Coming Attractions: Tv News From August 2020

coming attractions 28082020This is our archive news page for August 2020, for the latest tv news please go here.

Black, British And Funny – Mo Milligan is making a documentary as part of a strand celebrating Black History Month. “Channel 4 says: “Mo Gilligan wants to celebrate the Black comedians who paved the way for artists like him and shine a light on the new wave of acts coming.” Black, British And Funny will look at the careers of the UK’s pioneering black comedians and explore why so few black comedians have found mainstream success. The synopsis for the programme says: “If you were to ask the average British person on the street to name five well-known Black British comedians, they would struggle to give you an answer. But last year a new stand-up burst onto the scene. He is Black and he is British… enter Mo Gilligan. Mo’s first big break came from the Black British comedy circuit; a thriving yet little known about stand-up scene which has been packing out theatres up and down the country for the last 30 years. Now Mo wants to celebrate the icons who paved the way for artists like him and shine a light on the new wave of acts coming through. He’ll look back at the history of the Black comedy circuit, asking why this scene has remained hidden in plain sight and, importantly, question why he is one of the few comedians from the scene who have crossed over and ‘made it’, enjoying mainstream success.”

Black Comedy Legends – Also relating to Black History Month is this one off documentary from renowned supporters of comedy from black individuals, which will “look back on some of the greatest and sometimes forgotten black comedy legends of our time”.

The Cleaner – Greg Davies is to star in a new sitcom “about a specialist cleaner of crime scenes “responsible for the removal of any signs of death”, (which) is based on a hit German comedy format, Der Tatortreiniger (Crime Scene Cleaner)…. The BBC explains: “Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, is a state-certified cleaning technician with a very special field of work: as a crime scene cleaner he is responsible for the removal of any signs of death. Wicky works for Shropshire-based cleaning contractors Lausen and is usually found, together with his baby-blue pickup truck, at crime scenes after the police have concluded their detective work.”

The First National Comedy Awards – Will replace The British Comedy Awards as a new annual ceremony, which will be given out in March. “Phil Harris, Channel 4’s head of entertainment, said: ‘This is an award show for our times. Fans will be able to vote on the people, some established and others less so, who really make them laugh. We will be celebrating some incredible comedy talent while supporting the incredible Stand Up To Cancer. It promises to be a very special night of TV.’”

A Great British, Female, Gay, Disabled, Covid Compliant Adventure – Rosie Jones is to star in this travel show for Channel 4. “She said: ‘I spent lockdown back in Yorkshire with my parents, which was…tricky! But it did remind me how beautiful my hometown of Bridlington is, with its beautiful beaches, wildlife, and lovely locals. I want to explore more brilliant places like this. To be honest, I’m just over the moon to be leaving the house again.’ As well as the travel elements, the four-part show will have scripted segments revolving around a fictional commissioning editor character making demands of the production, lampooning the TV industry. Jones, who has cerebral palsy, worked in TV production before making her name as a stand-up.”

I’m Sorry – Has been cancelled, sadly. ““Due to circumstances created by COVID, we unfortunately cannot move forward with production on the third season of I’m Sorry,’” a truTV spokesperson said in a statement. “We admire Andrea Savage’s irreverent voice and fresh take on parenthood and are so proud of the show she and her cast and crew created. She was a great partner for many years and we truly wish everyone well.”

Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club – Has now begun filming, and is set to be broadcast in the Autumn, with the British Comedy Guide reporting “Mawaan Rizwan is to co-present Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club when the ITV stand-up showcase begins recording tomorrow night. Acts appearing in the series, which is scheduled to air in the autumn, include Katherine Ryan, Tom Allen, Rob Beckett, Kerry Godliman, Kemah Bob and Adam Rowe.”

Julie And The Phantoms – This teen comedy from Netflix “centers around a high school girl named Julie (Madison Reyes) who meets the ghosts of three musicians (Charlie Gillespie, Owen Patrick Joyner and Jeremy Shada) that haunt her mother’s old music studio”, and a trailer is now online.

Maid – Margaret Qualley has been cast as the lead in this Netflix dramedy series. “The series will be based on Stephanie Land’s “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.” It will chronicle a single mother who turns to housekeeping to—barely—make ends meet as she battles against poverty, homelessness, and bureaucracy.”

Roald & Beatrix, The Tail Of The Curious Mouse – Sky are making a one off comedy drama based on the true story when a six-year-old Roald Dahl met his idol Beatrix Potter. “The one-off comedy drama, which will be shown on Sky One this Christmas, is described as “a magical story of what really can happen when you are brave enough to follow your dreams…” Filming has just begun on location in Wales, and at Seren Studios in Cardiff. It’s been revealed Dawn French will play Beatrix Potter, and that the all-star cast list also features Jessica Hynes, Rob Brydon, Alison Steadman, Nina Sosanya, Bill Bailey and Nick Mohammed. Sky explains: “The film will blend live action camera work, stop-frame animation and puppetry together to bring to life the vivid imaginations and magical worlds of these two inspiring and renowned children’s authors.”

Rob and Romesh Vs – Will be returning for a third series.

Sorry I didn’t Know – Another show tying in with Black History Month, four episodes have been commissioned by ITV, with it hosted by Jimmy Akingbola. “ITV teases: “A classic comedy panel show… but altogether new. Sorry, I Didn’t Know tests and teases players’ and audiences knowledge of untold stories and unsung heroes… History… With a touch of colour.” They explain: “Barely held together by our host, Jimmy Akingbola, star of hit ITV sitcom Kate & Koji, and populated by raucous teams, Sorry, I Didn’t Know is a riotous showcase of some of the hottest comedians from diverse backgrounds that we rarely see on such shows, as they embrace the gaping lack of knowledge we all have when it comes to black history.” They didn’t explain why only four episodes had been ordered though, despite panel shows often running for at least double or treble that.

Superstore – Will return towards the end of October, it being about the only network comedy to return this year, though new, socially distanced series Connected is also due to air on NBC that month too.

News From 21/08/2020:

Borat – Sacha Baron Cohen has been spotted filming new scenes as Borat according to Chortle: “The comedian was spotted wriggling around in the driving seat of a battered yellow pick-up truck, as it was being towed by a lorry with two cameras trained on him. However, it’s unclear what the scene was being shot for. The 13-second clip was posted online by digital artist Switzon S. Wigfall, III on Monday, apparently shot from his car as he passed by in Long Beach, Los Angeles. ”

Drunk History – Will not be returning for a seventh season as it’s yet another show Comedy Central has recently ditched.

Hitmen – Has been given a second series, and Mel Giedroyc told Variety: “All four of us agree that the really fun stuff in Hitmen is the friendship stuff. It’s almost like our job is by the by, we could be managing a gentleman’s outfitters, we could be running a fruit stall, but it’s the friendship that’s at the heart of it. I think that’s something we’re going to explore and have a little more fun with in Series 2.”

Magical Girl Friendship Squad – SyFy are producing two very Adult Swm-esque animated comedies which are both set to debut on September 26th. The first is this show where “a little red panda named Nut (Anna Gasteyer) arrives in the apartment of two directionless twenty-somethings and gives them the ability to transform into badass magical girls, Alex (Quinta Brunson) and Daisy (Anna Akana) are forced to get their shit together in order to save the Universe from otherworldly threats. The 6-episode, 15-minute anime-inspired comedy also stars Matteo Lane.”

Meet The Richardsons – According to the UKTV on Twitter this has been given another series, and two Christmas specials.

Moonbase 8 – A show which has been in the works for two years now, this has finally been given a six episode season by Showtime. Starring Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly it has been “described as a workplace comedy that follows three subpar astronauts living at NASA’s Moon Base Simulator with high hopes of being chosen to travel to the moon”.

Olga Koch: OK Computer – A new four part radio series will hit the airwaves next year, where “Comedian and computer scientist Olga Koch will use storytelling, stand-up and interviews to take the listeners on a fascinating journey around our ever-changing world with the help of her A.I. assistant, Algo. ”

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj – Has been cancelled by Netflix after six seasons.

Reno 911! – Another trailer for the second half of the seventh season is here:

Sketchy Times with Lilly Singh – NBC have ordered two episodes of this sketch show which “Will see Singh perform in multiple sketches where she will portray every character. Each episode will feature a specific theme and include her Singh’s well-known musical parodies. Per NBC, production will take place entirely at Singh’s home with minimal crew and with safety protocols enforced. Dates for the episodes will be announced at a later date. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, NBC could potentially order more episodes should the first two perform well. “Ten years ago I started playing every character in my sketches because my friends were all ‘stop annoying us to be a part of your skits,’” Singh said. “With ‘Sketchy Times,’ I’m going to play every character because me, myself and I have been training for this moment.”

Sneakerheads – Is a new Netflix comedy series that’s debuting on September 25th, where Allen Maldonado “plays Devin, a stay-at-home dad who enlists the help of shoe lovers to search for “Zeroes,” a difficult-to-find pair of shoes, after losing $5,000 on a money-making scheme.” A bit more info and some photos are here:

Squidbillies – Show star Stuart D. Baker has been fired after making some horribly shitty comments online, though it’s not yet known if he’ll be replaced or if the character will be written out.

The Stand Up Sketch Show – Is coming back for a third series, with Iain Stirling, Kemah Bob, Jayde Adams, Alfie Brown Glenn Moore, Larry Dean, Huge Davies, Chris Washington, Luke Kempner, Matt Richardson and Luke McQueen all set to take part.

Ted Lasso – Has been given a second season by Apple Tv+, with Variety reporting “The second season will consist of 10 episodes like the first and is slated to debut next year. The series stars Jason Sudeikis as the titular Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England despite having no experience coaching soccer.”

Tosh.0 – Despite picking the series up for four more seasons back in January, Comedy Central has decided to cancel the show.

Untitled Clueless Reboot – First mooted almost a year ago, this has finally been picked up by the Peacock streaming service. “The untitled comedy series is described a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sun-glasses wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?”

Wild Life – The second Syfy animated comedy that’ll debut on September 26th, this “is about a group of zoo animals living in a post-apocalyptic world who must learn to entertain themselves to keep from going crazy. The lineup for “Wild Life” includes a cheetah (John Reynolds), dolphin (Claudia O’Doherty), fox (Baron Vaughn), koala (Reggie Watts), panda (SkittLeZ Ortiz) and sloth (Natalie Palamides).”

News From 14/08/2020:

AP Bio – A trailer for the show’s third season is here:

The Baby – Sky Atlantic is making an eight part comedy drama from Sex Education producer Sian Robins-Grace, where “When 38 year-old Natasha is unexpectedly landed with a baby, her life of doing what she wants, when she wants, dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative and with violent powers, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a horror show. Where does it come from? What does it want? And what lengths will Natasha have to go to in order to get her life back? Terrifying and darkly comic, The Baby gleefully deconstructs the ‘joy of motherhood’, exploring the powerful anxiety of whether or not to have children, questioning who gets to choose ‘motherhood’ and who doesn’t.”

The Duchess – Katherine Ryan’s Netflix sitcom will drop on September 11th, and “Stars Katherine Ryan as a “fashionably disruptive” single mother whose daughter, Olive, is the love of her life and who is debating whether to have a second child with her greatest nemesis — who also happens to be Olive’s father.”

Futile Attempts (At Surviving Tomorrow) – Is a new podcast from Kim Noble, whose work we’re enormously fond of, and according to Beyond A Joke “Award-winning performance artist and comedian Kim Noble is set to launch a brand new 10-part podcast entitled ‘Futile Attempts (At Surviving Tomorrow)’, with weekly episodes released on all Podcast Apps, from 19th August. Unlike any podcast you’ve heard before, ‘Futile Attempts (At Surviving tomorrow)’ mixes live field recordings with a voice over narrative from Kim. Armed with a hidden mic stuck under his jacket, Kim captures recordings from characters who become embroiled in his absurd life. Featuring archive footage of various break ups from his past, phone calls to Kevin Costner’s agent and conversations with his Mum, this ludicrous comedic sonic journey takes you to Sting’s mansion, down a sewer, underneath a church altar and into the arms of a Hounslow based cult.”

George Carlin Documentary – Judd Apatow is making a two part documentary about the Bill and Ted star (who might have done other things, plausibly) for HBO. “Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio will direct the project, which will include interviews with Carlin’s family and friends, as well as material from Carlin’s archives and clips from his TV appearances.”

Girls5Eva – The new Peacock comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, it’s been announced that Sara Bareilles has been cast in a lead role – “In the series, when a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. Bareilles will star as Dawn, a former member of Girls5eva, who is now a bit restless in life managing her family’s small Italian restaurant in Queens. When the opportunity arises, Dawn reluctantly gets the band back together for a Girls5eva reunion and it might just be exactly what she needed.”

Harry Hill’s World Of Tv – Starts on BBC2 on Sunday 23rd August at 8.30pm.

Love, Victor – Is coming back for a second season. “According to Hulu, season 2 will see Victor and his friends mature, and continue to build on themes of sexual identity, acceptance and navigating high school.”

MacGruber – This tv series based on Will Forte’s 2010 movie has long been in the works but is now finally happened thanks to Peacock, with eight episodes having been ordered. “Peacock’s take on “MacGruber” will begin with the main character, described as America’s ultimate hero and uber patriot, being released from prison after rotting in there for over a decade. His new mission will be to take down a mysterious villain from his past—Brigadier Commander Enos Queeth. With the entire world in the crosshairs, MacGruber must race against time to defeat the forces of evil, only to find that evil may be lurking within.”

Monster Court – Is a new CBBC tv series from the creator of the comedy shows This Is Your Trial and Comedy Auction. Based on the former, it’s based around the idea that children can take their parents / friends to court over perceived wrongdoings, and for more info, and if you want to take part in it with your offspring, check out the link below.

Mortimer & Whitehouse:Gone Fishing – According to their twitter page the new series begins on Sunday August 23rd at 8pm.

The Other Two – Has moved networks from Comedy Central to HBO Max, and the same applies with South Side.

Pen15 – A trailer for the second season, which debuts on September 18th, is now online.

The Russell Howard Hour – Is unfortunately returning on September 10th on Sky One at 10pm.

Rutherford Falls – Another forthcoming Peacock comedy series, it was revealed a while back it’ll star Ed Helms, but now he’s to be joined by Jana Schmieding, Michael Greyeyes, Jesse Leigh and Dustin Milligan. “In the series, a small town in upstate New York and the Native American reservation it borders, are turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historical statue. Jana Schmieding will star as Reagan Wells, Nathan’s best friend since childhood. Incredibly smart and hopelessly principled, Reagan dreams of making her tribe’s modest Cultural Center into a world-renowned museum. Michael Greyeyes will star as Terry Tarbell. Terry is the CEO of his tribe’s mid-level casino. Shrewd and charismatic, he’s also Reagan’s boss and has big plans for both her and their tribe. Jesse Leigh will star as Bobbie Yang, Nathan’s non-binary teenage intern/executive assistant. Bobbie is an outspoken and ambitious first generation American, doing everything possible to escape their tiny hometown.”

Saved By The Bell – Another teaser trailer for the reboot is online.

Succession – Jesse Armstrong has said that they hope to start shooting the third season in December.

Untitled Daisy and Charlie May Cooper Sitcom – The stars and creators of This Country are working on a new show, though bar that it’s a period comedy little is known. “Speaking on White Wine Question Time podcast, Daisy May said: “Charlie and I have started writing our new thing, which is very, very different. It’s a period thing and it couldn’t be more different from This Country… but it’s funny.” Talking to host Kate Thornton, the comedy star said it was great to be writing for new characters, with actors in mind. “For This Country, we couldn’t kind of write for ‘names’, like for famous actors, it would have to be [for] unknowns. So this is actually quite funny to have an actor in mind and be able to write a part for them specifically.”

Untitled Unscripted Kal Penn Comedy – The AV Club has reported that Penn is making a show for Freeform which will be “a new “smart and irreverent” unscripted comedy show for Freeform that’s all about exploring “issues and topics relevant to millennial and Gen-Z voters.” This comes from Deadline which doesn’t mention a premiere date and says the show is untitled, both of which should probably be figured out pretty soon. There’s a big election coming up in November, and if this show is all about informing young people about important issues and convincing them to vote against our current shitty tyrant (err, it’s probably just about voting in general, wink wink), they’re going to need to get this on the air in the next few months.”

Woke – A new trailer for this forthcoming semi-animated comedy series starring Lamorne Morris and which touches upon police brutality, is here

News From 07/08/2020:

The Boys – There’s yet another trailer for the show’s second season now online.

Comedy Central At The Edinburgh Fringe – It has been announced that Jamali Maddix is to host Comedy Central’s Virtual Festival, with the following taking part “Joanne McNally; 2018 Funny Women Award winner Thanyia Moore; 2Northdown New Act of the Year, Leo Reich; Best Newcomer nominee at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2019, Helen Bauer; Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Travis Jay, Funny Women Regional Finalist 2017, Fatiha El-Ghorri; Rob Carter in character as Christopher Bliss; Wayne Mazadza; Jamie D’Souza and Kuan-Wen Huang. The series will be published through Comedy Central’s Facebook, YouTube and Instagram channels on weeknights starting on 17th August, with a special highlights episode airing on the broadcaster’s main TV channel on 28th August.”

HBO Max’s Summer Comedy Festival – Begins on August 20th with Rose Matafeo’s superb Horndog and also includes “”Beth Stelling: Girl Daddy,” “James Veitch: Straight to VHS” and “HA Comedy Festival: The Art of Comedy.” The first three are solo specials, while the last features various Latinx comics and is hosted by Anjelah Johnson. Within the latter’s lineup are Monique Marvez, Pedro Salinas, Mark Viera, Carmen Lynch, Jesus Trejo, Gina Brillon and David del Rosario.”

High Fidelity – Won’t be returning for a second season as Hulu have cancelled it.

Hoops – A trailer for this Netflix animated sitcom starring Jake Johnson has been released. The show drops on August 21st, and “centers around a hot-headed basketball coach, voiced by Jake Johnson, who dreams of turning around his awful team. Guest casts include Johnson’s “New Girl” co-stars Max Greenfield, Damon Wayans Jr. and Hannah Simone”.

Killing It – Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Dan Goor has written a pilot for Craig Robinson, which “is about “class, capitalism, and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream,” which apparently involves “hunting really big snakes.””

A League Of Their Own – Due to the pandemic and being stuck in the US James Corden can’t host the new series, so Romesh Ranganathan will take on the majority of new episodes, but Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff will host one each as well.

A League of Their Own – This US series based on the 1992 movie has been ordered to series. “Like the 1992 Penny Marshall film, the hour-long series will tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show will also explore race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it. The series is co-created and executive produced by “Broad City” alum Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, with Jacobson also starring.”

Live At The Apollo – A series of ten clip shops is to begin airing in August, with each one based around a specific topic or idea.

Miracle Workers – For tax reasons Miracle Workers is going to now be filmed in the US rather than the Czech Republic, which is dull news indeed, but the reason we report it is it’s the first confirmation we’ve heard that a third season is to be made, and that pleases us no end.

The Orville – It’s third season will be it’s last, though apparently that was planned all along and everything is wrapped up at the end. It’s already been filmed too, but a release date has yet to be issued.

The Proud Family – Disney+ are rebooting this animated sitcom about “Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins, a 14-year-old activist and an adopted daughter of mixed race parents” who will be played by Keke Palmer, with many of the original cast returning.

PRU – The BBC is making a pilot “Which specialises in helping young people enter the TV and film industry. The pilot, titled PRU, is a collaboration between the corporation’s online-only channel BBC Three, targeted at 16- to 34-year-olds, and the youth-led production company Fully Focused. Aiming to “authentically capture the unpredictable nature of PRU life, a world seldom seen by the public”, it will follow four “complex but seemingly self-destructive kids who say the unsayable and do the undoable”. Director Teddy Nygh and writers Alex Tenenbaum and Nathaniel Stevens have experience working with young people, including those in referral units, while Fully Focused helps young people from underrepresented backgrounds enter the creative industries.

The Ren & Stimpy Show – Is the latest 90’s animated series to be making a comeback according to Variety – “Comedy Central announced Wednesday that it has ordered a revival of the ’90s animated series. The move comes amid a significant push into adult animation ViacomCBS’ entertainment and youth group, which comprises most of the company’s cable brands and is headed by Chris McCarthy. The unit also on Wednesday revealed that Grant Gish, a veteran of Marvel Studios and Fox Animation, would join as head of adult animation. The “Ren & Stimpy” revival follows orders for new versions of other classic animated comedies from the erstwhile Viacom’s cable library, including Mike Judge’s “Beavis and Butt-Head”; Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence’s “Clone High”; and “Jodie,” based on the former MTV series “Daria.””

South Park – File under “Things that will probably not happen”, but it’s possible that a new movie might be made according to the NME “Grant Gish, ViacomCBS Entertainment and Youth Group’s new senior vice president of adult animation, has expressed an interest in making more movies and specials with creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker. “As long as you’re doing something new, and that could be anything from a new style to a new tone to a new voice coming from a specific writer, I think it can work…An animation audience is looking for something unique. That’s what The Simpsons and South Park have famously done. So I want to try a little bit of everything, even though a lot of it will be targeted to the tried and true with brands people know.”

Spitting Image – Boris Johnson, Dominic Cummings and Prince Andrew’s puppets for the forthcoming return of the satirical series have been revealed, though bizarrely the latter isn’t seen fucking a (Dear god you can’t say that – legal editor).

Taskmaster – Sadly the US network CW Channel will no longer be airing season 8 after the first episode got horrific ratings.

Who’s The Boss? – Is to make a comeback for some bizarre reason, but sadly won’t be called “Who’s 2 Boss”. Original stars Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are returning, though why the latter is confuses as she’s a superb actor who deserves much better fare than this. Anyhow, Variety reported “The new show will take place 30 years after the events of the original series and be centered around former major-league baseball player and retired housekeeper Tony Micelli (Danza) and his relationship with his daughter Samantha Micelli (Milano), who is now a single mother and living in the house in which the original series was set.Original cast members Judith Light and Danny Pintauro not currently involved with the series but could become so if the creators can think of a creative way to work their characters into the show.”

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