Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 12/03/2021

coming attractions 12032021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Stuart Laws new comedy series Grave New World, The Mash Report being axed, HBO Max working on a series called OK Boomer, The CW’s forthcoming nun based dramedy, Iain Sterling’s itv sitcom Buffering, the live action Powerpuff Girls series, Angel Comedy’s online The Best Medicine festival, the Chucky tv series and much more.

The Best Medicine Festival – On 23rd March 2021, the anniversary of the first lockdown, Angel Comedy and Objectively Funny will launch The Best Medicine Festival: A week of events exploring comedy and mental health sponsored by UKTV’s award-winning entertainment channel Dave. This momentous programme of events, exploring the relationship between comedy and mental health, will include online workshops, panels and performances. The past 12 months have seen a skyrocketing mental health crisis. The pandemic has left many people facing grief, anxiety and the impact of isolation on a daily basis. The Best Medicine Festival sets out to celebrate the way in which comedy can destigmatise, normalise and raise awareness of mental health issues, while also offering much needed support for comedy industry professionals. Luke Hales, Dave channel director explained “The team at Dave know that this past year has been tough for many in the industry and we hope that we will soon, once again, be back searching for exciting new talent on the live comedy circuit. In the meantime, we are pleased to be working with The Best Medicine Festival who are offering a programme of events supporting creative professionals and raising awareness of mental health issues in the comedy industry and beyond.” More info can be found here: https://www.angelcomedy.co.uk/the-best-medicine-festival/

The Boys – More info on the possible spin-off series is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-boys-spinoff-amazon-lizze-broadway-1234928426/

Buffering – Itv are making this new flatshare sitcom from Iain Sterling. “The episodes follow twenty-something Iain, a children’s TV presenter in a complicated relationship with TV producer Olivia (played by Elena Saurel). Iain’s housemates Rosie (Jessie Cave), Greg (Paul G Raymond), Ashley (Rosa Robson) and Thalia (Janine Harouni), alongside Ashley’s old flame Robbie (Sean Sagar), together face the daily challenges of millennial living. Producers say: “As a generation who have been brought up to believe you must live the perfect life, these friends will discover it’s ok to fail, over and over again”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6248/iain-stirlings-buffering/

Central Park – A third season has been ordered even before the second airs, and it’s been announced that the show will return on June 25th with three episodes, and then one a week will follow. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/central-park-renewed-season-3-1234927567/

Chucky – Jennifer Tilly, Zackary Arthur, Teo Briones, Alvia Alyn, Björgvin Arnarson and Devon Sawa have been added to the cast of this continuation of the Chucky film series. “The television adaptation focuses on the events following a vintage Chucky doll’s appearance at a suburban yard sale in an idyllic American town. As a series of horrifying murders begin to expose hypocrisies and secrets, the town is thrown into chaos. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies and allies from Chucky’s past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll’s untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/syfy-chucky-series-jennifer-tilly-devon-sawa-1234922984/

Comic Relief – More “highlights” of the forthcoming telethon are here: https://www.bbc.com/mediacentre/2021/mediapacks/comic-relief-2021-night-of-tv

Dinosaur – Ashely Storrie is to star in a BBC Three comedy drama about an autistic woman. “Made by the producers of Fleabag, a pilot of Dinosaur was shot in Glasgow last month, with the stand-up, who has autism, making her television acting debut as Nina, a twenty-something woman who has yet to be diagnosed but is struggling to negotiate the world around her. Vicki Pepperdine co-stars in the comedy, which is directed by Jonathan Schey (Ladhood) for Two Brothers Pictures, producers of Back To Life and both series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s internationally acclaimed sitcom for the channel. BCG understands that writer Matilda Curtis has penned scripts for an entire series.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6242/dinosaur-ashley-storrie/

Enjoy Your Meal – Is a new HBO show inspired by a “major implosion at the Conde Nast-owned food site Bon Appétit—spurred on by a photo of editor Adam Rapoport in blackface, which sparked a wider conversation about diversity (or lack thereof) at the company that led to a number of high-profile editors and staffers departing—caught the internet’s attention, blowing apart the image of collegiate cookery fostered by the brand’s Test Kitchen series of videos”, and it will be “focused on satirizing the hypocrisy of the food media world, and featuring contributions/consultations from Ryan Walker-Hartshorn, Rapoport’s former assistant, and the only Black woman on the company’s staff at the time this all went down. Walker-Hartshorn was one of several voices that spoke up about issues at the company after the photos of Rapoport surfaced, highlighting a workplace in which people of color were frequently discriminated against, and where Rapoport fostered cultural inequalities from the EIC’s office on down. All of which will, presumably, get a slightly less institutionally depressing spin with the show, which is being written and executive produced by Insecure’s Amy Aniobi.” https://tv.avclub.com/hbo-max-to-mine-some-comedy-out-of-the-bon-appetit-test-1846461350

Family Reunion – This Netflix comedy returns on April 5th. “The series follows the McKellans as they settle into their new lives in the South, hilarious antics and family bonding inevitable as they learn to live together under M’Dear’s (Devine) roof. Anika Noni Rose, Bruce Bruce, Kenya Moore, Brandi Glanville, Candiace Dillard Bassett, Kelly Perine, Mark Curry, Tahj Mowry, Bella Podaras, Willie Gault and Ariel Martin are set to guest star in this new batch of episodes”. More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/family-reunion-part-3-netflix-premiere-date-trailer-tv-roundup-1234925102/

Grave New World – is a brand new comedy show about life after lockdown, written and presented by Stuart Laws with hilarious performances from an extraordinary cast of comedians including James Acaster, Harriet Kemsley, Bobby Mair and Evelyn Mok. The series will be available from 31st March 2021 in four episodes of 12-17 minutes. The world is different since a virus struck and lockdowns were enforced. Now, a year on from the first lockdown, we will step into a new reality, a new normal, a Grave New World. Grave New World looks and feels like a current affairs show, Panorama meets The One Show, presenting an alternative view of how the world has dramatically changed. Theme parks, taxis, fitness, planes and fizzy drinks all play by different rules now, but maybe not quite the ones we expect. Did you know ride shares have a Pando-Party option? Or that we’ll all have to abide by new risk units, spending them on a special card? Or that one airline has taken to driving planes on the road? The unique world created by Stuart Laws offers up a fresh perspective, stylised writing and high gag rate with an overarching plot which slowly leads Stuart down a rabbit hole of new experiences and mysterious happenings. The writing is perfectly complemented by incredible performances from Stuart Laws, James Acaster, Harriet Kemsley, Bobby Mair, Sadia Azmat, Evelyn Mok, Annie McGrath, Sunil Patel, Rose Johnson, Heidi Regan, Holly Burn, Jessica Fostekew, Lucy Pearman, Alex Kealy and Dan Cook as reporters, experts, conspiracy theorists and pilots. https://vimeo.com/ondemand/gravenewworld

The Great Emu War – John Cleese has written a film with Rob Schneider, which is the latest sign that the once great funnyman has truly lost it now. “It is based on an 1932 attempt by the Royal Australian Artillery  to use machine guns to cull the birds that were destroying crops in Western Australia – but only about 50 were ever killed. Cleese told The One Show last night: ‘We just finished the script. It really happened, they tried to kill them and they couldn’t… It’s a very funny idea, so that’s why I’m here.’ Schneider has been developing the idea with Australian stand-up Monty Franklin for years. The pair first announced that they had finished a scrip together in a 2018 Instagram post, promising that filming was stating soon.”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/03/06/47960/dont_mention_the_%28emu%29_war%21

Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father – Has been given a fifth series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6252/travels-with-my-father-5/

Kim’s Convenience – Was renewed for a sixth season, but now they’ve changed the mind and its fifth will be the final one. https://tv.avclub.com/kims-convenience-is-closing-shop-earlier-than-expected-1846434073

Loudermilk – Has found a new home on Amazon Prime. “Loudermilk centers on Sam Loudermilk (Livingston), a former music critic, recovering alcoholic and now a substance abuse counselor with an extremely bad attitude about, well, everything. He is unapologetically uncensored and manages to piss off everyone in his life. Season 3 will pick up after the events of Season 2, wherein Loudermilk relapses in New Orleans, has a falling out with his best friend and sponsor and heads back to Seattle to try to piece his world back together. With his “Sober Friends” meeting hijacked, a messy new relationship, and a stumbling start back into writing, Loudermilk is forced to do a little soul searching. While he still has the ability to help those around him, Loudermilk just may find that the person who needs the most work is himself.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/loudermilk-season-3-amazon-prime-1234927504/

The Mash Report – Has been axed by the BBC, with many a right wing twat celebrating this. The BBC’s excuse was “We are very proud of The Mash Report but in order to make room for new comedy shows we sometimes have to make difficult decisions, and it won’t be returning. We would like to thank all those involved in four brilliant series and hope to work with Nish Kumar, Rachel Parris and the team in the future.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/03/12/47993/mash_report_axed

OK Boomer – Patti LuPone and Erinn Hayes are to star in this HBO Max pilot. “In the show, a self-centered boomer (LuPone) shows up at her estranged daughter’s (Hayes) house hoping to live off the family’s money, but forms an unexpected bond with her progressive granddaughter who’s quick to challenge her on their differing views, of which there are plenty. LuPone’s character, Barbara, is described as a comically outrageous, wildly impulsive, sarcastically witty individual and mother. Hayes’ character, Sarah, is a hard-working woman. A former Public Defender who’s recently become a judge, Sarah is thrown off her game when her estranged mother Barbara shows up unexpectedly. Todd Linden created the show and serves as co-executive producer. Vanessa McCarthy will serve as showrunner and executive producer.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/patti-lupone-erinn-hayes-hbo-max-comedy-pilot-ok-boomer-1234928525/

The Powerpuff Girls – More details have been revealed about the live action version. “Based on the Cartoon Network series created by Craig McCracken, the new series sees the pint-sized superheroes as disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting. Will they agree to reunite now that the world needs them more than ever? Chloe Bennet has been cast as Blossom, Dove Cameron has been cast as Bubbles, and Yana Perrault has been cast as Buttercup. Blossom — though she was a spunky, conscientious, Little-Miss-Perfect child who holds several advanced degrees — has repressed kiddie-superhero trauma has left her feeling anxious and reclusive, and she aims to become a leader again, this time on her own terms…Bubbles’ sweet-girl disposition won America’s hearts as a child. She still sparkles as an adult, but her charming exterior belies an unexpected toughness and wit. She’s initially more interested in recapturing her fame than saving the world, but she just might surprise us and herself…Buttercup was the rebellious badass of The Powerpuff Girls in its heyday. More sensitive than her tough exterior suggests, Buttercup has spent her adulthood trying to shed her Powerpuff Girl identity and live an anonymous life.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/powerpuff-girls-show-chloe-bennet-blossom-dove-cameron-bubbles-yana-perrault-buttercup-1234923091/

Russian Doll – Schitt’s Creek star Annie Murphy is to star in the second season, but “The details of Murphy’s character are being kept under wraps” right now. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/schitts-creek-annie-murphy-russian-doll-season-2-1234925630/

Soho Socials – The Soho Theatre is screening Soho Theatre On Demand shows for an online audience every Monday at 8pm followed by a live Q&A with the performer or a member of the artistic team, presenting comedy shows from Dane Baptiste (Mon 15 Mar), Panti Bliss (Mon 29 Mar), and Mae Martin (Mon 19 Apr), as well as theatre films like New Perspective’s The Boss of It All (Mon 22 Mar), Patrick Sandford’s Groomed (Mon 12 Apr) and Typical (Mon 26 Apr). The newest batch of our Comedy Masterclasses include some fantastic people like Josie Long (Thu 18 Mar), Max & Ivan (Thu 25 Mar), Felicity Ward (Thu 1 Apr) and Nick Helm (Thu 8 Apr), but also Doctor Brown (Thu 15 Apr), Sindhu Vee (Thu 22 Apr), and Sophie Duker (Thu 29 Apr). Coming up in April will be the exciting Open Mic (Thu 1 – Sat 3 Apr), an interactive online show by Rob Drummond, live from our Cabaret Space, to watch in the comfort of your own home, where willing participants will share their stories and secrets. https://sohotheatre.com/

Superstore – Details about the finale are here: https://tv.avclub.com/america-ferrera-is-heading-back-to-superstore-for-the-s-1846449392

Taskmaster NZ – Will be returning for a second series with Jeremy Wells and Paul Williams, but the contestants have yet to be announced. https://twitter.com/NZonAir/status/1367645092152971265?s=20

Untitled Nun Dramedy – The CW is working on a pilot for a nun based dramedy. “The project centers on two millennial nuns: one a true believer and the other a new arrival who hasn’t taken her final vows. The two strangers become sisters on a spiritual – and spirited – journey to understand their own faith and their place in the Catholic Church. Claire Rothrock and Ryann Weir are writing the pilot and executive producing alongside Jennie Snyder Urman and Joanna Klein…”Claire and Ryann have crafted a playful, powerful and impassioned journey for two young women fighting to make the world better,” Blake said. “I grew up halfa-Catholic, and I love the script’s subversive comedy along with its sincere investigation of what it means to live a spiritual life in the modern world. I’ve long admired Jennie and Joanna’s amazing work and I’m excited to embark on this collaboration with them.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/tessa-blake-cw-nun-dramedy-pilot-1234925001/ And casting details are here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/caitlin-kinnunen-bella-ortiz-cw-nun-dramedy-pilot-1234926584/

Would I Lie To You? – The CW Channel is to make it’s own version of the popular British panel show. https://tv.avclub.com/the-cw-orders-american-versions-of-british-tv-shows-wou-1846434773

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