Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 24/12/2020

coming attractions 24122020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Taika Waititi’s new sitcom Reservation Dogs, the US remake of Miranda, Charlie Brooker’s Death To 2020, the possible return of Detectorists, the second series of This Time With Alan Partridge, what the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm will be like, and more.

B Positive – Has been given a full season order by CBS. “The show will now run through the entire 2020-2021 broadcast season. The news comes after just five episodes of the show have aired on CBS, with the series debuting on Nov. 5.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/b-positive-full-season-cbs-1234867872/

Call Me Kat – This US remake or Mirana is to debut on Januar 3rd. Starring Mayim Bialik “as the titular woman who is eager to prove to the world that she can live a fulfilling life despite being single at 39. It sees Kat navigating her relationship with her mother (Swoosie Kurtz) and running her own cat café in Louisville, Ky. Kyla Pratt, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan and Julian Gant also star in the series”, and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/history-of-swear-words-trailer-netflix-1234871993/

Christmas with Corona – Christmas is going to be a little bit different this year and that’s why award-winning comedy writer/director/performer Andy Wooding brings silly, soul-warming single Christmas with Corona to the world – to make people laugh and to raise money (£495 so far) for Age UK who offer companionship, advice and support to older people spending Christmas time in isolation. In the hilarious and joyful video (which has 12,000 views and climbing) Andy is in character as European Elvis impersonator Jorge Hordestadt and his backing singers The Little Brick Walls, pulling crackers with himself, boozing, singing to a “stuffed lockdown dog” about missing family fights and lamenting the loneliness of Christmas 2020. In the warm, fuzzy sing-along finale, Jorge is surprised by video calls from friends and family all over the world illustrating that they can be together, just not as they’d hoped. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HB8eGaNgK0

Coming 2 America – A trailer for Eddie Murphy’s belated sequel is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY8gUtyeAKE&feature=emb_logo

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Producer Jeff Schaffer, the next season of Curb will be sent post-Covid: “We had to make the decision about what era we were writing—before, during or after COVID—and the real factor was when we would be premiering,” he says. “We figured we would be coming out in the fall of 2021 and we didn’t want what we were writing in March of 2020 to be so timely that it would feel dated more than a year later.” That led the duo to choose to set Curb’s 11th season in a post-COVID world. “COVID definitely happened and we definitely talk about it…And Larry [the character] has opinions on all of it.” He adds, “I can’t tell you which characters got COVID, but I can definitely tell you that we do examine peoples’ behavior during the COVID era.” (Our guess: Larry will still be salty about getting mask-shamed by Ted Danson.)” https://news.avclub.com/the-next-season-of-curb-your-enthusiasm-will-be-set-pos-1845928551

Death To 2020 – Will be released by Netflix on December 27th, with Charlie Brooker explaining “In the loneliest year on record, I got to work (remotely) with writers and team members from my previous comedies, as well as many sickeningly talented people who were new to me. Death To 2020 features fictional characters discussing real events in a bombastic mockumentary, but quite a bit sillier than that makes it sound. It felt like an apt format for Netflix, which is known for high-end documentaries, but also like a good opportunity to create a different kind of comedy special that deals with the year head-on while also showcasing some brilliant performers. ‘I don’t love the word “satire” but there’s some of that here, alongside some angry jokes, and some goofy jokes. And hopefully viewers will find at least one joke to their liking — because let’s face it, in 2020, any laugh you can emit, no matter how fleeting, is a small but precious victory.’” More info and a trailer are here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2020/12/21/47532/netflix_releases_trailer_for_death_to_2020

Detectorists – Mackenzie Crook has suggested he might bring back his sublime sitcom. “Appearing on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 breakfast show to promote the Christmas Eve return of his BBC One Worzel Gummidge adaptation, he confirmed that “it’s true, I am kind of thinking of it but I don’t have any idea at the moment. “I’m just starting the process of thinking ‘yeah, we should get the old band back together’. One last time!””. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6139/detectorists-revival/

The Flight Attendant – Has been given a second season.
https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/flight-attendant-renewed-hbo-max-1234866413/

The Great North – Will premiere on Feb. 14 at 8:30 p.m. “The show was created and is run by Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin, who have been serving as writers and executive producers on “Bob’s Burgers.” It follows a single father (Nick Offerman) and his children, including a daughter (Jenny Slate) who has ambitions to pursue art, rather than the picking up the family fishing trade.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/tv-news-roundup-virgin-river-1234866515/

Guerrillas – Al Madrigal and Jaime Camil are to co-star in this ABC single-camera comedy. “Madrigal is co-writing and executive producing in addition to starring, with Camil co-executive producing as well. When Miles Flores (Madrigal), a lonely efficiency expert for an oil company gets kidnapped in South America, he ends up working for a disorganized group of guerrilla soldiers to earn back his freedom. Camil will play the Commandante, the leader of the soldier that kidnap Miles. Matt Kellard is co-writing and executive producing the series along with Madrigal.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/al-madrigal-jaime-camil-abc-guerrillas-1234866349/

History Of Swear Words – This Nic Cage fronted documentary will feature interviews with guests “Joel Kim Booster, DeRay Davis, Open Mike Eagle, Nikki Glaser, Patti Harrison, London Hughes, Jim Jefferies, Zainab Johnson, Nick Offerman, Sarah Silverman, Baron Vaughn and Isiah Whitlock Jr.”. It drops on Netflix on January 5th, and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/history-of-swear-words-trailer-netflix-1234871993/

Reservation Dogs – Taika Waititi is making another FX sitcom, and “is teaming with Native American writer and director Sterlin Harjo for half-hour comedy “Reservation Dogs. “Reservation Dogs,” which has been handed a series order by FX, follows four Native teenagers in rural Oklahoma who spend their days committing crime and fighting it. “Reservation Dogs” stars D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis and Lane Factor (pictured above) as the aforementioned teens. The pilot episode also features guest stars Tamara Podemski, Zahn McClarnon, Macon Blair, Kirk Fox, Matty Cardarople, Dallas Goldtooth, Lil Mike and Funny Bone.” https://variety.com/2020/tv/news/taika-waititi-sterlin-harjo-comedy-reservation-dogs-fx-series-order-1234871747/

This Time With Alan Partridge – A new (dull) image has been released concerning series 2, along with the info that “The BBC said season two would find Alan “now established as the show’s co-presenter” and would “follow Alan on air and off as he tries to cling on to his position, in the face of behind-the-scenes upheaval and [his] fears that his relevance is dwindling”.” https://www.radiotimes.com/news/tv/comedy/2020-12-22/this-time-with-alan-partridge-season-2-2021/

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