Coming Attractions: Tv News From 02/10/2020

coming attractions 02102020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on a series based on Guy Ritche’s The Gentlemen, a new musical comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key, how The Connors will tackle the pandemic and the election, one of the cast of Hamilton joining Tina Fey’s Girls5Eva, a possible Maid Marian and Her Merry Men reboot, a documentary about comedian Ian Cognito, and much more.

All Joking Aside – Is a forthcoming comedy film about “A young woman pursuing her dream of becoming a stand-up comic, and the unlikely friendship she forms with a jaded former comedian after he heckles her off the stage at her first open mic. The film’s going to be available through the normal channels like iTunes and Amazon starting November 13th, but three weeks before it can be seen via StandUp!Girls, a small non-profit teaching stand-up to teenage girls in after-school programs in underserved communities in New York. and together we’re organizing an online fundraising screening event that we’re calling Sit Back, Relax, and Stand Up! for Girls. People will be able to rent and watch the movie at their own convenience for $5 between October 25th and 29th with 100% of proceeds going directly to the organization. Then on the 29th at 730pm EST, viewers will be able to tune in to an exclusive live Zoom Q&A with members of our cast and crew, a female comedian TBD, some of the girls who have gone through the program, and it’s all going to be moderated by comedian Judy Gold. A trailer is here: and more info is here:

Billions – Has been renewed for a sixth season, and Corey Stoll has been upped to series regular.

The Boys – Even though the (disappointing) second season hasn’t finished airing yet Amazon is releasing trailers for the third –

The Connors – The producers of the show have been speaking about the third season, and how it will tackle both the election and the current pandemic. ““It just seemed natural that we would be in the middle of this and do it,” he said on a virtual panel for the show on Wednesday. “I know there probably aren’t a lot of shows that will be reflecting what’s going on, but we felt an obligation to our viewers to stay relevant and to show [a family] that knows what it’s like.”

F Is For Family – Has been renewed for a fith and final season.

The Gentlemen – A tv series spin-off is in the works, which will “follow the same premise and characters as the film, with the action centered around an American’s connections with a marijuana industry in London, England”, but it’s not known if it will feature any of the film’s cast or what involvement Ritchie will have.

Girls5Eva – Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry has joined the cast of this new show from Tina Fey, Robert Carlock and Meredith Scardino. “She will star alongside Sara Bareilles, who was announced as one of the leads back in August. The show’s kicking off point is the moment when a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, which causes its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. Goldsberry will play the role of Wickie, the glamorous, big-voiced, star of the group back in the day. Wickie’s solo career hit a ditch, but she’s determined to use this new opportunity to retake her rightful place as pop royalty. Bareilles is playing Dawn, a former member of Girls5eva, who is now a bit restless in life managing her family’s small Italian restaurant in Queens.”

How To Fail – Elizabeth Day is turning her memoirs / manifesto in to a tv series. “Appearing on The Russell Howard Hour last week, the author and journalist told the comedian she is currently writing the script, “a fictionalised comedy version of my life”…Inspired by her podcast of the same name, How To Fail was published last year with the sub-title “Everything I’ve Ever Learned From Things Going Wrong”, and was Day’s first non-fiction book after four novels.”

Ian Cognito Documentary – Comedian Joe Bor is making a documentary about Cognito. “The late stand-up, whose real name was Paul John Barbieri, had a hellraising reputation as the “most banned” comic in the UK and affirmed his iconoclastic legend when he died of a heart attack on stage in 2019, with many in the audience at the Atic Bar in Bicester initially believing it was part of his act. Stewart Lee, Matt Lucas, Shappi Khorsandi, John Robins, Mick Ferry and Ricky Grover are among the comics interviewed for the currently untitled documentary, as well as Andrew Bird, who runs the Lone Wolf Comedy Club night at the Atic and was compering the night that 60-year-old “Cogs” passed away.”

Maid Marian and Her Merry Men – May be rebooted for Netflix, according to Tony Robinson. “Speaking on the Celebrity Catch Up podcast, he confirmed: “We were talking about the possibility of doing a West End musical of Maid Marian last year and the year before, but in a way Covid knocked it on the head and it wasn’t going in the right direction anyway. But I’m now talking to Netflix about the possibility of some kind of revamp of Maid Marian in the future, which would be very exciting.”…Robinson revealed if the reboot went ahead it would feature a new cast. “I’d kind of like to start again,” he said. “I would like to discover that voice of the television Marian from scratch. I’ve got some ideas which I’ll keep absolutely under wraps. As soon as I told you some of the people we had in mind for the cast you’d get where I was going – but I’m not going to!”

Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – Is to return for a fourth series.

Old-Ish – More details on this latest Black-ish spin-off are here:

Peacock – The “People Just Do Nothing” team have written a pilot for a comedy about a gym instructor. “Peacock stars YouTuber-turned-actor Thomas Gray in the title role as Andy Peacock, a physical training instructor in a gym where the members are obsessed with selfies and Instagram. Written and directed by PJDN’s Steve Stamp and Ben Murray, it co-stars Stamp and his Kurupt FM cohort Allan Mustafa alongside Lisa McGrillis (Mum, Hebburn), Lucien Laviscount (Trollied, Scream Queens) and Callie Cooke. Saurabh Kakkar (Stan & Ollie, Timewasters) is producing.”

Real People – Is a new sitcom dealing with life during the pandemic from one of the writers of Better Things and Transparent. ““Real People” follows diverse neighboring families who grew close during the lockdown as they struggle to return to everyday life in their own comedic ways.”

Saved By The Bell – All episodes of the first season drop on Peacock on November 25th.

Saturday Night Live – A clip of Jim Carrey as Joe Biden has been released online –

Taskmaster UK – Series 10 is due to begin on Channel 4 on October 15th, and it’s been revealed that series 11 has been filmed, and you can provide audience laughter to some of the episodes if you don’t mind risking a horrendous illness here:,9HEN,IETIP,124FL,1

Taskmaster NZ – The line up for the New Zealand version of the show has been revealed, with Guy Williams, Madeleine Sami, Leigh Hart, Angella Dravid and Brynley Stent taking part, and the show debuts on October 21st.

Untitled Keegan-Michael Key Musical Show – Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen and Kristin Chenoweth have all joined the cast of this forthcoming Apple Tv+ musical comedy series. “The as-yet-untitled series, which was announced earlier this year, follows a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover the magical town of Schmigadoon, in which everyone acts as if they’re in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” Key will play as Josh, Melissa’s (Strong) long term, pragmatic partner, and the last person who wants to be stuck in this magical town. Armisen, another “Saturday Night Live” alum, joins as Reverend Layton, the mild-mannered religious leader of the town. Chenoweth will play Mildred Layton, Reverend Layton’s morally superior wife who is in everybody’s business. Also joining the cast are Alan Cumming (as Mayor Menlove), Aaron Tveit (as Danny Bailey), Dove Cameron (as Betsy), Ariana DeBose (as Emma Tate), Jaime Camil (as Doc Lopez), Jane Krakowski (as The Countess), and finally Ann Harada (as Florence Menlove). The series is being co-created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio (“Despicable Me”).

Young Rock – The cast and character details have been revealed for this show about Dwayne Johnson’s childhood. ” Adrian Groulx to play 10-year-old Dwayne (described as honest, headstrong, impressionable and bold), Bradley Constant to play him aged 15 (at which point he is doing his best to fit in as a normal teenager), and “Marco Polo” star Uli Latukefu to play him from the ages of 18 to 20 (when Dwayne has just been recruited to play football on a scholarship at the University of Miami). Also joining the cast are Stacey Leilua as Ata Johnson, Dwayne’s strong, positive mother, “S.W.A.T.” and “Harriet” alum Joseph Lee Anderson as Dwayne’s charismatic and charming father, and finally Ana Tuisila as Lia Maivia, Dwayne’s sweet grandmother who is a cutthroat, ruthless businesswoman when she needs to be.”

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