Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 23/04/2021

coming attractions 23042021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Hilary Duff starring in How I Met Your Father, an animated series based on the Furry Freak Brothers, Annie Murphy’s new sitcom Kevin Can Fuck Himself, another film from Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo, a whole bunch of new BBC pilots, the return of Ted Lasso and Master Of None, and much more.

After Life – Shooting on the third series has begun, and Ricky Gervais has promised it’ll be the final series, and we just hope and pray that will be the case. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/04/19/48241/filming_starts_on_after_life_series_3

BBC Comedy Pilots – A number of pilots are in the works from writers Matilda Curtis, Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, Kirstie Swain, Jude Mack and Eliot Salt, with plot details here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/04/16/48229/women_gain_the
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/ And also some other pilots have also been announced that BBC Wales are to make: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6325/bbc-wales-commissions/

Conversations From A Long Marriage – Radio 4 are to make a third series and a Christmas special of this series starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam. “The show focuses on a couple who have been married for over 40 years. Children of the Sixties, they’re still free spirits, drawn together by their passion for music – and each other. Etherington has previously explained that she was motivated to create the comedy as she was “tired of my generation being portrayed as golfing caravanners with no reference to how they were in their youth. “I wrote it for Joanna Lumley because she epitomises that ageless style and curiosity for living in the moment. Roger Allam is absolutely wonderful, one of the gods of radio and it was just magical to see them together, they are so in tune and they genuinely like each other.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/radio/news/6318/conversations-from-a-long-marriage-3/

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Richard Lewis is currently recovering from three surgeries and wasn’t due to appear in the eleventh season, but now will act in one episode. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/richard-lewis-curb-your-enthusiasm-season-11-2-1234958085/

Dave – will return on June 16th to FX. “Dave features Dave Burd playing himself as he navigates his relationship and the hip-hop world to become rap superstar Lil Dicky. Burd stars alongside Taylor Misiak, GaTa, Andrew Santino, Travis “Taco” Bennett and Christine Ko. Season 2 will also guest star Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, Benny Blanco, Kyle Kuzma, Doja Cat, J Balvin, Rae Sremmurd (Swae Lee & Slim Jxmmi), CL, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lil Yachty, Lil Nas X, Kevin Hart and more”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/love-death-robots-returns-season-2-in-may-1234954666/

The Freak Brothers – Is a new animated series based on “The Furry Freak Brothers” – “Pete Davidson, Tiffany Haddish, Woody Harrelson, La La Anthony, John Goodman and the stars of Comedy Central’s “Workaholics,” Adam Devine and Blake Anderson, had already signed on. (Devine and Anderson also serve as executive producers on the series.) Today comes word that Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, the founder of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) has produced the show’s theme song and is serving as executive producer on the series, and ScHoolboy Q will play a character based on himself. “I love that I get to play myself,” said ScHoolboy Q (illustrated below). “I don’t just mean playing ‘Q’ either, but the real me. I was high on ‘shrooms when I recorded my scenes.” “The show is funny and perfect for modern times,” added Tiffith. “WTG’s [executive producers] Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon and [producer] Dorothy Canton were welcoming and great at working with our creative vision to ensure TDE was represented well.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/tde-anthony-top-dawg-tiffith-schoolboy-q-join-freak-brothers-reboot-1234955422/

Here Today – Is a forthcoming comedy drama about dementia that stars Tiffany Haddish and Billy Crystal, who also wrote and directed it. More info and a trailer is here: https://film.avclub.com/tiffany-haddish-and-billy-crystal-are-fast-funny-frien-1846744688

How I Met Your Father – Long thought dead, Hulu have suddenly decided to make this series, though it will be with Hilary Duff rather than original star Greta Gerwig, and hopefully won’t be shit like How I Met Your Mother was. “A press release notes that Duff will star as Sophie, who tells the story of meeting the dad to her son. The show’s set in 2021, as Sophie and her friends “are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options.”” https://tv.avclub.com/how-i-met-your-father-is-now-a-real-show-heading-to-hul-1846732838 and Hilary Duff has spoken about it further here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hilary-duff-interview-how-i-met-your-father-younger-1234957989/

Inside No.9 – The sixth series will star Sian Clifford, Adrian Dunbar, Paterson Joseph, Lindsay Duncan, Kevin Bishop, Nick Mohammed, Bhavna Limbachia, Sarah Parish and Gemma Whelan, and a short trailer is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/10411/inside-no-9-trailer

Kevin Can Fuck Himself – Will debut on June 13th. “In the eight-episode season, Annie Murphy plays Allison McRoberts, the prototype of the sitcom wife who is beautiful but often the butt of most jokes. She is married to Kevin McRoberts, the man-child who obviously takes his wife for granted. The show dives into what happens when Allison begins to find her voice and independence. Created by Valerie Armstrong, Kevin Can F**k Himself is loosely inspired by the real-life incident of Kevin James-led Kevin Can Wait and the firing of Erinn Hayes from the CBS comedy. It will blend multi-comedy comedy with single-camera realism to pose the question of “who and what have we been laughing at all of these years?”” https://tv.avclub.com/annie-murphys-kevin-can-f-k-himself-gets-summer-premie-1846739940

Mammoth – Is another BBC pilot that is in the works. “Mike Bubbins is piloting a BBC sitcom about a swaggeringly macho 1970s PE teacher, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal. The comic, a former PE teacher himself, wrote and plays the title character in Mammoth for BBC Wales, which co-stars The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’s Joseph Marcell. The 30-minute pilot tells the story of PE teacher Tony Mammoth, who is presumed to have been killed in an avalanche on a school trip in 1979. When his body is later discovered, he is miraculously brought back to life to resume his teaching position in the present day.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6324/mike-bubbins-pe-teacher-sitcom/

Master Of None – The third season is set to debut next month, but the specific date has yet to be revealed. “The season is expected to be a departure for the show, and it’s believed to focus on Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. Early reports about the third season indicated that Naomi Ackie (“The End of the F***ing World”) would join the cast.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/master-of-none-netflix-season-3-aziz-ansari-1234943422/

M.O.D.O.K. – Will debut on Hulu on May 21st, and a new trailer is here: https://io9.gizmodo.com/modoks-new-trailer-is-full-of-head-jokes-and-supervilla-1846732454

Robot Chicken – A spoof of various Archie Comics characters is to air on May 23rd and “will feature a reunion of “Josie and the Pussycats” film stars Rachel Leigh Cook, reprising her role of Josie McCoy, of course, and those who made up her on-screen boy band DuJour: Seth Green (who co-created “Robot Chicken”), Breckin Meyer and Donald Faison.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/robot-chicken-archie-comics-special-josie-and-the-pussycats-reunion-exclusive-1234956805/

Shining Vale – This comedy from Sharon Horgan has been given a series order after a successful pilot was made. Starring Courtney Cox, “Her character in Shining Vale is either depressed… or possessed by a demon…Its plot revolves around a dysfunctional family that moves from the city to a house in a small town in which terrible atrocities have taken place. Cox’s character Pat – a now-sober former wild-child who rose to fame by writing a raunchy women’s empowerment novel – then befriends a paranormal being, convinced she’s either depressed or possessed. The series also stars Greg Kinnear as her husband and Mira Sorvino as Rosemary, who is either Pat’s alter ego, a split personality, her id, her muse, or a demon trying to possess her. Eight half-hour episodes have been commissioned by US cable channel Starz”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/04/19/48240/courteney_cox_to_star
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Ted Lasso – The second season of this astonishingly lovely sitcom starring Jason Sudekis as a football manager will debut on July 23rd, and more info and a short trailer can be found here. https://tv.avclub.com/ted-lasso-season-two-trailer-premiere-date-are-here-to-1846723223

Tracey’s Life Matters – Tracey Ashley is working on a series “inspired by her life and stand up at Fox with Wanda Sykes and Tiffany Haddish onboard as executive producers, Variety has learned exclusively. Title “Tracey’s Life Matters,” the single-camera show follows Tracey, a savvy, independent black woman, who moves with her white husband to his hometown in rural Indiana. There she must deal with a challenging career in sales and a mother-in-law who has “Karen-like” tendencies. The project has received a script commitment with a penalty attached. Ashely will write and executive produce the project.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/wanda-sykes-tiffany-haddish-tracey-ashley-fox-series-1234953333/

Untitled Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo Disney Movie – The Bridesmaids and Barb And Star Go To Vista Del Mar duo are writing a movie about Cinderella’s evil step-sisters for Disney, “According to Deadline, Wiig and Mumolo (Bridesmaids, Barb & Star Go to Vista Del Mar) envision the film as “a fairy tale musical comedy that re-imagines the Cinderella classic from the point of view of her infamous evil stepsisters. Spanning from their early childhood through the marriage of their universally beloved stepsister and beyond, we follow Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine as they struggle to uphold their family’s legacy.” So far the film has no title and no directing or casting announcements (Deadline says the main characters would be played by “younger actresses,” but the Oscar-nominated screenwriting duo could potentially appear in other roles). This project is not to be confused with another that was recently announced via Deadline: animated Netflix musical Steps, a “spin on the classic Cinderella story” that’ll be produced by another Saturday Night Live veteran, Amy Poehler, and directed by Alyce Tzue.” https://io9.gizmodo.com/kristen-wiig-and-disney-are-teaming-up-for-a-musical-ab-1846699469

The Upshaws – This sitcom will drop on May 12th. “Created by Regina Hicks and Wanda Sykes, the series follows the head of a Black working-class family in Indianapolis struggling to step up and take care of his family without a blueprint for success. The series stars Mike Epps, Wanda Sykes, Kim Fields, Page Kennedy, Diamond Lyons, Khali Spraggins, Jermelle Simon, Gabrielle Dennis and Journey Christine.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/netflix-the-upshaws-trailer-tv-news-roundup-1234955654/

Werewolves Within – Is a new comedy horror starring “Veep’s Sam Richardson and Milana Vayntrub… Curiously enough, Werewolves Within is based on a 2016 VR game, which took place in a medieval fantasy town. This movie adaptation moves the mysterious werewolf attacks to a small town in modern times, but adds a hell of a cast including Richardson, Vayntrub, What We Do in the Shadows’ fantastic Harvey Guillén, Cheyenne Jackson, Michaela Watkins, Rebecca Henderson, and Glenn Fleshler. Despite what is clearly going to be some gory murder, the film looks incredibly… wholesome? Directed by Josh Ruben and written by Mishna Wolff, Werewolves Within will be in theaters on June 25, but also hit VOD on July 2 if you’re not prepared to venture outside quite yet. That’s quite understandable, given all those werewolves roaming about.” https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-trailer-for-werewolves-within-makes-it-look-like-a-1846730395

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