Coming Attractions: Tv News from 18/09/2020

coming attractions 18092020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Tatiana Maslany being cast in the lead role of Disney+’s She Hulk series, a South Park pandemic special, a new sitcom about an 18th century pirate, an animated version of Norman Lear’s Good Times, Die Hart, Doom Patrol and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver all being renewed, and much more.

Blankety Blank – This comedy game show is set to return to BBC1, with Bradley Walsh the latest host. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5940/bradley-walsh-to-host-blankety-blank/

The Comedy Store – A trailer for the documentary about the famous US comedy club is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-the-comedy-store-1234769273/

Desus & Mero – Has been renewed for a third season by Starz. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/desus-and-mero-renewed-season-3-showtime-1234772361/

Die Hart – This is apparently Quibi’s most watched show (so over 12 people saw it!) and so it’s returning for a second season. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/kevin-hart-die-hart-action-series-renewed-season-2-quibi-1234772694/

Don’t Hate The Playaz – Is to return for a third series. “The ITV2 panel and music show resumes filming on Friday and is seeking groups from shared households in London to be audience members, because of coronavirus filming restrictions. Host Jordan Stephens and team captains Maya Jama and Lady Leshurr are all coming back, as is DJ Shortee Blitz on the decks. Despite social distancing guidelines at Elstree Studios, the rap and hip-hop focused show will once again feature performance rounds, physical challenges and musicians playing during the recording.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5937/dont-hate-the-playaz-series-3/

Doom Patrol – This comedy drama superhero series has been given a third season, as very occasionally good things still happen. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/doom-patrol-season-3-renewal-hbo-max-1234767034/

The End – This Showtime is to debut in 2021. “The 10-episode first season, starring Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor, will follow three generations of family members who are figuring out how to die with dignity.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-netflix-social-distance-premiere-date-1234771227/

Good Times – An animated version of this classic sitcom is in the works, with original executive producer Norman Lear creating it alongside Steph Curry and Seth MacFarlane. “The official premise for the show is that it will follow “the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues” while “[reminding] us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.” That seems to imply that it will be the same basic show but set in the present day, which seems like the most obvious route for this kind of sitcom revival, and Variety says it will be created and showrun by The Boondocks’ and Black Dynamite’ Carl Jones. In a statement, he said that this new take will be “animated and a little edgier,” adding that “the struggle has just gotten strugglie.”
https://news.avclub.com/netflix-picks-up-good-times-cartoon-from-norman-lear-s-1845055352

Happy For You – Will be a new sitcom from two of the writers of Single Parents, Taylor Cox and Kim Rosenstock. “In the series, when the youngest of three sisters announces she’s getting married first, it sends her older, unmarried sisters — and their newly separated mother — into an existential tailspin. The show follows this family of midwestern women as they confront their own failed love lives, plan a wedding, and try not to take their feelings out on the flower arrangements.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/abc-to-develop-single-cam-comedy-happy-for-you-from-single-parents-duo-1234772180/

Keeping Up Keeping Up with the Joneses – Is a new animated comedy from Mike Tyson Mysteries showrunner Hugh Davidson. “In the series, an aging matriarch scrambles to keep up appearances in her wealthy, judgmental Texas neighborhood.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/mike-tyson-mysteries-co-creator-hugh-davidson-sings-warner-bros-animation-overall-deal-1234773632/

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver – Has been renewed for three more years. Oliver said “We’re all extremely happy to be able to continue to do our show on HBO for another three years, or until the end of the world, whichever comes first.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/09/14/46904/john_olivers_last_week_tonight_renewed
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Mega City Smiths – Is a new stop motion dramedy from AMC. “The story, unfolding via the stop-motion animation of baby dolls repurposed as a grown-up cast of characters, hinges on an investigation into the mysterious disappearance of fictional metropolis Mega City’s most famous magnate. Two intrepid detectives follow the case, rallying to fight against their city’s dangerous corruption, at a high cost to themselves and their families, all in pursuit of a gentler place to call home.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/amc-stop-motion-dramedy-steve-conrad-stoopid-buddy-stoodios-1234769261/

Minx – HBO Max are making a new show that will star W1A’s Ophelia Lovibond, and which is “About an earnest young feminist in 1970s Los Angeles who creates the first erotic magazine for women.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/09/17/46922/ophelia_lovibond_to_star_in_hbo_max
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Moonbase 8 – A trailer for this sci-fi based sitcom starring John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker is now online, with the show set to debut on November 8 – https://news.avclub.com/fred-armisen-tim-heidecker-and-john-c-reilly-are-los-1845065060

Never Mind The Buzzcocks – Following on from last week’s news that it’s being revived for Sky, it has been revealed that Greg Davies has made a pilot, featuring as the new host. Chortle reports “That the show is being made for Sky, but the try-out was not intended for transmission and Chortle understands that no broadcaster is formally attached to the project yet” so let’s hope it doesn’t happen. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/09/14/46902/greg_davies_pilots_never_mind
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Our Flag Means Death – This pilot from the creator of People Of Earth has been given a full series on HBO Max. “Taika Waititi will also executive produce and direct the pilot… The current plan is to shoot the first episode once Waititi wraps production on the Marvel film “Thor: Love and Thunder.” The show is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet, a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate in the early 18th century.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/taika-waititi-pirate-comedy-our-flag-means-death-hbo-max-1234770499/

Saturday Night Live – Jim Carrey of all people is to play Joe Biden where the show returns, and is set to appear in multiple episodes. And in other SNL news, Lauren Holt, Punkie Johnson and Andrew Dismukes are all set to become part of the “Not Ready for Prime-Time Players”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/saturday-night-live-lauren-holt-punkie-johnson-andrew-dismukes-1234772310/

She Hulk – Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany has been cast in the lead role in what we hope is the light-hearted and very funny version of the character, rather than the current rubbish grimdark one, which seems to be the case right now at least as “The series is coming from Emmy-winning Rick And Morty writer Jessica Gao, with accomplished TV comedy director Kat Coiro (The Mick, Alone Together, Shameless, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) hopping behind the camera for the pilot and multiple additional episodes”. https://news.avclub.com/tatiana-maslany-is-disney-s-she-hulk-1845096695

South Park – This increasingly horrible show is to air an hour long Pandemic special on September 30th, with the synopsis being “Randy comes to terms with his role in the COVID-19 outbreak as the on-going pandemic presents continued challenges to the citizens of South Park. The kids happily head back to school but nothing resembles the normal that they once knew; not their teachers, not their homeroom, not even Eric Cartman”. https://news.avclub.com/south-park-to-finally-take-this-damn-pandemic-down-a-pe-1845068085

Toothbrush – Is a new Quibi series following Issa Rae as “A queer woman living on the east side of Los Angeles, she struggles to find balance and boundaries with Emma, her ex-girlfriend turned best friend whose apartment she finds herself staying over more often than not. As the two of them pursue their individual professional and romantic aspirations, the codependent nature of their relationship forces them to confront their feelings for each other, begging the question, “Can two exes ever really just be friends?” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/issa-rae-colorcreative-toothbrush-brittani-nichols-quibi-1234767429/

United We Fall – This sitcom with Will Sasso has been cancelled.
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/united-we-fall-canceled-abc-1234771601/

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