Coming Attractions: Tv And Film News From 27/08/2021

coming the-wonder-years-2021-aLatest Update: This week we’ve news on the new version of The Wonder Years, a new special from Charlie Brooker, a comedy drama from the makers of Famlam, and a new comedy from Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper, a Christmas set rom-com from Pappy’s star Tom Parry, Kevin Can Fuck Himself and Flatbush Misdemeanours getting second seasons, Maria Bamford starring in new Adult Swim series Teenage Euthanasia, and much much more.

Attack of the Hollywood Clichés! – Is a new one off special from Charlie Brooker and which will be presented by Rob Lowe, and will drop on September 28th. “In this special, Lowe and film experts to be announced later will take viewers through classic and controversial cinema clichés, from “Walking Away from an Explosion,” to meet-cutes to “Females Running in Stilettos” and the “Wilhelm Scream.” “Attack of the Hollywood Clichés!” is produced by Broke and Bones, with Lowe, Jon Petrie, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serving as executive producers. Sean Doherty produces and directs, while Alice Mathias and Ricky Kelehar also direct”.

The Baby-Sitters Club – Season two will drop on October 11 on Netflix.

Backstage With Katherine Ryan – Amazon’s behind-the-scenes stand-up showcase has revealed its line-up with “Frankie Boyle, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Jo Brand, Sara Pascoe, Tom Allen, Sue Perkins, Nish Kumar, Joel Dommett, Russell Kane, Rob Beckett and Rosie Jones” taking part.

Betty – HBO’s skater comedy has been cancelled.

Black Ops – Is a new BBC comedy drama from Famalam’s Gbemisola Ikumelo and Akemnji Ndifornyen “about black undercover cops in the Metropolitan Police, British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal. Six half-hour episodes of Black Ops have been ordered, to air next year, with the series co-created with Joe Tucker and Lloyd Woolf (Witless). It tells the story of Dom and Kay, who join the Met in the hope of cleaning up their community but are unwittingly thrust into the murky world of deep cover infiltration as they become part of a powerful criminal enterprise, with their situation quickly becoming more fiasco than Donnie Brasco. These characters have been swimming around in my head for a long time and so finally seeing them get to live and speak and just be ridiculous is super exciting” said writer Ikumelo. “We have such an amazing team bringing this to life and I hope audiences really fall in love with them like I have.”

The Conners – Will kick off with a live episode when it returns on 22nd September.

Curb Your Enthusiasm – Will return in October.

The Curse – This new British sitcom begins filming next week. “The comedy-drama stars People Just Do Nothing’s Steve Stamp, Allan Mustafa and Hugo Chegwin and King Gary star Tom Davis, who have written the script with director James De Frond. Based on the 1983 Brink’s Mat robbery, in which thieves stole £26 million of gold bullion, diamonds and cash from a warehouse at Heathrow International Trading Estate, The Curse follows a gang of six armed robbers who raid a depot near one of London’s airports thinking they’d walk away with £50,000 in cash, only to stumble across 7000 bars of gold, with a street value of tens of millions. Mustafa plays Albert Fantoni, Stamp is Sidney Wilson, Chegwin is Phil “The Captain” Pocket and Davis is Big Mick Neville, working-class men who dabble in low-level crime to make ends meet during the recession”.

Desus & Mero – Will be returning for a fourth season. “The late-night talk show centers on hosts Daniel Baker aka Desus Nice and Joel Armogasto Martinez aka The Kid Mero who give their take on recent hot topics and interview guests that have included everyone from former President Barack Obama to current President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, to Dr. Anthony Fauci; such actors as Matt Damon, Eddie Murphy, Glenn Close and Idris Elba; and musicians Lil Nas X, YoYo Ma and H.E.R.”

Face It – Is a new series featuring two comedy drama monologues “about how women feel about their faces, are to be released on BBC iPlayer on Thursday 2nd September. The 15 minute episodes have been written by Miranda Walker as part of BBC Arts Culture In Quarantine, a commissioning round in which twelve D/deaf, neurodivergent and disabled professional artists have been commissioned to produce new work for BBC platforms”.

Flatbush Misdemeanors – Will be back for a second season. The show “follows longtime friends Dan (Dan Perlman) and Kevin (Kevin Iso), who struggle to thrive while living in Brooklyn, N.Y.”.

Funny Girl – Gemma Arterton is to star in an adaptation of Nick Hornby’s novel. “The show, which is being made for Sky, revolves about a Blackpool beauty queen who heads to the London of the Swinging Sixties to join a pioneering sitcom, where ‘her uncompromising northern wit proves to be the X factor that the show has been missing’. The broadcaster says: ‘Being a woman in a largely male environment has its own challenges, but as Barbara finds her funny she re-defines the prevailing attitude to funny women and in the process, reinvents herself.’”.

Gaynor & Ray – This new pilot from Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon has now been filmed. “Created and written by Ruth Jones and David Peet and made by Tidy Productions, Gaynor & Ray features the exciting reunion of two BBC favourites and real-life friends, Ruth Jones and Rob Brydon in the title roles and is the latest Comedy Playhouse to be commissioned for broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The plot is described as follows: “Meet Gaynor and Ray Davies from Cardiff – two fifty-something newlyweds, both married for a second time. Gaynor’s first marriage ended when she discovered her husband was unfaithful (multiple times); Ray’s first marriage ended because he was ‘impossible to live with’ (or so his ex-wife never tires of telling him). But now they’re both trying again. In this 35 minute special we join Ray and Gaynor on their honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands where they meet a variety of characters and situations. And having only met six months ago, there are many things – not all of them endearing – that this couple keeps discovering about each other, often begging the question have they done the right thing?””.

I Hate You – Is a new sitcom from Friday Night Dinner’s Robert Popper. “The series is described as a comedy about two best friends in their 20s, and “their intense, messy friendship in today’s intense, complicated world”. The show will star Tanya Reynolds – who plays Lily Iglehart in Sex Education – as Charlie, with newcomer Melissa Saint taking on the role of Becca. Producers explain: “It’s about the one friend you can say anything to and do anything with: the idiotic in-jokes, and the laughing till you almost puke, as well as the insane bickering and late-night shouting matches. It’s about that one friend you really love – and really hate.” They add: “Charlie’s a bit of a worrier, who thinks 99% of humans are d*ckheads, and Becca – no embarrassment gene, usually makes the wrong decision. Together they share a flat that is half spotless (Becca’s room) and half ‘sh*ttery’ (Charlie’s room). Together they’re complete chaos…”The first series sees Charlie get arrested for pick-pocketing a police officer, Becca learns the perils of jogging to jazz, the girls meet a man who believes humans came from bears, and both start dating older guys – more specifically – men in their seventies. All this plus a Lord who keeps a fly as his pet.”

I Love This For You – Black-ish star Jenifer Lewis joins previously announced series lead Vanessa Bayer and cast members Molly Shannon, Paul James, Ayden Mayeri, Matt Rogers, and Punam Patel. “Inspired by Bayer’s own story of overcoming childhood leukemia, the series centers on Joanna Gold (Bayer) who dreams of becoming a host at a home-shopping channel. Working to shed her life-long label as “that cancer girl,” she moves away from her parents, starts a budding romance for the first time in her adult life and forms a meaningful friendship with her idol Jackie (Shannon), all against the backdrop of a highly competitive workplace run by an unstable billionaire, where people play dirty to succeed”.

John Cleese: Cancel Me – Is some shit I won’t be watching.

Judge Steve Harvey – Is a new unscripted comedy that will air in 2022. “He will be the judge and jury of this one-hour primetime unscripted show, which will see him welcome a variety of conflicts and unique characters into his courtroom. Harvey will attempt to fix a range of problems, from small claims and big disputes to everything in between. To no one’s surprise, Harvey will play by his own rules, basing his courtroom on his own life experiences and, according to the official press release, “some good old common sense.” Hey, if it’s anything like Harvey’s hosting gig during the 2015 Miss Universe pageant when he announced the wrong winner, at least we know his new show will be entertaining at best”.

Kevin Can Fuck Himself – Is coming back for a second season. “The dark comedy series stars “Schitt’s Creek” alum Annie Murphy as  Allison McRoberts, a woman we all grew up believing we knew: the prototypical Sitcom Wife. She’s beautiful and can take a joke (though she’s usually the butt of them). And she’s married to a guy who must’ve won some sort of marriage lottery, because she looks the way she does and he’s… funny. The series alternates between traditional sitcom multi-cam footage but then switches up to single-cam as Allison struggles to break out of her unhappy existence. “It’s Kevin’s world, Allison’s just living in it. Or is she? This series was built on a novel and unique concept, and the creative team on both sides of the camera, led by Valerie and Annie, delivered a highly entertaining first season that really got people talking and rooting for the sitcom wife as never before,” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and AMC Studios. “We are excited to see this talented team move from the finale’s cliffhanger and continue Allison’s journey, pushing the bounds of conventional storytelling every step of the way.”

Never Mind the Buzzcocks – A clip from the show has been released, but unfortunately it’s not exactly hilarious –

One Night In… – Josh Widdecombe and Alex Brooker are to team up in this new series where The Last Leg presenters will be “joined by fellow comedians as they stay overnight at an as-yet-unnamed theme park, museum, zoo, historic landmark and department store in the five one-hour episodes, airing later this year.”

Our Flag Means Death– Samba Schutte and Fred Armisen are the latest addition to the class.

Peacock – Is a new sitcom from The People Just Do Nothing team which is a gym-based comedy series about toxic masculinity. “Peacock stars PJDN’s Allan ‘Seapa’ Mustafa as physical training instructor Andy Peacock, struggling to adapt to an increasingly woke world, with his clients obsessed with selfies and Instagram. Written by PJDN’s Steve Stamp and Ben Murray, who directed Kurupt FM’s earliest YouTube videos, four episodes of Peacock have been ordered, with Andrew Chaplin (GameFace, Witless, Alma’s Not Normal) attached to direct. The character has been updated since it was originally conceived. Now, “there’s a lot of stuff about wokeness that this character’s dealing with” Stamp added. “It’s always been about toxic masculinity and being a man in his mid-30s who’s having a crisis of ‘who am I and what have I achieved?’ “But it’s now become a bit more dense in terms of the things he’s having to deal with. So now we’ve added an idea that he’s going to become the equalities officer at the gym. So a white guy speaking on behalf of all these different minorities.” One episode features Peacock “trying to make the gym fun for Black History Month and how fucked up that is”, based on a genuine incident in which a PureGym in Luton was forced to apologise last year for creating a Twelve Years A Slave-themed workout plan. “It’s poking fun at people who are not paying enough attention and not developing along with the rest of the world.”

Queenie – Is a forthcoming comedy drama airing on Channel 4. “Talking about the plot, the producers explain: “She’s the woman who by now needs no introduction… Enter Queenie Jenkins: aged 25, Jamaican British and straddler of both cultures, a South London stalwart, journalist, loyal friend, not so loyal daughter and granddaughter, a sometimes catastrophist, an occasional mess, but more often than not an undervalued success – who is always, always enough. “As Queenie’s already loyal subjects will know, she works at a national newspaper where she’s frequently forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers. After a less than clean break up from her long-term white boyfriend Tom, she finds herself somewhat lost and searching for comfort in all the wrong places, including the beds and backseats of several undeserving men who do a great job of occupying her brain space, but a bad one of affirming her self-worth”.

Succession – The third season of the Emmy-winning show will air in October. “Succession stars Brian Cox (Logan Roy), Jeremy Strong (Kendall Roy), Sarah Snook (Shiv Roy), Kieran Culkin (Roman Roy), Alan Ruck (Connor Roy), Nicholas Braun (Cousin Greg), Matthew Macfadyen (Tom Wambsgans) and J. Smith-Cameron (Gerri Kellman). Peter Friedman, Dagmara Dominczyk, Justine Lupe, David Rasche, Fisher Stevens, Hiam Abbass, Arian Moayed, Harriet Walter and James Cromwell are returning for the third season as well. New additions to the cast for Season 3 include Adrien Brody, Alexander Skarsgård, Sanaa Lathan, Linda Emond, Jihae, Hope Davis, Dasha Nekrasova and Ella Rumpf”.

Teenage Euthanasia – This new Adult Swim will premiere Sept. 19 at midnight. “The half-hour animated series is set in the near-future and follows the owners of Tender Endings funeral home, including Trophy (voiced by Maria Bamford) to ran away from home 15 years ago but now returns as a corpse ready for burial — only to be resurrected by a lightning strike. Trophy develops new powers as a result, but she also receives a second chance to parent her daughter Annie (Jo Firestone). Tim Robinson and Bebe Neuwirth also voice characters. “Teenage Euthanasia” is created by Alissa Nutting and Alyson Levy, who executive produce alongside Lisa M. Thomas, Vernon Chatman and John Lee. Scott Adsit is co-executive producer. The series is produced by PFFR and animated by Augenblick Studios”.

Untitled French and Saunders Sitcom – The duo are working together on a new sitcom. “French revealed the as-yet-untitled project in an interview the pair gave to Zoe Ball on her Radio 2 breakfast show this morning, along with a new live tour that she’s writing for next year and details of her next book”.

Wednesday – More cast additions have been made to this prequel series. “Thora Birch joins the cast as Wednesday’s dorm mother Tamara Novak, while Riki Lindhome will play Wednesday’s therapist Dr. Valerie Kinbott, and Jamie McShane is Sheriff Donovan Galpin, who has a vendetta against Wednesday’s father Gomez (Luis Guzmán). The newly announced actors portraying classmates of Wednesday Addams at Nevermore Academy are Hunter Doohan as Wednesday’s friend Tyler Galpin, who happens to also be the sheriff’s son; Georgie Farmer as shy Nevermore Academy student Ajax Petropolus; Moosa Mostafa as beekeeping club president Eugene Otinger; Emma Myers as Wednesday’s roommate Enid Sinclair; Naomi J. Ogawa as vampire Yoko Tanaka; Joy Sunday as popular girl Bianca Barclay, and Percy Hynes White as artist and rich kid Xavier Thorpe. Along with Ortega and Guzmán, previously announced cast members include Catherine Zeta-Jones, who will play Morticia”.

The Wonder Years – A trailer for the new version of the show is now online. “Like the original series, the show is told from the perspective of a grown man reflecting on his childhood. However, replacing Daniel Stern, who narrated Kevin Arnold’s (Fred Savage) life from ages 12 to 17 in the original series, Don Cheadle is handling voice-over duties, commenting on the growing pains of Dean Williams (Elisha Williams). That perspective is key to the series creator and executive producer Saladin K. Patterson said at the show’s Television Critics Association press tour panel today. “We want to really take opportunity to show a part of Black, middle class life that had not been seen before,” Patterson said. “Usually, when you talk about the late ’60s, it’s talking about the struggle in the civil rights movement and things like that, that are very valid and a part of our story as well. The difference between now and the late ’90s, early 2000s does not seem to be as different as when the original came out and you were looking from ’88 to ’68. And so, we really gravitated towards sticking to the universe—The Wonder Years’ universe—and sticking to that original time, really looking at this Black, middle class perspective during that time because we haven’t really seen that represented on TV and film before.””.

The Wood – is a new comedy pilot based on the 1999 feature film of the same name. “It will explore friendship and dating from three distinct perspectives of young Black men born and raised in Inglewood, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles that has been quickly gentrifying. The three will have to balance fatherhood, ambition and loyalty to each other, making them question if they are growing apart or actually closer together. The pilot is said to “nod back” to the characters of the film on which the show would be based, but since it is set in present day, new complications, such as social media, are of course in play for these characters, as well as the women in their lives.”

Your Christmas Or Mine? – Is a Christmas set rom-com from Pappy’s star Tom Parry and stars Daniel Mays and Angela Griffin. “Joe Lycett has also shot his first movie role in Sky’s upcoming seasonal rom-com A Christmas Number One, which also features fellow comics Rich Hall, Jack Carroll and Jeff Mirza. Currently shooting at Pinewood Studios near London but set in the north of England, Your Christmas Or Mine? is Parry’s screenwriting debut, a 90-minute family movie directed by Jim O’Hanlon (Catastrophe, Trying), which reunites Code 404 star Mays and Griffin, who previously appeared together in last year’s Ibiza-set Netflix drama White Lines. Details of the plot and further cast details have yet to be revealed. Your Christmas Or Mine? is also the first film from Shiny Button Productions, the company set up by King Gary star Tom Davis and his regular collaborator, director James De Frond, with Andy Brereton”.

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