Coming Attractions: Tv and Film News From 20/08/2021

coming-attractions-20082021Latest Update: This week we’ve news on the second season of Soho Theatre Live, the Home Alone reboot movie, Issa Rae’s new series Rap Shit, more episodes of Reno 911!, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay and the Punky Brewster reboot being cancelled, trailers for What We Do In The Shadows and Dear White People, and much more.

Atlanta – It’s been confirmed that season 3 has completed filming, but it won’t air until the first half of 2022. https://www.avclub.com/atlanta-season-3-will-debut-in-the-first-half-of-2022-1847482225

Comedy Unleashed – The largely very shitty club that dubs itself “the home of free-thinking comedy”, is to make a stand-up show pilot. “The episode will be filmed over three nights – 13th, 14th and 15th September – at London’s Backyard Comedy Club. The aim of the pilot is to recreate the atmosphere of a comedy club on TV, and allow comedians to “take risks” in terms of their material. Comedians Simon Evans, Andrew Doyle, Dominic Frisby, Tania Edwards, Mary Bourke, Phileo Huff, JoJo Sutherland, Leo Kearse, Nick Dixon, Tony Law, Preet Singh and Tobias Persson are set to take part, with the club saying that more comics will be added to the bill ahead of the recordings”. We’re of course not saying all who take place are right wing twats, just around 75%. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6496/comedy-unleashed-pilot/

The Conners – Jason Alexander will guest star in two episodes as “Pastor Phil” who is described as “an unconventional cleric with a rebel past. He uses humor and unflinching honesty to spread the good word.” Viewers will be introduced to Pastor Phil when he’s a speaker at an AA meeting that Becky (Lecy Goranson) attends and Darlene (Sara Gilbert) joins in, looking for spiritual guidance.”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/jason-alexander-the-conners-season-4-guest-star-1235043104/

Dear White People – A new trailer for the fourth and final season which debuts on September 22nd is here: https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/dear-white-people-final-season-trailer-1235042582/

Everything’s Going To Be Okay – Won’t be returning for a third season, sadly. https://www.avclub.com/everything-s-gonna-be-okay-not-getting-a-third-season-1847506903

Home Sweet Home Alone – This forthcoming reboot/remake of the much loved eighties movie had added Kenan Thompson, Timothy Simons, Pete Holmes, Ally Maki, and Chris Parnell to the cast, which already featured “Ellie Kemper, Rob Delaney, and Jojo Rabbit star Archie Yates”…”The story – which was written by Saturday Night Live’s Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and pulls thematically from John Hughes’ original—follows Max Mercer, who’s described as “a mischievous and resourceful young boy who has been left behind while his family is in Japan for the holidays.” After a married couple attempts to retrieve a priceless heirloom located in or around the Mercer home, it becomes Max’s job to hold down the fort, no matter what. Hijinks ensue, and—presumably—parents return. We hope”. https://www.avclub.com/ahh-home-alone-reboot-coming-to-disney-plus-in-novembe-1847484554

Juice – Mawaan Rizwan is working on a pilot based on “his 2018 Edinburgh Fringe storytelling show of the same name, which in turn derives from his mother’s malaprop advice to him growing up that if “life gives you mangoes, make mango juice”…As recounted in his live show, Pakistani-born Rizwan’s mother became a Bollywood star after he featured her in one of his music videos. The wannabe showbusiness megastar’s father is a playwright, while his brother, Nabhaan, is also an established actor, who has just shot HBO Max’s sci-fi mini-series Station Eleven, about a pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/6499/mawaan-rizwan-juice-pilot/

Never Have I Ever – Mindy Kaling’s latest series has been given a third season. “The series stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan as Devi, a first-generation Indian American teenager juggling the pressures of her home life, including grief over losing her father, with a complicated love triangle, evolving friendships and inner emotional turmoil best expressed by narrator John McEnroe”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/never-have-i-ever-season-3-renewal-netflix-1235044307/

Pen15 – A trailer for the animated one off episode is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZLGhzs91dU&feature=emb_logo

Punky Brewster – This sequel series will not be returning as its been cancelled after just one season. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/punky-brewster-canceled-reboot-season-2-1235045256/

The Ranganathan – The BBC has ordered a fourth series. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2021/08/17/49049/the_ranganation
_gets_a_fourth_series

R*P Shit – RJ Cyler is going to be a series regular in Issa Rae’s new series. “The series follows two estranged high school friends from Miami, Shawna (Aida Osman) and Mia (KaMillion), who reunite to form a rap group. Cyler will play Lamont, an aspiring music producer with a sharp ear for talent. He is also the loving but sometimes absentminded young father to Melissa, so by association, he has a complicated relationship with Mia. Jonica Booth and Devon Terrell also star in the series”. https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/rj-cyler-issa-rae-hbo-max-rap-sht-1235042200/

Reno 911! – Now airing on Roku, four more episodes have been ordered. https://www.avclub.com/roku-orders-more-full-episodes-of-discarded-quibi-class-1847519105

Shining Vale – Producer Jeff Astrof has spoken about the comedy horror series with Variety, explaining how it’ll explore mental illness – https://variety.com/2021/tv/news/shining-vale-courteney-cox-comedy-psychological-horror-mental-illness-1235044909/

Shenanigan – Daniel Kitson is releasing this show on cassette, vinyl and cd. “The show is called Shenanigan, I’ve been working on it on and off for a couple of years and whilst I think its top notch, it’s actually something I slightly struggle to describe. I did work in progress shows of it two years ago (a few nights at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge and a few weeks at The Roundabout in Edinburgh) and over the course of those, it developed into a really really good story about two people with a satisfying mystery at the middle of it and I really liked it. I had plans to turn it into some vaguely experimental play, but then the kerfuffle happened and that plan fell away”. https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/10929/daniel-kitson-cassette

Soho Theatre Live – Soho Theatre is thrilled to announce the second series of ‘Soho Theatre Live’ with Amazon Prime Video which will be available from 24th of September. It will comprise of ten critically-acclaimed and award-winning comedy shows filmed at Soho Theatre over the course of July 2021. It is part of Soho Theatre’s three-series deal with Amazon, joining the first series of 11 comedy films released in December 2020 on the platform, featuring Aditi Mittal, Dane Baptiste, Jen Brister, Jessie Cave, Joel Dommett and more. A third series of 10 new shows will be announced, filmed and broadcast in early 2022. The new shows are: Catherine Bohart: Immaculate, Jordan Brookes: I’ve Got Nothing, Desiree Burch: Unf*ckable, Nina Conti: In Your Face, Jessica Fostekew: Hench, Janine Harouni: Stand Up with Janine Harouni (Please Remain Seated), Kieran Hodgson: Maestro, Sarah Keyworth: Dark Horse, Kai Samra: Underclass and Sindhu Vee: Sandhog. https://sohotheatre.com/

Swede Caroline – Jo Hartley is to star in this British comedy film about competitive giant vegetable growers. “The mockumentary, which is due to start filming this month, will see Hartley play Caroline, a keen grower readying herself for the annual National Veg Championship. The plot is described as follows: “Caroline finds her life turned upside down when her prized marrow plants are stolen. She turns to two private detectives, but then they are kidnapped as well. Are the events linked? No, of course not. But Caroline thinks they are and the hunt for her missing marrows takes her way beyond the allotments, plunging her into a national corruption scandal that goes all the way to the top.””. https://www.comedy.co.uk/film/news/6501/swede-caroline-mockumentary/

What We Do In The Shadows – Has been given a fourth season before the third has even aired, and a new trailer for that third season which debuts on September 2nd is here: https://www.avclub.com/fx-renews-what-we-do-in-the-shadows-and-american-horror-1847481183

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