Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 02/04/2021

coming attractions 02042021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the return of Rick and Morty, a BBC comedy thriller set on a cruise ship, the American version of Ghosts, the second series of Tim Renkow’s Jerk and Daisy Haggard’s Back To Life, Sarah Michelle Gellar making a comedy pilot, Young Sheldon turning in to less Young Sheldon, and much more.

Acapulco – This new Apple+ pilot has added new cast members. “Enrique Arrizon, Damian Alcázar, Camila Perez, and Raphael Alejandro will all star alongside Derbez in the half-hour series. It will be shot in both Spanish and English and is inspired by the film “How to Be a Latin Lover,” in which Derbez starred and produced. In “Acapulco,” a young Mexican man’s dream comes true when he gets the job of a lifetime at the hottest resort in Acapulco. But he soon realizes the job is far more complicated than he ever imagined as all of his beliefs and morals start to be questioned. The show takes place in 1984 with Derbez narrating and playing the present-day version of the main character, Maximo.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/eugenio-derbez-apple-series-acapulco-cast-1234941525/

Back To Life – Meera Syal and Adrian Edmondson are going to appear in the second series of the show, though they haven’t revealed what roles they’ll play. “Daisy Haggard says: “Laura and I are thrilled to finally start shooting the second series of Back To Life. We were blown away by the reception to the first series, so it was both nerve wracking and exciting to write Season 2! We can’t wait for you all to see the next chapter…”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6293/back-to-life-series-2-filming/

Bless The Harts – Has been cancelled after two seasons. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/bless-the-harts-canceled-fox-1234943003/

Bo & Cheyenne – This Superstore spin-off won’t be going ahead now. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/superstore-spinoff-bo-cheyenne-nbc-2-1234940456/

Catherine, Called Birdy – Billie Piper and Andrew Scott are the latest additions to the cast of Lena Dunham’s medieval comedy film. “The film is being made by Working Title and Amazon and production is underway, with shooting set to take place in Shropshire, Wales and Gloucester. It is a longstanding passion project for Girls creator and star Dunham, who first announced plans to adapt Karen Cushman’s 1994 children’s novel into a film in 2014. Set in 13th century England, the story follows the rebellious 14-year-old Catherine, daughter of a knight, called Birdy because of her love of birds, who resists the arranged marriages her father has planned out for her. News of Piper and Scott’s casting was broken by the Daily Mail. The I Hate Suzie and Fleabag stars play the parents of the titular Birdy, portrayed by Game Of Thrones teenage breakout star Bella Ramsey in the coming-of-age narrative.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6282/billie-piper-andrew-scott-catherine-birdy/

The Conners – Danielle Harris, Brian Austin Green and Candice Bergen will guest star on the show, and more info on their characters is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/star-wars-the-bad-batch-trailer-tv-news-roundup-1234940936/

Defending The Guilty – Won’t be returning for a second series. “A spokesperson for production company Big Talk told British Comedy Guide that: “Unfortunately, Defending The Guilty will no longer return for its planned second series. This is due to cast availability being impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6290/no-series2-for-defending-the-guilty/

The Emily Atack Show – Is coming back for a second series, even though it was wildly panned by critics and having a 2.4 imdb rating. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6281/emily-atack-show-series-2/

Ghosts – Is going to be remade in the US after a successful pilot. “Deadline reports that the new version of the show will star actors Rose McIver and Utkarsh Ambudkar in the central roles of the house’s new owners, with Rebecca Wisocky, Brandon Scott Jones, Danielle Pinnock, Asher Grodman, Richie Moriarty, Sheila Carrasco and Román Zaragoza playing the ghosts. The original version of Ghosts was created by and stars Horrible Histories and Yonderland actors Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas, Jim Howick, Laurence Rickard, Ben Willbond and Simon Farnaby. Charlotte Ritchie and Kiell Smith-Bynoe play Alison and Mike, with Lolly Adefope and Katy Wix joining the Horrible Histories gang as ghosts.” Joe Port and Joe Wiseman, who have previously produced shows including New Girl, are overseeing the new version. The UK creators are executive producers on the project.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6295/ghosts-usa/

Head Of The Class – A reboot of the school based sitcom is to be made. “The original series, which is being executive produced by Bill Lawrence (of “Ted Lasso” and “Scrubs”) alongside exec producers and writers Amy Pocha and Seth Cohen (of “Paradise PD” and “American Vandal”), stars “One Day at a Time” actor Isabella Gomez as well as Jorge Diaz, Jolie Hoang Rappaport, Gavin Lewis, Dior Goodjohn, Brandon Severs, Adrian Matthew Escalona, and Katie Beth Hall, plus guest star Christa Miller. “Head of the Class” — a reboot of the original 1980s comedy created by Rich Eustis and Michael Elias — centers on a “group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher, Alicia Adams, who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hbo-max-head-of-the-class-reboot-1234942088/

Hot Pink – Sarah Michelle Gellar is to star in the pilot of this YA Comedy. “The show is loosely inspired by Elana K. Arnold’s book “What Girls Are Made Of.” In the book, Nina Faye was raised to believe that there is no such thing as unconditional love, meaning she will do anything for her boyfriend to prove her worthiness. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost and sets out to find out what the conditions of love really are.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sarah-michelle-gellar-to-star-in-amazon-ya-comedy-pilot-hot-pink-1234941637/

Jerk – Series 2 of Tim Renkow’s BBC sitcom has begun filming – “Written by Renkow and Shaun Pye, the four new episodes continue to focus on the character of Tim (played by Renkow), a man who uses the fact that he has cerebral palsy to try and get away with anything. The BBC says: “Tim makes people feel uncomfortable. He knows that because he does it on purpose. But that’s his problem, time spent taking aim at small targets means he constantly misses out on life’s bigger prizes.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6285/jerk-series-2/

M.O.D.O.K. – More info and some footage from the show can be seen below:
https://tv.avclub.com/this-mad-science-duel-from-hulus-new-m-o-d-o-k-show-ki-1846568565

Rick And Morty – Season 5 will begin on Sunday, June 20 at 11pm ET/PT on Adult Swim according to their press release, and a trailer and more info is here: https://tv.avclub.com/wubba-lubba-dub-dub-rick-and-morty-returns-this-summer-1846581138. And this year’s Adult Swim April Fools prank saw them pretend they were launching a Rick And Morty Babies series, which can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8fVjM-5pGc

Sitting – BAFTA Award winning Katherine Parkinson’s (Home, I’m Darling, The IT Crowd) debut play Sitting has been adapted for the screen, airing at 10.30pm on Wednesday 7th April on BBC Four. After a television directorial debut with Unprecedented followed by Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads (both BBC) in 2020, former Artistic Director of Headlong Theatre Jeremy Herrin (People, Places and Things) directs the hour-long comedy-drama forming part of BBC Lights Up, BBC Arts’ Culture In Quarantine season celebrating British Theatre. Starring Parkinson for the first time, the one-off special follows three characters as they sit for a silent painter. In these sittings, ‘Luke’ (Mark Weinman – I May Destroy You, After Life), ‘Cassandra’ (Alex Jarrett – Les Misérables, Adult Material) and ‘Mary’ (Parkinson) reveal truths in a play about love, loss and the importance of human connection. Award winning figurative painter Roxana Halls’ (National Portrait Gallery’s B.P. Portrait Award, The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition) work will feature. Parkinson made her debut as a playwright with Sitting at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of a BBC Arts and Avalon playwright’s initiative, with the play subsequently transferring to London’s Arcola Theatre.

Unforgivable – This Dave panel show is returning for a second series. “I’m so pleased because we had a lot of fun making that show” she told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show. “We’re going to make some more, fingers crossed at the end of June, beginning of July. So hopefully some time around the beginning of autumn that will be back on Dave. “Great, great fun, naughty show, you must come on Lorraine” she told the daytime show presenter. “I want to hear your secrets.” Co-hosted by Lou Sanders, Unforgivable features comedians and celebrities competing to convince Giedroyc that they are the most unforgivable person in the room.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6296/mel-giedroyc-unforgivable-series-2/

Untitled CBS Sitcom – Pete Holmes is to star in a new sitcom that “revolves around Tom Smallwood, a Michigan man who is laid off from a General Motors automotive plant and decides to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bowler.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/pete-holmes-tom-smallwood-bowling-cbs-pilot-1234940356/

The Wonder Years – Don Cheadle has been cast as the narrator in this pilot that we’d be astonished didn’t go to series given all the press it’s been given. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/wonder-years-reboot-pilot-abc-don-cheadle-narrator-1234938960/

Wrecked – Is a new comedy thriller that will air on BBC3. “Made by Euston Films (Minder) and “mixing comedy with a slice of slasher”, Wrecked is set aboard a giant cruise ship, a luxury liner with everything – glamorous entertainers making guest’s dreams come true, a vague, unsettling sense of menace and young, exhausted members of the crew going missing or turning up dead. Casting for the 45-minutes episodes are expected to be announced soon.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6291/wrecked-on-bbc-three/

Younger – The first four episodes of the final season air on April 12th.
https://tv.avclub.com/paramount-plus-will-air-the-first-four-episodes-of-the-1846582372

Young Sheldon – Has been renewed for three more seasons and so will be on our screens until at least 2024. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/young-sheldon-renewed-three-seasons-cbs-1234940919/

Older News:
News From 26/03/2021
News From 19/03/2021
News From 12/03/2021
News From 05/03/2021
News From 26/02/2021
News From 19/02/2021
News From 12/02/2021
News From 05/02/2021
News From 29/01/2021
News From 22/01/2021
News From 15/01/2021
News From 08/01/2021
News From 24/12/2020
News From 18/12/2020
News From 11/12/2020
News From 04/12/2020
News From 27/11/2020
News From 20/11/2020
News From 13/11/2020
News From 06/11/2020
News From 30/10/2020
News From 23/10/2020
News From 16/10/2020
News From 09/10/2020
News From 02/10/2020
News From 25/09/2020
News From 18/09/2020
News From 11/09/2020
News From 04/09/2020
News From August 2020
News From July 2020
News From June 2020
News From May 2020
News From April 2020
News From March 2020
News From February 2020
News From January 2020
News From 2019

Alex Finch.
Follow Comedy To Watch on Twitter – Contact Us – Write For Us – Site Map.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s