Coming Attractions: Tv News From 30/10/2020

coming attractions 30102020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on No Activity’s fourth season switching from live action to animation, new Netflix series My Dad The Bounty Hunter, Jon Stewart’s new current affairs series, Nick Frost joining the cast of Why Women Kill, the return of Morph, a documentary about Micky Flanagan, and more.

Comedy Central Stand-Up Featuring – Is a new online series, which will feature the likes of Monroe Martin, Christi Chiello, Eagle Witt, Rosebud Baker, Mary Beth Baron, Brittany Carney, Andy Haynes, Josh Johnson, Rebecca O’Neal, Gavin Matts and Ismael Loufti.

Gremlins – One piece of concept art for the prequel series has been released, but it doesn’t really show much:

Micky Flanagan: Peeping Behind The Curtain – Is a documentary that will air on Sky this December. “The programme is described as “an extraordinary backstage pass to Micky Flanagan’s An Another Fing tour, the sell-out 02 stadium run that became the world’s biggest comedy tour.” The producers say: “Unlike anything else you’ve ever seen him in, this is an intimate and honest feature length doc that reveals how Micky went from performing in East End pubs to creating a stadium tour that saw him performing to more people than Beyoncé and Take That. From early raw material to the O2 stadium, this film reveals the man behind the laughter and invites the audience in to the rarely seen world of a master comic at work.”

Morph – Aardman Animations are bringing back this much loved children’s tv character for 5 minute episodes on Sky Kids, with it returning on November 9th.

My Dad the Bounty Hunter – Is a new family orientated animated action comedy from Netflix. “The series, described as an action-comedy, has already lined up an eye-catching voice cast to bring its characters to life. It will star “The Hate U Give” alum Russell Hornsby, current “Insecure” star Yvonne Orji, “Stranger Things” star Priah Ferguson, and “Community” alumna Yvette Nicole Brown. Joining them will also be JeCobi Swain (“Troop Zero”), Leslie Uggams (“Deadpool”), Rob Riggle (“The Hangover”) and Jim Rash (“Community”). As for the plot, “My Dad the Bounty Hunter” follows the toughest bounty hunter in all the galaxy, a man with razor sharp skills but also a secret – his family on Earth has no idea what he does for a living. When his two kids accidentally hitch a ride into outer space and crash his latest mission, they discover that their average Dad’s job is anything but boring. Dodging dangerous aliens and laser fights galore, this family bonding time goes to the extreme.”

No Activity – Somewhat bizarrely the show’s fourth season will be animated instead of live action, it’s presumably because of the pandemic but then that hasn’t stopped many other shows from resuming filming. “Season 4 will find Special Agent Nick Cullen (Patrick Brammall) realizing his dream of joining the FBI, but he will soon discover that being an FBI agent isn’t that special after all. After being assigned to a seemingly dull observation detail, he finds a potential career case in the form of an emerging cult. A large scale operation soon takes aim at the cult but it’s unclear which side will break first. Despite the promotion, Cullen’s path continues to cross with former partner Judd Toldbeck’s (Tim Meadows), who adjusts to life with a new partner of his own.”

Platonic – Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne are to star in this new Apple Tv+ series. “The half-hour series will see the pair reunite with Nick Stoller, who directed them in both of the “Neighbors” films and also worked on the screenplay of the sequel. The show has received a 10-episode order. “Platonic” explores the inner workings of platonic friendship. A pair of former best friends who met in their youth (Byrne and Rogen) reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to re-evaluate their choices.”

Public Figures – This dramedy from Lil Yachty was originally going to air on Quibi, but has now been picked up by HBO Max, and is described as “being about what it’s like to be an aspiring influencer in New York City. Featuring an ensemble cast, the series follows a group of friends as they find themselves, lose themselves, experience epic failures and hard fought success, hook ups and break ups, and then do it all over again.”

Saved By The Bell – Another trailer for the rebooted series can be found here:

Superstore – Will be tackling the pandemic, and the showrunners have discussed how they’ll be doing so here:

Ted Lasso – This rather fantastic sitcom has been given a third season even before the second has begun shooting, which pleases no end.

The Texanist – Thomas Haden Church is to star in this multi-cam comedy for Fox which “is inspired by the long-running Texas Monthly column of the same name. It centers on Dave (Church), an opinionated Austin-area radio show host who calls ‘em like he sees ‘em, dispensing advice to Texas natives and newcomers, alike, on what he knows to be the true Texas Way of life. But the Texas Way is changing, and now Dave’s job is becoming much more complicated. Listening to advice from his wife, family and co-workers, Dave must now become the arbiter of which changes to embrace and which to reject, possibly opening his mind in the process.”

Untitled Jon Stewart Show – Apple Tv+ are to make a current affairs show with Jon Stewart which we presume will be a satirical beast. “So far, there’s little we know about the show, other than it will put him back behind the desk, be an hour in length, and already has been picked up for “multiple seasons”. That last one seems like a particularly no brainer. The show will also be executive produced by Stewart and his longtime manager, James Dixon as well as former HBO chief Richard Plepler.”

Why Women Kill – Allison Tolman and Nick Frost have been added to the cast in Season 2. “The second season of the dark comedy anthology series is set in 1949. It will explore what it means to be beautiful, the hidden truth behind the facades people present to the world, the effects of being ignored and overlooked by society, and finally, the lengths one woman will go in order to finally belong. Tolman will play Alma, a timid and awkward housewife, who remains optimistic in the face of the world’s cruelty. Alma yearns for a spot in the local garden club and to see her ungainly daughter married, but her life is disrupted once she learns of her husband’s secret hobby. Frost will play Bertram, Alma’s beloved husband who spends his days as a veterinarian putting sick and injured animals out of their misery. Always kind and good-humored, Bertram has a secret hobby that is darker than his jovial nature lets on.”

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