Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 30/04/2021

coming attractions 30042021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Frisky Dingo creator Matt Thompson’s movie America: The Motion Picture, the new series of Inside No. 9, Steve Coogan’s next film, Katherine Ryan’s The Duchess being cancelled but also her plans to make a dating show, a new rom-com with Josh Gad and Isla Fisher, Rose Byrne’s Apple Tv+ comedy Physical, and much more.

America: The Motion Picture – Is a forthcoming animated Netflix movie from Matt Thompson (Sealab 2020, Frisky Dingo) and Dave Callahan (Doom, Wonder Woman 1984). The official synopsis reads: “In this wildly tongue-in-cheek animated revisionist history, a chainsaw-wielding George Washington assembles a team of rabble rousers — including beer-loving bro Sam Adams, famed scientist Thomas Edison, acclaimed horseman Paul Revere, and a very pissed off Geronimo — to defeat Benedict Arnold and King James in the American Revolution. Who will win? No one knows, but you can be sure of one thing: these are not your father’s Founding… uh, Fathers”. More info and a trailer is here:

Bedrock – An animated sequel series to The Flintstones is in the works, with Elizabeth Banks to star as an adult Pebbles, with the show “set 20 years after the events of the original series. Banks will voice an adult Pebbles Flintstone in addition to executive producing. Variety exclusively reported that Banks and WB Animation were developing a new iteration of the classic series back in 2019. In the show, Fred Flintstone is on the brink of retirement and 20-something Pebbles is embarking on her own career. As the Stone Age gives way to a shiny and enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find this evolution harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club.”

Breeders – Work has started on a third series despite not being officially commissioned. And while season 2 is currently airing in the US, it won’t get an outing in the UK on Sky and Now Tv until May 27th.

Channel Hopping With Jon Richardson – This lazy clip show will be returning to Comedy Central for a second series.

The Duchess – Won’t be returning for a second series.

Enchanted – Patrick Dempsey has spoken about his role in the sequel, and how he will sing for the first time.

Hacks – Jean Smart’s HBO Max comedy is launching on May 13th. In it Smart “plays a legendary comedian named Deborah Vance. As seen in the new trailer, Deborah is clearly eccentric and fun. But she’s also insecure about losing out on her regular gig in Las Vegas because of her age. Her manager sets her up with a young new writer, Ava (Hannah Einbender). The two get off on the wrong foot but the 10-episode season explores their comical mentorship journey”. More info and a trailer is here:

Inside – Is a forthcoming musical comedy Netflix special from Bo Burnham, and a short teaser trailer is here:

Inside No.9 – Will return for its sixth series on May 10th: “The opening episode of Inside No 9, Wuthering Heist, pictured, is a combination of heist drama and commedia dell’arte, with a masked gang of double-crossing clowns trying to steal a £12million diamond hail. Guest stars for the opening episode are Kevin Bishop, Paterson Joseph and Gemma Whelan”. More info and a trailer is here:

Killing It – A new zombie film from A Black Lady Sketch Show’s Robin Thede is being made -“Variety describes Killing It as Shaun of the Dead meets Girls Trip as it follows four friends who are Spelman College dropouts living in Atlanta. When they meet to celebrate at a Spelman homecoming event, instead of getting turnt up, they have to survive an Atlanta that is overrun by Zombies. With the astronomical success of A Black Lady Sketch Show, The Amazon announcement comes on the heels of Thede signing an overall deal with Warner Bros. television under her production company banner”.

The Lost Prince – Steve Coogan is making a new film: “Written by Coogan and Jeff Pope, and directed by Stephen Frears. The same team made the award-winning 2013 feature Philomena. The Lost King is based on the true story of how Richard III’s grave was discovered below a non-descript council-owned car park in Leicester a decade ago. The movie focuses on the story of Philippa Langley, the amateur historian and secretary of the Scottish branch of the Richard III Society whose passion and drive pushed the project forward – despite objection and ridicule from historians and academics. The king, killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, was successfully exhumed in 2012”.

Master Of None – More info and a trailer about the show’s third season is here:

The Mind Of Herbert Clunkerdunk – Has been given a second series by the BBC. “Filming on five new episodes of the absurdist BBC Two comedy shorts will begin this summer. A showcase for Jones’s goofy titular alter-ego, the sight gag-heavy, DIY soundtracked prop comedy, in which he plays a struggling actor, was first piloted in 2018, with four ten-minute episodes following a year later. Co-starring Lucy Pearman (Harry Hill’s ClubNite) as Herbert’s wife, Bobby Kindle, and Dominic Coleman (Upstart Crow) as his best friend, Jonny Wallop, the series also featured Jones’ real children, Winona and Sonny.”

Physical – Is a forthcoming Apple Tv+ show which has been described as “a darkly comical show set in 1980s San Diego and stars Rose Byrne as an aerobics instructor. Byrne’s Sheila Rubin lives in a beach paradise but is quietly tortured by her lifestyle as a subdued, dutiful housewife to a controversial husband who is running for state assembly. She is also battling a personal struggle related to her self-image. Sheila finally finds a release in the unlikeliest of sources: the colorful world of aerobics in the ‘80s. How do we know it’s set in that era? The first-look trailer kicks off with The Buggles popular song, “Video Killed The Radio Star”. The choice of song tracks with Sheila’s life. She gets hooked to the aerobics exercise but discovers a newfound passion when she merges the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The 10-episode season follows her journey from a stifled enabler to a powerful entrepreneur as Sheila transforms into a lifestyle guru. Physical also stars Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Della Saba, Lou Taylor Pucci, Paul Sparks and Ashley Liao. It is created, written, and executive produced by Annie Weisman, who also serves as showrunner”. A trailer and more info is here:

Ready To Mingle – Katherine Ryan is making a dating show, which sounds awful. “The producers explain: “Katherine will preside over the series which follows a single girl in the search for her perfect partner, as twelve male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a big money prize. But in a mischievous twist, not all the boys are single, with a number of them being guided by their partners in pursuit of the prize. Taking up residence in a luxurious house, the single girl will get to know all the boys through activities, games and dates, eliminating each boy one-by-one until her ‘dream man’ remains. “Which boy will be left standing? Can she suss out who is the real deal? They may not all be single, but they’re all ready to mingle.” 19 hour-long episodes are being filmed, to be broadcast on ITV2 in the autumn.”

Rhod Gilbert’s Growing Pains – Will return for a second series, and have double the amount of episodes too.

Sandylands – Series two is currently being filmed. “Series 2 sees Sanjeev Bhaskar return as “the one-and-only Les Vegas” in the seaside-set sitcom, with Natalie Dew as his daughter Emily. Other returning cast include David Walliams and Sophie Thompson as oddball next door neighbours Derek and Jeannie Swallows, plus Simon Bird as police officer Nathan Wild and Craig Parkinson as local nightclub owner Terry Chino. Harriet Webb also steps back into the role of Emily’s best friend, Tina Taylor. Series 2 also welcomes a new regular character. Tracy-Ann Oberman has signed up to play Donna Vegas, Emily’s estranged mother and “diva extraordinaire”.”

Sunrise – Soho Theatre announces the World Premiere of Jessie Cave’s Sunrise, the film version of the critically acclaimed stage show, released exclusively on Soho Theatre On Demand from Thursday 27 May. Dating again after a complex break-up Jessie is trying to get her personal life in order – before her kids wake up. From actress, comedian, writer and doodler Jessie Cave, Sunrise is an honest, tender-hearted and uproariously funny story about crying in the woods, sexual accidents, Harry Potter conventions and Instagram espionage – but also about motherhood and trying to get stuff done”.

That Damn Michael Che – Premieres on May 6th – “Each instalment of the “Saturday Night Live” star’s 10-episode series illustrates what it feels like to experience everyday situations from his own perspective, including racial profiling, unemployment and falling in love. Fellow “SNL” cast members Cecily Strong, Heidi Gardner, Colin Quinn, Ellen Cleghorne and Colin Jost lend their talents to the series along with guest stars Omari Hardwick, Geoffrey Owens, Godfrey, Billy Porter and Method Man” – and a trailer is here:

The Unreason – Felicity Montagu, Johnny Vegas and Brian Bovell have joined the cast of this time travel comedy. “It was revealed in January that Detectorists star Sophie Thompson will play the film’s lead antagonist, the jail-keeper of The Unreason: a hellish dimension where people and objects from throughout time become lost; and that After Life actor Tony Way will take on the role of an off-beat inventor who comes to the aid of the time-travellers. The forthcoming movie is based on the 5 minute short of the same name, which was published online in March 2020. It stars real-life best friends Ruth Syratt and Megan Stevenson as versions of themselves, running a vintage shop in leafy Muswell Hill. After stumbling across a time machine, they embark on trips to the past, ‘borrowing’ items to sell in the present with no idea of the irreparable damage they’re causing to the fabric of the universe.

Untitled Kelsey Grammar / Alec Baldwin Comedy – Ten years ago a network would have probably paid ridiculous sums to have these two play an odd couple kind of affair, but now ABC have passed on this show, presumably as the pilot was poor and they suddenly realised what a PR nightmare Grammar and Baldwin might be.

Wife After Death – Is a new comedy drama from the production company behind Peep Show, and tells “the story of Geordie thirty-something Cheryl Benson, who lost her husband Kirk eighteen months ago after he was accidentally killed on the Tyne Bridge following a boozy night out with his mates. Mother to five-year-old Paige, Cheryl finds herself back in her native North East, living, temporarily she hopes, with her mother, ageing hippy Greta, and working in Shop-Rite supermarket. She’s not on the lookout for another bloke but does find herself in a regrettable situation with Kirk’s erstwhile best mate, the charmless Terry. Wife After Death draws from elements of Brownlee’s blog and subsequent memoir, the 2014 Sunday Times bestseller Life After You. In the book, she recounts the two years of her life that followed the death of her husband Mark in 2012 at the age of 37 from a catastrophic heart arrhythmia while they were having sex, leaving her to bring up their daughter alone”.

Wolf Like Me – Has been given a six episode order from Peacock, with Josh Gad and Isla Fisher set to star. “In the show, Gary (Gad) is an emotional wreck and struggles to provide for his daughter since the death of his wife. Mary (Fisher) has a secret she can’t bring herself to share with anyone. The universe brought these two together for a reason, they just need to keep following the signs.”

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