Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 21/05/2021

coming attractions 21052021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Arnold Scwarzenegger’s tv spy comedy, the line up for Taskmaster series 12, The Addams Family spin-off, a number of renewals and cancellations, a major cast addition to the Sex and the City sequel, the American versions of Ghosts and This Country, and much more.

Abbott Elementary – ABC have ordered this new new school-based comedy series “starring Quinta Brunson (who also writes and executive produces) and Tyler James Williams. To quote the logline: “Though these incredible public servants may be outnumbered and underfunded, they love what they do—even if they don’t love the school district’s less-than-stellar attitude toward educating children.”” https://tv.avclub.com/abc-picks-up-don-cheadles-the-wonder-years-reboot-1846900195

ABC Sitcoms – The Goldbergs, The Conners and Home Economics have all been renewed. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/goldbergs-conners-rookie-million-little-things-home-economics-renewed-abc-1234973509/

American Housewife – Has been cancelled by ABC. https://tv.avclub.com/abc-kills-off-deep-breath-rebel-american-housewife-1846900622

And Just Like That… – Sara Ramírez is to join the cast of this Sex and the City sequel.”Ramírez, who is non-binary, will join Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis on the show, and will play comedian Che Diaz. According to the logline, the character is “a non-binary, queer, stand-up comedian that hosts a podcast on which Carrie Bradshaw is regularly featured. Che is a big presence with a big heart whose outrageous sense of humor and progressive, human overview of gender roles has made them and their podcast very popular”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sara-ramirez-joining-sex-and-the-city-revival-for-hbo-max-1234976649/

Birds Of A Feather – Won’t be returning. Good. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/05/16/48438/birds_of_a_feather_flock_off

Black-Ish – Has been renewed for one more, final season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/black-ish-renewed-final-season-8-1234973241/

B-Positive – Has been renewed for a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/united-states-of-al-b-positive-renewed-cbs-1234974016/

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – The eighth and final season will debut on August 12th. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/brooklyn-nine-nine-season-8-premiere-date-1234977753/

Call Your Mother – Has been cancelled. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/call-your-mother-canceled-abc-1234973510/

Cash Carraway – Daisy May Cooper is to star in this comedy drama. “The BBC describe the show as “a wild and punky tale of being trapped below the poverty line and doing everything it takes to escape.” The BBC explains: “Daisy May Cooper stars as a young working class single mum living with her ten year old daughter in the brutal lonely landscape of austerity Britain. Told with a dark lick of humour and an anarchic attitude, Cash Carraway skewers stereotypes of what it means to be working class and underlines the importance of love, dreams and friendships.” Cash Carraway comments: “The show is a about a brash yet intelligent working-class single mum who not only lives in extreme inner-city poverty but a state of ridicule and humiliation as she attempts to improve her life. She’s immoral and shocking and purposefully vile, and swaggerous and quite amazing really – but obviously I would say that as it’s inspired by my life! Luckily the role will be played by the brilliant Daisy May Cooper who I know will give her warmth and humour and a performance that says ‘f-you’ to the expectations of how women perceived to be at the bottom of society are expected to behave. It isn’t a woeful tale of poverty porn, it’s a love story in the detritus between a mother and her daughter. A woman who refuses to hand over her spirit regardless of how hard it’s kicked in, and it’s an absolute dream to write this drama for the BBC and Sid Gentle Films.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6370/cash-carraway-stars-daisy-may-cooper/

Chad – Has been renewed for a second season by TBS. https://tv.avclub.com/tbs-renews-chad-and-announces-premiere-dates-for-miracl-1846926689

Dodo – Is a new Channel 4 animated comedy which will star “Dylan Llewellyn…that also features the voices of comedian Mark Watson and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson. In Dodo, Llewellyn will play 11-year-old Joe Connolly, who is negotiating his first year at secondary school. Wilson, himself a former art teacher, narrates the 20-episode series, while Watson pays Joe’s dad. The cast also includes Connor Swindells, Ellie Kendrick, Kadiff Kirwan and Frankie Fox. Broadcaster Sky says: ‘With new situations and embarrassments around every corner, small events mean big drama for Joe, as he tries to fit in.… But Joe has Frisbo, Pete and Lily at his side, helping him realise that each challenge is really not the end of the world as he triumphs over adversity.’” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/05/17/48446/kaiser_chief_ricky_wilson
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The End – This dark comedy will debut on July 12th – “Starring Harriet Walter and Frances O’Connor, the 10-part series follows three generations of a family living on opposite sides of the world, each navigating similar issues relating to life and death”. More info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-mysterious-benedict-society-premiere-announcement-1234977222/

Feel Good – The second season will drop on June 4th on Netflix. “The season will continue to follow Mae (Mae Martin) and George’s (Charlotte Ritchie) complicated love story when, following her relapse, Mae begins to realize she’ll have to face her past in order to move forward. Lisa Kudrow, Philip Burgers and Adrian Lukis will also return for the second season. New cast members include Anthony Head, Jordan Stephens, John Ross Bowie, Eleanor Matsuura and Eve”, and a trailer can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hulu-premiere-dates-nine-perfect-strangers-only-murders-in-the-building-1234975675/

Friends The Reunion – A trailer for the show is now online, complete with James Corden talking annoyingly every so often – https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=LTpmw0Ac6Zs&fbclid=IwAR0xYIMXmX5EH1e5QoIfY13QjDnwvKJDpaiOuoa2bFLhGOEaXuy1XJI1ETI

Ghosts – A trailer for the US remake is here, and it’s not great unfortunately, but hopefully the actual series will be much better. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03–3HM4YKc

The Great – Gillian Anderson will guest star in the shows second season “in two episodes of the acclaimed comedy drama as Catherine’s mother, Joanna. Joanna is a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the “maestro of marriage” for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation.” https://deadline.com/2021/05/gillian-anderson-elle-fannings-mother-season-2-hulu-the-great-elle-fanning-1234756266/

The Great North – Has been renewed for a third season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/great-north-renewed-season-3-fox-1234974776/

Holding – This adaptation of Graham Norton’s comic crime novel is to be produced by ITV. “Holding is a comic-toned crime novel focusing on a police sergeant in a remote Irish village who is trying to solve a murder case. Actor Conleth Hill, who has appeared in shows such as Game Of Thrones, Hang Ups, Inside No. 9 and Doc Martin, will take on the lead role of Sergeant PJ Collins. A four-part series, it will be directed by Kathy Burke, and adapted for the screen by producers Dominic Treadwell-Collins and Karen Cogan”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6371/graham-norton-holding-on-itv/

Immigrant – Kumail Nanjiani is to play the founder of the Chippendales, Somen “Steve” Banerjee in a Hulu mini-series. “It will tell the true story of Banerjee, the Indian-American entrepreneur who started Chippendales. The series will detail the insane, darkly comedic, crime-ridden story behind the unique male revue that became a cultural phenomenon.The series is written by Robert Siegel and executive produced by Siegel, Nanjiani”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/kumail-nanjiani-chippendales-series-hulu-1234975632/

Master Of None – The third season debuts on Sunday, and a lot of info about it is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/master-of-none-season-3-aziz-ansari-lena-waithe-1234975562/

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail – The third season of Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radcliffe’s anthology series will begin on July 13th, and a trailer is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyBUK4D5z5s

Mixed-Ish – Has also been cancelled by ABC. https://tv.avclub.com/abc-kills-off-deep-breath-rebel-american-housewife-1846900622

Only Murders In The Building – Hulu’s forthcoming comedy thriller from Steve artin and John Hoffman also stars “Martin, Selena Gomez and Martin Short as Charles, Mabel, and Oliver. The three of them live in an Upper West Side building in New York City and are true crime fanatics. They get embroiled in a mystery themselves when a grisly murder happens in their apartment building. The three of them do the only obvious thing, of course: they record a podcast to document their findings as they unravel complex secrets of the building they reside in”. The show will debut on August 31st. https://tv.avclub.com/its-crime-time-at-hulu-with-nine-perfect-strangers-and-1846918140 and some images from the show can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-mysterious-benedict-society-premiere-announcement-1234977222/

Smallwood – CBS have ordered a new sitcom about real life professional bowler Tom Smallwood” which stars “Pete Holmes, Chi McBride and Katie Lowes. Mark Gross is executive producing and writing, with David Hollander and Brian D’Arcy James also exec producing and Mark Cendrowski directing. The comedy follows a seemingly ordinary man who, after being laid off from his assembly line job at the GM factory, decides to provide for his family by pursuing his dream of becoming a pro bowler”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/cbs-orders-smallwood-good-sam-series-1234973869/

Taskmaster – The series 12 line up has been announced, with Desiree Burch, Victoria Coren Mitchell, Alan Davies, Guz Khan and Morgana Robinson set to participate. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6373/taskmaster-series-12-line-up/

Tuesday – Julia Louis-Dreyfus is to star in this British film where she will play “A single mother fighting for the life of her daughter with Death, who has taken the form of a parrot. The Seinfeld and Veep actor stars in Tuesday, a dark comedy about mortality and compassion currently wrapping in London. The feature debut of UK-based Croatian writer-director Daina Oniunas-Pusic, it is being produced by A24 (Ramy, Uncut Gems), BBC Film and the BFI. Dying teenager Tuesday had hoped to use her remaining life repairing her relationship with her mother, Zora. But when Death, a size-shifting macaw who’s been alive since the dawn of time comes to collect her, they form an unexpected bond. Using her wit, Tuesday persuades her unlikely new friend to grant her more time so that she can say goodbye to her mother. But as the world slowly crumbles in Death’s absence, mother and daughter must find a way to prevent the apocalypse”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6369/julia-louis-dreyfus-in-tuesday/

The Unicorn – Has been cancelled after two seasons. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/all-rise-unicorn-canceled-cbs-1234974006/

The United States Of Al – Has been renewed for a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/united-states-of-al-b-positive-renewed-cbs-1234974016/

Untitled Arnold Schwarzenegger Project – Has been ordered by Netflix, with the show a mixture of action and humour – “Here’s how Skydance Television, who is producing the project, describes it: When a father and daughter learn that they’ve each secretly been working as CIA Operatives for years, they realize their entire relationship has been a lie and they truly don’t know one another at all. Forced to team up as partners, our series tackles universal family dynamics set against a global backdrop of spies, fantastic action and humor”. https://tv.avclub.com/as-promised-arnold-schwarzenegger-will-be-back-in-a-ne-1846931125

The Vindicators – A Rick and Morty spin-off is in the works, though it’ll be short episodes and initially web only. “By the very nature of Rick killing most of them in their debut appearance, The Vindicators sounds like it’s probably going to be a prequel, bringing back Supernova (Gillian Jacobs), Vance Maximus (Christian Slater), Alan Rails (Lance Reddick), and Million Ants (Tom Kenny) to show what they got up to when meddling super-scientists weren’t around. (Still screwing up pretty mightily, is our guess.) The series is being developed by Rick And Morty writers Sarah Carbiener and Erica Rosbe, plus Harmon and Roiland”. https://tv.avclub.com/rick-and-mortys-crappy-superheroes-are-getting-their-ow-1846931080

Welcome To Flatch – The US show that has been “inspired by” This Country, the synopsis is “When a documentary crew sets out to explore the lives of residents in a small American town – their dreams, their concerns – they stumble upon the midwestern town of Flatch, which is made up of many eccentric personalities. It’s a place you want to visit and maybe even stay. If there was a decent motel. Which there is not. The series stars newcomers Chelsea Holmes and Sam Straley, Seann William Scott (“Lethal Weapon,” “American Pie” franchise), Aya Cash (“The Boys,” “You’re The Worst”), Taylor Ortega (“Succession”) and newcomers Krystal Smith and Justin Linville”. A little more info and a trailer is here: https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/10551/welcome-flatch-country

Wednesday – More details have been revealed about this Addams Family spin-off: “It is described as a supernaturally infused mystery charting Wednesday Addams’ years as a student at Nevermore Academy. Wednesday’s attempts to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree that has terrorized the local town, and solve the supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago — all while navigating her new and very tangled relationships at Nevermore”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/wednesday-addams-series-netflix-jenna-ortega-1234976563/

The Wonder Years – Shocking absolutely no one, ABC is going ahead with Don Cheadle’s reboot of the series, and a short clip can be found here: https://tv.avclub.com/abc-drops-first-look-at-four-new-shows-including-dule-h-1846917237

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