Coming Attractions: Tv News From 20/11/2020

coming attractions 20112020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Conan ending his TBS chat show, Kelsey Grammer and Alec Baldwin making a sitcom together, the Soho Theatre teaming up with Amazon for a series of stand up specials, the return of the Vicar Of Dibley, Taskmaster getting a Christmas special, a musical comedy pilot from Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent, and much more.

Conan – Conan’s talk show is coming to an end on TBS presumably because the change in format to make each episode only thirty minutes (and without adverts, about 20) wasn’t a success, but his specials where he will still be making new specials where he travels to other countries for the channel, while he’s also going to be creating a weekly variety show for HBO Max, though what that will exactly be like and if it will have a talk show element has yet to be revealed.
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/conan-obrien-tbs-ending-hbo-max-1234833815/

Family Affair– ABC are making a pilot of a musical comedy from producers Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent. “The single-camera series follows A-ron, a faded R&B star and committed bachelor whose life is thrown into a tailspin when he’s saddled with raising his sister’s four kids. A-ron is overwhelmed and underwater until he discovers that musical talent runs in the family. With their sights set on success, A-ron’s about to learn that managing a music group might be hard, but raising four kids is even harder.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/50-cent-mary-j-blige-musical-comedy-abc-1234836090/

The G Word with Adam Conover – Is a new show from the man behind Adam Ruins Everything, and which “Is described as a blend of sketch comedy and documentary that takes viewers inside the complex machinery of the U.S. government. Conover will introduce the civil servants who make it work, and take a satirical look at its shortcomings. The series is loosely inspired by Michael Lewis’ best-selling book The Fifth Risk.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/adam-conover-obamas-g-word-netflix-1234836002/

I Love This For You – Cybill Shepherd has joined the cast of this Showtime pilot, and yes, I’d forgotten she was still alive too. The show “Will star Vanessa Bayer, who also co-created the show, inspired by her own life. The show will follows a woman who beats childhood leukemia and pursues her dream of hosting a home shopping channel. Shepherd’s character, Patricia Kunken, is the founder of a shopping network.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-high-school-musical-special-1234834901/

Ms. Marvel – Showrunner Bisha K. Ali has spoken about this forthcoming Marvel series in this Guardian interview. https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2020/nov/16/i-feel-joy-bisha-k-ali-struggling-standup-ms-marvel-maestro-muslim-superhero

Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains – Is a new hour long panel show from Comedy Central which will see Gilbert grill guests about their teenage years. “Talking about the format, the producers explain: “Each celebrity will take a trip down memory lane; competing across fashion, pop culture, retro gadgets, first loves, school reports and more to get their teenage years recognised as the most embarrassing by comedian Rhod Gilbert. “With mystery guests popping up along the way offering up further revelations, the show celebrates those ultimate embarrassing teenage moments, and it’s down to Rhod to judge which celebrity should be crowned ‘winner’.” Rhod Gilbert says: “I was a very cool teenager, making one good decision after another… fashion, I got it just right, my hair was always great, love was one smooth happy ride after another and I had great taste in music, books and Kay’s catalogues. But not all my guests were like me, and I want to hear all about their traumatic teens and adolescent aberrations – the good, the bad, the hormonal and the lock-yourself-in-the-toilet embarrassing.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6057/rhod-gilberts-growing-pains/

Soho Theatre Stand Up – Our favourite stand up venue in London has teamed up with Amazon Prime for a whole bunch of stand up shows, some of which have already been filmed, and some of which will be shot next year. The venue says: “Soho Theatre is delighted to today announce it has signed a three-series deal for Soho Theatre Live with Amazon Prime Video, bringing the company’s signature comedy to Prime Video’s UK audiences from next month. Soho Theatre Live Series 1, available from 3 December, will feature 11 existing comedy films from Soho Theatre On Demand and Series 2 and 3 will each feature 10 new shows, to be announced, filmed and broadcast in 2021.” Series 1 of Soho Theatre Live features Aditi Mittal, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Jessie Cave, Joel Dommett, Josie Long, Lazy Susan, Nish Kumar, Panti Bliss, Rhys James and Shappi Khorsandi… Speaking about the new deal, Mark Godfrey and David Luff from Soho Theatre says: “We’re thrilled to sign this three-series deal with Amazon Prime Video. It’s part of our commitment to connect the work of the brilliant performers on our Soho stages to much wider audiences. We’re looking forward to introducing some of our existing filmed shows to Amazon Prime Video audiences now, and to invest in a further 20 new comedy shows to be filmed for Series 2 and 3.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6066/soho-theatre-live-on-amazon/

Space Force – Is coming back for another series, with one minor change – “The show’s second season will add Parks And Recs and Brooklyn 99 alum Norm Hiscock to the show’s production team, where he’ll serve as co-showrunner with Daniels.” https://news.avclub.com/space-force-dubbed-good-enough-to-get-a-second-season-1845671611

Stand Up and Deliver – Those taking part in this Channel 4 show has been revealed. “Each of the stars will be coached by a professional comic in the two-part series, before performing in front of an audience of family and friends. David Baddiel will coach broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles; Jason Manford teach Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide former Conservative Party co-Chairwoman Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will former Coronation Street actress champion Katie McGlynn. ” Each of the stars will be coached by a professional comic in the two-part series, before performing in front of an audience of family and friends. David Baddiel will coach broadcaster Reverend Richard Coles; Jason Manford teach Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder, Nick Helm will guide former Conservative Party co-Chairwoman Baroness Warsi, Judi Love will be in charge of Love Island’s Curtis Pritchard and Zoe Lyons will former Coronation Street actress champion Katie McGlynn. ” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/11/18/47310/revealed%3A_the_
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Taskmaster – Is getting a Christmas Special, and it looks like there will be another Champion Of Champions mini-series too. “The Taskmaster house will open its doors once more to five new contestants from the worlds of TV, film, radio, journalism and shiny floor entertainment as they compete in one of the most ludicrous shows on television… Though we don’t know too much about the festive special, we know it’s not the Champions of Champions sequel Davies and Horne teased would be coming. In a previous interview with RadioTimes.com, the pair hinted “there might be” another Champion of Champions episode. Davies added: “There are plans afoot.” The pair jokingly backtracked on their statement, with Horne teasing: “That’s not come from us,” before Davies joked: “You didn’t hear it here.”” https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/2020-11-19/taskmaster-festive-special-confirmed/

This Way Up – Though long rumoured, it’s finally been confirmed by Channel 4 that we’ll be getting a second series of Aisling Bea and Sharon Horgan’s sitcom. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6067/this-way-up-series-2/

Untitled Alec Baldwin Sitcom – Alec Baldwin and Kelsey Grammer are to star in this Odd Couple-ish sitcom about old roommates reuniting. “This show, which will add a yet-to-be-cast third roommate at some point, comes from Modern Family co-creator Chris Lloyd and executive producer Vali Chandrasekaran and has been picked up with a straight-to-series order from ABC. As mentioned above, it’s about a group of people who lived together in their 20s but split up when “their warring egos drove them apart.” Now they’re reuniting “for one more run at the lives they’ve always wanted.” So it sounds kind of like The Odd Couple with three roommates instead of two, crossed with one of those movies about older men having one last wacky adventure.” https://news.avclub.com/fun-guys-alec-baldwin-and-kelsey-grammer-to-star-in-new-1845693963

The Venture Bros. – Though it’s far too early to get excited yet, it’s possible that HBO Max may save this recently cancelled series. https://news.avclub.com/hbo-max-head-says-theyre-working-on-ideas-to-savethe-1845674973

The Vicar Of Dibley – Is to return to our screens this Christmas for three ten minute episodes. “The three ten-minute shorts will be based on monthly sermons the Reverend has been delivering to her parishioners via Zoom… ‘when she can make it work’ and will air after repeat showings of classic episodes of the sitcom on BBC One…And creator Richard Curtis added: ‘Like every village in the country, there’s been a lot happening in Dibley this year – and Dawn has got a lot to say about it.’ James Fleet will also return as Hugo Horton, along while the show will pay tribute to Alice Tinker, as played by the late Emma Chambers. The BBC says her character ‘is still an important presence in the village, with some residents still looking for lost buttons and the arrival of decimalisation. Shane Allen, the BBC’s controller of comedy commissioning said: ‘This triple festive treat from the nations favourite fun-loving vicar is the warm comedy hug we’ve all missed.’” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/11/17/47304/the_vicar_of_dibley_is_back

Woke – Is to return for a second season. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/woke-renewed-season-2-hulu-1234833731/

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