Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 19/03/2021

coming attractions 19032021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Jamie Foxx’s return to tv in Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!, the new Adult Swim Birdgirl animated sitcom, Mindy Kaling joining the Monster’s Inc / University spin-off Monsters At Work, the possible return of King Of The Hill, a comedy where Damon Wayans is fighting a bear, Younger’s seventh and final season, casting details for The Wonder Years reboot and Rose Matafeo’s Starstruck, and much much more.

Bigger – The second season will see “Tanisha Long, Angell Conwell, Rasheda Crockett, Chase Anthony and Tristen Winger will return as series regulars while Angela Ko, Bechir Sylvain, Alyssa Brooke and Warren Burke will return as recurring guest stars. The new season also features notable guest stars including Tori Spelling, Jasmine Guy, Christopher “Play” Martin, Eva Marcille, Devale Ellis, Toccara, Karlie Redd, Debbie Morgan, Curtis Washington, Charmin Lee, Alexa Rachelle Jennings and more. Created by showrunner Felischa Marye, “Bigger” follows a close-knit group of 30-somethings as they balance love, friendships and career ambitions. Season 2 will kick off three months after the arrest of Layne (Long) and her friends, testing the group’s relationships.”

Birdgirl – This new Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law spin-off launches on April 4th. “In Birdgirl, 30-something Judy Ken Sebben inherits her father’s company, which would be great if that company weren’t built around the most socially irresponsible 20th Century products and practices that, on a good day, involves clearing redwood forests or operating for-profit children’s hospitals. From the halls of the company headquarters, she assembles the ragtag, non-overtime earning Birdteam. Together, they try to undo all the luridly dangerous decisions of the generation before or contain the havoc of one of their own “world-saving” products gone bad.” More info and a trailer is here:

Black Monday – Returns to Showtime on May 23rd.

Cruella – Another trailer for this 101 Dalmatians spin-off is here:

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! – Jamie Foxx’s sitcom will premiere on Netflix on April 14. “Consisting of eight 30-minute episodes, the series will follow Brian Dixon (Jamie Foxx), a successful business owner and bachelor, who unexpectedly becomes a full-time father to his teenage daughter Sasha (Kyla-Drew). Determined to turn over a new leaf, Brian’s going to need all the help he can get from his dad (David Alan Grier) and sister (Porscha Coleman) to make Sasha feel right at home. “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me!” is inspired by Foxx’s real-life relationship with his daughter, Corinne Foxx, who serves as an executive producer alongside her father.” More info and a trailer are here:

Flatbush Misdemeanours – Kristin Dodson has been cast as a series regular “in the upcoming Kevin Iso and Dan Perlman co-created comedy series for Showtime, “Flatbush Misdemeanors,” Variety has learned exclusively. The premium network made a straight-to-series order of the 10-episode half-hour comedy from the “High Fidelity” and “That’s My Bus!” comedians and writers last October. The show, which hails from both Showtime and Avalon (“Breeders,” “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”), has already begun production in New York City. “Flatbush Misdemeanors,” starring Iso and Perlman, centers on “a raw comedy of city life following Dan and Kevin, who play characters struggling to thrive in their new surroundings in Flatbush, Brooklyn,” looking to “climb out of their heads and connect with others,” per the logline. Dodson will play the recurring role of Zayna, one of Dan’s outspoken high school students.” And it’s also been revealed that the series will debut on May 23rd.

Flatmates – Returns to BBC iPlayer next month. “Core cast members Theo Stevenson, Nethra Tilakumara, Richard Wisker and Grace Hogg-Robinson are returning as Craig, Yasmin, Declan and Mel. But Tallulah Greive has left the show, after the fallout from Lauren’s kiss with Yasmine at the end of the first series, with the character now pursuing a job opportunity in London. Mirroring the show’s opening episode, the search is now on for a new flatmate. Will it be Declan, Mel or new character Zak, Craig’s cousin, played by Theo Graham (Brief Encounters)? Newcomer Elena Gyasi also joins the cast as Declan’s half-sister Tiegan.”

He’s All That – Netflix have picked up this sort of sequel sort of remake of She’s All That – “This version features TikTok star Addison Rae as the cool girl, while Cobra Kai bad boy Tanner Buchanan gets to be the unpopular nerd for once. What’s most promising is that this new film is directed by Mark Waters, the director behind classics like Mean Girls and the Lindsay Lohan Freaky Friday remake. According to Deadline, Rae plays Padget Sawyer, and the movie’s story is told from her point of view. Padget is an influencer (art imitates life) who “accepts a challenge to turn the school’s biggest loser, Cameron Kweller, into prom king.” Buchanan is at teen heartthrob level and it’s difficult to picture him as a “loser” but sure, whatever gets the kids to watch. The movie also includes stars of the original rom-com, Rachael Leigh Cook (playing Padget’s mom ) and Matthew Lillard. Sadly, no Freddie Prinze Jr., but we’re holding out hope for a character who turns hacky sack into a one-man show.”

In My Skin – Is returning for a second series. “Written by creator Kayleigh Llewellyn, the new episodes will again star Gabrielle Creevy as school girl Bethan, with Jo Hartley as her bipolar mother. The producers say: “The five-part unflinching, raw, hilarious and heart-breaking gut punch of a series continues to follow the story of Bethan, the Welsh teenager living a double life as she negotiates mental illness, friendships and sexuality. “The new series finds Bethan as she is embarking on her last year of school, preparing to unleash herself on the big bad world. She navigates the heady highs of falling in love with her dream woman and planning to fly the nest, all while still desperately trying to hide the violent, unsafe reality of her home life. “Bethan is faced with the question of sacrificing her own happiness for the sake of her mother which takes her on a journey that forces her to finally find a way to live in her own skin.”

Kill the Orange-Faced Bear – Damon Wayans Jr is to star in this tbs pilot “About a man bent on revenge after a bear eats his girlfriend. Wayans Jr., whose credits include the much-beloved “Happy Endings” as well as his disappearance and then reappearance on the hit “New Girl,” will be joined by Jessy Hodges (“Indebted”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”) and Nate Torrence (“Hello Ladies”). Wayans Jr., who will also serve as an executive producer, plays Hank, described as a “charming, funny and grieving man who’s hell-bent on tracking down the bear who attacked his girlfriend on a camping trip.” “Kill the Orange-Faced Bear” will be told both from Hank’s point of view, as well as the POV of the bear, “who is just trying to move on from the incident and navigate the other idiot bears in her life.””

King Of The Hill – Rumours are circulating about this much loved show returning producer Brent Forrester spoke about it during a Reddit AMA. “When asked about a revival of Hank Hill’s world…Forrester replied, “I am sure Greg Daniels and Mike Judge will murder me for sharing this but… HELL YES.” He added, “They are in hot negotiations to bring back King of the Hill.” The Office producer cited the prior U.S. president as a driving force behind bringing the series back to television screens, noting, “The Trump administration made it suddenly very relevant again. The characters have all aged 15 years. The project is sooooo good. Okay I’ve said too much :)” Forrester served as a producer on the series from 1997-2004.”

Monsters At Work – Mindy Kaling has joined the cast of this Monster’s Inc / University spin-off. “Kaling will voice the role of Val Little, an enthusiastic member of the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team (MIFT). Additionally, Bonnie Hunt will reprise her role as Ms. Flint, who was formerly in charge of training new scarers at Monsters, Inc., but will now manage the department responsible for recruiting and training the funniest monsters to become jokesters. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Ben Feldman, Jennifer Tilly, John Ratzenberger, Ben Peterson, Henry Winkler, Lucas Neff, Alanna Ubach, Stephen Stanton and Aisha Tyler will also voice characters in the series.”

The Mound – Is a forthcoming animated comedy from the channel OWN and “from Munirah Safiyah Jones, who created the network’s animated short form series “Sincerely, Camille.” Set in Memphis’ Orange Mound neighborhood in the 1980s, the series follows the lives of Duke and Naomi Wiley-King as they balance marriage, family, careers and community issues, like salon gossip, bougie aunties, suspect potato salad and aerobicized colonizers. The neighborhood itself is the first Black neighborhood in American history built by and for Black people.”

Paul Dood’s Deadly Lunch Break – This new comedy horror film “stars Tom Meeten as a charity shop worker who vows revenge when his chances of winning a national talent competition are ruined. He then embarks on a murder spree to slay all five people who have wronged him during his lunch hour. Katherine Parkinson, Kris Marshall, Alice Lowe, Pippa Haywood, Steve Oram, Mandeep Dhillon, June Watson, Jarred Christmas, Johnny Vegas, Steve Brody, Kevin Bishop, Neil Edmond and Lloyd Griffith all have roles.”

Resident Alien – This Syfy comedy with Alan Tudyk as an alien sent to destroy humanity has been given a second season.

Rutherford Falls – Ed Helms is to star in this new sitcom from “Sierra Teller Ornelas, and Michael Schur. This is a reunion for Helms and Schur, who previously worked on The Office together. In Rutherford Falls, Helms plays Nathan Rutherford, a descendant of the town’s founder who gets into a battle with the town’s Indigenous community over moving a statue of his ancestor, which is apparently oddly situated in the middle of the road. The comedy also stars Jana Schmieding as Reagan Wells, Nathan’s best friend who runs the local cultural center and is in need of some real help to keep it going”. More info and a trailer is here.

Starstruck – Rose Matafeo’s forthcoming sitcom has added the following to the cast: “Nikesh Patel (Four Weddings And A Funeral, Hulu miniseries; Man Like Mobeen, BBC Three) as leading man and love interest. While comedian, actor, and writer Emma Sidi (Pls Like, BBC Three; Stath Lets Flats, Channel 4), Sindhu Vee (Live at the Apollo, BBC One; Mock The Week, BBC Two) will take on roles. Special guest star Minnie Driver (Modern Love, Amazon Prime Video; Good Will Hunting) will feature alongside the wider cast including Al Roberts (Stath Lets Flats, Channel 4), Jon Pointing (Plebs, ITV), Joe Barnes (The Now Show, BBC Radio 4), Nic Sampson (Baby Done), Lola Rose Maxwell (Rude Tube, Channel 4), Abraham Popoola (The Great, Channel 4), and Ambreen Razia (This Way Up, Channel 4) Starstruck follows Jessie (Rose Matafeo), a millennial living in East London juggling two dead end jobs and navigating the awkward morning-after-the-night-before when she discovers the complications of accidentally sleeping with famous film star Tom (Nikesh Patel).”

There’s Something About Movies – Will return for a fourth series, and Alan Carr, Jennifer Saunders, Michael Sheen and Tom Allen are all coming back for it.

Untitled Maya Rudolph Comedy – Apple have ordered a series with Rudolph set to star: “The series is about Molly (Rudolph), a woman whose seemingly perfect life is upended after her husband leaves her with nothing but 87 billion dollars. Yang and Hubbard created the series and will serve as executive producers. Rudolph will executive produce in addition to starring under her Animal Pictures banner. Natasha Lyonne and Danielle Renfrew Behrens of Animal Pictures will also executive produce, as will Dave Becky of 3 Arts. Universal Television is the studio. Both Yang and Hubbard are under overall deals at UTV.”

Wellington Paranormal – Will finally air in the UK over here on Sky One.

The Wonder Years – Elisha “EJ” Williams has been cast in the main role of this ABC pilot. “The project will show how a black middle-class family in Montgomery, Alabama in the turbulent late 1960s, made sure it was The Wonder Years for them too.” and more casting info is here:

You & Me – Is a dramedy “from Jamie Davis to be produced by Dominic Treadwell-Collins’ ITV Studios label, Happy Prince. The series is both Davis’ first screenwriting commission, and the first for Treadwell-Collins’ new company. A romantic dramedy with thriller undertones, “You & Me” is told across two different timelines, before and after life-changing events experienced by its three main characters.”

Younger – The seventh and final season is set to begin on April 15th. “The first four episodes will be available to stream at premiere, while the remaining eight episodes will drop weekly on Thursdays. Additionally, the full season will air on TV Land later this year. “Younger” follows Liza Miller (Sutton Foster), a talented editor navigating the highly competitive world of publishing — while juggling the complications of mixing business with pleasure and facing the lie she created about her age to land her dream job. In the final season, Liza’s personal life is on shaky ground as she tries to stay true to herself. After a setback at work, Kelsey (Hillary Duff) doubts her career decisions and discovers a new creative outlet. Meanwhile, Maggie (Debi Mazar) gets canceled. Charles Michael Davis, Nico Tortorella, Molly Bernard, Miriam Shor and Peter Hermann are also set to star.” More info and a trailer is here:

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