Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 29/01/2021

coming attractions 29012021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Good Trouble’s third season, the upcoming Young Rock series, French and Saunders exploring if women are funny in a one off special, a new Sky comedy about paramedics starring Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo, cast additions for Inside No.9’s sixth series, why Richard Lewis won’t be in the next season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Demi Lovato making a network sitcom, and much more.

Amicable – Eliot Salt is making a pilot for BBC3 with her double act partner Jude Mack. “The duo write and star in Amicable, which has developed out of their 2016 Edinburgh Fringe plays Predrinks and Afterparty, in which the pair played on-off-on again lovers in a friendship group of twentysomethings. Made by Mack’s management company Avalon (Catastrophe, Man Down), pre-production began last year on Amicable and filming starts soon. Further cast and plot details have yet to emerge.”

Are Women Funny? – Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to host a show which addresses the question: ‘Are women funny?’. “Filmed on the set of their sketch show, French and Saunders: Funny Women will run for two hours on the Gold channel later this year. Over the course of the show, the pair discussing female comics from early trailblazers to today’s stars. In a statement, they said: ‘Are women funny…? This is the thorny age-old question we have been chewing over since both of us were two years old and to date we still have no definitive answer. ‘So in this programme we explore 50,000 or so irrefutable examples to see if we can draw any blatantly predetermined conclusions…”

Ballywalter – Is a new Irish film comedy which will star Patrick Kielty, who “will play a budding comedian whose marriage has recently broken up. According to a synopsis reported by Screen Daily, his character is picked up by a woman who has dropped out of university and is now making a living as an unlicensed minicab driver. She’s played by Seána Kerslake from the Irish TV comedy Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope. The movie, which has just finished filming in Belfast is the first from director Prasanna Puwanarajah, who played Ashley in BBC Two’s legal comedy Defending The Guilty. It was written by Stacey Gregg, who has penned several stage plays.”

Blind Love On First Date Island – E4 is making a pilot based on real first dates according to the British Comedy Guide. “The online show will feature a comic voiceover from an as-yet unannounced performer, offering a nod to popular matchmaking television such as First Dates, Love Island, and Blind Date. Using audio of telephone first dates between two people who have never met, each episode, set on a surreal island where anything is possible, will feature the date being comically reimagined by different up-and-coming artists. “It’s a comedy dating show but it’s definitely not a parody – it’s a real, heartfelt dating show, with real dates, a loving parallel to that genre” producer Alex Cartlidge told BCG. “Instead of focusing on the glossy exteriors of places and people, we’re concentrating on the chaotic inner thoughts and feelings that occur during a date. And the animated characters’ designs will change and evolve throughout to express this.”

Bloods – This Sky comedy starring Jane Horrocks and Samson Kayo as two paramedics debuts on March 10th. “A teaser about the series shares: “When tough-acting loner Maleek is paired with over-friendly divorcee Wendy, their partnership looks dead on arrival. But pretty soon they’re giving each other life support. With heart-warming characters, set within the fast-paced, never-ending rush of 999 call outs, Bloods charts Maleek and Wendy’s struggle to gain the respect of their fellow paramedics.”. More info and a trailer are here:

Brassic – The first trailer for the third series of this comedy drama loosely based on Joseph Gilgun’s life can be found here:

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Richard Lewis won’t be in the next season as he’s recovering from surgery, but hopes to make a return if there is a twelfth season.

Good Trouble – The third season will debut on February 17th, and according to Variety “Season 3 picks up as Callie (Maia Mitchell) moves back into the Coterie, Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) becomes conflicted between Raj (Dhruv Uday Singh) and Evan (T.J. Lenard), Malika (Zuri Adele) prepares for her hearing after breaking her restraining order, Davia (Emma Hunton) and Dennis (Josh Pence) explore the future of their relationship, Gael (Tommy Martinez) looks to get back to his true passion, Alice (Sherry Cola) takes her comedy to the next level and Jamie (Beau Mirchoff) wonders if he can ever forgive Callie for betraying him.” More info and a trailer is here:

Head Of The Class – Katie Beth Hall is the latest addition to the cast of this reboot. “She joins previously announced series lead Isabella Gomez as well as cast members Jorge Diaz, Dior Goodjohn, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Brandon Severs, and Christa Miller. The rebooted series revolves around a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher Alicia Adams (Gomez), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life. Hall will star as Sarah Watson. She is on the swim team with Terrell (Severs) and is a type A personality that’s driven to create her own destiny.”

Home Economics – This ABC sitcom starring Topher Grace will debut on the 7th of April, and “will examine the heartwarming yet fraught relations between three adult siblings: one in the 1%, one middle-class and one barely making ends meet.”

Hungry – Demi Lovato is to star in a single-camera pilot for NBC – “It follows friends who belong to a food issues group as they help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better.”

Inside No. 9 – Has wrapped filming on it’s sixth series, and the cast will include “Sian Clifford (Fleabag, Quiz), Adrian Dunbar (Line Of Duty), Paterson Joseph (Peep Show, Noughts + Crosses), Lindsay Duncan (A Discovery Of Witches, Black Mirror), Kevin Bishop (Porridge), Nick Mohammed (Intelligence), Bhavna Limbachia (Coronation Street, Citizen Khan), Sarah Parish (W1A, Atlantis) and Gemma Whelan (The End of the F***ing World, Game Of Thrones, Upstart Crow), with more names set to be confirmed in due course. Sir Derek Jacobi becomes the first actor to return to Inside No. 9, after providing the voice of Dennis Fulcher in the critically acclaimed series three episode, The Devil Of Christmas. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton say: “We started filming in March last year but had to hit pause due to the pandemic. After a nine-month gestation it’s a relief to finally deliver our sixth series to the world. As proud parents we couldn’t possibly choose a favourite, but like any youngest sibling this series is cheeky, funny – and can get away with murder.””

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers – The 10 episode Disney+ series will premiere on March 26th. “In this 10-episode new series, the beloved Mighty Ducks team from the 1990s film franchise have evolved beyond scrappy underdog status to become an ultra-competitive powerhouse team — a team that cuts 12-year-old Evan Morrow (Brady Noon), leading to the creation of a new team for which to root. “I want you to think about all of the other kids who have been told that they’re too small or too slow, they just want to get out there and play. Let’s start our own team. All we need is an ice rink,” Lauren Graham, who plays Evan’s mom Alex, says in a teaser for the show, which you can watch above. With a little help from Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) and his Ice Palace, Evan and Alex set out to challenge the “win at all costs” culture of today’s youth sports and “rediscover the joy of playing just for love of the game.” This new chapter in “The Mighty Ducks” story comes almost three decades after the first and is set in present-day Minnesota. In addition to Estevez, Graham and Noon, the show stars Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham and DJ Watts.”

Safe Space – Sky have picked up this comedy drama from Greg Davies after a successful pilot was shot last year. “The comedian stars as demotivated psychotherapist Michael Leer in the eight-part Sky One comedy drama. Raquel Cassidy (Uncle) is his wife Lucy and Adam James (Johnny English Strikes Again) plays embattled MP Owen Carter. Producers explain: “Living in a small English market town, Michael seems a likable eccentric and one of life’s listeners – a safe pair of hands. His career is going nowhere fast though until he meets Carter, his rising star local MP, whereupon a dark web of revelations lead to a serious breach of client confidentially. Unbeknownst to them, Michael’s clients are sharing their innermost secrets and fears with a fantasist who will no longer sit in the shadows. The advice Michael Leer dispenses is that which suits his own desperate need to control them. For Michael’s clients their ‘safe space’ is no longer safe at all.” Davies co-writes the series with Stephen Morrison, with whom he previously collaborated on Channel 4 sitcom Man Down.”

Shrill – The show’s already shot third season will sadly be its last.

State Of The Union – This SundanceTv comedy has been given a second season, but will feature an all new cast. “The second season of the short form series will star Brendan Gleeson, Patricia Clarkson, and Esco Jouléy. In the season, liberal campaigning Ellen (Clarkson) drags her traditional, self-made husband Scott (Gleeson) out of his comfort zone and into a hipster Connecticut coffee shop, where they have ten minutes before their marriage counseling session to drink a coffee, gather their thoughts and argue about everything from Quakerism to pronouns. Amongst the bickering they also discuss betrayals from their past, how they’re changing as people, and what the future of their relationship might look like in a changing world.”

Success Without A Sextape – Comedian and writer Eleanor Tiernan (Stand Up For Live Comedy, The Alternative Comedy Experience) is set to debate the merits of releasing a sextape in her first 30 min comedy special, Success Without A Sextape, airing on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday 21st February at 7.15pm. “So you still haven’t made your most intimate sexual acts available on pay per view? What?! Not even willing to tweet as much as a naked pic? How old school! In our click-bait, “no such thing as bad publicity” world, Eleanor asks if one can still get ahead without giving it. Success Without A Sextape is a guide for people who give less than 100%. The special forms part of a rollout of comedy specials from BBC Radio 4 and adds to broadcast credits including Stand Up For Live Comedy (BBC3), The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), The Blame Game (BBC Northern Ireland), Sunday Morning Live (BBC One), Bridget and Eamon and The Panel (both RTÉ) and The Elephant In The Room with Sarah Millican, News Quiz and Where’s the F In News? (all BBC Radio 4). A successful comedy writer, Eleanor has also written for television such as for ITV2’s comedy game show CelebAbility and has written as well as performed on the hit political satire show Irish Pictorial Weekly (RTÉ) for multiple series.”

Ultra Violent And Blue – The Disney Channel are to make this live-action superhero comedy series “which stars legendary luchador and professional wrestler Blue Demon Jr. playing a version of himself and popular Disney Channel star Scarlett Estevez as Ultra Violet. The series will introduce a predominately Latinx main cast and producing team, showcasing the story of a relatable Mexican American family with a very special legacy. Marianna Burelli, Juan Alfonso, Brandon Rossel, Zelia Ankrum and Bryan Blanco also star.”

United States of Al – Another Chuck Lorre sitcom, though co-created by David Goetsch and Maria Ferrari, this will debut April 1. “Parker Young and Adhir Kalyan star as a Marine veteran struggling to readjust to civilian life and the interpreter who served with his unit and has arrived in the country to start a new life, respectively. Elizabeth Alderfer, Dean Norris, Kelli Goss and Farrah Mackenzie also star.”

Young Rock – More information about the Dwayne Johnson based sitcom has been released in this interview with Variety. “At the beginning of “Young Rock,” NBC’s new autobiographical sitcom about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, it is the year 2032 and the former professional athlete-turned-actor is planning a presidential run. Through an interview with Randall Park, that is a jumping off point for his character to open up his past to the public, to showcase why he is not as out of touch with common citizens’ concerns as his wealth and fame may imply. “We’re going to be following candidate Johnson on his 2032 presidential campaign for the course of Season 1, so we’re going to be at different press events from him and Randall is going to ry to get some insight into who Dwayne the man is,” showrunner Nahnatchka Khan said during a virtual panel for the show on Tuesday. “Following him on the campaign tour is what is going to carry us through that 2032 timeline.”” Young Rock” premieres Feb. 16th at 8 p.m. on NBC, and further details can be found here.

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