Coming Attractions: Tv News from July 2020

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This is our archived news page for July 2020, for the latest tv comedy news please go here.

News From 31/07/2020:

Archer – Season 11 is finally going to hit our screens on September 16th, after the pandemic delayed it. The first where show creator Adam Reed has only contributed one script and won’t be running it, it also sees Archer finally out of his coma and back in the real world, and a trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_btcnSs9zn4

Brain In Gear – After a creating a well received Comedy Short last year Gbemisola Ikumelo is making a new comedy series for BBC Two. “The premise is a flat-share comedy where the tenants are the voices in the head of Remi, an anxious single woman in her late twenties forever being interrupted by her two alter egos Boss Bitch Remi and Dark Remi.” Ikumelo writes as well as performs the series, and is up for another Bafta tonight for best female performance in a comedy programme for her work on Famalam. She said: ‘This is a legit dream coming true moment for me and I keep finding myself asking, “Did the BBC actually just give me my own show?” I’m sure It will sink in soon enough, but for now I’m just revelling in all of the exciting possibilities that are presented by this becoming a series.'” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/31/46604/famalams_gbemisola_ikumelo
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Captain Fall – Norsemen creators Jon Iver Helgaker and Jonas Torgersen are making an animated comedy, which “Will track titular Jonathan Fall, a wet-behind-the-ears yet good-hearted sea captain who unwittingly finds himself at the helm of a smuggling ship. Details about animation style, casting, direction and production have yet to be announced.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/captain-fall-netflix-norsemen-helgaker-torgersen-1234719414/

Central Park – Kristen Bell stepped down from the role of Molly a few weeks ago, and now it has been revealed that Shameless and The Umbrella Academy actress Emmy Raver-Lampman will play the character. https://news.avclub.com/apples-central-park-casts-umbrella-academys-emmy-raver-1844499830

Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story – This documentary about the animated series is due to be released on August 14th, and a trailer is here: https://thelaughbutton.com/the-trailer-for-happy-happy-joy-joy-the-ren-stimpy-story-is-here

Hold My Bread – Is a superb podcast by New York City-based comedians Matt Bachus and Joel Walkowski, with new episodes released weekly – “Distancing itself from typical comedy podcasts today, Hold My Bread focuses primarily on personal finance, specifically for millenial listeners who are maybe just starting to think about their future. Both Bachus and Walkowski clearly have a passion for the stock market, but most impressive is their ability to offer solid advice and insight for listeners who are relatively new to investing, while being hilarious and entertaining along the way. Hold My Bread is also highly relevant during a period where virtually everyone is uncertain about their financial future”. https://plinkhq.com/i/1292361244?to=page

Our Cartoon President – Is returning for its third season on September 13th, and new characters will include Barack Obama, Elon Musk and Susan Collins. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-ratched-premiere-1234719954/

The Pursuit Of Love – Emily Mortimer is adapting this novel for the BBC, with the series described as a comedy drama – “The Pursuit of Love, published in 1945, is the first in a trilogy of books by Nancy Mitford about an upper-class English family in the interwar period. The BBC explains: “Written and directed by Mortimer, The Pursuit Of Love is a romantic comedy drama about love and friendship. Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the story follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett, played by Lily James, and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan, played by Emily Beecham. Consumed by a desire for love and marriage, the two women are on the hunt for the ideal husband. Their friendship is put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart, to increasingly wild and outrageous places. As social and political divisions split the nation, their diverging choices raise personal questions that remain intensely relevant today – questions about freedom, about love and sex, and the mystery of the human heart.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5863/the-pursuit-of-love-on-bbc1/

Rick and Morty – A very short, simplistically animated snippet from season 5 has been released – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPAw95c_AOE&feature=youtu.be while an Adult Swim endorsed anime studio have released their take on the show – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kdltv_CSHE

The Simpsons – Michael Palin, Olivia Colman and comedian Hannibal Buress are all set to guest star in the show next season. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/29/46594/michael_palin_joins_the_simpsons

Taskmaster – Channel 4 have revealed the cast for the 10th series, with it being Johnny Vegas, Katherine Parkinson, Mawaan Rizwan, Richard Herring and Daisy May Cooper, and according to Alex Horne’s wife Rachel on instagram the show will air in October.
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Teenage Bounty Hunters – A new comedy drama from Netflix, this is set to stream on August 14th. “The show follows sisters Blair (Anjelica Bette Fellini) and Sterling Wesley (Maddie Phillips), two high school girls who double as bounty hunters when not busy navigating school or their love lives. They pair up with a more experienced bounty hunter, Bowser Jenkins (Kadeem Hardison), to learn the ropes of their new job”, and a trailer for it is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-teenage-bounty-hunters-trailer-watch-1234721480/

Wednesday In Space – Is a low budget sci-fi murder mystery that was filmed in just one week in the director’s garage, and hopefully it’ll get a cinema release later this year. That’s dependent on a successful Kickstarter campaign though, and to find out more about the film and the funding it needs, check out this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wetn9ez9v4Q

News From 24/07/2020:

BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy – This new stand up showcase is “designed to support grassroots comedy talent hammered by the Covid-19 crisis. BBC Presents: Stand Up For Live Comedy will start filming this summer in six British cities, with a mission to kickstart live stand-up again. The line-up for the six half-hour shows has not yet been announced, but the progamme will be made in adherence to government guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/21/46548/bbc_to_record_a_new_tv_
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The Boys – Has been given a third season before the second even airs (with that starting on September 4th), and Amazon has announced that they’re giving the show one of those annoying aftershows which will be hosted by Aisha Tyler. https://news.avclub.com/the-boys-scores-third-season-aisha-tyler-hosted-afters-1844487081 Meanwhile if you want some season 2 spoilers, go here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-boys-season-2-comic-con-preview-1234715355/

Fox Animation Block – All-new seasons of “The Simpsons,” “Bless The Harts,” “Bob’s Burgers” and “Family Guy” will premiere Sept. 27, with Duncanville set to return in the spring of 2021. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/vince-vaughn-animated-comedy-series-fox-1234713447/

Futha Mucka – Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds are making an animated comedy for Quibi, which will see “Jackson play Reynold’s primary caregiver. Here’s the rather odd logline that Quibi provided for the series: Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds love each other. More accurately, Ryan loves Sam. When asked for comment on his feelings for Ryan, Sam said “tell them I couldn’t be reached for comment.” When a minor mishap causes Sam to become Ryan’s primary caregiver, sh*t gets weird. Ryan is delighted to spend all of his time with Sam. Sam couldn’t be reached for comment.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/samuel-l-jackson-ryan-reynolds-futha-mucka-quibi-animated-series-1234713241/

Hoops – A trailer for this animated comedy “about a high school basketball coach who aims to turn his shoddy team around and get them to the big leagues” that debuts on August 21st and which stars Jake Johnson is here: https://news.avclub.com/jake-johnson-tries-fails-to-inspire-the-youth-in-netfl-1844445029

Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club – Hot on the heels of the BBC’s announcement that they’re making a new stand up show comes this news that ITV are creating one too, but on the downside the painfully unfunny Ross is hosting it. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5859/jonathan-ross-comedy-club/

Live At The Apollo – The new series was due to be filmed in September, but has now been delayed until next year. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/20/46544/live_at_the_apollo_put_on_hold

Mandy – More of the cast for Diane Morgan’s forthcoming comedy about “a woman living hand-to-mouth in the gig economy” has been revealed, with Mark Silcox, Michael Spicer, Jackie Clune, Alistair Green, Emily Dean, Masashi Fujimoto, Akemnji Ndifornyen, Iain Lee and Tony Way all set to appear regularly, while guest stars include Tom Basden, David Bradley, Natalie Cassidy, Sean Lock and Maxine Peake. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/21/46549/mark_silcox%2C_sean_lock_and
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Reno 911! – The second part of the seventh season will air on 24th of August, and other forthcoming Quibi air dates can be found here too. https://news.avclub.com/even-more-famous-people-are-coming-to-quibi-in-august-1844462473

Saturday Night Live – Is gearing up for a new run, and filming will be studio based again. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/saturday-night-live-return-nbc-late-night-tv-1234711234/

Somebody Somewhere – A new sitcom is to be made based on Bridget Everett’s life, and “The series will center around Sam Miller (played by Everett), a true Kansan on the surface who beneath it all struggles to fit the hometown mold. As she grapples with loss and acceptance, singing is Sam’s saving grace and leads her on a journey to discover herself and a community of outsiders that don’t fit in but don’t give up.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/hbo-bridget-everett-kansas-comedy-series-somebody-somewhere-1234712358/

Star Struck – Rose Matafeo’s BBC3 and HBO Max co-funded series has been given a second series before the first has even been filmed. We’ve no issue with that though given that Matafeo’s an amazing comedian and presumably the scripts are so good the networks are happy to order more. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5860/rose-matafeo-starstruck-2/

Star Trek Lower Decks – The virtual Comic Con is currently taking place this week, where they presented another clip from the show which amazingly looks even more irritating than the first one. https://youtu.be/JDGNY8EosSI?t=2794

Truth Seekers – Some images from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s ghost hunting sitcom have been released, with the show revolving “around about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel”, and which see Simon Pegg in a very silly wig indeed, which you can see here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/21/46551/new_images_from_truth_seekers
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while a teaser trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/nick-frost-is-a-seasoned-paranormal-investigator-in-ama-1844476952

Untitled John and Dave Chernin Animated Comedy – The creators of The Mick and the makers of “Chad Goes Deep” (Tom Allen and JT Parr) are developing an animated series at Hulu. “The prospective series centers around two perpetually stoked surfer bros born ahead of their time, who try to navigate teenage life in Ancient Greece while showing their Greek God dads that there is more than one way to be a legend”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/chad-goes-deep-comedians-the-mick-creators-hulu-animated-series-1234714753/

News From 17/07/2020:

@GeneralStories – Adam Goldberg is working on a Quibi series vaguely based his own experiences of Instagram, which doesn’t sound exactly fun, with Variety describing it as following a “Millennial couple Charlie and Lake who decide to uproot their young family and hectic life in Los Angeles to move in with Lake’s parents and open a general store in a small East Coast town after a downsizing trend they notice on Instagram. Before they know it, they become Instagram stars themselves and what began as a hobby and sales tool to support the store, quickly become an obsession and exposes problems the family didn’t know (or weren’t prepared to admit) they had.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/adam-goldberg-developing-instagram-fame-series-at-quibi-exclusive-1234704928/

Comedians At Home Doing Nothing – Omid Djalili is making a spoof of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – “I did one with David Baddiel, I did one with [US Office star] Rainn Wilson, I’m doing one with Whoopi Goldberg” Djalili told Paul Hawksbee and Andy Jacobs on their Talksport radio show. It’s A-list stars. There’s a lot of people who have gone into hiatus and they’re actually quite happy to do this. Asked when the show is likely to air, he replied: “Hopefully they’ll go out sometime in August. I can’t really tell you which channel because there’s a bit of a bidding war going on right now.” He neglected to elaborate further on the second television project.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5845/omid-djalili-comedians-at-home-doing-nothing/

Comedy Central At The Edinburgh Fringe – This is set to be a new online show doing its best to recreate a virtual Fringe, and will feature 10 rising comedians though annoyingly each episode will only be 7 minutes long, and according to the British Comedy Guide “Highlights from the digital series will also air in a 22-minute special on Comedy Central at the end of August” because presumably showing the whole series would have impacted on repeats of the shitty shows Comedy Central airs over and over again. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5841/comedy-central-at-the-fringe/

Comedy Game Night – An only very slightly different version of Channel 5’s Celebrity Game Night is to be made, with it hosted by Liza Tarbuck and with Sue Perkins and Guz Khan as team captains, while the guests facing off against each other will include”Kerry Godliman to Martine McCutcheon, Andrew Maxwell to Andi Oliver, Big Zuu to Clare Balding and Sally Phillips to Sally Lindsay. Together they will go head-to-head in a series of fun, entertaining and hilarious games, which will test their pop culture knowledge, acting skills and nerves of steel.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5838/comedy-game-night/

The Emily Atack Show – After a successful pilot made earlier this year a full series has been commissioned – “Producers say: “Each episode covers a different theme, including Dating, Going Out, Friends, Family, Image and Adulting. Each show topic will allow Emily to not only have real fun with her comedy but also explore her own life experiences and showcase her loveable, unfiltered self.” Emily Atack says: “I am thrilled to be announcing this. I want to create and write a sketch show that gives snap shots into the weird and hilarious world of everyday life as a young (ish) person. I can guarantee whatever age you are you will relate in some way! It’s a dream come true, since I was a child this is the kind of television I’ve wanted to make and be part of. I can’t quite believe it.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5848/the-emily-atack-show-on-itv2/

Emily In Paris – This new comedy from Darren Starr was originally set to air on the Paramount Network, but is now set to be shown on Netflix. Variety reported “Emily in Paris is a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy series. It follows Emily (Collins), an ambitious twenty-something marketing executive from Chicago, who unexpectedly lands her dream job in Paris when her company acquires a French luxury marketing company. She is tasked with revamping their social media strategy. Emily’s new life in Paris is filled with adventures and challenges as she juggles winning over her work colleagues, making friends, and navigating new romances. The series was shot entirely on location in Paris and throughout France.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emily-in-paris-netflix-paramount-network-1234704731/

Frankie Boyle’s New World Order – Has been given a fourth series by the BBC. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5846/frankie-boyle-new-world-order-series-4/

Kenan – Don Johnson and Chris Redd are to star in this delayed by the Pandemic sitcom, where “Johnson will play Rick, Kenan’s father-in-law in the series. He takes over the role from Andy Garcia. Redd has been cast as Gary, Kenan’s brother. The show revolves around Kenan, a recently widowed host of Atlanta’s #2 morning show. He struggles to balance his job and his young daughters despite all the “help” he gets from his father-in-law (Johnson) and his brother/assistant/manager/house guest (Redd).” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/don-johnson-chris-redd-kenan-thompson-nbc-1234709006/

Kidding – This Jim Carrey tv series has been cancelled. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/kidding-canceled-showtime-1234706492/

The Moodys – This US adaptation of the Australian sitcom has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fox-renews-moodys-second-season-denis-leary-elizabeth-perkins-1234703770/

Muppets Now – Another teaser trailer is online here: https://news.avclub.com/the-muppets-share-teaser-sorry-video-conference-for-1844393543

Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years – Three hour long episodes exploring the hit tv show will air on Dave on August 6 – “It promises previously unbroadcast scenes and a collection of some of the many ‘smeg-ups’ during the filming of the 74 episodes made to date. Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Danny John-Jules, Norman Lovett and Hattie Hayridge are all taking part in the series, which is being masterminded by co-creator, writer and director Doug Naylor. The hour-long episodes will cover the origins of Red Dwarf, which was almost cancelled while still on the launchpad due to a lengthy electrician’s strike; the special effects, modelling and costumes involve in making the series; and the science with Naylor and co-creator Rob Grant predicted. Celebrity fans will also pitch in with their reasons for loving the series.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/14/46501/secrets_of_the_red_dwarf_universe
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Run – HBO have decided not to bring Vicky Jones’ annoying rom-com back for a second season. Good. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/11/46486/nowhere_to_run

Semi-Detached – The pilot for this Lee Mack sitcom which plays out in real time aired last year and was met with critical acclaim, so a full series was commissioned which should be on our screens soon, and a trailer for it is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/9084/new-lee-mack-comedy

Shining Vale – Greg Kinnear has joined the cast of this Courtney Cox sitcom, “A half-hour horror comedy about 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 – turns out, the symptoms are exactly the same. Kinnear will star as Terry, Pat’s husband. He is described as a sweet, sensitive guy who enjoys a good laugh almost as much as a good cry. He assumed he was married to the perfect wife until she had an affair with their young handyman, destroying the kitchen island, and maybe his marriage. Ever the optimist, Terry is willing to do whatever it takes to keep his family together, including intensive couples therapy and cashing in all his assets to buy an Old Victorian house in the suburbs of Connecticut, trading his 12-minute commute for a 90-minute train ride into the city.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/greg-kinnear-courtney-cox-starz-shining-vale-1234707441/

Star Trek: Lower Decks – This new animated comedy series debuts on August 6th and a not very good trailer which fails to capture Star Trek’s unique feel, and is just loud and annoying, is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3RkBKedKWw

Ted Lasso – A trailer for this AppleTv+ series with Jason Sudekis about “an American football coach hired to head an English football club” is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-apple-reveals-ted-lasso-trailer-1234706444/

The Undesirables – Amazon are to make a comedy “Set in a near-future Los Angeles that explores the unexpected relationships that form when a group of outcasts are forced to bond under unusual circumstances. Ken Cheng of Crab Club and Arvin Chen will write and executive produce.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amazon-the-undesirables-1234707570/

Untitled Michael Che Sketch Show – The Saturday Night Live star is to make a six episode sketch show for HBO Max – “Che will star in the series, with each episode set to tackle a different theme or incident — such as police brutality, unemployment, or falling in love — from a Black vantage point. “I’m really excited to be working on this show with HBO Max” said Che. “It’s a project I’ve been thinking about for a while and we have a lot of sketches we want to shoot so please wear your masks so that we can go into production.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/michael-che-sketch-comedy-series-hbo-max-1234706112/

News From 10/07/2020: 

Better Things – Will be returning for a fifth season. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/better-things-renewed-season-5-fx-pamela-adlon-overall-deal-1234702690/

The Boys – Yet another season 2 trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/the-boys-are-back-for-more-bonkers-brutality-in-the-sea-1844306310

Dead to Me – Has been renewed for a third and final season at Netflix, https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/dead-to-me-renewed-season-3-netflix-1234698931/

Die Hart – A trailer has been released for this new Quibi series that finds Kevin Hart “Yearning to break free from his history of playing comedic sidekicks—see: Central Intelligence, Ride Along—by attending an “action star school” that, per a synopsis, is “run by a lunatic.” Enter Travolta, who sports a bald head and a scrappy denim jacket as the cuckoo coach. Game Of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel, meanwhile, co-stars as another student at the school.” https://news.avclub.com/john-travolta-turns-sidekicks-into-action-heroes-in-thi-1844282738

Dinosaur – The BBC maybe making a pilot starring an autistic lead actor, and the British Comedy Guide reports “Dinosaur, written by playwright Matilda Curtis (pictured), is being developed for BBC Three by Two Brothers Pictures, which produced both series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s internationally acclaimed sitcom and Back To Life for the channel. Filming of the pilot is scheduled to take place next year. Hundreds of applicants answered an open casting search last month for an autistic actor to play a woman “in her twenties who has yet to be diagnosed as autistic and is having to negotiate the world around her” for “a new BBC television project shooting in 2021″. However, BCG understands that the corporation is yet to officially commission the pilot.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5830/dinosaur-pilot-to-star-autistic-actor/

Harry Hill’s World Of TV – Harry Hill is making his first BBC2 series in decades, where he’ll mock tv, but unlike Tv Burp it will take a look at different genres each week including soaps, police dramas, historical documentaries, cookery programmes, DIY shows, and medical dramas. “Hill Says: “It’s about time someone blew the whistle on how these TV shows are put together and it looks like I’m the man for the job. Watching TV will never be the same again! I predict this series of programmes will be required viewing for all students of TV. We’re talking TV landmark… jus’ sayin’.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5831/harry-hills-bbc2-series/

Jim Gaffigan: The Pale Tourist – Gaffigan’s next special has been divided in to two parts, and sounds quite unusual as “The two-part special follows the comedian as he travels the world, meeting new people in each country, eating the food, and learning a bit about the history. He then transforms those experiences into a stand-up set of all-new material to perform it for locals and expatriates, before heading on to another destination and doing it all over again. ” A trailer for it is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-announces-away-premiere-date-1234700417/

John Mulaney And The Sack Back Bunch – After the success of the bloody fantastic first special, Mulaney is to make two more, the first of which will air around Christmas, though this time around it’ll be on Comedy Central instead of Netflix. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2020/07/07/46452/john_mulaney_to
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MakeAway Takeaway – Bec Hill is to make an arts based show for CITV according to Chortle – ” ‘Each week, Bec will take the audience and her takeaway customers on a comical journey packed with unique and inspirational art ideas, as she experiments with unusual materials, finds a home for junk, and uses her funny bones to make us laugh along the way.’ London-based Australian Hill is known for using home-made props in her stand-up, especially inventive lo-tech animations made on flip charts, using similar mechanisms to pop-up books.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/07/46457/bec_hill_to_front_a_citv_craft_show

Pen15 – Returns for its second season on September 18th with 14 brand new episodes, and a trailer for it is here: https://news.avclub.com/relax-pen15-season-2-finally-has-a-premiere-date-1844307649

Ramy – Has been given a third season by Hulu. https://news.avclub.com/ramy-gets-to-continue-his-spiritual-and-sometimes-chao-1844327893

Sandylands – Is coming back for a second series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5828/sandylands-series-2/

Search Party – John Early has spoken about the most recent season here, and hints at what season 4 might entail too – https://tv.avclub.com/its-funny-watching-me-get-crows-feet-john-early-talk-1844249535

Untitled Lucy Liu Sitcom – Liu is making a pilot for a new multi-cam sitcom where “Liu will play Devin, described as the fierce and powerful head of Shelter, a large and successful modern furniture company. She is a force and is unfamiliar with failure. But when she adopts a baby she is ill-prepared for the task of parenting and feels at a complete loss as to how to be a mom.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/lucy-liu-to-star-in-shana-goldberg-meehans-multi-cam-comedy-pilot-at-abc-1234702344/

Woke – This brand new comedy based on a true story from musician Keith Knight stars New Girls’s Lamorne Morris as “Keef, a Black cartoonist on the cusp of mainstream success. Not one to shake the political table, Keef is perfectly content keeping things “light” until he is confronted by the police in a traumatic case of racial profiling. Fundamentally shaken, Keef is forced to recognize racism and inequality at a systemic level. But first, he’s gotta deal with these talking beer bottles and trash cans. The series will tackle Keef’s journey to “wokeness” (“Once your eyes are open, you can unsee,” offers Ayana, played by Saturday Night Live alum Sasheer Zamata). Using animation, Knight processes his fictional counterpart’s latent trauma and social awakening through a whimsical lens,combining comedy and a rather evergreen experience for many Black Americans.” It drops on Hulu on September 9th, and more info and a teaser trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/lamorne-morris-semi-animated-comedy-woke-gets-a-surreal-1844329385

The Wonder Years – A remake of the much loved Fred Savage is in the works, where “The new half-hour comedy series would focus on how a black middle class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960’s made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too. That puts the new show in the same time period as the original series, which was set between 1968 and 1973. A mini writer’s room for the show will be opened once ABC approves a pilot script. Saladin K. Patterson will write and executive produce. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez will executive produce via Lee Daniels Entertainment. Fred Savage, the star of the original series, will direct the pilot and executive produce.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/wonder-years-reboot-abc-lee-daniels-1234701144/

News From 03/07/2020:

Beavis and Butthead – Is to return to our screens once again, in what’s oddly described as a ‘re-imagining’ of the series, with the AV Club reporting “Judge will write, produce, and lend his voice to the “reimagined” Beavis And Butt-Head, which, per a press release, will encompass “meta-themes relatable to both new and old fans—Gen X parents and their Gen Z kids.” Comedy Central has committed to two seasons of the show, as well as “additional spin-offs and specials” that we’re hoping finds some way to fold Daria into the mix.” https://news.avclub.com/mike-judge-and-comedy-central-are-reimagining-beavis-1844232775

The Boys – will return for its second season on Sept 4th with a three episode premiere, new episodes will be released after that each Friday, and a trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQMrAN5Xwes&feature=emb_logo

Cam_Girlfriend – A bit of a bizarre one this, as Variety has reported that the dodgy adult porn site Chaturbate is making a scripted comedy that “follows rising cam model Chloe Cables (Lily LaBeau) as she balances her relationship with her boyfriend, Mike (Dave Keystone) with her relationship to her work and fans. Together, they soon learn that camming is a job you can’t help but take home. The series will live on YouTube Channel Camming Life and be promoted across Chaturbate’s social media channels. New episodes will air weekly”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/chaturbate-cam-girlfriend-1234647400/

Clone High – Another animated sitcom that’s set to be “reimagined” is this 2003 show which only ran for 13 episodes, with the AV Club commenting “While Clone High isn’t getting a movie, it is getting new episodes with original creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Bill Lawrence working to “reimagine” it. Per a press release, Erica Rivinoja, previously of The Last Man On Earth, will serve as showrunner and pen the pilot episode alongside Lord and Miller. It’s unclear how many episodes MTV is ordering, or when it might air. But the “updated version” of the series will continue to count Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and John F. Kennedy among its student body of cloned, horny historical figures.” https://news.avclub.com/mtv-is-making-new-episodes-of-clone-high-with-original-1844247060

The Cockfields – Gold have commissioned a second series of this sitcom starring Joe Wilkinson, Diane Morgan, Sue Johnston and Bobby Ball, filming is due to start in August but due to the pandemic it may be delayed. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5819/the-cockfields-series-2/

Connecting – NBC have ordered eight episodes of this comedy which consists only of socially distanced video chats “The series is described as an ensemble comedy about a group of friends trying to stay close (and sane) through video chats as they share the highs and lows of these extraordinary times. It is unknown at this time when the series will air or if it will be part of NBC’s fall schedule.”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nbc-social-distancing-comedy-connecting-1234691475/

Corporate – Returns on July 22nd for its third and final season, and follows “Matt, Jake, Grace, and the rest of Hampton DeVille as they face the struggles of content creation, workplace conflicts, business trips, and finally learning to climb the corporate ladder.”
https://news.avclub.com/comedy-central-to-debut-corporates-3rd-and-final-season-1844218504

Cuphead The Show – Netflix are making an animated series based on the popular console game, and a teaser trailer is here: https://news.avclub.com/cuphead-looks-much-less-frustrating-in-this-teaser-for-1844197560

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Will be returning for an eleventh season, with David commenting “Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are,” he cracked. “One day I can only hope that HBO will come to their senses and grant me the cancellation I so richly deserve.” https://news.avclub.com/hbo-renews-curb-your-enthusiasm-for-whats-got-to-be-a-p-1844222165

The Curse – Three of the stars of People Just Do Nothing, Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa and Hugo Chegwin, are writing a new sitcom, though no channel has bought it yet. “Set in the 1980s, the plot is said to revolved around the unexpected after-effects of a heist with echoes of the notorious 1983 Brink’s-Mat robbery, in which £26million of gold bullion, diamonds, and cash was stolen from a Heathrow warehouse.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/02/46423/people_just_do_nothing_trio_
plot_a_heist_comedy

Deadendia – Based on the reportedly superb horror comedy graphic novels by Hamish Steele, Netflix is to make an animated sitcom which “Follows Barney, Norma and their talking dog Pugsley as their summer job at a haunted house theme park turns out to host real supernatural creatures. The cast will feature Zach Barack as Barney, Kody Kavitha as Norma, Emily Osment as Courtney, Alex Brightman as Pugsley, Clinton Leupp a.k.a. Miss Coco Peru as Pauline Phoenix, Kenny Tran as Logs and Kathreen Khavari as Badyah.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-deadendia-1234697061/

The Great – Has been given a second season, which will once again be ten episodes long. https://news.avclub.com/the-greats-reign-will-continue-on-hulu-1844248352

Gus & Wally – A Mission Hill Spin-Off is being planned despite the show being a failure when it originally aired, and apparently it “Would take place six months after the first season and center on the adorably mismatched married couple Gus (Nick Jameson) and Wally (Tom Kenny). Oakley says it would be titled Gus & Wally, and that, despite the shift in focus, the rest of the world’s characters would still play an active role. As of now, per Oakley, the series lives in a six-page document that he and Weinstein are hoping to shop to HBO Max, Netflix, Hulu, and Adult Swim, with HBO Max being the most likely candidate as Warner Bros. still owns the IP.” https://news.avclub.com/bill-oakley-and-josh-weinstein-are-developing-a-mission-1844218173

Joz Norris – You Build The Thing You Think You Are – CTW favourite Joz Norris has turned his proposed new stand up show in to a film, which “Is an absurdist storytelling show about how we construct ourselves, about the accumulation of rubbish both in our heads and in our homes, about feeling more at home in your mind than in your body, and about the struggle to ever share any of this with another human being. All the while it features a Romanian Troll/Goblin thing who just wants to sing the hits and learn how to dance; about a Van Morrison gig that accidentally came to be the cornerstone of a personality; and about a gong bath so profound that it caused someone’s spine to grow by two inches.” https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/9000/Joz-Norris-film

The Kominsky Method – Has been renewed for a third, final Season by Netflix, we’ve yet to check it out but the second season was recommended by Stewart Lee in his most recent newsletter, so we plan to do so now. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-kominsky-method-renewed-third-final-season-netflix-1234697037/

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 – The Mads are back! Join Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff (“Dr. Clayton Forrester” and “TV’s Frank”) for this special livestream event as they live-riff through Ed Wood’s 1953 classic, Glen or Glenda, with a Q&A afterwards. This show will broadcast live via a private YouTube link that will be sent to ticket purchasers an hour prior to showtime. You can also watch directly here on Eventbrite. A percentage of the proceeds from the event will benefit NAACP Empowerment Programs, who engage primarily in training, education, and advocacy at the national and local levels. Viewers will be able to tune in from anywhere in the world. Anyone who purchases a ticket will gain access to re-watch the livestream and download it for personal viewing. For more info and tickets go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mads-glen-or-glenda-live-online-riffing-show-with-mst3ks-the-mads-tickets-111691323756

Nikki Fre$h – This Nicole Richie comedy that aired on Quibi and so was seen by over seven people has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/nicole-richie-comedy-nikki-fresh-renewed-season-two-quibi-1234693119/

There’s Something About Movies – Is coming back for a third season, with filming due to start later this month, though for the first time it will not be in front of a studio audience, and guests will include Stephen Graham, Gemma Arterton, Joanna Lumley, Nick Frost and Phil Wang. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/07/03/46427/filming_resumes_on_a_league_of
_their_own_and_theres_something_about_movies

Uncle Stan – In what’s definitely not an The Office spin-off for copyright reasons, The Office star Leslie David Baker has set up a kickstarter to make a show where his character Stan “is forced to leave his Florida retirement in order to help his nephew run a combination motorcycle repair shop/florist business, as one does. There’s nothing in the promotional copy about wacky hijinx ensuing, but god damn if it doesn’t sound like they probably will.” https://news.avclub.com/the-offices-leslie-david-baker-is-kickstarting-a-tv-sho-1844255779

Wellington Paranormal – Series 3 of the show has resumed shooting and there’s a photo from the new series here: https://twitter.com/MrMikeMinogue/status/1277435865178882049

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