Coming Attractions: Tv News From 25/09/2020

coming attractions 25092020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Nick Frost and Samson Kayo’s Truth Seekers, a spin-off from The Boys featuring superheroes in college, a new sitcom from Alia Shawkat and Natasha Lyonne, while Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette are also making a series together, John Cena starring in a Suicide Squad spin-off, Jason Isaacs joining the cast of Sex Education, and much much more.

Bloods – Is a new Sky sitcom about Paramedics. “The series stars co-creator Samson Kayo alongside Jane Horrocks as Maleek and Wendy, who work alongside their fellow ambulance station colleagues through the life-saving world of a south London emergency service. The series follows on from a 2018 comedy short… As the cameras begin rolling, [o]Sky] has announced a number of other stars due to appear in the series. The ensemble paramedic cast will include Lucy Punch (Motherland), Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh), Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey), Kevin Garry (Absolutely Fine), stand-up Sam Campbell, and Aasiya Shah.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5946/sky-comedy-series-bloods-filming/

Bob’s Burgers – Has been renewed for two more seasons (as has Family Guy, sadly). https://news.avclub.com/fox-renews-family-guy-and-bobs-burgers-for-two-new-seas-1845159724

Channel Hopping With Jon Richardson – Is another fucking low budget clip show heading to our screens, all thanks to the bastards at Comedy Central. “The six-part series will see stand-up Jon Richardson “present a weekly digest of the world’s wildest TV”. The channel confirms the topical hour-long episodes will see “Jon give his take on curious headlines from around the world, hilarious clips, terrible soap opera acting and more”. They add: “Jon will also talk to stars from the clips to find out more about their moment in the limelight.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5950/jon-richardsons-new-tv-show/

Desert People – Is a new show from Natasha Lyonne and Alia Shawkat – “The half-hour project, which is co-created by the “Russian Doll” star and “Arrested Development” alum, is centered on a family of Iraqi immigrants who run a gentleman’s club in Palm Springs. Shawkat will star on “Desert People” as the family’s adult daughter, who is based in Los Angeles and coming to terms with her sexuality and identity as a first-generation American.” https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/natasha-lyonne-alia-shawkat-to-develop-iraqi-immigrant-comedy-desert-people-for-amazon/ar-BB19gTlh

The Eric Andre Show – Is finally returning to Adult Swim on October 25th, and guests include “Grimes, Lil Yachty, Joey Bada$$, Anderson .Paak, Toro y Moi, Big Freedia, Machine Gun Kelly, and Odd Future’s Taco.” https://pitchfork.com/news/the-eric-andre-show-season-5-guests-grimes-lil-yachty-joey-badass-and-more/

Florida Man – The recently published novel is to be turned in to a mini-series. “Published in July, Cooper’s novel is a dark comedy centering on a man (Florida Man) who lives in Florida (Florida Man!) and finds his scant livelihood threatened by sinkholes (Florida, man). But soon the disenfranchised ne’er-do-well discovers artifacts on his property that reframe his heritage and the land’s history” and it will apparently star Joel Edgerton. https://news.avclub.com/joel-edgerton-to-become-florida-man-for-new-limited-ser-1845141615

For Heaven’s Sake – Is a new true crime comedy documentary series. “Created by and starring Mike Mildon and Jackson Rowe, the series will follow the search for Harold Heaven, who mysteriously disappeared from his remote cabin in Ontario, Canada, in the winter of 1934. While local police searched the nearby woods and dredged the adjacent lake, Harold was never found nor heard from again. The case was unceremoniously closed as a likely suicide. 85 years later, his great-great-nephew, Mike, attempts to solve the case, with the help of his extended family and true-crime-obsessed best friend, Jackson.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/cbs-all-access-true-crime-comedy-docuseries-for-heavens-sake-1234782251/

Ghosts – Simon Farnaby has revealed there’s to be a Christmas special inbetween the current second series and the forthcoming third one. “In the festive episode ‘we get to find out about [the] home life’ of his character Julian, a Tory MP who literally died with his trousers down. ‘He even learns a couple of lessons about life.,’ Farnaby added. ‘Part of the joy of the show is to learn to value life and think about what happens when it’s not there any more, what that means and the people you have left behind.’”
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/09/19/46929/the_present_of_christmas_ghosts

Guessable – Is a new sort of panel show hosted by Sara Pascoe – “Described as a “play-along panel show”, the eight-part series will be “packed with plenty of take-away trivia”. Each hour-long episode see two celebrity teams competing to identify the famous name or object inside a mystery box. John Kearns will appear as her assistant, with Alan Davies and Darren Harriott as the team captains.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5949/sara-pascoe-hosts-guessable/

Harley Quinn – Has been given a third season, but will air solely on HBO Max this time as the DC Universe streaming service is to drop its tv side and focus only on comics. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/harley-quinn-renewed-season-3-hbo-max-dc-universe-1234774781/

High Desert – Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller are to make a comedy for Apple Tv+ – “The show follows Peggy (Arquette), a former addict, who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator. The series is written by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford, and Jennifer Hoppe.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/patricia-arquette-ben-stiller-apple-series-high-desert-1234779124/

The Kominsky Method – Alan Arkin has dropped out of the third and final season of the show somewhat oddly, with no reason for his departure yet given. https://news.avclub.com/alan-arkin-drops-out-of-the-kominsky-method-1845160351

Millennials – The cast of this forthcoming sitcom has been announced, with Kyle Massey, Keraun Harris, Philip Bolden, Aaron Grady and Teresa Celeste taking the lead roles. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-round-kate-winslet-priyanka-chopra-jonas-world-calm-1234778263/

On The Verge – Is a forthcoming dramedy from Julie Delpy, which will star the actress alongside Elizabeth Shue, “Sarah Jones (“Marriage Story”), Giovanni Ribisi (“Avatar”) and Alexia Landeau (“Day Out of Days”)…“On the Verge” is about four female friends in their late forties — two of them played by Delpy and Shue — who choose to use midlife not as a time of mourning their youth, but as an opportunity for personal reinvention, with the hope of finally living lives that embody their beliefs and values.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/netflix-julie-delpy-canal-plus-on-the-verge-sarah-jones-giovanni-ribisi-alexia-landeau-1234774654/

Peacemaker – Is a new action comedy series from HBO Max and James Gunn, which will star John Cena as his Suicide Squad character of the same name. “Thee exact plot of the series is being kept under wraps, but it is said it will explore the origins of Peacemaker, a man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it. Production is slated to begin in early 2021, prior to Gunn starting work on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.” “The Suicide Squad” is set to be released in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/suicide-squad-peacemaker-series-john-cena-james-gunn-hbo-max-1234780589/

The Pole – Is another forthcoming SyFy animated comedy. About “the aftermath of a scandal surrounding Santa Clause, it has been picked up for six episodes. The show will star Bobby Moynihan and Jillian Bell, with Nicole Byer, Colin Jost, SungWon Cho, Tim Simons and Sasheer Zamata also playing roles.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-the-west-wing-1234779161/

Sex Education – There has been some new cast additions to the show – “Jemima Kirke will play Hope, a former Moordale student and the new headmistress, who plans to turn Moordale back into the pillar of excellence it’s always been. British-born Kirke is best known for her role as Jessa on HBO’s critically acclaimed series Girls. Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs joins to the show to play Peter Groff, former headmaster Mr Groff’s “more successful and not very modest” older brother, who Mr Groff has been staying with in the wake of his separation from Mrs Groff. Meanwhile gender nonconforming recording artist and songwriter Dua Saleh has been signed up to play Cal, a nonbinary student at Moordale, who instantly clashes with Hope’s new vision for the school.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5958/sex-education-series-3-cast/

Spitting Image – The first trailer for the revived sketch show is now on youtube, and unfortunately it looks fucking awful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0JTta67aUE&feature=emb_logo

Still Open All Hours – Despite some tabloids claiming that this had been cancelled, it will be coming back for another series sadly. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5942/still-open-all-hours-returning/

The Simpsons – Carl will now be voiced by Better Things actor Alex Desert from Sunday onwards. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-simpsons-carl-voice-alex-desert-hank-azaria-1234782691/

Trico – Is a new Netflix animated comedy from the French production company Xilam. “Created by Xilam’s Hugo Gittard (“Zig & Sharko,” “Magoo”), the non-verbal comedy series “Trico” follows a former globetrotter who becomes bored of the mountain pasture life and embarks on adventures with his fellow sheep to shake things up.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/netflix-teams-with-frances-xilam-on-animated-comedy-series-trico-1234779202/

Truth Seekers – A second trailer for Nick Frost and Simon Pegg’s paranormal show is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZc0_2D4Io4 – A friend has seen the first four episodes and rates it highly, but did warn not to expect too much of Simon Pegg as he’s only a supporting character and not in it a great deal.

Turner And Hooch – Anthony Ruivivar, Brandon Jay McLaren, Becca Tobin, and Jeremy Maguire have all joined the show about a cop and his dog partner. https://news.avclub.com/disney-s-turner-hooch-reboot-casts-a-bunch-of-humans-1845161425

Untitled The Boys Spin-Off – Amazon are making a second series based on Garth Ennis’ The Boys, with it sounding a lot like the G-Wiz storyline from the comics, with the AV Club reporting it follows “America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes,” which, naturally, is run by Vought International—the evil corporation from the main show that… manages superheroes. (Saying it’s “evil” might be a spoiler, but c’mon, how many benevolent corporations are there in fiction? Or reality?) Variety adds that the spin-off is “part college show, part Hunger Games,” with “all the heart, satire, and raunch of The Boys.” It’ll be written by Craig Rosenberg, a writer on the main series, who will also serve as showrunner.” https://news.avclub.com/amazon-announces-a-spin-off-of-the-boys-about-superhero-1845175303

Witless – Is the latest British sitcom which might be remade in the US with the show’s creators Lloyd Woolf and Joe Tucker writing it with Barry scribe Emily Heller. “CBS Studios have optioned the rights to Witless, which starred Kerry Howard and Zoe Boyle (pictured), following similar recent deals for the BBC comedies Ghosts and We The Jury, James Acaster’s 2016 pilot, which was not picked up for series in the UK… Focusing on flatmates Rhona and Leanne, who enter a police protection scheme after witnessing a gangland shooting, Witless ran for three series on BBC Three between 2016 and 2018 and was repeated on BBC One, earning a Rose D’Or nomination for best sitcom.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5943/american-version-of-witless/

Your Daily Horoscope – Quibi’s animated series has been given a second season by Quibi, with it set to air five days a week for 26 weeks. The show “follows the mishaps of twelve millennial zodiac characters who work at a technology start-up called Estrella. The characters have personalities that coincide with their astrological signs and each have a storyline that provides “useful astrological guidance.”” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/will-arnett-your-daily-horoscope-animated-series-renewed-season-2-quibi-1234777606/

Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist – What We Do In The Shadows star Harvey Guillén will recur on the second season of the show. “In the multi-episode arc, Guillén will play George, a new programmer who is constantly looking for approval from the titular Zoey (Jane Levy) and his colleagues. His first episode will be the second season premiere, which does not have a specific date just yet but is set to be in 2021.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/zoeys-extraordinary-playlist-harvey-guillen-season-2-casting-1234773701/

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