Coming Attractions: Tv News From 09/10/2020

coming attractions 09102020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on The Amelia Gething Complex’s second series, Sara Pascoe’s forthcoming BBC sitcom, new cast additions to Girls5Eva, the line up for the next series of Mock The Week, an animated adaptation of the Lumberjanes comic, a sitcom about Angela Merkel’s husband, Glow and On Becoming A God In Central Florida being cancelled, and much more.

Alam The Family – Sabrina Jalees is developing a multi-cam comedy with CBS based on “Her childhood, about a Pakistani American living in New Jersey in the ‘90s “that explores race, queerness and the idea that we’re all different but we’re all the same.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/apple-tv-plus-the-snoopy-show-teaser-1234791209/

The Amelia Gething Complex – The CBBC sketch show has been given a second series. “The producers confirm: “The second series will again air on BBC iPlayer, transmitting in 2021 and will once again follow the crazy world of Amelia and her flatmates and friends as they navigate the extraordinary situations life throws at them. “A sketch show with a difference, The Amelia Gething Complex adopts the form of a live action cartoon, which takes you on a dark and twisted journey where rules can be broken and ridiculous things happen. Aimed at a teen/young adult audience, the show plays with traditional comedy show formats, with the cast frequently breaking the fourth wall, hundreds of running gags and ‘easter eggs’, and sketches leading into increasingly unexpected directions.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5984/amelia-gething-complex-series-2/

Buffering – Is a new sitcom from Iain Sterling, which will star Jessie Cave. “A millennial coming-of-age comedy, Buffering also features comedians Janine Harouni, Elena Saurel, Rosa Robson and Lauren Douglin, and is expected to air next year. Written by Love Island narrator Stirling and fellow stand-up Steve Bugeja, with additional material from Eleanor Tiernan and Christine Robertson, filming of the six 30-minute episodes began in south-east London last November. It was supposed to resume this spring, but was postponed because of coronavirus…The sitcom is about characters in their “late twenties, early thirties” the 32-year-old added, “that age that just didn’t exist until this millennial generation, where [before] you would be married with kids by now. You’re sort of matured enough that you could do all that. But you’ve got all those pressures in your life that make you not want to do that, and what these people in that sort of situation go through… but funny.” Likening Buffering to the Canadian sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which won a record nine Emmy awards last month, Stirling added it would also have “three stories every episode… hopefully it’ll just buzz by, it’s fun.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5975/iain-stirling-sitcom-buffering/

Dickinson – Has been renewed for a third season even though the second is yet to air. Apple Tv+ has also announced that that second season will premier on Jan. 8, 2021. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/dickinson-hailee-steinfeld-renewed-season-3-apple-season-2-premiere-date-1234797428/

Girls5Eva – Busy Phillips and Paula Pell have joined Tina Fey’s new sitcom. “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. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can‘t they also be Girls5eva? Philipps will play the role of Summer, the most bubbly, but least talented member of the group. Summer is now a “Real Housewives” reject in yoga pants living in a New Jersey McMansion”. As for Pell “Pell will portray Gloria, a member of the LGBTQ+ community and a dentist living with her father.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/busy-philipps-tina-fey-peacock-comedy-girls5eva-1234792810/ / https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/cartoon-network-we-baby-bears-1234794921/

Glow – Blaming the current Pandemic, Netflix have decided not to go ahead with a fourth and final season of the show. “Deadline shared a statement from series creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mesch who noted that there are “a lot of shitty things happening in the world that are much bigger than this right now” but that it “still sucks that we don’t get to see these 15 women in a frame together again.”” https://news.avclub.com/covid-kills-netflixs-plans-for-a-4th-season-of-glow-1845280565

Herr Merkel – A sitcom is being made about Angela Merkel’s husband. “Herr Merkel” will be about “what it’s like to be the husband of the most powerful female politician in the world,” explained Readymade Films head Laura Bull. People are used to polite first ladies accompanying their powerful husbands to events like G8 meetings, dinners and galas, Bull said. And then you have this guy, the husband of this powerful woman and himself a genius, a brilliant scientist, who also has to tag along. We have to imagine, he’s the only guy with all the other first ladies. There are these funny press photos where you have seven or eight ladies and you have him in the middle.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/angela-merkel-husband-mapa-readymade-films-1234795873/

Lumberjanes – This comic from Boom Studios has been given a series by HBO Max, and which is “About five friends — Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley — at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, who are “determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!”. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/lumberjanes-animated-series-development-hbo-max-1234795413/

Mock the Week – Will return to BBC Two at 10pm on Thursday 22nd October 2020, with a zoom based audience rather than one in the studio. As well as Dara O’Briain and Hugh Dennis you can expect to see Ed Byrne, EdGamble, Tom Allen, Rhys James, Milton Jones, Angela Barnes, Glenn Moore, Sophie Duker, Eshaan Akbar, Mark Simmons, Nigel Ng, Maisie Adam, Athena Kugblenu, Michael Odewale, Chris McCausland, Sukh Ojla, Thanyia Moore, Laura Lexx and Catherine Bohart taking part. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/9474/mock-week-angela-barnes

On Becoming A God In Central Florida – Was originally renewed for a second season a while back, but is the latest casualty of the pandemic with Showtime now deciding not to make a second season. “Showtime explained that the virus has “continued to challenge schedules across the board,” to the point where it has “become untenable” to figure out how to get the whole cast and crew back together for another season.” So, because of that, On Becoming A God In Central Florida will no longer be returning for a second season.” https://news.avclub.com/covid-quashes-showtimes-plans-for-a-second-season-of-on-1845314767

Out Of Her Mind – Sara Pascoe’s BBC sitcom begins on 20th October at 10pm on BBC Two. “Written by and starring award-winning comedian Pascoe, the cast of Out of Her Mind will also include Juliet Stevenson (Riviera, One of Us, Truly Madly Deeply), Fiona Button (The Split), Cariad Lloyd (Crims, Peep Show), Navin Chowdhry (Doctor Foster), Sean Gilder (Poldark, The Last Kingdom), Tom Stuart (Psychobitches), Scroobius Pip (Taboo), Jumayn Hunter (Attack The Block), Sheila Reid (Benidorm), Jack Gleeson (Game of Thrones), Cash Holland and Lorraine Ashbourne (The Crown, Cheat). Oh, and Ade Edmondson as the dad of Pascoe’s character. Out Of Her Mind is explores heartbreak, family and how to survive them. The series subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining eccentric characters, animation, and scientific explanation. Sara Pascoe says: “Out Of Her Mind is a direct expression of my mind. We’ve turned my brain into a theme-park, and everyone’s invited! The cast are INCREDIBLE and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve made.”” https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/8436/ade-edmondson-pascoe

Spitting Image – Has been a success according to Britbox – “The company says that new subscribers to the service increased ten-fold on Saturday compared to the average daily rate, and hails the impact online, saying sketches have been seen 7.5million times on social media.” A second series is also coming, though this was already ordered before the first aired. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/10/07/47054/spitting_image_to_return_in_autumn_2021

Star Trek Lower Decks – Show runner Mike McMahan has given a long interview where he talks about season 1, and also drops a few hints as to what we can expect to see in season 2. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/star-trek-lower-decks-season-1-finale-riker-troi-1234798405/

Teenage Bounty Hunters – Has been cancelled by Netflix as well. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/teenage-bounty-hunters-canceled-one-season-netflix-1234793172/

Untitled Jermaine Fowler/ Fox Animated Comedy – Fox are possibly going to make another animated comedy, this time based on “Fowler’s formidable years growing up in a working class town in Prince George’s County, Maryland, with his family.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/fox-jermaine-fowler-animated-comedy-development-1234790861/

Victoria Wood’s Secret List – A two part documentary is going to be made showcasing Wood’s favourite sketches. “The BBC confirms: “In honour of the much loved comedian Victoria Wood and her unparalleled contribution to comedy, Victoria Wood’s Secret List, a hand-picked countdown of Victoria’s personal favourite moments from her critically acclaimed television shows, will be broadcast on BBC Two later this year. The two hour-long programmes feature “more than 20 sketches from her vast array of work”. The producers explain: “The sketches – chosen by Victoria herself – were discovered on a list in one of her personal notebooks after her untimely death. “Both programmes will also feature previously unseen insights into Victoria’s life, including clips from her own personal archive. They will also include contributions from a number of well-known faces who will discuss her broad catalogue of award-winning comedy.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5977/victoria-woods-secret-list/

The Watch – A trailer for the BBC’s adaptation of this Terry Pratchett book is now online, with the series set to debut on January 3rd 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymQMJDmhu70&feature=emb_logo

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