Coming Attractions: Tv News From 04/12/2020

coming attractions 04122020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the next series of Not Going Out, Charlie Brooker making a mockumentary for Netflix, Superstore being cancelled, the second season of Ted Lasso, a tv version of the film Blindspotting, Tim Minchin starring in an animated sitcom, Melissa McCarthy making a Netflix series, and much more.

Acapulco – Eugenio Derbez is set to star in a new comedy series which will be shot in both Spanish and English, and “is inspired by the film “How to Be a Latin Lover,” in which Derbez starred and produced. In “Acapulco,” a young Mexican man’s dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But he soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned. The show takes place in 1984 with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character.”

Back To The Outback – Tim Minchin is to lend his voice to this new animated Netflix sitcom. “He will play Pretty Boy, a ‘cute but obnoxious koala’ in the Australian-set Back To The Outback. Due to be released on Netflix next autumn, the script revolves around a group of deadly creatures plotting to escape from their zoo to the Outback, a place where they’ll fit in without being judged for their scales and fangs. Leading the group is Maddie, a poisonous snake with a heart of gold, played by Isla Fisher. The cast also includes Eric Bana, Guy Pearce, Miranda Tapsell, Angus Imrie, Rachel House, Keith Urban, Celeste Barber and Wayne Knight. The script is by Harry Cripps, who previously wrote the ill-fated Larrikins, the planned animation about a cute bilby that Minchin had invested four years in directing before studio Dreamworks pulled the plug in 2017.”

Bird – Angela Barnes is to star in a pilot of this sitcom. “It’s the first major acting role for the comedian, who appears in a short taster episode alongside Spaced star Julia Deakin and Benidorm’s Perry Benson, who previously co-starred together in 1990s’ David Croft sitcom Oh Doctor Beeching!. Producers explain: “Bird has been written by the brilliant up-and-coming writing team of Ed Amsden and Tom Coles and follows the story of Michelle (Angela Barnes), an insecure woman fast approaching 40, who becomes pen pals with a convicted killer on death row. “Pretty soon the letters are taking on a romantic edge and Michelle considers herself ‘in a relationship’ (albeit one that definitely ticks ‘It’s Complicated’). Julia Deakin plays Michelle’s anxious mother Jan, with Perry Benson portraying local golf lothario Murray. Blending jet-black gallows humour with an unconventional love story, Bird is a highly original comedy about love, loneliness and putting a positive spin on serial killers.”

Blindspotting – Starz is to make a tv series based on the 2018 dramedy. “Starring Jasmine Cephas Jones, the eight-episode, half-hour dramedy will also star Benjamin Earl Turner, Atticus Woodward, Jaylen Barron, and Candace Nicholas-Lippman. The writers, producers, and stars of the film on which the series is based, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, will also write and executive produce the series. Casal will serve as showrunner in addition to reprising the role of Miles in a recurring capacity. He will also direct an episode of the show. Jones will serve as producer in addition to starring. “Diggs and I are thrilled to continue our partnership with Lionsgate by expanding the ‘Blindspotting’ world as a series on Starz,” Casal said. “This story, the incredible cast and the production are a dream. We are making the kind of show we have long hoped to see on television, centered around just some of the amazing kinds of characters the Bay Area has to offer.” Jones will reprise her lead role as Ashley, a woman who is nipping at the heels of a middle-class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of 12 years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she is forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister. Jones most recently picked up an Emmy Award for her starring role in the Quibi series “#Freerayshawn.”” Plus Helen Hunt has now joined the cast-

Brian & Charles – The Brian Gittins film has now begun filming in North Wales. “David Earl – who has long performed as his Gittins alter-ego on the comedy circuit – stars and co-wrote the film with Chris Hayward. As the first image from the set was released, above, Earl said: ‘We’re delighted to get the show on the road. During the Covid lockdown we wondered if we’d ever be able to make it but here I am stood in North Wales staring at a 7ft robot.’”

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas – This hour long pantomime will air on BBC2 on Christmas Eve at 8:15pm. “The BBC confirms: “This Christmas the curtain will be raised on a very special, virtual version of Cinderella as a host of famous faces from across the land will be gathering together for a fabulously festive treat as Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime For Christmas comes to BBC Two. The show will be “a retelling of the timeless panto classic”, with “a star-studded cast assembling online and giving everyone a very special version of the fairy-tale this Christmas”. Olivia Colman will make her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother in the special, with a cast of comic actors joining her on screen. Anya Taylor-Joy, who took the lead role in Emma., the recent film version of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy, will play Cinderella. Rege-Jean Page (Chicken George in Roots) will join her on screen as Prince Charming. Guz Khan will play Buttons, Tom Hollander is Baron Hardup, Helena Bonham Carter appears as Lady Devilia, Jimmy Akingbola has been cast as Dandini and This Country siblings Daisy May Cooper and Charlie Cooper will play The Evil Step Sisters”.

Duck Tales – Has been cancelled, with one final batch of episodes still left to air.

God’s Favorite Idiot – Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are to star together in a sitcom for Netflix. “The streamer has commissioned 16 episodes of the series, in which both McCarthy and Falcone will star. Falcone wrote the series, with both he and McCarthy also serving as executive producers via their company On the Day. Michael McDonald, who has frequently collaborated with the pair, will direct and executive produce. In “God’s Favorite Idiot,” Mid level Tech support employee Clark Thompson (Falcone) finds love with co- worker Amily Luck (McCarthy) at exactly the same time he becomes the unwitting messenger of God. Also, there’s roller skating, a lake of fire and an impending apocalypse.”

A League Of Their Own: Road Trip – Another series is being made, sadly. “The latest instalment in the sport-focused comedy’s series of adventure specials will see Jamie Redknapp, Freddie Flintoff and Romesh Ranganathan travel from Loch Ness in Scotland to London. Filming is now underway on the latest series, which is expected to air early in 2021 on Sky One”.

Lethal – BBC Two is making another pilot with Diane Morgan, who will star as “A woman who decides to marry a prisoner on death row so she can get a visa to live in America. Lethal will be broadcast in 2021 as part of the channel’s New On Two strand. Written by Morgan and Pippa Brown, Lethal will star Morgan as Becky, a woman from Bolton obsessed with America and who has always wanted to live there. But when her visa application is denied she has to come up with a Plan B. Her Plan B is simple, marry a prisoner on death row, get her Green Card and live the ‘American Dream’. Diane Morgan says: “Some people will walk through the parched desert to get into America, some will cross a vast ocean, only one woman is prepared to marry a maniac to get there. And that woman is me. Well, a woman I play. But I probably would too.””

Not Going Out – The new series will air in 2021, and according to the PR Blurb “Hot on the heels of the New Year’s Eve special, we re-join Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) as a neighbour’s delivery is left with them for safekeeping. When Lee unknowingly pulls apart the packaging only to discover it’s not his, but also it’s a somewhat personal item, and, to top it off, there’s no way to hide it’s been opened, how will he un-awkwardly get it back to its rightful owner? With the usually calm Toby (Hugh Dennis) on hand to help, surely a catastrophic drama can be averted? Of course not… Over the series, who could possibly predict that a pub quiz might prove a highly competitive environment for the always-right Anna (Abigail Cruttenden), or that Lee’s disaster-magnet dad, Frank (Bobby Ball), introducing a new girlfriend would immediately raise questions of her intent, or even sanity. Other threats to suburban bliss occur as an old flame makes contact with Lee via social media and when Lucy’s generally pompous dad Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), trying to apply military scheduling to a family trip, inadvertently forces Lucy’s lovely mum Wendy (Deborah Grant) to reveal a long-held family secret.”

Rob & Romesh Vs – Another series of this is now in production “In which Rob Beckett tries to convince him to share his love for golf. The comics also delve into the worlds of tennis, drag performing and art with guests including Alan Carr, Andy Murray and Michelle Visage.”

Superstore – Has been cancelled, with the show coming to an end in the Spring. “Episode 113 will be its last, meaning there are 11 episodes left to air. The show’s end comes as no great surprise, given that its biggest star America Ferrera departed in the second episode of season 6, leaving a gaping hole in the single-camera set in fictional big box store Cloud 9. It has also been struggling a little in the ratings of late, averaging only a 0.8 among adults 18-49 and 3.3 million total viewers after seven days of delayed viewing (season 5 averaged a 1.1 and 3.8 million for comparison).”

Taskmaster’s New Years Treat – The line up for the one off special has been revealed, with John Hannah, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Nicola Coughlan, Rylan Clark-Neal and Shirley Ballas all taking part.

Ted Lasso – Jason Sudekis has spoken about how the series was inspired by Robin Williams
While a little info on the second series is here:

Untitled Charlie Brooker Mockumentary – According to the AV Club Brooker is making “Some kind of “mockumentary about 2020″ for Netflix. That comes from Hugh Grant, who spilled the beans to Vulture, saying he plays a “repellent” historian in some kind of interesting wig. This news hasn’t been confirmed by Netflix, but Deadline does note that Brooker used to regularly do this sort of thing with his Weekly Wipe and Annual Wipe for the BBC back before Black Mirror took off (he also did a year-in-review thing back in May that seems a little premature now called Antiviral Wipe). This Netflix thing sounds more fictionalized than that, given Hugh Grant in an interesting wig, but we don’t know much about it anyway.”

Untitled Felicity Huffman Pilot – Huffman, and Zack Gottsagen are to make a pilot for ABC – “The untitled single-camera comedy stars Huffman as the unlikely owner of a minor league baseball team. After suddenly losing her husband and inheriting his beloved team, she is forced to navigate her new normal with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her oldest son, a baseball devotee with Down’s Syndrome (Gottsagen), her work family and the Sacramento community at large. The project is inspired by Susan Savage, the real-life owner of the Triple A World Champion River Cats.”

The Upshaws – More cast members for this sitcom have been announced “Netflix announced Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Daniya-Renee Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis and Journey Christine have been cast in “The Upshaws.” The newly announced actors join Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes and Kim Fields to round out the show’s ensemble. Its plot will follow an African American family trying to make the most of their situation in life. Kennedy takes on the role of a family friend fresh out of prison, while Lyons, Spraggins, Christine and Simon will play the three Upshaw three children. Dennis plays a hairstylist who also happens to be the mother of one of the Upshaw kids. The 10-episode season will premiere in 2021.”

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