Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 12/02/2021

coming attractions 12022021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Brooklyn Nine-Nine coming to an end, Issa Rae’s Rap Shit, a live action Powerpuff Girls series, Dan Harmon’s new animated series, cast details for Marvel’s Moon and Devil Dinosaur, a bunch of new HBO Max animated shows, Vic and Bob’s The Glove, Search Party getting a fifth season, and much much more.

And Just Like That… – Will be written by the following: “Comedian and author Samantha Irby, “Fresh Off the Boat” writer Rachna Fruchbom and “Reversing Roe” producer Keli Goff have joined veteran “Sex and the City” writers and producers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky”, and apparently will tackle covid-19, annoyingly.

The Best Man: The Final Chapters – Peacock are to make a limited series that serves as a sequel to the films “with Dayne Lynne North and original director Malcolm D. Lee writing and executive producing. That’s not the only connection to the films, either: The Final Chapters will feature the return of—deep breath—Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Harold Perrineau. The press release says The Best Man: Final Chapters will catch up with this cast of characters as “relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.””

Boo, Bitch – Is a new Netflix sitcom starring Lana Condor “that has been given an eight-episode order. In the show, over the course of one night, a high school senior (Condor) who’s lived her life safely under the radar seizes the opportunity to change her narrative and start living an epic life, only to find out the next morning that she’s a ghost.”

Breeders – The second season will air in the US on March 22nd, and presumably in the UK shortly afterwards, and will “return with the exploration of additional familial challenges around their son’s (Alex Eastwood) increasing anxiety, daughter’s (Eve Prenelle) growing independence, and the arrival of their parents (Joanna Bacon, Alun Armstrong and Stella Gonet)”.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Has been cancelled, with its forthcoming ten episode long eighth season to be the last, though this isn’t a shock given the writers and actors speaking a lot about the difficulties of portraying the police in a positive light given their actions over recent years. Variety has more on this story, including creator Dan Goor’s statement about the show ending –

Cake – The fourth season will premiere March 11 at 10 p.m.

Clue – Fox are developing an animated comedy based on the board game, but unless Tim Curry is involved I’ll be actively boycotting it!

Generation – This HBO Max premiers on March 11 and “is described as “a dark yet playful half-hour series following a diverse group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community.” The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Chase Sui Wonders, Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton”.

The Glove – Vic Reeves has suggested that the filming of this long awaited movie should now take place in the Summer: “‘I got a message last week saying we could film in August and September. It’s like the Holy Grail, but set now, and the great prize in Michael Jackson’s training glove – a bit of celebrity memorabilia that someone really wants and pays for us to go and find. But it’s actually a garden glove he uses to train, which has his magical powers in it. We were supposed to be filming it last year and Nicolas Cage was going to be the baddie in it, but who knows what will happen? Paul Rudd has asked if he can be in it – he’d be good.”

The Great – A photo and a bit of info about the second season is here.

Happily – A trailer for this forthcoming dark comedy starring Joel McHale, Kerry Bishé and Stephen Root is here:

HBO Max Animated Comedy – HBO Max have announced that they’ll be making two more seasons of Clone High and JG Quintel’s Close Enough, a Velma From Scooby Doo origin story with Mindy Kaling, Pete Davidson sitcom Fired On Mars which “is described as an existential workplace comedy set on the Martian campus of a modern tech company” and a couple of other shows which are still in the development stage. For lots more info, go here:

Hysterical – Is a new documentary about women in stand-up comedy and will feature “Kelly Bachman, Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Rachel Feinstein, Marina Franklin, Nikki Glaser, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Jessica Kirson, Lisa Lampanelli, Wendy Liebman, Carmen Lynch, Bonnie McFarlane, Sherri Shepherd and Iliza Shlesinger”, and it will air on FX on April 2 at 9 p.m.

Marvel’s Moon and Devil Dinosaur – The cast for this new animated series has been announced: “Actor and singer Diamond White (The Bold and the Beautiful, Disney’s The Lion Guard) will star as Lunella Lafayette, aka Moon Girl. She will be joined by Alfre Woodard (Marvel’s Luke Cage) as Lunella’s grandmother, Mimi; Libe Barer (Sneaky Pete) as Lunella’s best friend and manager, Casey; Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live) as Lunella’s mom, Adria; Jermaine Fowler (Superior Donuts) as Lunella’s dad, James Jr.; Fred Tatasciore (Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) as Devil Dinosaur; and Gary Anthony Williams (Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins) as Lunella’s grandfather, Pops. Series executive producer Laurence Fishburne will voice the recurring role of The Beyonder, who is described as “a curious and mischievous trickster.””

Messy – Miramax TV have teamed up with actress Carly Chaikin to make a dark comedy.”Chaikin not only wrote “Messy,” but will also star in the dark comedy about a mother-daughter duo that organizes houses for a living (the irony is that both of their lives are total messes). Chaikin will play the daughter. In addition, Liz Brizius, the Emmy-nominated co-creator and co-showrunner of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie,” will serve as showrunner as part of the overall deal she inked with Miramax TV last summer. Also attached to produce “Messy” are Julie Bowen and Rachael Field of Bowen & Sons, who both previously worked together on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family”. “Carly Chaikin has written a refreshingly original comedy that very much taps into the zeitgeist. Its boldness and uniquely surreal humor make it a perfect fit for Miramax, and we are thrilled to collaborate with Carly, Liz Brixius and Bowen & Sons on bringing this to the screen,” said Marc Helwig, Miramax head of worldwide television.

Murder, They Hope – More details of the latest comical murder mystery have been revealed, with new cast members including “Lee Mack, Paul Whitehouse, Jason Manford and Miranda star Sarah Hadland…Shobna Gulati from Dinnerladies joins as a series regular as Gemma’s sister-in-law and local police officer, while the ensemble cast also includes Hannah Waddingham from Sex Education, Ghosts star Kiell Smith-Bynoe, Adrian Scarborough from Gavin and Stacey. The Agatha Christie-inspired whodunit follows the success of Murder on the Blackpool Express, Death on the Tyne and Dial M for Middlesbrough, all written by comedian Jason Cook’ and starring Vegas and Gibson as Terry and Gemma. In this series, the characters decide to pack up their coach tour business and start as company as fully-fledged private detectives. However, the cases don’t come rolling in and the duo have to move in with Gemma’s sister Monica, played by Hadland. The first case that hops into their laps comes via a local car boot sale, where a mysterious red eyed rabbit figurine causes a bidding war and attracts the attention of the dreaded Bunnyman. In episode two, the couple try to get the bottom of a poisoned pastry scandal involving two feuding baking families, and in the final instalment of the trilogy they are lured back into the world of coach tours to hunt for a bus-based serial killer. Others appearing over the series include Layton Williams, Nitin Ganatra, Steve Edge, Janine Duvitski, Gemma Wardle, Ken Collard, Abdul Salis, Paul David, James Lance, Niall Ramsome, George Fouracres, Phil Cornwell, Richard David-Caine, Olivia Nakintu and Ethan Lawrence. ”

The Powerpuff Girls – Are being turned in to a live action tv series, and not only that but it will be aged up: “The Powerpuff Girls used to be America’s pint-sized superheroes, now they’re disillusioned twenty-somethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever? Based on the original Cartoon Network animated series and characters created by Craig McCracken.”

Qualityland – HBO Max has decided to not go ahead with this Mike Judge comedy “based on the novel of the same name by Marc Uwe-King…about “the story of humanity’s struggle against the tyranny of convenience. But funny.”, with the channel also not making his other series A5 as well as presumably he must have done something to upset them, but hopefully another network may show an interest in them both.

Rap Shit – Issa Rae is making thiseight-episode series for HBO Max. “The project was first announced as being in development in October 2019. It follows two estranged high school friends from Miami who reunite to form a rap group. Rae is writing the pilot for the series and will executive produce under her Hoorae production banner, with Montrel McKay of Hoorae also executive producing. Syreeta Singleton, who worked with Rae as a writer on “Insecure,” will executive produce and serve as showrunner.”

Search Party – Is getting a fifth season, where they’ll hopefully make up for the poor ending of Season 4. More info (and some spoilers relating to the fourth season) can be found here:

Shrill – The final season debuts on May 7th, and more info about it can be found here:

Stevo – The BBC are making a pilot with Snapchat comic Stevo The Madman, according to the British Comedy Guide: “The enhanced reality project is similar to the online videos that Stevo, AKA Kevin Stephens, has released featuring his actual family and following his supposed day-to-day life, most recently in the Stevo The Dad Man series. The “digital story teller” and former professional footballer for Leyton Orient developed the script with Javone Prince (Maxxx, The Javone Prince Show) and shot a non-transmission pilot for BBC Three in September. Director Leo McCrea (Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing, Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father) has described the filming process as “scripted story beats [on which] we improvised the material. Laying takes on takes and developing gags”. One storyline in the BBC Studios-produced project found Stevo desperately trying to persuade Chris Eubank to come to his daughter’s birthday party, after famous friends such as Big Narstie turned him down.”

Superstore – The season finale will be an hour long according to Variety.

Toast Of Tinseltown – Formerly known as Toast Of America, this BBC sitcom has been given a six episode order: “Broadcast and casting details have yet to be confirmed, but it will be filmed later this year with “a mix of new and returning cast members”. The comedy follows the argumentative and regularly childish antics of deluded actor Steven Toast, now seeking fame and fortune in Hollywood…Berry says: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to not only be working with Arthur and the rest of the Toast family again, but to also be taking the show to the BBC, which I know Toast himself would very much approve.” Arthur Mathews says: “It was a thrill to be writing Toast again after a long gap. Hollywood is a brave new world for Toast. There will be triumphs and tribulations (but mostly tribulations – and indeed humiliations).”

Tooning Out the News – Has been given a second season, though it will be rebranded as “Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News”, and debut on Paramount Plus on March 4th. “We are so excited for season two of ‘Tooning Out the News,’ which will feature even more incisive questions, unrelenting egomania, Freudian projection, shameless brand integration, tasteful nudity, unapologetic slander, and flat out lying,” said Colbert.”

True Lies – A pilot episode based on the nineties Schwarzenegger action comedy is in the works, with Burn Notice’s Matt Nix writing it, and it seems unlikely it will feature any of the original cast.

Untitled Dan Harmon Animated Comedy – Harmon is working on a new sitcom for Fox set in Ancient Greece “It centers on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other. Fox is targeting a 2022 debut for the show. Voice casting is currently underway and will be announced in the coming months. As part of Harmon’s deal with Fox, Fox Entertainment will fully finance and wholly own the series, with Fox’s Bento Box Entertainment providing the animation. It is the first series to move forward under Fox’s broadcast direct model. “Leave it to Dan Harmon to turn the mythos of early Greek civilization into remarkably sharp commentary on today’s politics, celebrity and pop culture,” said Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment. “This project is an incredibly irreverent family comedy as told by one of the town’s most inventive storytellers. We are proud to be partnered with Dan on this series, which strengthens our hold on the animation space and, as we continue to build Fox Entertainment, marks an important first step for us with our first fully-owned scripted property.”

Untitled Jean Smart Comedy – This HBO Max series has added more cast additions – “Variety has learned that the show has cast two series regulars and eight recurring guest star roles. The single-camera comedy series explores a dark mentorship that forms between Deborah Vance (Smart), a legendary Las Vegas comedian, and an entitled, outcast 25-year-old (Hannah Einbinder). Einbinder has been cast as Ava, the young writer that Deborah is forced to hire. In addition, Carl Clemons-Hopkins has been cast in the series regular role of Marcus, Deborah’s trusted longtime COO. The recurring guest stars will be: Kaitlin Olson (“It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia,” “The Mick”), Christopher McDonald (“Thelma & Louise,” “Happy Gilmore”), Paul W. Downs (“Broad City,” “Rough Night”), Mark Indelicato (“Ugly Betty,” “White Bird in a Blizzard”), Poppy Liu (“Better Call Saul,” “Sunnyside”), Johnny Sibilly (“Pose,” “Logo Live”), Meg Stalter (“Tooning Out the News,” “I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson”) and Rose Abdoo (“Gilmore Girls,” “Parenthood”.

Woke – Has a new showrunner, with Anthony King taking over from Season 1 showrunner Jay Dyer. “In his new role, King will work alongside series co-creators Marshall Todd and Keith Knight, with Knight’s life and art serving as the inspiration for the series…“Woke” stars Lamorne Morris as Keef, a Black cartoonist on the verge of mainstream success when an unexpected incident changes everything. With a newfound consciousness, Keef must navigate the new voices and ideas challenging him, all without setting aflame to everything he’s already built. The series combines live-action with animated sequences, with Keef seeing and hearing inanimate objects talking to him as he becomes more aware of racism in his everyday life. Along with Morris, “Woke” also stars T. Murph and Blake Anderson. Sasheer Zamata and Rose McIver guest star.”

The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz – Is getting a new adaptation from Emmy-winning Watchmen director Nicole Kassell.

Yes Day – A trailer for this film starring Jennifer Garner where parents have to say yes to their kids for a whole day is here:

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