Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 23/07/2021

coming attractions 23072021Latest Update: This week we have news on Gemma Arterton starring in a six part adaptation of Nick Hornby’s Funny Girl, a People Just Do Nothing, one off, Harry Enfield making a one off special to celebrate the BBC’s 100th anniversary,

And Just Like That… – A script from the series has leaked which suggests Carrie and Mr Big have divorced. https://pagesix.com/2021/07/15/sex-and-the-city-reboot-leaked-script-reveals-mr-big-drama/

Awkwafina is Nora From Queens – Is premiering on Aug. 18. “Joining them this season are guest stars Margaret Cho, Alan Kim, Lauren Ash, Alex Borstein, Ross Butler, Cindy Cheung, Catherine Cohen, Catherine Curtin, Fortune Feimster, Chloe Fineman, Judy Gold, Stephanie Hsu, Kerri Kenney-Silver, C.S. Lee, Ajay Mehta, Haley Joel Osment, Aaron Takahashi and Jade Wu.”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/damon-wayans-jr-host-peacock-frogger-1235025674/

Big Age – Is a comedy pilot that will air on Channel 4 on September 10th, and if ratings are good enough it’ll hopefully be given a series. “Created by Bolu Babalola , Big Age follows a group of four young Black-British friends who are in the ‘big age’ era of their lives. Channel 4 explains: “With a backdrop of parental expectation, personal dreams and the crushing reality of maxed out credit cards and with the Nigerian phrase ‘at your big age!’ ringing in their ears; it’s a quipped admonition that can be both loving and mocking, both commanding and encouraging – it is about growing up, stretching up, stepping up.”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6467/big-age-sitcom-pilot/

The Birth Of Daniel F Harris – Channel 4 is to make a dark comedy, which it describes as “an utterly compelling, surprising and darkly comic story that follows a young man finding his place in a world he never knew existed.” The eight-part series has been created by Pete Jackson, who previously wrote Radio 4 comedy Love In Recovery. Talking about the plot of The Birth Of Daniel F Harris, Channel 4 explain: “Lewis Gribben stars as Danny, an eighteen-year-old whose mother was killed in a car accident when he was a baby. Overwhelmed with grief, his dad Steve, played by Rory Keenan, bought a house in the middle of nowhere and locked Danny in, telling him the world outside was full of monsters waiting to take him away. Just like they took his mum. “For eighteen years they lived a happy existence together, listening to Benny Goodman records and watching old movies with no sad endings. And that’s how Danny grew up. It was all he knew, all he needed – him and his dad against the world. But when Danny turns eighteen, everything he’s ever known explodes in an instant. “Danny is taken to live with his well-meaning but stressed-out aunt Sue, played by Lisa McGrillis, and cousin Aaron, played by Samuel Bottomley. Aaron is a shy and awkward eighteen-year-old, desperately in need of a friend, but his very strange cousin definitely wasn’t who he had in mind”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6464/the-birth-of-daniel-f-harris/

Clerks III – In yet another attempt at ruining his legacy Kevin Smith is finally making the third in the Clerks trilogy, which will be a meta affair where the characters make a low budget film about their lives after one has a heart. https://www.avclub.com/clerks-iii-is-officially-happening-and-set-to-begin-fil-1847322351

That Damn Michael Che – Is coming back for a second season at HBO Max. “The first season of the comedy series premiered on the streaming service back in May. The series, in which Che also stars, features a mix of comedy sketches and vignettes to tackle issues such as racial profiling, unemployment, falling in love and more.” https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/that-damn-michael-che-renewed-season-2-hbo-max-1235025645/

Dollface – Jayson Blair is to star in the second season of Kat Dennings’ Hulu comedy series “Dollface”. “He will play Liam, a new love interest for Izzy (Esther Povitsky), who, for the “Dollface” uninitiated, is a friend and co-worker of Dennings’ main character Jules”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/jayson-blair-kat-dennings-hulu-dollface-1235021947/

Funny Girl – Gemma Arterton is to star in Sky’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel. “Set in an alternative history of British light entertainment in which the nation falls in love with Sophie Straw, a Lucille Ball-like figure, the televisual 2014 novel also features two Tony Hancock-obsessed writers, Tony and Bill, with the trio drawn together to make a sitcom pilot in the 1960s. Adapted by Absolutely star Morwenna Banks, whose writing credits include Damned, Up The Women and Ruddy Hell! It’s Harry & Paul, six hour-long episodes have been ordered”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6465/gemma-arterton-in-funny-girl/

Irma Vep – Five new cast additions have been made to this series based on the not very good film. “Adria Arjona (“6 Underground,” “True Detective”), Carrie Brownstein (“Portlandia,” “Transparent”), Jerrod Carmichael (“The Carmichael Show,” “Ramy”), Fala Chen (“The Undoing,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”), and Devon Ross will all star alongside Vikander in the limited series”. More info on who they will play is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/adria-arjona-carrie-brownstein-jerrod-carmichael-irma-vep-hbo-1235022967/

Kurupting the Industry: The People Just Do Nothing Story – Is a one off special being made for the BBC that “will feature interviews with the show’s creators and stars, Allan Mustafa, Steve Stamp, Asim Chaudhry and Hugo Chegwin, plus fellow cast members Lily Brazier and Dan Sylvester, as well as director Jack Clough, producer Jon Petrie and executive producer Ash Atalla. Ahead of People Just Do Nothing: Big In Japan arriving in cinemas on the 18th of August, the 45-minute documentary will trace the semi-improvised mockumentary’s origins from a series of 2010 YouTube episodes about a group of aspiring but deluded MCs and DJs with dreams of stardom, running a pirate radio station in Brentford. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6459/people-just-do-nothing-documentary-bbc-three/

Love Life – Punkie Johnson the SNL has been cast in shows second HBO Max’s rom-com anthology “starring opposite previously announced “The Good Place” alum William Jackson Harper. Additionally, the premium cabler’s streaming platform announced that Leslie Bibb, John Earl Jelks and Arian Moayed will recur in the show. Kimberly Elise, Ego Nwodim and Blair Underwood will guest star. Season 2 of “Love Life,” which hails from Lionsgate Television and Feigco Entertainment, focuses on Marcus Watkins (Harper) as he comes out of a years-long relationship with the woman he thought was going to be his person. The rug is pulled out from under him, and he is plunged back into the search for romantic fulfillment that he thought he had already found.”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/punkie-johnson-hbo-max-love-life-1235023805/

The Other One – Filming has begun on the show’s second series. “Currently shooting in Manchester, five more 30-minute episodes of the comedy about an unlikely blended family have been ordered, with Rebecca Front, Siobhan Finneran and Amit Shah also reprising their roles. Former guest star Caroline Quentin returns too, with Michele Austin (Meet The Richardsons) joining the cast. Creator Holly Walsh (Motherland) once again directs and executive produces the story of half-sisters Catherine Walcott and Catherine Walcott, who had no idea the other existed until their bigamous father dropped dead. The sometime stand-up co-writes with Pippa Brown (Psychobitches)”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6462/the-other-one-series-2/

Reservation Dogs
– A trailer for Taika Waitit’s new sitcom is online: https://www.avclub.com/taika-waitit-and-sterlin-harjos-reservation-dogs-is-loo-1847311569

Rise Of The Pink Ladies – This Grease prequel series has been given a ten episode order by Paramount+. “Referencing the name of the film’s resident girl “gang”, the series takes place four years before the incidents of the original film, finally revealing the dark sequence of events that led to Stockard Channing being forced to attend Rydell High despite being 33 years old when Grease was filmed back in 1977. (We’re making a few assumptions here, admittedly; the actual logline is all about “four fed-up, outcast girls” who “dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.” Neat!)”. https://www.avclub.com/the-grease-prequel-series-is-headed-to-paramount-plus-1847313074

Sex Education – A teaser trailer which serves as a fake advert for Moordale School can be found here, along with some info about the new characters: https://www.avclub.com/moordales-new-headmistress-isnt-as-cool-as-she-looks-in-1847319008

Trash Monsters – Jon Richardson is to host a one off programme where “three celebrities will wear their household rubbish over the course of two weeks. Trash Monsters will seek to “highlight important climate change issues and inspire the celebrities and viewers to reduce their waste output.””. https://www.comedy.co.uk/people/news/6466/jon-richardson-trash-monsters/

Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – Rather horrifyingly this might return to our screens. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/07/19/48841/is_two_pints_of
_lager_set_for_a_comeback%3F

Untitled Harry Enfield Spoof – Harry Enfield is making a working on a spoof history of the BBC for its centenary next year. “The mockumentary “tribute”, which is likely to also feature his long-time double act partner Paul Whitehouse, is set to be in the style of the pair’s 2014 show Story Of The 2s, in which they affectionately sent up BBC Two’s programming on the occasion of its 50th birthday. “I’m hoping to do a thing for the BBC next year, because it’s a hundred years of the BBC and I’ve been asked to do a kind of tribute of that, because I did a sort of 50 years of BBC Two” he told The Times’s Matt Chorley on his Red Box politics podcast. “So we’re hoping to do a sort of 100 years thing … I’ve got an idea, I think it’ll work. So I’m looking forward to that.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6468/harry-enfield-100-years-of-bbc/

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