Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 19/02/2021

coming attractions 19022020Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the first two episodes of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K, Jamie Foxx’s Netflix sitcom Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, Helena Bonham Carter and David Mitchell joining the cast of Greg Davies’ The Cleaner, cast details for the animated Gremlins prequel series, Tim Burton working on a show about Wednesday from The Addams Family, the first trailer for Kevin Can Fuck Himself, and much more. 

Bob Hearts Abishola – Has been given a third season, while fellow Monday night CBS sitcom The Neighborhood has been renewed too. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-neighborhood-bob-hearts-abishola-renewed-cbs-1234909458/

Bucktown – ABC are making this series from Emily Wilson, co-executive producer of The Conners -“Bucktown centers on a protagonist named Amy, who, after being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, finds refuge at her mom’s house in the blue-collar neighborhood she grew up in (presumably, Bucktown). Amy reconnects with her teenage niece living there due to her sister’s latest rehab stint and resolves to stay when she realizes that her mom and niece aren’t entirely equipped to go it alone.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/abc-lucy-liu-kelly-ripa-comedy-1234907315/

Bust Down – Another Peacock sitcom in the works, “It stars Chris Redd, Sam Jay, Langston Kerman and Jak Knight as four casino employees in a dead-end job in middle America as they attempt to find self-worth in their bad ideas. Peacock has ordered six episodes. Lorne Michaels executive produces along with Andrew Singer and Hilary Marx.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/real-housewives-of-miami-peacock-bust-down-craig-robinson-1234909427/

Celebability – Has been given a fifth series despite being shit. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6217/celebability-series-5/

The Cleaner – Helena Bonham Carter, David Mitchell and Stephanie Cole have all joined the cast of this remake of the German comedy – “Filming has started on the six-part series about Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, a cleaner responsible for the removal of any signs of death from crime scenes. Other actors announced in the cast today include Donald Sumpter, Shobu Kapoor, Ruth Madeley, Layton Williams, Zita Sattar, Georgie Glen, Bill Skinner and Esmonde Cole. Davies, who wrote the comedy as well as starring in it, said: ‘I’m thrilled that this remarkable collection of actors has agreed to appear next to me on screen. Scrubbing up blood in a hazmat suit in front of them will be a pleasure.’” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/02/18/47863/david_mitchell_and_helena_bonham_carter_join_the_cleaner

Cruella – The trailer for this Emma Stone movie which tells the origin tale of Cruella de Vil looks to be quite fun, surprisingly – https://film.avclub.com/cruella-de-vil-gets-her-revenge-against-the-baroness-in-1846286432

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! – Is a new Netflix sitcom from Janie Foxx that he stars in with his own daughter and which debuts on April 14th, with Entertainment Weekly reporting: “The result is a “throwback vibe” filled with “old-school laughter,” according to Grier, while the younger Foxx promises a father-daughter relationship that all families can relate to and appreciate. “When you’re in the moment as a teenager and going through this stuff, it’s not funny, and you’re actually upset,” she says. “But it’s so fulfilling to see how these stories have grown into something that my dad and I can cherish and love. This is our story, and it’s just like, ‘Wow, at least we went through all that for something!'”. More info and some pictures can be found here: https://ew.com/tv/dad-stop-embarrassing-me-jamie-foxx-first-look/

Festival Of Funny – The BBC are to broadcast a selection of stand up specials as part as a televised comedy festival, including Rose Matafeo’s Horndog, Fern Brady: Power and Chaos, Dylan Moran: Off the Hook, Eddie Izzard: Force Majeure,John Cleese Live at the Acropolis, Stephen Merchant: Hello Ladies, Bill Bailey Limboland and Victoria Wood: Victoria at the Albert. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/02/15/47842/bbc_to_air_stand-up_specials

Gremlins: Secrets Of The Mogwai – The cast have been announced for this animated prequel series, which has already been renewed for a second season before the first airs. “Ming-Na Wen (Agents of SHIELD, The Mandalorian) and B.D. Wong (Jurassic World, Mr. Robot) will voice the mother and father of 10-year-old Sam Wing (Izaac Wang), who ends up being the elderly store owner who has Gizmo at the beginning (and end) of Gremlins…Meanwhile, Matthew Rhys—of The Americans and Perry Mason fame, among others—will voice the cartoon’s main antagonist. From Variety: Rhys voices nemesis Riley Greene, a power-hungry English industrialist and treasure hunter who wields black magic that is determined to stop at nothing in his pursuit of Gizmo and the mythical treasure of the Mogwai…Set in 1920s Shanghai, the series will tell the story of how 10-year-old Sam Wing (future shop owner Mr. Wing in the 1984 movie) met the young Mogwai called Gizmo. Along with a teenage street thief named Elle, Sam and Gizmo take a perilous journey through the Chinese countryside, encountering, and sometimes battling, colorful monsters and spirits from Chinese folklore. On their quest to return Gizmo to his family and uncover a legendary treasure, they are pursued by a power-hungry industrialist and his growing army of evil Gremlins.” https://io9.gizmodo.com/hbo-maxs-gremlins-secrets-of-the-mogwai-reveals-its-wi-1846283075

Harlem – Whoopi Goldberg and Jasmine Guy have been given recurring roles in this series from Tracy Oliver, Amy Poehler, Dave Becky, Kim Lessing, Pharrell Williams and Mimi Valdés. “Harlem is a single-cam comedy following the lives of four women from their college days at NYU and beyond as they navigate relationships, sex and career ambitions. Goldberg will portray Dr. Elise Pruitt, a brilliant, intense department head at Columbia University. Guy will play Patricia, Quinn’s wealthy mother who wants her daughter to let go of her dream to become a designer and settle down.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/whoopi-goldberg-jasmine-guy-tracy-oliver-harlem-1234909766/

Harriet Elementary – Quinta Brunson and Harley Quinn co-creators Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker are making this school based sitcom for ABC. “Per Deadline, the network has committed to a pilot from the perpetually busy comedian titled Harriet Elementary. Brunson, who created the workplace comedy, will executive produce and star in the story of a group of enthusiastic teachers tasked with working in one of the worst public schools in the country. Halpern and Schumacker will executive producer under their Delicious Non-Sequitur Productions banner. The pilot should go into production within the coming months.” https://tv.avclub.com/abc-enrolls-harriet-elementary-pilot-from-quinta-brunso-1846292858

Kevin Can Fuck Himself – A trailer for this dark dramedy is now online, with Variety reporting “The series breaks television conventions by probing the secret life of the sitcom housewife archetype and asking what the world would look like through her eyes when she snaps and takes the lead in her own life. Alternating between single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy, the formats will inform one another as we see Annie Murphy’s character (Allison) realize that what she really wants is to stop playing perfect and to start killing her husband.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/schitts-creek-annie-murphy-amc-kevin-can-himself-1234910679/

M.O.D.O.K. – The first two episode synopsis have been revealed for this forthcoming Marvel animated comedy. In the first episode “Supervillain M.O.D.O.K. runs his evil organization AIM into the ground and is forced to sell it to the tech company GRUMBL. As the megalomaniacal M.O.D.O.K. struggles to regain control of AIM he risks losing something even more important… his family!”, which will be written by Jordan Blum & Patton Oswalt, while the second episode is called “The M.O.D.O.K. That Time Forgot – In an effort win back his wife Jodie, M.O.D.O.K. takes her traveling through time to a Third Eye Blind concert they missed years ago. There they are attacked by a college-aged M.O.D.O.K. who steals their time machine and strands them in past” and that’s written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld. https://io9.gizmodo.com/updates-from-transformers-godzilla-vs-kong-and-more-1846270385

Mom – Unsurprisingly given Anna Faris’s departure this current season of Mom is to be the last, with the finale airing on May 6th. https://news.avclub.com/moms-current-season-will-be-its-last-1846294013

The Moodys – The second season will premiere on April 1 at 9 pm “with two back-to-back episodes. Starring and executive-produced by Denis Leary and Elizabeth Perkins, the series follows a tight-knit, but slightly dysfunctional, family through their misadventures”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/godfather-of-harlem-premiere-date-trailer-revealed-1234910561/

Mr and Mrs Smith – Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are to star in a tv series based on the hit 2005 film. “Glover and Waller-Bridge will star in and executive produce the series…Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke also posted the news of the new show to her Twitter account on Friday. “Talk about the dream team! Donald and Phoebe are two of the most talented creators and performers in the world. It’s truly a dream for us, as it will be for our global audience, to have these two forces of nature collaborating as a powerhouse creative team,” Salke said in a statement. “’Mr. and Mrs. Smith’ is an iconic property, and we can’t wait to see how Donald, Phoebe and Francesca make it their own. We’re thrilled to be working with them, and with such great partners at New Regency.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/donald-glover-phoebe-waller-bridge-mr-mrs-smith-1234907452/

Prince Wawa – Deadline reports Fox are developing an animated series from comedians Tim Baltz and Lily Sullivan. “The animated half-hour comedy centers around “a naive merman prince, voiced by Baltz, who juggles life between the ocean, the only home he’s ever known, and his new life on land with his human mother in the breathtaking metropolis of Tampa, Florida.” https://io9.gizmodo.com/dcs-black-adam-may-have-found-its-villain-1846270397

Truth Seekers – Will sadly not be returning as Amazon have cancelled this Nick Frost / Samson Kayo / Simon Pegg comedy. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6209/truth-seekers-will-not-return/

Untitled Alan Carr Sitcom – Alan Carr is working on a sitcom about his childhood. “He is developing the series with Steve Coogan’s company Baby Cow Productions – which has just put out a casting call to find a child actor to play the young comedian. Carr previously told of his childhood in his 2009 memoir Look Who It Is?, which described how his early camp demeanour and lack of sporting prowess stood out in conservative Northampton, where his dad was the much-loved manager of the local football team. In a video call-out for young actors to play him as a youth, Carr said: ‘We’re looking for a young boy, 10 to 13, someone who has my energy, my charisma. Someone who’s got my kind of spirit.‘Put your fake comedy teeth and glasses away, we don’t want a caricature here, This is about a young boy on the cusp of puberty starting his journey in this very masculine world of lower league football.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/02/16/47851/alan_carr_works_on_an_autobiographical_sitcom

Untitled Craig Robinson Sitcom – Formerly known as “Killing It” but currently without a title, this has been given a ten episode order by Peacock “The show is said to be about class, capitalism and one man’s quest to achieve the American dream. And also about hunting really big snakes. The project reunites Robinson with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” co-creator Dan Goor and executive producer Luke Del Tredici. Robinson recurs on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Jake’s friend and nemesis, Doug Judy, a.k.a. the Pontiac Bandit. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/real-housewives-of-miami-peacock-bust-down-craig-robinson-1234909427/

Untitled Wednesday Addams Series – Tim Burton is working on this show which we presume will have comic elements, though right now it’s being described as a Young Adult show about “the titular character’s time at Nevermore Academy. Like any student in most supernatural YA drama nowadays (see: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Legacies, Nancy Drew), Wednesday will navigate tangled relationships, master her psychic abilities, and thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town while solving the mystery involving her parents from 25 years ago”. https://tv.avclub.com/netflix-and-tim-burton-to-scare-up-a-live-action-wednes-1846290826

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