Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 25/06/2021

coming attractions 25062021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the BBC’s adaptation of Adam Kay’s NHS comedy / horror series This Is Going To Hurt, Amy Schumer’s unscripted HBO series, Sex Education’s third season, Jerry Seinfeld making a new movie, the Turner and Hooch sequel series, a whole bunch of Amazon stand up specials, and much more.

Amazon Stand Up Specials – A number of stand up specials are to be filmed at the Soho Theatre including “Jordan Brookes’s Edinburgh Comedy Award-winning show…I’ve Got Nothing 2.0, an updated version of Brookes’s hit 2019 hour, is among several being filmed for the second series of Soho Theatre On Demand’s comedy offerings. Other acclaimed shows to feature from the last Edinburgh festival include an updated version of Jessica Fostekew’s Hench, Stand Up With Janine Harouni and Kai Samra’s debut Underclass. From the 2018 Fringe, there is Sindhu Vee’s Sandhog, Sarah Keyworth’s Dark Horse and Catherine Bohart’s Immaculate, which were all their first full-length shows. There is also Nina Conti’s 2017 show In Your Face, Desiree Burch’s Unf*ckable from the same year and Kieran Hodgson’s Maestro, which he originally performed in 2016 but reprised in 2019”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/6421/soho-theatre-2021-specials/

Amy Learns To – Is a new, unscripted HBO series from Amy Schumer. “Spanning eight half-hour episodes, “Amy Learns To…” watches Schumer step out of her comfort zone and into someone’s by learning a new skill, craft or trade from a local expert in her husband’s hometown on Martha’s Vineyard. From diving for clams to selling real estate or repairing a roof, she will meet each challenge with wit, vulnerability and the willingness to try anything”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hbo-max-orders-amy-schumer-series-1235004550/

The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show – Is a pilot that the married couple are making for the BBC. “Production is underway on The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show, with the married pair finding family firms or couples who work together in their native North East of England who might appreciate a helping hand from the South Shields comedian and his influencer wife”. More info is here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6426/chris-rosie-ramsey-show-bbc-pilot/

Dad Stop Embarrassing Me – Despite the star power of Jamie Foxx, this Netflix sitcom has been cancelled after just one season. https://www.avclub.com/netflix-cancels-jamie-foxxs-sitcom-about-embarrassing-h-1847135195

Galaxy Quest – Simon Pegg is the latest writer involved in making a tv version of the show, but given how long it’s been in the works for we’re not exactly holding our collective breaths. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/6428/simon-pegg-to-adapt-galaxy-quest/

The Horne Section Television Programme – Channel 4 are making a half hour pilot with Alex Horne and his band. “It shares a name with the band’s 2018 pilot for the Dave channel. But BCG understands that the scripted comedy, which is made by their management company Avalon, is 30 minutes long rather than the two-hour performance filmed at the London Palladium. Further details have yet to come to light”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6423/the-horne-section-on-channel-4/

I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson – The second season will premier on July 6th. “The absurdist sketch comedy series returns with newly-announced guest stars Bob Odenkirk, Brooks Wheelan, Gary Richardson, John Early, Julia Butters, Mike O’Brien, Patti Harrison, Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Richardson and Tim Heidecker”, more info and a trailer is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/netflix-i-think-you-should-leave-tim-robinson-season-2-trailer-1235002079/

Krapopolis – Jordan Young has been named as the showrunner for this animated comedy from Dan Harmon. “Set in mythical ancient Greece, it is cantered on a flawed family of humans, gods and monsters that tries to run one of the world’s first cities without killing each other”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/dan-harmon-fox-krapopolis-jordan-young-showrunner-1235003581/

The Misinvestigations Of Romesh Ranganathan – Another BBC series with Romesh Ranganathan, this will see the comedian investigate the true crime genre. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6422/misinvestigations-of-romesh/

The Ms. Pat Show – Bet+ are making a show based on the stand up comedians memoir. “The series will follow a former convicted felon turned suburban mom and stand-up comedian, whose hustle and spirit were forged on the streets of Atlanta. She now finds herself in conservative middle America alongside her penny-pinching husband (J. Bernard Calloway), a struggle of a sister (Tami Roman) and two distinct sets of kids (Theodore Barnes, Briyana Guadalupe and Vince Swann) raised under very different circumstances”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sex-education-season-3-netflix-premiere-date-first-photos-1235004485/

Only Murders in the Building – The first teaser trailer for this comedy with Martin Short and Steven Martin is now online. “In the teaser, Charles (Martin), Mabel (Gomez) and Oliver (Short) question how well they know their neighbors after a mysterious death shakes their apartment complex”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/only-murders-in-the-building-trailer-hulu-1234865924/

Our Flag Means Death – Kristian Nairn, Nathan Foad, Samson Kayo, Rory Kinnear, Con O’Neill and Vico Ortiz are the latest cast additions to this pirate comedy which stars Rhys Darby. “Taika Waititi will also appear in the series as the infamous pirate Blackbeard in addition to working behind the camera. “Our Flag Means Death” is loosely based on the true adventures of Stede Bonnet (Darby), a pampered aristocrat who abandoned his life of privilege to become a pirate. The show was originally ordered at HBO Max in September 2020”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/hbo-max-pirate-comedy-our-flag-means-death-cast-1235001709/

Q-Force – This animated comedy from Netflix debuts on September 2nd, and the cast will include Sean Hayes, Gary Cole, David Harbour, Patti Harrison, Laurie Metcalf, Matt Rogers, Wanda Sykes and Gabe Liedman. “The 10-episode order follows Steve Maryweather, a once-celebrated member of the American Intelligence Agency (AIA) who was sent to West Hollywood to vanish into obscurity after coming out as gay. Instead, Agent Mary assembles Q-Force, a misfit squad of LGBTQ+ geniuses including Deb, Twink and Stat, and they begin solving a case on their own terms. After gaining reluctant approval from the AIA, they now must put up with a new member of the squad: straight-guy Agent Buck”. A teaser trailer for the show can be found here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/netflixs-animated-q-force-starring-sean-hayes-gary-cole-to-premiere-in-september-tv-news-roundup-1235003570/

Robin Robin – A half hour Christmas film from Aardman, this is set to debut on Netflix in November, and this is how it’s bee described “When her egg fortuitously rolls into a rubbish dump, Robin is raised by a loving family of mice. As she grows up, her differences become more apparent. Robin sets off on the heist to end all heists to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse – but ends up discovering who she really is”. https://www.avclub.com/aardman-delivers-an-early-christmas-in-july-gift-with-r-1847138089

Robots – Is a new comedy from Borat writer Anthony Hines which will star Jack Whitehall and Shailene Woodley. “Based on the short story by acclaimed science fiction writer Robert Sheckley, Hines and (Casper) Christensen penned the screenplay, which focuses on a womanizer and a gold digger who learn humanity when forced to team up and pursue robot doubles of themselves, who have fallen in love and run away together. Hamel developed the project under his Company Films banner”. https://www.avclub.com/shailene-woodley-to-hunt-robot-shailene-woodley-in-new-1847145371

Semi-Detached – This Lee Mack sitcom has been cancelled. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6418/semi-detatched-with-lee-mack-cancelled/

Sex Education – The third season will drop on Netflix on September 17th. “Ringing in a new year, the eight-episode season will see Otis (Asa Butterfield) having casual sex, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and Adam (Connor Swindells) calling it official and Jean (Gillian Anderson) getting ready to have a baby. Meanwhile, new headteacher Hope (“Girls” star Jemima Kirke) tries to improve Moordale’s academic standing, Aimee (Aimee-Lou Wood) discovers feminism and Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) gets a crush. Also joining the cast this season: Jason Isaacs as Peter Groff, Mr. Groff’s more successful older brother; Dua Saleh as Cal, a nonbinary student at Moordale; and Indra Ové, Elsie’s foster mum Anna”. Some images from the series can be seen here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/sex-education-season-3-netflix-premiere-date-first-photos-1235004485/

Solar Opposites – Has been renewed for a fourth season even though the third won’t air until 2022. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/solar-opposites-renewed-season-4-hulu-1235002622/

The Stand Up Sketch Show – Will be returning for a fourth series, with Seann Walsh, Russell Kane, Jayde Adams, Dane Baptiste and Felicity Ward set to feature. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6419/stand-up-sketch-show-series-4/

Strange Planet – Dan Harmon is involved in an adaptation of this web comic and graphic novel by Nathan Pyle. “The “Strange Planet” series is said to tell profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/strange-planet-animated-series-apple-dan-harmon-nathan-pyle-1235003618/

Ted Lasso – A trailer for the show’s second season is now online: https://www.avclub.com/this-trailer-for-ted-lasso-season-2-might-be-as-effecti-1847140971

This Is Going To Hurt – Filming has now wrapped on this adaptation of Adam Kay’s excellent book, Ben Wishaw is to play the lead but it’s now been revealed that Dame Harriet Walter, Ambika Mod, Michele Austin, Alex Jennings and Rory Fleck Byrne will also star in the series. “Talking about the plot, the producers explain: “We find Adam wending his way through the ranks of hospital hierarchy – junior enough to suffer the crippling hours, but senior enough to face a constant barrage of terrifying responsibilities. Adam is clinging to his personal life as he is increasingly overwhelmed by stresses at work: the 97-hour weeks, the life and death decisions, and all the while knowing the hospital parking meter is earning more than him.””. The series will now air on BBC1 instead of the originally announced channel of BBC2, and more info and pictures can be seen here: https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6427/this-is-going-to-hurt-cast/

Turner And Hooch – This sequel series to the Tom Hanks movie debuts on Disney+ on July 21st, though don’t expect a cameo from Tom Hanks as the trailer makes it clear that his character is dead. “When an ambitious, buttoned-up US Marshal inherits a big unruly dog, he soon realizes the dog he didn’t want may be the partner he needs. “Turner & Hooch” stars Josh Peck as Scott Turner, son of Detective Scott Turner portrayed by Tom Hanks in the 1989 film of the same name”. More info and a trailer is here: https://www.avclub.com/because-you-demanded-it-here-s-the-turner-and-hooch-tr-1847161082

Unfrosted – Jerry Seinfeld is to make another movie. “The Unfrosted deal was confirmed for Deadline, and Seinfeld explained the film’s modest pandemic-related origins: “Stuck at home watching endless sad faces on TV, I thought this would be a good time to make something based on pure silliness,” he said. “So we took my Pop-Tart stand-up bit from my last Netflix special and exploded it into a giant, crazy comedy movie.”” https://deadline.com/2021/06/jerry-seinfeld-netflix-movie-deal-unfrosted-creation-of-pop-tart-directing-starring-cowriter-1234780032/

Up Pompei! – A female reboot of the classic comedy was announced back in 2016 but then little was heard about it, but it is still apparently in the works. “Writer Brian Leveson has revealed that the idea is back in the running. His revelation came when he was asked about future projects when he appeared on the Behind The Scenes podcast, and told host Colin Edmonds: We’ve go Up Pompeii, of course. ‘Our reboot of Up Pompeii with a female lead that’s something. We’re now going to bring that back as well. It’s very modern, in a way.’”. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/06/23/48689/female-
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The Upshaws – This Netflix sitcom has been given a second season and will be 16 episodes long this time around. “In the series, Bennie Upshaw (Mike Epps, the head of a Black working class family in Indianapolis, is a charming, well-intentioned mechanic and lifelong mess just trying his best to step up and care for his family — wife Regina (Kim Fields), their two young daughters (Khali Spraggins, Journey Christine) and firstborn son (Jermelle Simon), the teenage son (Diamond Lyons) he fathered with another woman (Gabrielle Dennis) — and tolerate his sardonic sister-in-law (Wanda Sykes), all without a blueprint for success. But the Upshaws are determined to make it work, and make it to the next level, together”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/the-upshaws-renewed-season-2-netflix-1235004605/

Ziwe – This sketch show has been given a second season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/ziwe-renewed-season-2-showtime-1235002662/

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