Coming Attractions: Tv News From 11/12/2020

coming attractions 11122020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on a new series from Nathan Fielder that co-stars Emma Stone, Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan are the two leads in a new take on The Darling Buds Of May, Samuel L. Jackson and others joining Charlie Brooker’s Death To 2020, Issa Rae and Adam Kay adapting the podcast Nice White Parents, a new trailer for the BBC’s already hated The Watch, and more.

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled – 2020 has managed to be even worse as it’s been revealed that this is to return for a sixth series after a break of four years. “The programme, in which the QI star sat around a table with four guests to discuss whatever topics came up, ran for five series between 2014 and 2017, totalling 44 episodes. Network UKTV has now confirmed the format will return in early 2021 for a ten-part sixth series. The format of Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled – in which guests are spaced out around a table – is one that naturally allows for social distancing to be maintained. Each of the new hour-long episodes will be recorded during December and January at The Roundhouse in Camden.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6102/alan-davies-as-yet-untitled-2021/

Crag Banyon P.I. – Fox is working on an animated comedy based on the Crag Banyon Mysteries books by James Mullaney. “Mullaney and Shane Black will write and executive produce the project, which is titled “Crag Banyon P.I.” It follows the supernatural adventures of an alcoholic ex-cop and current private investigator, Banyon, as he solves cases in an alternate noir, otherworldly reality.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/shane-black-james-mullaney-crag-banyon-p-i-fox-1234850644/

The Curse – Nathan Fielder is to produce and star in this new Showtime series, which will co-star Emma Stone and Benny Safdie “The half-hour series is said to explore how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring on their problematic new HGTV show. Fielder will direct and executive produce in addition to starring and co-creating the series. … “The fierce intelligence and wit of the incomparable Emma Stone make her the perfect partner with the ingenious minds of the Safdie brothers and the subversive comedy of Nathan Fielder,” said Amy Israel, executive vice president of scripted programming for Showtime. “Together, they promise to deliver a groundbreaking satire that is both unexpected and deeply human. Showtime continues to shine as a beacon for visionary filmmakers who are looking to create their ambitious, singular shows.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/emma-stone-nathan-fielder-benny-safdie-showtime-series-the-curse-1234850558/

Death To 2020 – Charlie Brooker’s mockumentary has added more cast members, with Samuel L. Jackson, Lisa Kudrow, Leslie Jones, Joe Keery, Kumail Nanjiani, Tracey Ullman, Cristin Milioti, Samson Kayo, and Diane Morgan all now involved. https://news.avclub.com/charlie-brookers-death-to-2020-comedy-special-adds-samu-1845824584

Feel Good – Mae Martin’s Netflix sitcom will be returning for a second series, though the bad news is that it will be its final season too. https://tv.avclub.com/netflix-is-ready-to-feel-good-for-a-2nd-and-final-seaso-1845824268

Home Economics – ABC have ordered a full series of this sitcom. “The series is inspired by the life of co-creator Michael Colton. It examines the relationship between three adult siblings: one in the 1 percent, one middle-class, and one barely holding on. Along with Grace, the series stars Caitlin McGee, Jimmy Tatro, Karla Souza, and Sasheer Zamata. Shiloh Bearman, Jordyn Curet, Chloe Jo Rountree and JeCobi Swain also star.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/home-economics-topher-grace-abc-1234848966/

Hoops – Ben Hoffman’s animated sitcom has been cancelled after just one season. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-no-longer-wants-to-play-hoops-1845839837

How To With John Wilson – Has been given a second season by HBO, the lovely people that they are. https://news.avclub.com/thank-you-hbo-for-renewing-how-to-with-john-wilson-1845843260

iCarly – Is to return to our screens, with the original cast on board. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/icarly-revival-paramount-plus-1234849872/

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia – Before the fifteenth season has even been made the show has been renewed through to season 18, somewhat crazily. https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/its-always-sunny-in-philadelphia-renewed-season-18-fx-1234850926/

The Larkins – Itv are adapting The Darling Buds Of May for a second time, this time with Bradley Walsh and Joanna Scanlan as the two leads. “The channel says: “The Larkins is a new television adaptation of H.E. Bates’s novel The Darling Buds Of May, written by acclaimed screenwriter Simon Nye (Finding Alice, The Durrells, Men Behaving Badly) with the aim of capturing the warmth, optimism and escapism of the Larkin family for a modern generation. “Set in the late 1950s, The Larkins is the story of a working-class family led by the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin and his wife Ma, together with their six children, including the beautiful Mariette. Fiercely loyal to each other and their community, each Larkin family member has a strong work ethic, alongside a disinterest in authority.” Simon Nye says: “The novels are short, hilarious and magical. We will be expanding the Larkins’ world a little and can’t wait to immerse ourselves in this glorious countryside idyll.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6107/the-larkins-on-itv/

Marvel Tv Series – Marvel announced a sod load of new shows yesterday, some of which have humourous elements like Loki and She-Hulk, and more info can be found here: https://www.marvel.com/articles/movies/new-marvel-cinematic-universe-movies-shows-disney-plus?fbclid=IwAR2CNkztKXRxO8-GDaCUefFsFUzAF9EaEsi9UFACWY5-E0EBnH26-gdbrqE

Minx – This HBO Max pilot has added “Idara Victor, Oscar Montoya, Jessica Lowe, Lennon Parham, and Michael Angarano” to it’s cast, “with Jake Johnson attached to guest star. The group joins previously announced series lead Ophelia Lovebond. “Minx” is set in 1970s Los Angeles and centers around earnest young feminist Joyce (Lovebond) who joins forces with a low-rent publisher to create the first erotic magazine for women. Victor, whose past credits include “Shameless” and “Turn,” will play Tina, the publisher’s sardonic secretary.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/hbo-max-comedy-pilot-minx-cast-1234848613/

Nice White Parents – Variety reports that this podcast is being turned in to a tv show. “Issa Rae and Adam McKay are teaming up to adapt the Serial Productions podcast… The project has received a pilot commitment at the premium cabler. The show is described as a satirical look at the conflict and comedy that arise when highly resourced white parents, who claim to have the best intentions, wield their influence over generations of black and brown students within the NY public school system.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/issa-rae-adam-mckay-nice-white-parents-series-hbo-1234845810/

One Day At A Time – Is officially over, as the show’s creators couldn’t find a network / streaming service interested in making a fifth season. https://news.avclub.com/one-day-at-a-time-is-definitely-dead-will-not-find-a-t-1845839401

Physical – Rose Byrne’s dramedy has added more names to its cast “The cast of the show will also include Paul Sparks, Rory Scovel, Loy Taylor Pucci, Della Saba, Dierdre Friel, Ashley Liao….“Physical” follows Sheila (Byrne), a woman struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife in a 1980s Southern California beach community. She finds herself on an unconventional path to power when she discovers the world of aerobics.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/rose-byrne-apple-series-physical-cast-1234849572/

Single Drunk Female – Ally Sheedy is to make a sitcom pilot for Fox “In the series, after a spectacularly embarrassing public breakdown, irreverent alcoholic Samantha Fink (Sofia Black-D’Elia) is forced to move back home with her “Smother” (Ally Sheedy) to sober up and avoid jail time. But when her childhood bff (Sasha Compère) reveals surprising news, Samantha realizes she can no longer qualify as a party girl – she’s a walking disaster. The pilot will also star Rebecca Henderson, Lily Mae Harrington, and Garrick Bernard. Henderson will portray Olivia, a brilliant melancholic lesbian who works as one of The Greeters at AA. Smart as a whip with an acerbic wit, Olivia is a highly regarded, Peabody award-winning PBS journalist known for her program “Off the Docs.”” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/freeform-pilot-single-drunk-female-sofia-black-delia-ally-sheedy-1234849480/

The Watch – Another trailer for this BBC series which already seems to be hated by the fans of Terry Pratchett’s work is now online. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px-ljMM_EeM&feature=emb_logo

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