Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 28/05/2021

coming attractions 28052021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on a new ABC sitcom with Jo Koy,  Breeders getting a third season, a comedy starring Jeremy Allen White, Max & Ivan’s ITV2 sports comedy, the cast of Black Books reuniting (though not for an actual episode), Meera Syal and Jennifer Saunders’s audio sitcom, trailers for Physical and Kevin Can Fuck Himself, and much more.

And Just Like That – It has been confirmed that Chris Noth will be appearing in this sequel series to Sex and the City. https://www.avclub.com/mr-big-first-name-john-returns-for-sex-and-the-city-1846977442

The Bear – Shameless star Jeremy Allen White is to star in a pilot for FX. “In addition, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ayo Edebiri, Lionel Boyce, Abby Elliott, and Matty Matheson have also been cast in the project, which was ordered to pilot at FX back in March. “The Bear” is about a young chef (White) who returns to Chicago to run the family restaurant. Christopher Storer is the writer and director of the pilot. He will also executive produce with Hiro Murai and Mate Matteson of Super Frog and Joanna Calo. FX Productions will produce”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/shameless-jeremy-allen-white-fx-pilot-the-bear-1234978716/

Breeders – Has been given a third season by FX / Sky. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/breeders-renewed-season-3-fx-1234983281/

Black Books – The cast may be reunited, though at best it’ll be akin to the Friends Reunion documentary rather than a new sitcom episode.
https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6387/black-books-reunion/

A Black Lady Sketch Show – Has been renewed for a third season by HBO Max. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/black-lady-sketch-show-renewed-season-3-1234980264/

Brassic – A fourth series is being written even before the third has aired, and Sky are also making a third series of Intelligence, while further episodes of The Reluctant Landlord are in the works too. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6374/sky-comedy-commissioning/

Daddy’s SuperYacht – Channel4 are producing this sketch show, where the sketches will air on social media, and comedians involved in it include Nick Helm, Jen Brister, Hal Cruttenden and Felicity Ward. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6383/channel-4-sketches/

Deep Heat – Max & Ivan are making a sports based comedy for ITV2. “The comedy, which has been in development for three years, is being made by Episodes star Stephen Mangan’s production company Slam Films and his brother-in-law, writer-producer-director Robert Delamere, who last year executive produced Max & Ivan’s podcast Fugitives”. More info is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6382/max-and-ivan-itv2-sitcom/

The French Dispatch – Wes Anderson’s latest is to hit US (and hopefully European) cinema screens on October 22nd. https://www.avclub.com/wes-andersons-the-french-dispatch-sets-theater-release-1846981947

Generation – The second part of season one debuts on June 17th. “The half-hour dramedy series follows a diverse group of high school students exploring themselves and their sexuality in a conservative community”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sophie-okonedo-tobias-menzies-join-modern-love-season-2-tv-news-roundup-1234982096/

The Green and Pleasant Guide – A brand new animated comedy web series is being made about the British countryside. “Imagine chucking Look Around You, Countryfile and South Park into a giant thresher. The resulting mulch is this funny little web series, in which our perma-smiled presenter reveals all you need to know about the Great British CountrysideTM, from its vengeful cows to its world-renowned dogging. The show stars Celeste Dring, one half of acclaimed sketch duo Lazy Susan (BBC Three) and a regular on comedy series like The Windsors, This Country, Ladhood and Wanderlust. Other voices are provided by Amy Gledhill of The Delightful Sausage (as seen on Harry Hill’s Clubnite and heard on BBC Radio 4) and host of the hit podcast A Lovely Time; and Luke Rollason, from Stepdads (winners of the Brighton OtherPlace Award) and star of the viral smash Channel 4 sketch This Man Believes He Is 7ft Tall (over 20 million views so far). Artwork and animation is by Benpics, known for his hugely-popular podcast animations for the likes of Athletico Mince (starring Bob Mortimer), Adam Buxton and John Finnemore. And the show is created, written and produced by current nobodies Will Noble and Joe Reaney”. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/10575/celeste-dring-animation

Josep – ABC are developing this a single-camera sitcom “based on the life of a hardworking Filipino American nurse… Stand-up comedian Jo Koy is attached to star as the titular protagonist and will also executive produce. The show, which follows Josep as he navigates dating, fatherhood and his mother moving in with him, is written and executive produced by showrunner Steve Joe”. More info is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/josep-sitcom-joy-koy-abc-1234983400/

Kevin Can F**k Himself – A trailer for this dark comedy in which “star Annie Murphy plays Allison McRoberts, a prototypical sitcom wife who wakes up and revolts against the injustices in her life”, and which debuts on June 20th, is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sophie-okonedo-tobias-menzies-join-modern-love-season-2-tv-news-roundup-1234982096/

Netflix Christmas Comedy – Lindsay Lohan is to star in this year’s Netflix Christmas themed rom-com: “In this new movie, Lohan will play a “newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress” (according to the logline), who gets amnesia after a skiing accident and “finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner and his precocious daughter in the days leading up to Christmas”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/lindsay-lohan-returns-acting-netflix-romantic-comedy-christmas-movie-1234979200/

On The Buses – A documentary about the once loved British sitcom is in the works. “Featuring never-before-seen interviews with members of the cast and crew, the documentary will examine the success of the films and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic film series”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6378/on-the-buses-films-documentary/

Physical – This forthcoming Apple Tv+ dark comedy is about “Sheila Rubin, a mother and wife who harnesses the power of the leotard to change her life. Every day Rubin, played by Rose Byrne, fails to meet the expectations of the life she wants for herself, until she stumbles into an aerobics studio. After her husband loses his job, she joins the studio as a teacher. From there, she and her new coworker seek to build a workout empire while uplifting the women around them. The vicious voice in Byrne’s head keeps pushing her forward, but it may be beyond her limits.” More info and a trailer is here: https://www.avclub.com/rose-byrne-taps-into-the-power-of-the-leotard-in-physic-1846982637

The Powerpuff Girls – The gritty reboot is being reworked by the CW Channel, after the pilot wasn’t well received, and a new pilot will be now made. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/naomi-all-american-spinoff-cw-powerpuff-girls-pilot-1234980288/

Raj – Meera Syal and Jennifer Saunders are to make an audio sitcom set in 19th Century India. “Created by Meera Syal and Mark Evans, Raj! focuses on the useless Henry and his formidable mother who arrive in a remote province of India where Henry is excited to be the region’s new governor, despite having no real idea of how to do so apart from talking English very loudly and slowly to the locals. The Maharajah and his mother the Rajmata have plans in store for this unwelcome British presence, “which will ultimately turn the lives of all involved upside down…” Jennifer Saunders plays The Dowager, with Syal as the Rajmata. Jonny Sweet is Henry, and Amit Shah takes on the role of The Maharajah. Meanwhile Sanjeev Bhaskar voices Imran Afridi, a fearsome warlord and the Rajmata’s ex partner. Audible says: “Raj! explores the amusing clash of cultures and personalities under the rule of the British Crown – including a tiger in a dress, a cave full of opium, and how to cheat at cricket with a bucket of chutney – all brought to life by an incredible cast.” All seven episodes of Raj! are available now to Audible subscribers”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6377/audible-launches-raj/

Taskmaster – A second book is in the works.
https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/05/26/48515/alex_horne_pens
_new_taskmaster_book

With Love – Gloria Calderón Kellett is making a romantic comedy for Amazon. “Amazon has greenlit the one-hour romantic comedy series “With Love.” It follows the Diaz siblings, Lily and Jorge, who are on a mission to find love and purpose. The Diaz siblings cross paths with seemingly unrelated residents during some of the most heightened days of the year –the holidays. The series is planning to begin production in June with plans to launch it at the end of 2021. “I started writing as a way to create characters and stories that represented myself and the community I love,” Calderón Kellett said. “After such a heavy year, there was nothing I wanted more than to see a happy, warm, loving family that looked like mine, celebrating trauma-free and falling in love. So, to be bringing that family to life as my first project with Amazon Studios feels especially personal and is incredibly exciting. I cannot wait to share ‘With Love’ this holiday season!”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/gloria-calderon-kellett-with-love-amazon-1234983395/

Yesterday, Today & The Day Before – After only one episode hosts Sophie Duker, Kemah Bob and production assistant Saima Ferdows have quit Comedy Central’s new show, and further info on why is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6386/comics-quit-comedy-central-show/

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