Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 26/03/2021

coming attractions 26032021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Amazon’s latest sitcom Frank of Ireland, Steven Yeun and Ali Wong making a comedy drama for Netflix, the next season of A Black Lady Sketch Show, a new animated series from Rick And Morty’s Justin Roiland, a comedy about an all female Muslim punk band, Michal Schur and Ed Helms new sitcom, and much much more.

Beef – Steven Yeun and Ali Wong are to star in a comedy drama for Netflix. “The show follows two people who let a road rage incident burrow into their minds and slowly consume their every thought and action. “Beef” will be comprised of 10 half-hour episodes. Lee Sung Jin (“Dave,” “Tuca & Bertie”) serves as creator, showrunner and executive producer. Yeun, via his company Universal Remote, and Wong produce the series along with A24, the indie company that just produced Yeun’s Oscar-nominated film “Minari.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/steven-yeun-ali-wong-netflix-comedy-drama-beef-1234932137/

Birdgirl – Another trailer for the show which debuts on April 4th is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk6kuOvJhxc

Black Don’t Crack – Sherri Shepherd is to star and produce this ABC pilot. “Shepherd will play Angela Wright, a native New Yorker who is somewhere between 45 and death. She’s a single mom who’s put aside her musical dreams to raise her son after her husband dies. She’s been holding it down alone for years, taking care of her family instead of herself. When she is confronted with a personal crisis, she reunites with her sorority sisters to recapture the passion, ambition and sisterhood of their college glory days. The multi-cam project hails from writer and producer Regina Hicks.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sherri-shepherd-black-dont-crack-1234936604/ And more casting details can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/tisha-campbell-essence-atkins-tahj-mowry-abc-pilot-black-dont-crack-1234938299/

A Black Lady Sketch – Returns on April 23rd for six episodes. “Returning cast members include Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black and Gabrielle Dennis, who will be joined by featured players Laci Mosley and Skye Townsend. Additionally, many guest stars will appear throughout the season, including executive producer Issa Rae, Gabrielle Union, Jesse Williams, Miguel, Skai Jackson, Laz Alonso, Omarion, Kim Wayans, Ayesha Curry, Lance Gross, Wunmi Mosaku and more”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/black-lady-sketch-show-season-2-april-23-premiere-robin-thede-issa-rae-1234936111/

Bucktown – Jane Lynch has been cast in the lead in this multi-cam comedy. “After being dumped by her boyfriend and kicked out of her apartment on the eve of a big promotion, Amy (Shannon Woodward) finds refuge at her mom’s (Lynch) house in the blue-collar neighborhood where she grew up. Amy reconnects with her teenage niece, living there due to Amy’s sister’s latest rehab stint, and resolves to stay when she realizes that her mom and niece aren’t quite equipped to go it alone. Lynch’s character, Helen, is described as rough around the edges and salty as hell, but the most loyal woman you’ll ever meet.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/jane-lynch-abc-comedy-pilot-bucktown-1234935713/

Doddy – ITV are making a one off comedy drama about Ken Dodd’s legal issues. “The script has been written by Clive Coleman and Richard Bean, who previously worked together on The Duke, the 2020 film starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent. Bean is the creator of hit play One Man, Two Guvnors, whilst former barrister Coleman made 90s legal sitcom Chambers… Ken Dodd, who died in 2018, was put on trial for tax evasion at Liverpool Crown Court in 1989. An investigation revealed he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in cash stashed in suitcases in his attic. When asked by the judge “what does £100,000 in a suitcase feel like?”, Dodd replied “The notes are very light, M’Lord.” During the three week trial, Dodd struck up an unlikely friendship with his barrister. Carman told the court: “Some accountants are comedians, but comedians are never accountants.” Dodd was acquitted of the charges, and soon capitalised on his newfound notoriety, including booking runs of live shows at the London Palladium. The prosecution’s case was led by Brian Leveson, who went on to oversee The Leveson Inquiry into press standards.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6276/ken-dodd-itv-comedy-drama/

Doing the Most with Phoebe Robinson – Premieres on April 9. “The new interview-based series follows Robinson embarking on wild adventures and new experiences with celebrities such as Kevin Bacon, Gabrielle Union and Hasan Minhaj”. A trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/made-for-love-premiere-april-hbo-max-tv-news-roundup-1234935988/

Frank Of Ireland – Will debut on Amazon on the 16th of April. “Set in an idyllic suburb of Dublin, the story follows Frank Marron (Brian Gleeson), a 32-year old who is newly single and lives at home with his mother, Mary (Pom Boyd). In a hapless search for respect, Frank struggles to get his life together while not burning everything to the ground in the process. The six-episode season also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Greene and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.” More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/frank-of-ireland-amazon-premiere-date-trailer-tv-roundup-1234937960/

The Gordita Chronicles – Is a forthcoming family comedy about “a wilful, 12-year-old Dominican girl Cucu (Olivia Goncalves) who struggles to fit into hedonistic 1980s Miami as her family pursues the American dream. The cast will also include: Diana Maria Riva (“Dead to Me,” “McFarland, USA”) as as “Adela,” Cucu’s mom; Juan Javier Cardenas as “Victor Castelli,” Cucu’s dad; Savannah Nicole Ruiz as “Emilia,” Cucu’s older sister; Noah Rico (“High School Musical: The Musical”) as “Yosmel ‘Yoshy’ Hernandez,” a Cuban refugee and Cucu’s first friend in Miami.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/frank-of-ireland-amazon-premiere-date-trailer-tv-roundup-1234937960/

A Killer Party – Jason Manford is to star in a new comedy musical filmed in its cast’s homes. “A Killer Party, which will be released as a series of nine episodes to watch on demand, is set in Blackpool’s smallest regional theatre, which is staging a murder-mystery play when the artistic director – to be played by Manford – is found dead. The premise is similar to a previous West End and touring production the comedian starred in, Curtains. In that show, he played a musicals-loving detective investigating a killing on the stage of a Broadway-bound production.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/03/24/48070/jason_manford_dies_on_stage

Koala Man – Hulu are making this new animated series with Justin Roiland and Michael Cusack, “with Benji Samit and Dan Hernandez onboard as executive producers and showrunners. “Rick and Morty” and “Solar Opposites” co-creator Justin Roiland will also executive produce along with Princess Pictures and Bento Box. 20th Television Animation will serve as the studio. The series was put together by Bento Box and will be produced in LA and in Melbourne, where Princess Pictures and Bento Box’s newly launched Princess Bento Studio is based. Hulu has ordered eight episodes of the family comedy, in which the patriarch (voiced by Cusack) lives a not-so-secret identity of Koala Man, an Australian suburban superhero with no powers but a burning passion to snuff out petty crime and bring order to the community.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hulu-koala-man-justin-roiland-1234936410/

The Kominsky Method – The final season will be released May 28. “The new season stars Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Sarah Baker, Paul Reiser, Lisa Edelstein, Emily Osment, Graham Rogers and Haley Joel Osment.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/kominsky-method-season-3-premiere-in-may-netflix-tv-news-roundup-1234937479/

Made For Love – A new dark comedy “adapted from Alissa Nutting‘s novel of the same name, will debut on HBO Max with the first three episodes on April 1. The show follows Hazel Green (Cristin Milioti), a 30-something woman escaping a toxic marriage to tech billionaire Byron Gogol (Billy Magnussen), who has implanted a futuristic monitoring device in her brain.” More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/made-for-love-premiere-april-hbo-max-tv-news-roundup-1234935988/

Maggie – Rebecca Rittenhouse is to star in this pilot based on a short film by Tim Curcio. “It is about a young woman who is trying to cope with her life while she comes to terms with her abilities as a psychic. Rittenhouse’s character Maggie is described as “quick-witted, charming and soulful” and is noted to be a “real deal” when it comes to her psychic abilities. Her visions of the future will complicate her present-day reality, as she receives a “pummeling assault of energy from every person around her.” While this makes her “intensely sensitive,” it has also resulted in her need to put up emotional walls as a defense mechanism. Underneath them, though, she is really a “huge romantic with a big heart” and someone who wants to live what she considers a “normal life” with “normal relationships.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rebecca-rittenhouse-cast-abc-pilot-maggie-1234936477/

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel – John Waters is to join the show’s fourth season.
https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/marvelous-mrs-maisel-season-4-john-waters-1234938084/

The Mash Report – May make a move to Dave, though it has yet to be confirmed. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6268/the-mash-report-on-dave/

Motherland – Paul Feig is working on a US remake, but without the original writers which suggests it could be shit. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/motherland-show-paul-feig-us-adaptation-1234937904/

Mr Mayor – Tina Fey’s new sitcom starring Ted Danson as a new mayor has been given a second season, and will hopefully be a bit better than the first. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/mr-mayor-season-2-renewed-nbc-1234935648/

Rutherford Falls – Michael Schur and Ed Helms new sitcom is launching on April 22nd. “In the show, Helms plays Nathan Rutherford, a descendent of the town’s founder. He gets into conflict with the mayor and the Indian reservation in town about a poorly-placed statue of his ancestor. Meanwhile, his best friend Raegan Wells (Jana Schmieding) seeks the help of casino owner Terry Thomas (Michael Greyeyes) to help save the failing cultural center.” More info and a look at the opening credits is here: https://tv.avclub.com/take-a-trip-to-peacock-s-rutherford-falls-in-exclusive-1846554496

Single All The Way – Is a Christmas themed romcom that will debut in December on Netflix. “Starring Michael Urie, Philemon Chambers (making his feature film debut), and Luke MacFarlane. It’s Netflix, so there had to be a fake relationship plot with a love triangle. According to Variety, Urie plays Peter, who “convinces his best friend Nick (MacFarlane) to join him for the holidays and pretend that they’re now in a relationship. But when Peter’s mother sets him up on a blind date with her handsome trainer James (Chambers)—the plan goes awry.” And because Netflix had to throw in some gay icons, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy will also have supporting roles.” https://film.avclub.com/netflix-saw-that-we-couldnt-stop-talking-about-happiest-1846537561

Ted Lasso – A photo from the shooting of season 2 is here, and it’s been suggested it might air in August:
https://www.instagram.com/p/CMuXWa4BPIC/?igshid=1xdtqf0az4fl1

Trying – Has been given a third season before the second airs. The show stars Esther Smith and Rafe Spall “as a couple going through an adoption… The news comes before the launch of the second series, today revealed as Friday, May 14, with the eight new episodes being released weekly. Returning cast includes Imelda Staunton as the couple’s eccentric social worker Penny, Ophelia Lovibond, Oliver Chris, Sian Brooke, Darren Boyd and Robyn Cara.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/03/24/48075/trying_again

Uncle – Is to be remade in South Korea. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/03/24/48074/uncle_becomes_
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We Are Lady Parts – Is a musical comedy featuring “an all-female Muslim punk rock band called Lady Parts as they look to recruit a lead guitarist and score their first real gig. A Peacock Original, co-commissioned with Channel 4, the series is produced by NBCUniversal company Working Title Television. “We Are Lady Parts” is a semi-autobiographical work from writer-creator-director Nida Manzoor, inspired by her experiences among the cultural collectives and artists of London. The series features an ensemble cast of exciting young talent in Anjana Vasan (“Amina Hussain”), Sarah Kameela Impey (“Saira”), Juliette Motamed (“Ayesha”), Faith Omole (“Bisma”), Lucie Shorthouse (“Momtaz”), Zaqi Ismail (“Ahsan”) and Aiysha Hart (“Noor”). https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/we-are-lady-parts-peacock-original-first-look-image-1234937030/

Worzel Gummidge – More episodes are to made, the total has yet to be confirmed but a ten week shoot has been planned, and those responsible for the music claim it’s going to be three episodes. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6275/worzel-gummidge-2021-filming/

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