame that with a 30 Rock reunion, since the show ended seven years ago and never really had a reputation for being a crossover smash in the ratings, but it does make a sad bit of sense to use this particular cast to talk about other NBC shows that are probably more popular than it ever was… The special will air across the NBCU family of networks on July 17, and it will be available to stream on Peacock after that as well.”

Action Park – Based on the book “Action Park: Fast Times, Wild Rides, and the Untold Story of America’s Most Dangerous Amusement Park” by Andy Mulvihill and Jake Rossen, Hulu are developing a comedy described as “The almost impossible-to-believe story of the legendary, dangerous amusement park where millions were entertained and almost as many bruises were sustained. It will be told through the eyes Andy Mulvihill, the son of the park’s idiosyncratic founder, Gene Mulvihill…Action Park first opened in the late 1970s and closed in 1996. It was often called “Accident Park,” “Class Action Park,” and “Traction Park” due to the unsafe rides and attractions that made the park infamous. Many guests were injured during their time in the park, including multiple fatalities.”

The Baker And The Beauty – This remake of the Israeli series of the same name has been cancelled after just one season.

Close Enough – A trailer for this new HBO Max animated sitcom about a married couple, their daughter and their divorced friends can be found here:

Crossing Swords – We liked the first episode of this Hulu stop motion comedy than struggled with the second, but it’s been given a second season which will hopefully be better than the first? Yeah, why not.

East Wing – Debra Messing is to star in this political comedy, with Variety reporting “The series hails from writers and creators Ali Wentworth and Liz Tuccillo, with Wentworth also set to star alongside Messing. The show is inspired by Wentworth’s mother, who who served as Social Secretary in the White House during Ronald Reagan’s presidency in the 1980s. It tells the story of Hollis Carlisle (Messing), a hostess extraordinaire who juggles her threatened husband, rebellious children, Nancy Reagan’s Chief of Staff and a crippling social anxiety disorder. Ali will reoccur as Hollis’ best friend, Kelly Forbes, a stay at home mom who is threatened by her friend’s success.”

Indebted – This Adam Pally sitcom has been cancelled after just one season.

Jodie – After being in the works for a little while now Comedy Central have ordered a full season of this Daria spin-off, with the AV Club reporting “Tracee Ellis Ross will serve as Jodie’s star and EP while Grace Edwards (Broad City, Insecure) will step in as head writer. The series will be paired with Comedy Central tentpole South Park. Set just after her college graduation, Jodie will follow its titular character as she enters the corporate world. Deadline further notes that the series “will satirize workplace culture, Gen Z struggles, the artifice of social media and more.”

NextUp – Are hosting a virtual festival with a different act performing each night in July, with the comedians involved including Josie Long, Mark Watson, Jessica Fostekew, Anna Mann, Tim Key, Jen Brister, Michael Legge, Olga Koch, Jordan Brookes, Sindhu Vee and many others. Tickets are £9 per gig, limited to 200 people, or you can get a pass for the entire festival for £77 which also gets you membership to the site for the year, some beer, and more! For more information please visit:

Search Party – The season 3 trailer is now online here.

Sherman’s Showcase – Has finally been renewed for a second season by IFC.

Solar Opposites – Has been given a third season by Hulu. Which is, well, not a bad thing? Yeah, why not.

Taskmaster – The US remake of this show was critically a flop so alas it isn’t making a return in the states, but the CW channel is to air series 8 and 9 of the British version, which we recommend to all US readers as it was much better, with it beginning on August 2nd at 8pm.

This Is Going To Hurt – Ben Whishaw has been cast in the lead role of this adaptation of Adam McKay’s superb diaries which detail his sometimes funny, sometimes bleak experiences as a doctor. According to the British Comedy Guide “The BBC explains: “Kay’s diaries, scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, tell the unvarnished truth of life as a doctor working in obstetrics and gynaecology. Whishaw is set to play the fictional version of Adam, who we find wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy – junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. The series sees Adam clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him. This Is Going To Hurt is a show about trying to be a good doctor in a system that can sometimes feel like it’s working against you. Like the book, the series will depict life on and off the hospital ward with frank and often shocking honesty. The series rejoices in the highs, while pulling no punches in its depiction of the gut-wrenching lows, and celebrates the everyday superstars of the health service who keep our hospitals running….The eight-part series will also be shown in the US by cable channel AMC.”

Through The Leopard’s Gaze – Njambi McGrath’s memoir has been optioned by the production company behind Sky One sitcom Intelligence, with Chortle commenting “Published this February, the book traces her life from Kenya, where she was brutally attacked at the age of 13, to the UK, where she settled with a British man”.

Tournament Of Laughs – A trailer for this series which sees 32 comedians compete against each other, and which starts on Sunday, is here:

United We Fall – This new ABC show will begin on July 15th with Variety saying it “Follows parents of two young kids trying to live as a functional family”, because that’s never be done before.

Untitled Jason Katims Dramedy – Amazon have picked up this show from Friday Night Lights and Parenthood writer Katims about “Three 20-something roommates with autism as they deal with their standard millennial problems: “To get a job, keep a job, make friends, fall in love, and navigate a world that eludes them.”

News From 12/06/2020:

Bill And Ted Face The Music – The first trailer for the movie is now online –

Brian Butterfield Podcast – In what’s hopefully not just Peter Serafinowicz toying with us, we may be getting a podcast from his comedy creation with his twitter feed saying “Brooding about Brexit? Concerned about Crypto? Conconconcerned about Covid? Tweet me your business worries and I’ll try to troubleshoot them on Brian Butterfield’s #podpodpodcast”

Joan & Jericha: Why He Turns Away – Do’s And Don’ts From Dating To Death – A book based on the hit podcast from Julia Davis and Vicky Pepperdine is due to hit our shelves in October, with the British Comedy Guide reporting “Ostensibly authored by Joan Damry (Davis) and Jericha Domain (Pepperdine), the book is dedicated to Mahmoud, “surgeon, prophet, model and friend, whose long hands guided us, whose cinnamon whispers soothed us, whose hot nose nudged us until this book was finally birthed, proud and powerful. Much like the man himself.” Addressing criticism that their advice has led some of their listeners to commit suicide, the pair explain: “As much revered celebrities, living glamorous and wealthy lifestyles, we do of course come under fire. There has recently been vicious slander circulating, regarding a small handful of folk who have written to us with a problem, and having listened to our response, gone on to take their own lives. As if the two were somehow connected. “These naysayers are generally bitter and jealous spinsters, taking perverse and sadistic pleasure in being vindictive and nasty, while no doubt masturbating at the same time. To these lonely ladies we would say, ‘Go look in your own heart, knock ye there and ask yourself some difficult questions. Because you will find the real guilt writhing within ye, like maggots mating in yesterday’s apple’.”

Love Life – This rather poor HBO Max series has been given a second season, though Anna Kendrick’s Darby will only make occasional appearances with the show featuring mostly new characters (as was planned all along).

The Offenders – Christopher Walken has joined the cast of Stephen Merchant’s BBC comedy drama The Offenders with the British Comedy Guide revealing that “Poldark’s Eleanor Tomlinson is also set to appear alongside Merchant and the Hollywood legend in the six-part series, which revolves around seven strangers doing court-ordered community service. However, filming on the co-production with Amazon was halted after only a few days because of the coronavirus pandemic, and before Walken could travel from America, BCG understands. Set in Merchant’s native Bristol, The Offenders has been described as a “crime thriller-meets-state-of-the-nation commentary”, with the plot involving the group taking on one of the city’s most dangerous criminal gangs.The Office creator, who will also direct the new series and plays a kerb-crawler, has said: “The Offenders is a long-standing passion project for me. My parents used to work in the community service world and I was always intrigued that the many and varied people they dealt with only had one thing in common: they’d committed a crime.”

Perfect Harmony – Has been cancelled by NBC, to the horror of it’s cast and crew, but them alone –

Rodeo Queens – Dakota Johnson is to star and produce this mockumentary series currently in the works at Amazon, which follows “An ensemble of Rodeo Queen hopefuls as they compete for the coveted crown”.

Scrubs – Zach Braff claims he wants to do a movie of his hit sitcom, which I’m sure has nothing to do with his flailing career, in one of these “This isn’t really a story, just reportage of someone’s wishful thinking” articles that Chortle is famous for.

Sherman’s Showcase Black History Month Spectacular Special – It is set to air on Friday June 19, and in a recent interview about the show “The panelists, which included creators Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin, as well as executive producers John Legend and Mike Jackson, first addressed the importance of comedy amid the current protests and movements for racial equality. “We still have our sense of humor. We still think there’s a lot in the world to talk about and make fun of,” offered Legend. “There’s a lot of joy that we can share with other people. And I think it’s important for us to continue to share that joy, that laughter, with intelligence and with an eye to what’s going on in the world. But people still need to laugh and enjoy themselves. I think it’s important that we show the fullness of what it is to be Black and human. Through our art, we’re able to do that. Riddle admitted that he felt conflicted. “I think that it’s a really weird place right now, where you do wonder, ‘Is it okay to be silly? Is it okay to laugh?’” Riddle shared. “I think people need those moments of levity. Those moments to laugh, to dance, to do the things that we love so that you can actually recharge that battery.” He added, “You do have to be sensitive to that. But then again, I just always come back to the fact that what has gotten our people through the past and the present has always been our culture. That’s the music, that’s the comedy, and the black boy joy, to use the nomenclature of the current day. We have to keep that going.”…The hour-long variety special, which will feature more sketches honoring African-American icons of the past and present, A-list guest stars like Legend, Michael Ealy, Jemele Hill, Lil Rel Howery, as well as original hit, and award-winning songs, will debut on AMC and IFC.”

Talking Heads – This new series based on Alan Bennett’s much loved monologues launches on 23rd of June, with it featuring a mix of new and old speeches. More details are here:

Tournament of Laughs – A seven episode series, this will see 32 comedians going head to head for bragging rights as to who’s the best ever comic – “Jason Sudeikis will serve as host and color commentator for the remotely produced series, which premieres June 21. “We may be without some of our favorite sports right now but we can still partake in some fierce rivalries,” said Brett Weitz, general manager of TNT, TBS, and truTV. “These comics promise to bring the funny each week, but the audience will get to decide who gets the last laugh.” Each week, the comics will film, produce and star in their own videos, ranging from stand-up sets to song parodies and whatever else they can dream up. Viewers will vote on the winner of each matchup until the final, when a panel of comedy experts will crown the winner. Comedians set to take part in the show are Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher, Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson and Piff The Magic Dragon, with two additional performers still to be named.

Worzel Gummidge – The BBC have confirmed that we’ll be getting more episodes of Mackenzie Crook’s fantastic take on the much loved children’s character.

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – This great musical comedy has been renewed, which pleases no end, if you’ve not seen it yet Variety describes it as centring “on Zoey Clarke (Jane Levy), a computer coder living in San Francisco. After an unusual event, Zoey, suddenly starts to hear the innermost wants, thoughts and desires of the people around her through popular songs. At first, she questions her own sanity, but after getting some guidance from her musically adept neighbor, Mo (Alex Newell), and making a breakthrough with her ailing father (Peter Gallagher), Zoey soon realizes this unwanted curse may just be an incredibly wonderful gift as she connects with the world like never before”, but it’s much better than that sounds.

News From 05/06/2020:

Alan Partridge: From The Oasthouse – The long awaited podcast from Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge is to be released on September 3rd, but you can listen to the first episode now if you’re an Audible subscriber. According to the Radio Times “For the first time, this famously private man welcomes us into his home and bears all through a fascinating series of conversations and richly sound-designed audio vignettes.” It goes on to say, “Over the course of 18 generously-lengthed episodes, Partridge reveals a wiser, more reflective Alan. From The Oasthouse demonstrates a maturity and insight that will be instantly recognisable to his fans, even if it’s not yet acknowledged by some of his more storied peers. In keeping with podcasting’s rich heritage, each episode is recorded at home in Alan’s Oasthouse (his shed), after which audio is sent directly to Audible to ensure it meets the technical specifications laid down in his contract.”

Astronomy Club The Sketch Show – This all black sketch show has been cancelled by Netflix, whose timing is fucking appalling.

Bafta Awards – The nominations for the Bafta’s have been announced and among the nominees are Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Gus Khan, Sarah Kendall, Sian Clifford and Jamie Demetriou, and the full list can be found here:

The Cummings Files: Confidential Thoughts, Ideas, Actions by Dominic Cummings – A book rather than a tv series but it’s a bloody slow news week, and it is at least being written by much loved sitcom scribe Arthur Mathews, with this spoof telling “The full story of those trips to Durham, his plans for a biopic of Otto Von Bismarck starring Sanjeev Bhaskar, what happens when you hit Michael Gove over the head with a pencil; his close relationship with the Prime Minister’. It is due to be released in October by Faber. According to its blurb: ‘Dominic Cummings has a lively mind. He is constantly thinking; planning; coming up with big ideas. During a time of momentous events in Britain (Brexit, a general election, the Covid 19 pandemic) the government’s chief adviser has been writing down his thoughts – in diaries, blog posts, Post-it notes and any scrap of paper he can find.”

Have I Got News For You – Will be returning to it’s normal studio based format in October apparently, though other UK shows are to begin shooting again much sooner.

Kate & Koji – This very average ITV sitcom has been given a second series.

Mental – This French comedy drama about “Sheila, a 20-something intern in psychiatry who discovers the burlesque world” may well be getting a US remake according to Variety.

Ted Lasso – With a vaguely similar premise to the BBC’s The First Team, this Apple TV + sitcom sees former Saturday Night Live regular Jason Sudeikis “play a small-time college football coach hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience in the sport”, with the show set to begin on August 14th.

Two Doors Down – Is to return for fifth series.

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Alex Finch.
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