Coming Attractions: Tv News From 13/11/2020

coming attractions 13112020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Tiffany Haddish and Ben Schwartz starring in The Afterparty, Jim Henson company making a Hägar The Horrible series, the BBC producing a new sketch show, yet another Chuck Lorre sitcom going in to production, two female cast members join Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell’s The Shrink Next Door, and much more.

The Afterparty – Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoe Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, Jamie Demetriou, and John Early have joined the cast of this upcoming murder mystery comedy series from Chris Miller and Phil Lord. “The eight-episode series, which was exclusively reported by Variety in June, is set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each episode will feature a retelling of the same night told through a different character’s perspective, each with its own unique visual format and film genre to match the teller’s personality. Haddish will star as Detective Danner, the eccentric detective assigned to solve the high-profile case.” More cast and character details are here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tiffany-haddish-ilana-glazer-dave-franco-the-afterparty-apple-lord-miller-1234829096/

Age Of Outrage – The BBC have given this sketch show a full series after a successful pilot, and some of it’s sketches on youtube went viral. “The BBC explains: “The show shines a light on the frustrations of modern life and a sketch from the pilot entitled If High Street Shopping Was Like Online Shopping quickly went viral going on to become BBC Wales’ biggest ever social media post, with over 45 million views. “The new series will be the first BBC Wales production to use innovative software as a way of navigating Covid restrictions during filming.” Six twenty minute episodes are set to be made. Commissioner Paul Forde comments: “Filming in a pandemic was never going to be ideal but some of the sketches will be done virtually. Virtual sets have been around for quite a while but can sometimes look a bit artificial. The game-changer is now the ability to make them look like the real thing using new software which is being increasingly used across the industry. We also see the sketch format as a great way of being able to develop new up-and-coming Welsh comedy writers and the series will feature material from newer writers alongside more established names.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6043/age-of-outrage-series/

American Housewife – Carly Hughes has left the show “citing “discrimination” and a “toxic environment” on set… Hughes said in a statement that she chose to leave to “protect herself” from a toxic environment, adding, “As a Black woman in entertainment, I feel the responsibility to stand up for what I deserve, what we all deserve—to be treated equally.” Hughes, for the record, was the only Black series regular on the show, and played one of Katy Mixon’s best friends. It sounds like she did raise her concerns to production company ABC Signature a while back, which prompted an “extensive HR investigation” into her claims and “claims from other production team members.” Again, without saying specifically what those claims were or what the investigation determined, Deadline says series creator Sarah Dunn is no longer an “active producer” on the show, that line producer Mark J. Greenberg has stepped down, and showrunners Rick Wiener and Kenny Schwartz have undergone “sensitivity training.”” https://news.avclub.com/carly-hughes-leaves-american-housewife-due-to-toxic-en-1845628196

Emily In Paris – Will be returning for a second season on Netflix. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emily-in-paris-renewed-season-2-netflix-1234829053/

Friends Reunion Special – This long awaited documentary is to be made in March, according to Matthew Perry. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/friendsreunion-special-hbo-max-production-march-matthew-perry-1234830507/

Hägar The Horrible – King Features and The Jim Henson Company “are developing an animated Hägar The Horrible TV series with Fresh Off The Boat, American Dad, and Don’t Trust The B— In Apartment 23 writer Eric Ziobrowski….One of the big hooks for the series is that it will be made with the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, which allows the Henson Company’s puppeteers to control digital characters in real time (you know, like puppets). This news comes from Deadline, which says that the Digital Puppetry tech makes for an “organic, spontaneous performance.””
https://news.avclub.com/jim-henson-company-developing-hagar-the-horrible-tv-ser-1845637670

ITV’s Christmas Comedy – Details of some xmas specials of itv shows are below, but it’s probably not worth reading as they’re all shit. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6051/itv-winter-schedule-2020/

Jeff Dunhan Specials – Rather than seeking out new, original voices, Comedy Central have given Dunham three specials, the lazy bastards that they are, “Jeff Dunham’s Completely Unrehearsed Last-Minute Pandemic Holiday Special,” is set to debut on the network right after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 27. Comedy Central plans to air the other two sometime in 2021, with precise dates yet to be determined.”
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/jeff-dunham-three-comedy-central-specials-1234829271/

Late Bloomer – Canadian comedian Russell Peters is to produce this half hour comedy starring Jasmeet Singh Raina (AKA Jus Reign). “Inspired by his own real-life experiences, “Late Bloomer” will focus on Raina’s journey navigating his new-found internet fame, dating, spirituality, culture and his dysfunctional, yet loving, family. As a first-generation Indo-Canadian, his identity is constantly questioned as he struggles to find the balance between Eastern customs centered around community and the Western ideal of individualism.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/russell-peters-jus-reign-late-bloomer-1234830005/

Lazor Wulf – A clip from the second season of this not very good Adult Swim show can be found below.
https://news.avclub.com/jermajesty-jackson-may-or-may-not-endorse-this-exclusiv-1845643228

Modern Austen – The CW channel is making a Jane Austen anthology series that will probably be terrible and completely lack the wit of the originals. Not much is yet known, other than that “Each season is a different novel, beginning with “Pride and Prejudice,” set in contemporary San Francisco.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/jane-austen-anthology-series-cw-1234830781/

Only An Excuse – This BBC Scotland annual sketch comedy is to come to an end with a final show on New Year’s Eve. “The final show will feature memorable moments from the archive alongside new sketches and contributions from famous faces who’ve been tackled by Jonathan Watson and the OAE? team down the years.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6047/only-an-excuse-to-end/

The Netflix Afterparty – Is a new sort of panel / chat show which casts it’s eye over Netflix’s various shows – “The series, which will be hosted by Spade, Fortune Feimster, and London Hughes, will take a look at and provide commentary on popular original content from the streaming giant. Joining the hosts will be the creators, casts, and more. Additionally, each week the panel will also be joined by an additional comedian with Netflix ties.” https://thelaughbutton.com/netflix-announces-panel-series-hosted-by-david-spade-fortune-feimster-and-london-hughes

The Shrink Next Door – Casey Wilson and Kathryn Hahn have joined the cast of this Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd Apple Tv + sitcom. “Inspired by true events documented in the Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast of the same name, “The Shrink Next Door” is described as an eight-episode dark comedy following the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). Hahn will star as Phyllis, Marty’s younger sister”, though Wilson’s role in the series has yet to be announced. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/the-shrink-next-door-apple-kathryn-hahn-1234826326/

The Stand Up Sketch Show – This itv2 comedy will return early next year. “Some of the comedians taking part in the new series include Iain Stirling, Dane Baptiste, Jayde Adams, Tom Parry, Luke Kempner, Judi Love, Kojo Anim, Kemah Bob and Matt Richardson.” https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/9637/sketch-show-judi-love

The Tuckers – This BBC Wales sitcom has been given two more series, though filming won’t take place until next summer, and either way we won’t be watching it after describing it in a review as “the majority of the time this is a sitcom about people who treat each other incredibly poorly, it’s pretty damn unfunny stuff”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/11/08/47256/bbc_wales_renews_the_tuckers

United States of Al – Is yet another fucking Chuck Lorre sitcom that CBS are going to make, with it being co-created by The Big Bang Theory writers David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari. “It stars Adhir Kalyan and Parker Young and centers around the friendship between Riley (Young), a Marine combat veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life in Ohio, and Awalmir (Al) (Kalyan), the Interpreter who served with his unit in Afghanistan and has just arrived to start a new life in America. Kelli Goss, Dean Norris and Elizabeth Alderfer also star.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/chuck-lorre-comedy-united-states-of-al-ordered-to-series-cbs-1234829079/

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