Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 07/05/2021

coming attractions 07052021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Issa Rae’s forthcoming HBO Max show Rap Shit, Christopher Eccleston starring in an Oliver Twist prequel, a number of new Dave shows, a British remake of the French series Call My Agent, Joseph Gordon-Levitt creating a sitcom about a music teacher, cast additions for the third season of Succession, new musical comedy Schmigadoon!, and much much more.

Alma’s Not Normal – Shooting has begun on Sophie Willan’s semi-autobiographical series, with more info and some images here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/05/06/48364/filming_starts_on_alma
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British As Folks – Is a forthcoming Dave series with Fern Brady, Darren Harriott and Ivo Graham. “The three comics will travel across the nation discovering and interrogating the stereotypes and traditions that make up British life today and, in the process, create their very own ‘brutally honest’ guide to the UK. Fern Brady says: “As stand-ups who travel the length and breadth of the country we generally have a clearer picture of what various towns and regions in the UK are like than the average person. That’s why it was so cool to host this show with Darren and Ivo as we represent a good cross section of different regions of the UK as well as all being from totally different class backgrounds. Even though I knew the premise of the show was looking at British identity and stereotyped towns the production team have really surprised us at every location so far with the activities we’re doing. As a Scot I was convinced they’d get Glasgow wrong until I found myself doing working class yoga with a load of painter decorators and electricians on a council estate, white water rafting while attempting to interview a comedian and learning wilderness survival skills with a guy who makes his own knives up a mountain.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6349/british-as-folk-on-dave/

Call My Agent – A British remake of this French comedy has been announced. “Available in the UK via Netflix, the original version of the comedy – known as Dix Pour Cent in its home country – focuses on a talent agency where the staff must scramble to keep their star clients happy and their business afloat after the sudden death of the company’s founder. The new eight-part British version, which will follow a similar theme, is being overseen by W1A creator John Morton, with filming set to begin in London next week”. A lot more info can be found here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6355/call-my-agent-uk-cast/

Conan – Will come to an end on June 24th. https://tv.avclub.com/conan-obriens-tbs-show-to-end-this-june-1846817079

Dodger – Rhys Thomas and Lucy Montgomery are writing this prequel CBBC comedy to Oliver Twist, with Christopher Eccleston to play Fagin, while “Billy Jenkins takes the title role of The Artful Dodger, with the star cast also including David Threlfall as the police chief, Saira Choudhry as Nancy, Frances Barber a theatrical dame, and Tanya Reynolds as Queen Victoria.”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6353/cbbc-family-comedy-dodger/

Emily In Paris – Creator Darren Starr has spoken a little more about the second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/emily-in-paris-season-2-french-culture-darren-star-interview-1234966192/

Everything’s Trash – This Phoebe Robinson pilot has added Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor and Moses Storm to it’s cast. “The show, which follows a millennial podcast star navigating a messy adulthood as her younger brother emerges as a successful politician, will be directed by Chioke Nassor. “Everything’s Trash” is inspired by Robinson’s book “Everything’s Trash But It’s Okay.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rosie-odonnell-run-the-world-guest-star-1234966049/

Full Frontal Wants To Take Your Guns – Is a one off special from Samantha Bee which will air on TBS on May 12 at 10:30 p.m. “The special will “explore how appalling and frankly stupid it is that we as Americans are told there’s simply nothing we can do about gun violence. Don’t even get us started on the whole “good guy with a gun” thing. It’s high time to figure out how America’s gun problem got this bad, and what we as citizens of this glorious mess can do to help fix it.”” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/halston-trailer-ewan-mcgregor-netflix-1234964989/

Home – Won’t be returning for a third series on Channel 4. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6356/home-axed-by-channel-4/

IMDB TV – Is producing a number of comedies, including one from Michael Schur and Shea Serrano which is “a coming-of-age story about a Mexican-American teenager balancing cultural norms, college aspirations, societal expectations and the hectic home life of being raised by his single mom and five uncles”. More info on the other series in development is here. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/imdb-tv-originals-mike-schur-shea-serrano-comedy-1234964983/

The Island – Is another new Dave show in the works. “Tom Allen will front Dave’s new format The Island (8×60′). Across the entire series, four comics will compete to make their own personal dream desert island the best one. Each week, Allen will put these four islands, and their leaders to the test – who’s got the best house band? How do you even judge that? And you may think you want your island’s only drink to be Fanta Limon, but what happens when it attracts that swarm of angry bees you chose last week? Well, Kemah Bob and Jason Forbes will be on hand as they bring ‘live’ reports from the islands, to make sure nothing is missed. The Island is devised and executive produced by James Acaster, Ed Gamble, Lloyd Langford and John Robins, and produced by Super Best Quality Video Productions”. https://corporate.uktv.co.uk/news/article/dave-joins-tom-allen-island/

Man Like Mobeen – Will end with its forthcoming fourth series. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6343/man-like-mobeen-series-4/

Mr. Corman – Joseph Gordon-Levitt has created, directed and stars in this forthcoming Apple Tv+ comedy that will consist of ten episodes, and debut on August 6th. “The show follows the titular Josh Corman, a fifth-grade music teacher who never made it as a musician in the way everyone wants to. His ex-fiancé ditched him and his high school buddy Victor just moved in. Plus, he’s got depression, anxiety, and this “sinking suspicion that he sucks as a person.” Hard to believe that JGL went from Sandman to something more sprawling, epic, and confusing. Fans desperate for more of Gordon-Levitt’s directorial flair are going to have to wait just a little longer. Mr. Corman hits AppleTV+ on August 6 and co-stars Arturo Castro, Debra Winger, Logic, and Juno Temple.” https://tv.avclub.com/joseph-gordon-levitt-s-don-jon-follow-up-is-the-appletv-1846816956

Night Court – A pilot for this reboot has been ordered by NBC, with it to star original cast member John Larroquette and The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/night-court-nbc-pilot-order-john-larroquette-melissa-rauch-1234965650/

One Foot In The Grave And Counting – Victor Meldrew is coming back in book form, as writer David Renwick is going to examine how he would cope with the 21st century. https://www.comedy.co.uk/shop/news/6351/victor-meldrew-to-return/

Our Flag Means Death – Taiki Waititi is producing and directing (some of) the show, but now he’s also set to star in it as the pirate Blackbeard “who the press release calls “a legend, a lover, a fighter, a tactical genius, a poetic soul, and quite possibly insane.” https://tv.avclub.com/taika-waititi-takes-on-another-wacky-comedy-role-as-mur-1846807690

Outsiders – David Mitchell has co-developed a new Dave series where “David challenges a returning cast of three pairs of comedians to prove they’ve got the mettle and skills to thrive in the great outdoors. Outsiders is produced by Renegade Pictures and will air on Dave later this year. David Mitchell said “Civilisation is clearly crumbling so it’s high time we worked out whether we can cope without it. And if you can think of a better way of doing that than making six comedians learn survival skills, then you weren’t involved in the development process of this programme.” The competing comedians will be Toussaint Douglass, Ed Gamble, Kerry Godliman, Jessica Knappett, Jamali Maddix and Lou Sanders”. https://corporate.uktv.co.uk/news/article/david-mitchell-and-uktv-send-comedians-wild-outsiders/

Question Team – Richard Ayoade is to host this panel show series for channel Dave that “sets out to re-write the panel show rulebook by making its players set the questions.” The channel explains: “In every episode Richard invites three comedians to join his Question Team. In a brazen act of indolence, Richard is outsourcing the lion’s share of the preparation to his guests by demanding they each bring a unique round of questions, inspired by their own interests for him and the others to play. Richard’s sole stipulation is that their questions have proper answers, otherwise what goes down during their game is entirely up to them.”” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6350/richard-ayoade-hosts-question-team/

Preppers – An Australian sitcom about the end of the world is in the works. “Directed by Steven McGregor (“Black Comedy”), “Preppers” follows a young Aboriginal woman whose world crumbles around her after experiencing a personal, cataclysmic event. Escaping the fallout, she finds herself at the center of a mismatched community of doomsday preppers. “Preppers” stars Nakkiah Lui (“Black Comedy,” “Kiki & Kitty”) who also co-wrote the series with Gabriel Dowrick”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/comedy-preppers-nakkiah-lui-australia-1234967638/

Rap Shit – Is Issa Rae’s new comedy series which will air on HBO Max which “Follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna and Mia, who reunite to form a rap group. Osman, most recognized for hosting the Crooked Media Podcast “Keep It,” will play Shawna, who is described as an aspiring rapper that hasn’t seen success and continues to work her day job at a touristy hotel. Additionally, Osman is credited as an executive story editor on “Rap Sh*t.” KaMillion, known best for being the rapper/singer behind “Twerk 4 Me” and regularly appearing in the VH1 reality franchise “Love & Hip Hop: Miami,” will play Mia, a makeup artist and a single mother to a four-year-old daughter that works three jobs to make ends meet. Booth, a.k.a. Blue on “Bad Girls Club,” will play Chastity, a “sex work manager” that refers to herself as the “Duke of Miami.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/issa-rae-rap-shit-hbo-max-aida-osman-kamillion-jonica-booth-1234967223/

Rick And Morty – Will return on June 20th.
https://tv.avclub.com/rick-and-morty-announces-season-5-return-date-by-kickin-1846804522

Schmigadoon! – Is a forthcoming musical comedy from Apple Tv+, so yes I am over excited by the news, with it starring Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key. “In Schmigadoon!, Strong and Key play a couple named Melissa and Josh who take backpacking trip that is meant to reinvigorate their relationship. Instead, they end up discovering a magical town that lives as though its in a 1940s studio musical. The two cannot leave this town until they find “true love.” The show is created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, with Paul also serving as a showrunner and writer of all the original songs. The producers include Strong, SNL’s Lorne Michaels, as well as Andrew Singer. It consists of six episodes. It will premiere on Apple TV+ on July 16 with two episodes, followed by a new one dropping every Friday”. Some pictures and more info are here: https://tv.avclub.com/apple-tv-plus-drops-premiere-date-new-photos-for-music-1846798872

Screw – Is a new darkly fun comedy drama by BAFTA nominated writer Rob Williams (The Victim, Killing Eve). “This is prison as never seen before – the uncensored, shocking and often darkly funny reality of life as a prison officer in an all-male prison in 21st century Britain. At the head of our gang of embattled prison officer ‘screws’ is Leigh (Nina Sosanya – His Dark Materials, Little Birds), a woman who has devoted her entire adult life to this prison and its population. On a wing bursting at the seams, at the front line of a train-wreck of broken bureaucracy and short-term thinking, Leigh keeps her inmates in line and has their backs when they need it. But she is an enigma to her team, and has her own secrets that if discovered could cost her more than her job. Into the pressure cooker of Long Marsh Prison enters Rose (Jamie-Lee O’Donnell – Derry Girls), a 21 year old trainee officer. It’s a baptism of fire even for this street smart young woman. She joins fellow screws Ali (Faraz Ayub – Line of Duty, Bodyguard), Gary (Stephen Wight – I May Destroy You, Manhunt), Don (Ron Donachie – Titanic, Game of Thrones), and Jackie (Laura Checkley- King Gary, Detectorists)”. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/10476/c4-prison-series

Starstruck – Filming on the second series of Rose Matafeo’s sitcom has begun. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6345/starstruck-series-2-filming/

Succession – Alexander Skarsgård is joining the show’s third season “as Lukas Matsson, “a successful, confrontational tech founder and CEO.”” https://tv.avclub.com/alexander-skarsgard-is-joining-successions-third-season-1846813006 while Adrien Brody is also to guest star “As Josh Aaronson, a billionaire activist investor who becomes pivotal in the battle for the ownership of Waystar”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/succession-season-3-hbo-adrien-brody-1234967174/

Tuca & Bertie – Now on Adult Swim after Netflix cancelled it, the show will return to our airwaves on June 13 at 11:30 pm. More info and a short trailer is here: https://tv.avclub.com/all-aboard-the-sex-bus-tuca-bertie-returns-on-adul-1846815458

Untitled Spice Girls Film – A famous writer has apparently been approached about creating a Spice World sequel, though whether the project will ever come to fruition is unknown. https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6346/spice-world-sequel/

Untitled Tig Notaro Comedy Special – HBO have given this superb comedian a comedy special, but the twist is that it will be animated based on her performance. “Notaro, meanwhile, said in a statement of her own that she was “DRAWN to the idea of creating a fully animated hour” after seeing animated versions of her other stand-up work (a much funnier statement), and added that it was a “joyful experience” to turn a solitary art form like stand-up into a collaborative effort with input from all the people who worked on the animation”. https://tv.avclub.com/tig-notaro-announces-animated-hbo-comedy-special-1846814081

Winning – A pilot is going to be made of this loosely autobiographical comedy from Sindhu Vee, and “is focused on a mixed-race family with a domineering mother, and is being produced by Roughcut (Stath Lets Flats, People Just Do Nothing)”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6354/sindhu-vee-winning-sitcom/

Young Rock – Has been renewed for a second season, as has “Kenan” which airs on the same night on NBC. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/young-rock-renewed-kenan-renewed-season-2-nbc-1234964091/

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