Coming Attractions: Tv And Film News From 18/06/2021

coming attractions 18062021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on Charlie and Daisy May Cooper appearing in the remake of This Country, and also on the remake front London Hughes is set to star in a gender flipped take on Perfect Strangers, plus there’s info on Ziwe’s Amazon series Nigerian Princess, a Beauty and the Beast prequel series based on the 2017 live action Disney film, and much more.

Atypical – A trailer for the final season is now online. “The coming-of-age comedy follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist), a 19-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence. This season will see each character face a challenge they never anticipated as Sam sets his sights on a nearly impossible goal”.

Beauty And The Beast – A prequel series based on the 2017 live action movie is in the works. “The live-action musical series will star Luke Evans and Josh Gad, who will reprise the roles of Gaston and LeFou (Louie) respectively from the 2017 live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film. In addition, newcomer Briana Middleton will join the show as Tilly, Louie’s stepsister. The prequel series was first announced as being in development in March 2020″. Set in the iconic kingdom of “Beauty and the Beast” years before the Beast and Belle’s romance, the series will follow Gaston and LeFou as they set off with LeFou’s step-sister, Tilly, after a surprising revelation from her past comes to light, sending the trio off on an unexpected journey. While the mysteries of the past are uncovered and the dangers of the present grow, old friends and new enemies reveal that this familiar kingdom harbors many secrets”.

Call Me Kat – Will have a new showrunner for it’s second season, so plausibly might be funnier.

Central Park – Is returning on June 25th for it’s second season. “In the first season, we met Owen Tillerman (Leslie Odom Jr.), the dutiful park manager who lives with his wife, a determined journalist named Paige (Kathryn Hahn), daughter Molly (voiced by Kristen Bell in season one, with Emmy Raver-Lampman taking over in season two), and son Cole (Tituss Burgess). Together, the family banded together to save the park from being purchased and ruined by a resentful and greedy land developer, the old Bitsy Brandenham (Stanley Tucci). As seen in the trailer for season two, the Tillermans continue to stave off Bitsy’s evil plans, while Molly and Cole deal with their own coming-of-age problems. Paige is still gunning to expose the Mayor’s corruption, and Owen is, for some reason, optimistic as ever. Don’t worry, the preview also promises a lot of fun new original songs and the return of the show’s narrator, the busker Birdie, voiced by co-creator Josh Gad”. More info and a trailer is here:

Fight Like A Girl – A comedy drama is to be made based on the book. “The book, a memoir and expose of how unequal the world continues to be for women, was published in 2016 by feminist writer and online sensation Clementine Ford. It earned Ford the Matt Richell Award for new writer of the year, a prize given by Australian Book Industry Awards. The story charts the political awakening of 15-year-old future feminist icon on the suburban grounds of her 1990s high school as she attempts to rally those around her to the cause. She soon discovers that her message will be met with opposition every step of the way, and she must choose between fitting in or fighting for a future world she wants to live in. Aquarius is planning a six-part TV series adaptation with episodes of 30 minutes each, to be created by Ford and Lou Sanz, writer of the upcoming feature film, “Audrey.””

Girls5Eva – This great comedy from Meredith Scardino which is produced by Tina Fey has been given a second season. “The musical comedy, which debuted just over a month ago, quickly built a following with its hilarious soundtrack of ’90s throwbacks (and one incredible Simon and Garfunkel parody—“New York Lonely Boy”) and a quartet of equally funny leads, played by Sara Bareilles, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Paula Pell, and Busy Phillips”.

The Harper House – Is a new Paramount Plus animated series. “The 10-episode series follows an overconfident matriarch as she navigates moving her family from the rich side to the poor side of a small town in Arkansas. “The Harper House” stars Rhea Seehorn, Jason Lee, Tatiana Maslany and Ryan Flynn, with VyVy Nguyen, Lance Krall, Roberta Colindrez, Tessa Skara, John “Spud” McConnell, Chris Diamantopoulos, Joanna Hausmann, Gabourey Sidibe, Nyima Funk and Gary Anthony Williams also voicing characters in the series”.

How I Met Your Father – More casting news has been revealed, with Chris Lowell set to star alongside Hilary Duff in the show. “The new spin-0ff series will take on the same format as the original, with main character Sophie (played by Hilary Duff), narrating the story of how she met her son’s father. Duff will produce the series and, like HIMYM, it will utilize a multi and single camera approach. How I Met Your Father’s storyline begins in 2021, focusing on Sophie and her group of close knit friends as they figure out love and life in the modern age. Lowell will play Sophie’s friend Jesse, an aspiring musician who works as an Uber driver to make ends meet and lives with his best friend Tom. Jesse is described as “smart, with a bit of an edge, and cynical about love.””

Human Resources – This Big Mouth spin-off has revealed more of it’s cast, with the series “Focusing on the various metaphorical monsters of that show and what they do when they’re not serving as representations of shame and depression and general human anxieties on Earth… Nick Kroll and Maya Rudolph from Big Mouth are returning, and Variety says they’ll be joined by Aidy Bryant (Shrill, Saturday Night Live), Randall Park (as seen on WandaVision recently), and Keke Palmer (soon to be the villain in Jordan Peele next movie), plus David Thewlis (reprising his role as the Shame Wizard from regular Big Mouth) and Big Mouth writer Brandon Kyle Goodman (who is also going to be doing a voice now). We know Park is going to play a Logic Rock named Pete, but Variety doesn’t say who the others will be playing”.

Hungry – Valerie Bertinelli is to star opposite Demi Lovato in this single-camera comedy pilot which “follows friends who belong to a food-issues group as they help each other look for love, success and the perfect thing in the fridge that’s going to make it all better”.

Kevin Can Fuck Himself – More info on this forthcoming Netflix show can be found here:

Lopez V Lopez – George Lopez is to make a sitcom with his daughter Mayan, which has been described as a “working-class family comedy about dysfunction, reconnection and all the pain and joy in between.” Following in her father’s footsteps, the pair has named the show after themselves”.

The Moodys – Fox have cancelled their remake of the Australian sitcom after two short seasons.

The Nigerian Princess – Ziew is making this comedy for Amazon. “The project follows Zoe, a wise-beyond-her-years 20-something who, debilitated by student debt, partners with a known grifter in a desperate bid to achieve the American Dream. The two prep school grads make an unlikely alliance all while secretly plotting to scam each other.”

Perfect Strangers – London Hughes is to star in a remake of this 80s/90s sitcom alongside Robin Thede from A Black Lady Sketch Show. “Her character, Deja, and Hughes’s, Poppy, discover that they are half-sisters when they both inherit a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. Hughes tweeted: ‘I don’t think the world is ready for this. It’s the fact that they’re remaking a show about two white dudes, and making it about two black women, and I get to star in it, AND my character is British, AND i get to work with @robinthede who is also writing it!!’”.

The Shrink Next Door – This Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell comedy has released it’s first trailer. “In the first teaser for the dark comedy, psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) asks his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell) to stop using “the f-word” — but it’s not what you think. Ike wants Marty to stop saying he’s “fine,” because as the teaser shows, he clearly isn’t. The clip features Marty breaking down in various ways, until one day, he has a breakthrough. As Billy Joel’s “My Life” plays, Ike and Marty form a boundary-crossing friendship, one that eventually involves Marty burying what appears to be a dead body.” More info’s here:

Welcome To Flack – Charlie and Daisy May Cooper will make an appearance in one episode of this remake of their hit sitcom This Country, and showrunner Jenny Bicks has spoken more about the series. “Asked about the possibility of crossover episodes, she said: ‘I told Daisy and Charlie this – they will be playing a role in an upcoming episode as themselves, not as Daisy and Charlie, but as Kurtan and Kerry. ‘There is opportunity for crossover, but not necessarily in the way you expect. That’s all I’ll say.’ Welcome To Flatch takes place in a rural Ohio town with the lead characters renamed Kelly and Shrub Mallett, and played by Chelsea Holmes and Sam Straley respectively. Bicks – who previously worked on Sex And The City and Sharon Horgan’s Divorce, as well as writing the screenplay for The Greatest Showman – confirmed other changes to the show, including a wider supporting cast and a different character for the pivotal vicar role. American Pie star Seann William Scott will play Father Joe, the US version of Paul Chahidi’s Rev Francis Seaton. Bicks, who collaborated with Bridesmaids director Paul Feig on the remake, said: ‘The vicar/minister/father is very different from the original vicar. He’s goofier. ‘There are things that Seann felt really comfortable in his skin being. He [Father Joe] is less good at his job, trying to figure it out a lot more, than the original vicar. And [Seann] is quite familiar with physical comedy so we have him do more physical comedy. I loved the idea he was in a Christian boy band so we actually introduce the Christian boy band and their video… that was a lot of fun.’ And she revealed that Fox executives insisted on the title Welcome To Flatch, rather than This Country, for political reasons. She said: ‘I did not want to change the name because it has such a great brand equity and I love that sense of the uppitiness of a documentary – the sound of being this very important documentary about this whole country, when it’s actuallly about these two cousins”. More info is here:

Unforgivable – Has been given a second series and “eight new hour-long episodes, which will go into production later this month”.

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