Our weekly round up of all the latest tv comedy news.
Latest Update: Info on Blockbusters, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Happy Together, The Good Place, Grace and Frankie, Between Two Ferns, Yet More Netflix and Comedy Central Stand Up Specials, Miracle Workers and more.
Between Two Ferns – This online series is going to be turned in to a movie, somehow, with Peter Dinklage, Ed Helms, Bradley Cooper, Keanu Reeves, and David Letterman all set to appear. https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/between-two-ferns-netflix-movie-zach-galifianakis.html
Blockbusters – Comedy Central are rebooting the itv quiz show as a sort of comedy game series with Dara O’Briain hosting. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5123/blockbusters_with_dara_o_briain/
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – More details about Chelsea Peretti leaving the series have been revealed, along with hints of the storyline for season six. https://www.avclub.com/chelsea-peretti-s-brooklyn-nine-nine-farewell-is-the-a-1830860927#_ga=2.34162465.1247221523.1542417761-1465752910.1539555978
Celebrity Deathmatch – MTV is bringing back this claymation series once again. https://news.avclub.com/brace-yourselves-for-impact-mtv-is-reviving-celebrity-1830886369
Celebrity Mastermind – Comedians Terry Alderton, Elis James, Joe Thomas, Arabella Weir, Mark Dolan, and, er, Joe Pasquale are to appear in the next series.
Comedy Central Stand Up Specials – You’ll be able to see Ron Funches: Giggle Fit on January 4, James Davis: Live From the Town on January 11, Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist on January 18, and Roy Wood Jr.: No One Loves You on the 25th, and the Network is recording shorter specials with a whole host of comedians. Details are here: https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/comedy-central-2019-standup-comedy-specials.html
Eight – Fox are developing a new show from You’re the Worst alum Alison Bennett, about Jillian and Trevor, who, after a whirlwind romance that resulted in a baby and a wedding (in that order), attempt to carve out their own family’s identity – with eight grandparents there to offer 8 million different opinions.
The Good Place – Has been renewed for a fourth season, because NBC are finally lovely.
Grace and Frankie – The fifth season will air on Netflix on January 18th 2019.
Happy Together – The sitcom loosely based on Harry Styles pre-fame life with his flatmate has been cancelled.
I’m Sorry – The second season begins on January 9th 2019 and a trailer can be seen here for this pretty decent TBS show. https://thelaughbutton.com/television/watch-the-trailer-for-season-2-of-andrea-savages-im-sorry/
Miracle Workers – Steve Buscemi is going to star as some bloke called God in a new TBS show which will also star Daniel Radcliffe as Craig, “A low-level angel responsible for handling all of humanity’s prayers”. It premiers on February 12th and more info’s here: https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/steve-buscemi-daniel-radcliffe-star-in-tbs-miracle-worker.html
Netflix Stand Up Specials – Netflix is releasing a whopping 47 half hour stand up specials on New Year’s Day from comedians all over the world including Nicole Byer, Chris D’Elia, Mae Martin, Joel Dommet and Nish Kumar. https://news.avclub.com/netflix-is-dropping-a-massive-stand-up-series-to-ease-y-1830822222
Untitled Brent Morin Series – Bill Lawrence is producing a comedy series starring and co-written by comedian Brent Morin, about Andy Hewitt (Morin) who, in a desperate attempt to prove himself to his family after losing his dream job, has no choice but to take a retail job at the world’s most fashionable department store.
Last Week’s News:
Another Period – All rather frustratingly Comedy Central have cancelled this great series.
Awkwafina – Comedy Central have ordered a series from the rap star and comedian, which will be about “A twenty-something living in Queens, striving for a larger than life existence while living with her father and grandmother.”
America, U.S.A. – CBS is developing this new theme park workplace comedy from husband and wife duo of TV writer-producer Michael Kramer (Men in Trees, Life Unexpected) and actress Lilli Birdsell (TURN), and writer-director-producer Alex Reid (Brooklyn Nine-Nine).
BBC Christmas Line Up – The beeb have revealed their selection of Christmas comedies which includes a new episode of Rhys Thomas “A Year In The Life Of A Year”, Stephen Merchant and Asim Chaudhry in the one-off Click & Collect, special episodes of Upstart Crow, The Young Offenders, Hold The Sunset, The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan, and a live episode of Not Going Out. Further info’s here:
Desus & Mero – The duo’s new Showtime series starts on February 21st 2019.
Fam – This new CBS sitcom stars Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell and and according to Vulture “centers on a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé and his wonderful parents is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister unexpectedly comes to live with her.” It debuts on January 10th. https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/cbs-2019-premiere-dates-fam-man-with-a-plan.html
Fleabag – Airing in 2019, the first image from the second series has been released by the BBC, and can be seen here, along with a few bits of info about the show: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/28/41801/first_look_at_fleabag_series_2
Good Christian Bitches – This was first adapted by ABC under the title “Good Christian Belles” in 2012 but failed miserably, and now CW are attempting a new take on the book complete with the original title.
Happy Accident – Modern Family writers Jon Pollack and Abraham Higginbotham are making a pilot for ABC where “Two Pittsburgh families – a father with three adult daughters and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.”
Last Stop Bay Bridge – Fox are developing a semi-autobiographical multi-camera comedy from Andy Roth (One Day At A Time). SpoilerTv describe it as”About eight people of different ages and ethnicities who form friendships, and rivalries, as they commute by the subway from their gentrifying neighbourhood in Brooklyn to their respective jobs in Manhattan. It’s inspired by Roth’s own upbringing in Manhattan where he rode the subway to school every day and formed the most unlikely and life changing relationships.”
The Long Game – ABC are developing a single-camera family comedy from writer Chadd Gindin, about “A family of scam artists led by Loni – who, 16 years into being a mother, decides it’s time for her to be a good one. She tries to get her family to go straight despite a husband who still slips, a lifetime of bad examples that the kids won’t let her forget and no idea how to accomplish this in a society that seems to have embraced the morally grey area she’s trying to get them away from.”
Preacher – This sort of comedy show from AMC based on the acclaimed comics series has been renewed for a fourth season, with shooting taking place next year in Australia.
Pushover – According to SpoilerTv this is “A darkly comedic soap from Kevin (Probably) Saves The World creators Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters and ABC Studios…Pushover centers around a woman who has been “nice” all her life and decides to become a villain, with the help of her landlord, the office custodian, and the IT department.”
Robbie – Rory Scovel is going to star in a new Comedy Central sitcom with Beau Bridges, SNL alum Sasheer Zamata, and Mary Holland. Vulture says “It follows a small town youth league basketball coach living in his father’s shadow, until he realizes he has a son of his own who can lead him to greatness. Scovel wrote the series with Anthony King (Search Party, Silicon Valley).” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/comedy-central-orders-new-shows-from-awkwafina-rory-scovel.html
Save the Deli – NBC is developing a new comedy based on David Sax’s book of the same name from writer Lauren Bachelis (Single By 30), which is “A family workplace comedy centering on a 30-year-old woman, who much to the shock of her family, friends and mostly herself, becomes the new owner of her Chicago family deli after her grandfather dies. Naturally, her very opinionated staff and family members make the job unbearable since they all have conflicting ideas of how to save the deli.”
Stand Up and Away! With Brian Regan – Will be a new four episode sketch show from Netflix, with Jerry Seinfeld executive producing.
Sunny D – Dane Baptiste’s BBC sitcom Sunny D might be getting a US remake, with Fox having ordered a pilot from Keenen Ivory Wayans and Saladin K Patterson – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/26/41785/exporting_sunny_d_to_america
The Week Before That’s News:
Crashing – The third season will begin on the 20th January 2019, and a trailer can be seen here: https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/crashing-season-three-trailer.html
Fleabag – A French tv channel is making it’s own version of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s superb sitcom, which could be interesting.
Four Weddings And A Funeral – Andie MacDowell has joined the cast of this tv version of the hit UK movie, though it’s not yet known if she’ll be once again playing Carrie though she is apparently one of the mother’s of the main cast.
Frayed – Diane Morgan and Robert Webb have been added to the cast of this Sarah Kendall comedy that we can’t wait to see, and a short 30 second clip is also online here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/19/41726/diane_morgan_and_robert_webb_join_sarah_kendalls_comedy
Future Man – More details are emerging about the second season, along with a trailer: https://news.avclub.com/seth-rogen-is-here-to-tease-us-with-the-ever-weirder-fu-1830578424
High Maintenance – The next season begins on HBO on the 20th January 2019, straight after Crashing’s new series.
The Middle – ABC were attempting to create a Sue Heck spin-off starring Eden Sher but it currently looks unlikely to happen, though Warner Bros Tv are shopping it around to other networks:
Squinters – Claudia O’Doherty, Anne Edmonds and ‘a major American female comedic talent’ yet to be named will appear in the show’s second series, but Tim Minchin won’t be present this time around. https://www.chortle.co.uk/other-news/2018/11/20/41746/comedians_join_australias_squinters
White Gold – Series 2 of the sitcom with Joe Thomas, James Buckley and Ed Westwick is now going ahead after rape claims against the latter were dismissed. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/23/41769/work_resumes_on_white_golds_series_2
Older News, In A Handy A-Z format.
Alf – Today is a dark day indeed as it’s been revealed that the proposed reboot is dead in the water after the producer’s couldn’t find a network interested in showing it. https://news.avclub.com/no-need-to-hide-your-cats-that-alf-reboot-is-dead-1830381469
Alice – A reboot of the 70’s and 80’s US sitcom based on Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore has been given a pilot, with writers Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof behind it. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/alice-reboot-fox-diablo-cody-liz-astrof-1202982218/
Alien News Desk – Syfy are going to make an animated comedy starring Will Forte, and produced by SNL’s evil head honcho, Lorne Michaels. https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/61845/syfy-announces-new-animated-series-alien-news-desk
All Fancy – Anjelah Johnson is to star in a new sitcom based on her life. According to Variety “Inspired by Johnson’s life and stand-up, the series is seen through the point of view of Veronica Jimenez (Johnson), a newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations, creating chaos and comedy within her marriage, business and extended family.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/anjelah-johnson-kevin-hart-america-ferrera-nbc-1203017050/
American Dad – Renewed for two more seasons, and likely to air towards the end of the year.
An American Band – Is a new single-camera comedy about the harmonic and discordant adventures of The Wyldes, a diverse and dysfunctional Northern California family that can’t get a single thing right with each other, except for the music they’ve been making for the last 25 years as a multi-generational family band.
American Vandal – Has been cancelled after only two seasons, but it’s possible another network might pick it up. https://news.avclub.com/what-a-bunch-of-dicks-netflix-canceled-american-vandal-1830029764
Animals – The third season was the show’s last as HBO have cancelled it – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/animals-canceled-hbo-1202983187/
Archer – Season 10, which is currently due to be the final season, airs early 2019.
Arrested Development – In a recent interview David Cross has suggested that season five might be the last we see of the Bluths, saying “I’ve learned to say ‘never say never,’ but I can’t see it happening again”. The final half of season 5 has now been delayed too, and won’t air until 2019. https://news.avclub.com/david-cross-thinks-arrested-development-has-blued-itsel-1830036857
Atypical – Has been renewed for a third season on Netflix.
Avenue 5 – A new sci-fi comedy from Armando Iannucci and HBO, this is only at the pilot stage right now but as it stars Hugh Laurie we’d be amazed if it didn’t get picked up for a full series. Update: According to io9 “Rebecca Front has landed the “lead role” of Karen Kelly in Armando Iannucci’s outer space comedy for HBO. According to Deadline, “Karen is a middle-aged American housewife, who boarded Avenue 5 using her sister’s non-transferable ticket. Strong-willed, articulate and likeable, Karen finds herself becoming the voice of the passengers, enjoying her newfound power.”
Back To Life – This comedy-drama starring Daisy Haggard is going to be about a woman who has just been released from prison after serving 18 years for a terrible crime, and Liam Williams has joined the cast along with Geraldine James, Richard Durden and Jo Martin.
BBC Scotland Pilots – BBC Scotland are to air a bunch of pilots, some of which involve Fern Brady and Larry Dean. More info’s here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/15/41706/bbc_scotland_unveils_new_comedy_pilots
Best Lives – This show is now going to be aired on Fox instead of CBS, and according to Variety is “is described as a hybrid multi- and single-camera comedy that revolves around a brother and sister who find themselves both starting over after divorce”. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-nabs-comedy-best-lives-project-from-cbs-television-studios-1203020309/
Better Things – Returning for a third season, but thankfully without co-creator Louis CK.
Big Deal – SNL’s Vanessa Bayer is developing a sitcom about her life for Showtime. https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/snl-alum-vanessa-bayer-showtime-comedy-big-deal.html
Big Mouth – Netflix have ordered a third series of this animated sitcom.
Billy On The Street – This is set to return eight short-form episodes, with appearances from special guests including Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Kate McKinnon. Here’s Eichner’s statement concerning the series: “I’m back to heal the country … and the world! After 5 seasons of the TV series, I knew I wanted to set the show aside in order to create some time in my schedule to pursue other projects. Now that those are taking shape, I’m truly thrilled we’ve found a way to bring Billy on the Street back that makes so much sense for this particular show. As we all know, this is a very divisive, anxiety ridden time and I hope these new segments — featuring the most stunning roster of guests we’ve ever had — give people a small burst of joy in their timelines while allowing me to comment on culture and the world at large in the unique way this show allows me to.”
Blackadder 5 – Tony Robinson is suggesting for the 5,238th time that Blackadder may return, I’d be astonished if it ever happened but here’s what he had to say – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5039/blackadder_series_5/
Black Monday – Don Cheadle is to star in this new Showtime comedy based around the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, with Paul Scheer, Yassir Lester, Michael James Scott and Eugene Cordero co-starring. Update: Horatio Sanz, Bruce Dern, Melissa Rauch, Julie Hagerty, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Tim Russ and Jason Michael Snow have all been added to the cast, whilst a trailer for Don Cheadle’s new Showtime series is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2u4nCtyBCo
Bless The Harts – Fox are to make a new animated sitcom which according to The AV Club is “About a group of ‘broke as a joke’ Southerners who don’t realise that they’re already rich, in friends, family, and laughter.” Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, and Ike Barinholtz will provide the main voices.
Bojack Horseman – Has been renewed for a sixth season by Netflix, one which we hope will be slightly less bleak than the fifth. Or at the very least doesn’t see Bojack strangle anyone.
Boomerang – Master Of None scribe Lena Waithe is writing this sequel to the 1992 Eddie Murphy movie, which will follow the children of the film’s main characters.
Brassic – Sky have commissioned a new comedy series starring Joe Gilgun, Damien Molony and Michelle Keegan and which is co-written by Gilgun himself.
Breeders – Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard are set to star in this new sitcom coming to Sky One in 2020. Ten episodes have been commissioned, and it’s going to be written by Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5061/martin_freeman_in_breeders/
Broad City – returns for it’s fifth and final season on January 24 2019 at 10 p.m
Brockmire – Seasons 3 and 4 have been commissioned by IFC, with Tawny Newsome set to join the cast during the third batch – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/brockmire-season-3-tawny-newsome-1202956867/
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Chelsea Peretti (Gina) is going to be leaving the show during the next season – https://news.avclub.com/chelsea-peretti-is-leaving-brooklyn-nine-nine-1829500752. Update: The sixth season is due to begin on January 10th 2019.
Buffalo Wings – Fox is developing a new animated comedy from Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras, and Larry Dorf, which centres around “So-called “immigrant refugee birds” from Canada who “do not follow the rest of their flock when they fly south” and instead make their way to Buffalo, New York. The series will reportedly explore “what it is to be a refugee and to fall in love with this country while pursuing the ‘American Dream’ from every possible angle.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/buffalo-wings-animated-comedy-fox-immigrant-refugee-birds.html
Burnistoun – Is to return for a one off 30 minute special in February 2019.
Carol’s Second Act – Patricia Heaton is to star in a new CBS sitcom, which according to Variety is about “Mom Carol Chambers who, after raising her two children and retiring from teaching, embarks on a unique second act by deciding to become a doctor.” – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/patricia-heaton-to-star-in-multi-cam-comedy-series-at-cbs-1202972923/
Catastrophe – Shooting has now been completed but an airdate hasn’t been announced.
Code 404 – Richard Gadd is starring in a pilot for Sky which is a cop comedy, though unfortunately he hasn’t written it, with Not Going Out’s Daniel Peak being behind the script – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/11/41444/richard_gadd_pilots_cop_comedy_for_sky
Comedians Giving Lectures – Sara Pascoe is hosting a pilot episode of this show with the guests being Ed Gamble, Dane Baptiste and Suzi Ruffell, which might get taken to series if considered successful. https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5092/sara_pascoe_to_film_lectures_pilot/
Comedy Central Stand Up Specials – Iain Stirling, Desiree Burch, Luisa Omielan, Fin Taylor, Darren Harriott, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Tez Ilyas, Stephen Bailey and Sofie Hagen are all going to be recording full length specials for Comedy Central soon.
Conversations From A Long Marriage – The BBC have commissioned a pilot based on this radio series, starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam to star in TV sitcom pilot.
Corporate – This rather special Comedy Central series returns on January 15th 2019.
Crossing Swords – A new medieval / fantasy animated series from Hulu, this is from Robot Chicken writers John Harvatine IV and Tom Root, and stars Nicholas Hoult, Luke Evans, Seth Green, Tony Hale, Wendi McClendon-Covey, Adam Pally and Tara Strong, and is set to air in 2020.
Curb Your Enthusiasm – Shooting has just begun on the 10th season – https://www.denofgeek.com/uk/tv/curb-your-enthusiasm/54061/curb-your-enthusiasm-season-10-news
Dad’s Army: The Lost Tapes – Lost episodes from series two of the show are to be recreated with a new cast, though the actors involved have yet to be announced. Update: Kevin McNally and Robert Bathurst have been cast as Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson in these remakes of lost Dad’s Army episodes, whilst it’s rumoured that Bernard Cribbins will take on the role of Private Godfrey.
The Dark Room – John Robertson’s hit live show is to be turned in to a tv series.
Disenchantment – Has been given a second season of 20 episodes, 10 of which will air in 2020, and the other 10 in 2021.
Divorce – Sharon Horgan’s comedy drama will return for a third season, though this time there will only be six episodes.
Documentary Now! – Will return for a third season on February 20th 2019.
Dollface – Kat Dennings is to star in a new Hulu comedy where after being dumped by her boyfriend she decides to rekindle old female friendships. http://www.vulture.com/2018/11/hulu-orders-kat-dennings-comedy-dollface-to-series.html
Don’t Forget The Driver – Toby Jones is set to star in a new comedy series he’s co-written with Tim Crouch – https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/6285/new-toby-jones
Drunk History – And just like Corporate above, this will be back on January 15th 2019.
The Duchess – Katherine Ryan is creating a six part sitcom for Netflix, which according to the British Comedy Guide is about “the powerful and problematic choices of a fashionably disruptive single mum living in London”. https://www.comedy.co.uk/online/news/5096/katherine_ryan_sitcom/
Dumb People Town – Youtube is producing an animated comedy based on the podcast of the same name created by Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, and Daniel Van Kir.
Duncanville – Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, and Wiz Khalifa are set to star in a new animated sitcom from former Simpsons writer Mike Scully. According to Variety “The show will center on a Duncan, “a spectacularly average 15-year-old boy, his family and friends.” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/amy-poehler-rashida-jones-wiz-khalifa-fox-animated-comedy.html
Ellen DeGeneres’s Stand-Up Special – The comedians first special in fifteen years airs on Netflix on December 18th.
The Emperor of Malibu – The author of Crazy Rich Asians book is making a sitcom with CBS about two families, one from one from Shanghai and one from the US. http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/crazy-rich-asians-kevin-kwan-cbs-comedy-series.html
The End Of The F***ing World – Has been picked up for a second season, airing next year.
The Eric André Show – Back for a fifth season in 2019.
The Fast Show – John Thompson has said that there are plans to make a new episode to mark the show’s 25th anniversary.
Fleabag – Filming has finally started for series two, with Sherlock star Andrew Scott joining the cast, though sadly it looks like Hugh Dennis won’t be returning. Expect it to air in 2019.
Four Weddings and a Funeral – Jessica Williams, Nikesh Patel, Rebecca Rittenhouse, and John Reynolds have all joined the cast of Hulu’s tv adaptation of the film. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/hulu-four-weddings-and-a-funeral-series-cast-1202998361/
Frayed – Sarah Kendall has written a new comedy drama for Sky which she will also star in. According to Chortle “In Frayed, she will play a middle-class housewife living in London, who suddenly finds herself back in the Australian town she grew up in and with the flawed family she left behind.” https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/30/41562/sarah_kendall_shoots_a_comedy-drama_for_sky
Future Man – Returns for it’s second season on January 11th, and photos from the series can be seen here – https://ew.com/tv/future-man-season-2-first-photos/#back-to-the-future
The Glove – We don’t normally report on comedy films being made (yet, at least) but Vic and Bob are making a movie so this excites us greatly. For more info, click here.
Glow – Has officially been renewed for a third season, which will probably air in May / June 2019. A great interview with the cast and crew can be read here.
The Good Cop – Tony Danza and Josh Grobin’s cop comedy won’t be coming back for a second season as Netflix have cancelled it.
Good Omens – The first trailer for this adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel which stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant is now online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZSXlNRRoGU
Halfway There – Stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger is working on a sitcom with CBS. According to Vulture “It will feature Shlesinger as a female stand-up comic “who prides herself on ‘guiding women’ in her act.” That is, of course, until her half-sister moves in with her and puts her guidance skills to the ultimate test!” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/iliza-shlesinger-pilot-where-she-guides-women-in-the-works.html
Harry Hill’s Alien Fun Capsule – Is coming back for a third series which will be filmed at Pinewood Studios from November. Free tickets for the recordings are available here.
The Heart, She Holler – Renewed for a fourth season, but this was a couple of years ago now so it’s unknown if it will return.
High Fidelity – A female led remake of Nick Hornby’s book / film is due to star Zoe Kravitz.
Hippy Dinners: A Memoir of a Rural Childhood – Steve Coogan is adapting this popular novel in to a comedy drama about Welsh hippies. According to Digital Spy, Coogan said: “It has 15, 20 characters of different sizes, various storylines that intersect. It’s something I am passionate about and know will make people laugh and move them. It’s about class, politics and, more importantly than any of that, it’s about people, characters, stories, humanity.”
Hitmen – Sky have ordered a new sitcom starring Mel and Sue, with the couple playing hapless assassins.
Hoops – Netflix is to make a new animated series by Jake Johnson, revolving around a foul mouthed basketball coach – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/netflix-hoops-animated-comedy-jake-johnson.html
IFC – The channel is working on five new shows, though whether or not they’ll make it to air is another question. “Almost Asian,” executive produced by Margaret Cho, chronicles the life of a mixed-race millennial; “Annika Erotica” follows a young pastor harboring a secret passion for writing erotic novels; the adventure comedy “Art Thieves” is about self-proclaimed Robin Hoods of the art world; “Beth,” focuses on a happily-agoraphobic man’s uneasy journey back to the outside world; and the satirical and politically provocative sketch comedy “The Middle Passage.” The projects join the previously announced series in development “How to Rig an Election” and “NGO.”
I’m Dying Up Here – Has been cancelled after two seasons, which is a surprise given that Showtime normally milk their shows as much as they can.
In The Long Run – Idris Elba and Bill Bailey’s patchy comedy series is to get a second series.
Island Of Dreams – Harry Enfield is to play Richard Branson in a new comedy from the writers of The Windsors, which I enjoyed a great deal and so have high hopes for. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/11/13/41673/harry_enfield_to_play_richard_branson_in_new_bbc_comedy
It Takes Two – According to Variety Fox is developing a single-camera comedy series inspired by the memoir written by “Property Brothers” Jonathan and Drew Scott. https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/property-brothers-series-fox-1202982848/
The Invisibles – Grant Morrison is adapting his comics series for tv, whilst not an out and out comedy it has some very funny moments in it so we hope it gets picked up a network soon. https://news.avclub.com/cue-the-cosmic-placentas-and-time-travel-orgies-grant-1830298144
Jon Glaser Loves Gear – This superb show will return on January 09th 2019 according to Jon Glaser. A trailer for the second season is now online – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85gpEkc300w
Judge Romesh – Dave have ordered a second series of this comedy from Romesh Ranganathan.
Kevin Can Fuck Himself – Rashida Jones is producing a new sitcom with this title, though we have a suspicion it might just change before it airs. According to the AV Club it ““explores the secret life of “a beauty paired with a less attractive, dismissive, caveman-like husband who gets to be a jerk because she’s a nag and he’s ‘funny.’” https://news.avclub.com/rashida-jones-producing-amc-series-about-sitcom-wives-w-1830184609
Kidding – Jim Carrey’s new series has been given a second season, which pleases as it’s shaping up to be fantastic stuff.
‘king Gary – Is Tom Davis’s poorly named new sitcom for the BBC, which will star the man himself along with Laura Checkley, Romesh Ranganathan, Simon Day and Camille Coduri. According to the BBC: “‘king Gary is a study of how the small things in life can be blown up to absurd proportions as the pressures of the modern world, and how we think we must exist within it, spiral out of control. A big comedy about life’s small and often petty dramas.”
K-Town – HBO is producing a new show with Girls star Greta Lee, which according to Vulture is “about a kingpin family in the Los Angeles neighborhood, with Lee playing ‘Yumi, self-proclaimed Brentwood Barbie and daughter of the Kang family’, who reconnects with her ‘embarrassing’ Korean roots to become a powerful Korean-American woman.” – http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/hbo-is-developing-a-greta-lee-dark-comedy-called-ktown.html
Lethal Weapon – Damon Wayans has now quit the series, and will leave after the thirteenth episode, meaning both of the show’s original stars will no longer feature.
Living With Yourself – This Paul Rudd comedy series was developed by IFC who then decided not to pick it up, but thankfully Netflix will air it in 2019. Aisling Bea has just been added to the cast, which makes us even more excited about it.
Lodge 49 – AMC’s pretty unusual comedy series has been renewed for a second season.
Man Like Mobeen – One of the best British comedies of recent times, a second series of the Guz Khan’s Man Like Mobeen has been commissioned by BBC Three, with four 22-minute episodes set to be filmed Birmingham later this year.
Mister Winner – Spencer Jones’ sitcom has started filming, and full details can be found here: https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/24/41525/lucy_pearman_joins_mister_winner
Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing – Will return for a second series next year.
Mr Inbetween – This great Australian comedy series will return for a second season.
Mrs Fletcher – The Leftover’s co-creator Tom Perrotta’s comedy series has been picked up by HBO. Starring Kathryn Hahn, according to the network: “Mrs. Fletcher” is a dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of an empty nest mother and her college freshman son.”.
Mum – The third series of this BBC sitcom will be it’s last, and will air sometime in 2019.
My Dad Wrote A Porno – The hit podcast will be coming to Tv in the shape of an HBO special in 2019, with Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine all set to appear.
Nathan For You – Our favourite current show has sadly come to an end, with Comedy Central announcing there won’t be a fifth season, though apparently it was Fielder’s decision rather than the show being cancelled – https://news.avclub.com/nathan-for-you-wont-be-returning-for-season-5-unless-t-1829818144
Nirvanna The Band The Show – Work continues on the third season, but viewers in the UK can finally watch the first two on All4 – https://www.channel4.com/programmes/nirvanna-the-band-the-show
No Hard Feelings – The CW is making a show which according to Variety “is described as a dark comedy about a group of friends who conspire to exact revenge on an old rival who assaulted one of their own and got away with it back in college.” – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/cw-jordan-reddout-gus-hickey-1202983423/
The Obsolescents – Meg Ryan is producing and possibly starring in a new NBC comedy which variety describes as taking place “in a New Jersey suburb where the facade of peace and civility is disrupted by the shocking death of a long-time Township Council member.” – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/meg-ryan-andrew-gottlieb-nbc-comedy-1202969052/
Only Fools and Horses – Paul Whitehouse of all people is co-writing and starring (as Grandad) in a musical version of the much loved sitcom – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/08/41424/paul_whitehouse_to_star_in_only_fools_and_horses
The Other Two – A new sitcom from Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider according to Vulture it stars “Drew Tarver (Bajillion Dollar Propertie$) as a 29-year-old aspiring actor wondering why he can’t get better auditions than “Man At Party Who Smells Fart,” and Heléne Yorke (Masters of Sex, High Maintenance) as his 30-year-old sister, and former professional child dancer, Brooke, who aspires to be anything other than what she is right now”
Paradise PD – We didn’t like this at all but some might be interested to know it’s been given a second season.
Peacock – Preacher star Dominic Cooper is to play a fitness instructor in a new gym-based comedy for Sky from two of the creators of People Just Do Nothing.
People Just Do Nothing – Might be getting a US remake, with a pilot ordered from Amazon – https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5074/people_just_do_nothing_usa/
The Queen and I – Sky are adapting Sue Townsend’s book, with Samantha Bond and David Walliams set to star, with the latter handling writing duties.
Quinta & Jermaine – Jermaine Fowler is making a pilot with CBS, along with Quinta Brunson and Larry Wilmore, about best friends having a child.
Random Acts – Mae Martin is the new host of this series which shows various short films – https://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/6297/mae-martin-tv-series
The Righteous Gemstones – Danny McBride’s latest series will star John Goodman and McBride as a father-son team of televangelists – https://news.avclub.com/hbo-gives-its-blessing-to-danny-mcbrides-new-series-abo-1829477237
Red Dwarf – Another new series is currently being written, but no further details have been announced.
Rick and Morty – Renewed for seven(!) more seasons, season 4’s air date has yet to be released but a teaser trailer is now online.
Roast Battle – Has been given a third series.
Romesh Looks Back To The Future – Even before the special of the same name airs, Romesh Ranganathan’s comedy predictions show has been given a full series.
Saving Larry – SNL star Kenan Thompson is set to get his own sitcom, which might mean he finally leaves SNL.
Schitt’s Creek – Will begin again on January 16th 2019.
Shit Happens – Which will probably be renamed before it makes it on to our screens is a new unscripted comedy game show from the men behind Impractical Jokers – https://theinterrobang.com/stars-impractical-jokers-land-new-tbs-series/
Shrill – Hulu are producing a six episode comedy series based on Lindy West’s 2016 memoir of the same name and follows Bryant’s character “trying to make it as a journalist while juggling bad boyfriends, sick parents and a perfectionist boss, while the world around her deems her not good enough because of her weight. She starts to realize that she’s as good as anyone else, and acts on it.” It’s set to star Aidy Bryant, Julia Sweeney, Lolly Adefope, Luka Jones, Ian Owens, and John Cameron Mitchell.
Significant Brother – Fox is creating a new comedy by former Difficult People showrunners Scott King and Moe Jelline. Vulture says it’s “Based on King and Jelline’s real-life friendship, the show centers on “a newlywed couple as their marriage is tested, but ultimately strengthened, when the husband’s estranged gay brother moves in and becomes best friends with his wife.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/fox-developing-comedies-uncle-joey-and-significant-brother.html
Silicon Valley – New episodes of the show now won’t air until 2020 as showrunner Alec Berg is too busy with the next season of Bill Hader’s hitman comedy Barry. https://news.avclub.com/silicon-valley-is-being-delayed-and-its-all-barrys-fau-1830448077
The Simpsons – Rather than deal with the Apu issue with consideration and care, and actually hire an Asian actor, it’s rumoured that they may just drop the character completely – https://news.avclub.com/the-simpsons-might-be-dropping-apu-altogether-to-avoid-1830027109 Update: This has now been denied by the show’s producers, but they’ve yet to say how they will handle the situation.
Sliced – Samson Kayo is to star in a new Dave sitcom about two pizza delivery drivers. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/30/41567/samson_kayo_to_star_in_new_dave_comedy
SMILF – Is set to return on Showtime on the 20th of January, 2019.
Solar Opposites – A new animated series from Justin Roiland, this isn’t due to air until 2020, but Netflix have already commissioned two seasons. According to The AV Club “The show is about a family of aliens from a “better world” who must hide out in middle America for some reason, with some of them bemoaning the frustrating turn of events and others deciding that America is actually pretty cool—presumably making them… solar opposites. Roiland will lead the voice cast, naturally, alongside Sean Giambrone from The Goldbergs and Mary Mack from Golan The Insatiable.”
The Stand Up Sketch Show – This new UK series will star (amongst others) Seann Walsh, Joel Dommett, Russell Kane, London Hughes and Suzi Ruffell and is a mix of, yep, you guessed it, stand up and sketches.
Star Trek: Lower Decks – The Star Trek universe is about to get a lot odder as CBS have ordered an animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. According to the AV Club it “Will follow a support crew on one of Starfleet’s ‘least important ships'” and more info’s here – https://news.avclub.com/cbs-all-access-expands-its-growing-star-trek-universe-w-1829999826
Still Game – The upcoming ninth series is set to be the last one ever.
Succession – HBO dark satire about a Murdoch-esque family turned out to be rather special, and filming is due to begin in January 2019, with the series airing later that year.
Tails – Fox is developing a new comedy from Riki Lindhome and Monica Padrick – https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-to-develop-comedy-starring-co-created-by-another-periods-riki-lindhome-1202983437/
Takeshi’s Castle – London Hughes, Stephen Bailey and Lauren Pattison will be commentating on the show when it returns to Comedy Central next month, and Roman Kemp has replaces Jonathan Ross as the host. https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/30/41561/comics_join_takeshi%E2%80%99s_castle
Talk Show The Game Show – Has been cancelled by TruTv.
Thicker Than Water – According to Vulture Tig Notaro is writing an new hour long comedy drama, about “a single mom who heads to her smaller town, middle of the country hometown to attend her estranged father’s funeral. What she discovers is a bunch of half-siblings she never met.” – https://theinterrobang.com/tig-notaro-developing-hour-network-dramedy/
This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay’s hit (and very good) book is being turned in to a comedy drama for the BBC, with Kay writing the scripts.
This Time With Alan Partridge – This new series will begin, according to the Radio Times, “At the end of this year or early 2019.”
Those Who Can’t – Is back on January 14th 2019 on TruTv.
Tigtone – Created by Andrew Koehler and Benjamin Martin this new Adult Swim series will apparently be based around a “quest-addicted hero who slashes his way through a satirical fantasy universe with melodramatic ferocity and a complete disregard for the collateral damage he inflicts along the way.”
Tourist Trap – Sally Phillips’ latest sitcom will be returning for a second series.
Transparent – A Jeffrey Tambor-less Season 5 has yet to be filmed, but it has been commissioned and will be the final season.
Trial and Error – NBC have sadly decided not to renew this for a third season, but the production company behind it is currently trying to sell it to other networks / streaming sites.
Trollied – Will be coming to an end after one final episode this Christmas.
The Tuckers – BBC Wales are giving this a full series which according to the British Comedy Guide “stars Steve Speirs as the head of a family of petty-criminal chancers living in the Welsh valleys who are “low on cash but high on spirit”.” https://www.comedy.co.uk/tv/news/5102/bbc_wales_sitcoms_tourist_trap_tuckers/
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – The second half of Season 4 will air on the 25th of January 2019.
Uncle Joey – Fox is developing a multi-camera sitcom starring Joey Diaz which according to Vulture will be “Written by former King of the Hill and Maron executive producers Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin…the show follows Diaz as “a Cuban immigrant with a troubled past who’s given a second chance at life when he moves his family to an upscale suburb. Intent on being the best family man possible, Joey works to raise his young daughter with old school values in today’s rapidly changing world.” https://www.vulture.com/2018/11/fox-developing-comedies-uncle-joey-and-significant-brother.html
Unqualified – Tim Heidecker are Eric Wareheim producing a new unscripted show for TBS which will star Ken Jeong and Shaquille O’Neal and see the duo taking on unusual jobs.
Untitled Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney Series – A show set in a video-game development studio and produced by Apple will air in 2019.
Untitled Diablo Cody Comedy – David Spade is set to star in a new HBO comedy from the Juno / United States Of Tara writer, which according to the AV Club is about “a washed-up, semi-famous grunge rocker who fell out of the spotlight in the ‘90s after getting addicted to heroin. Now, years later, he’s sober and working as a waiter when he meets a young actress named Bailey who changes his life “in unexpected and electrifying ways.” https://news.avclub.com/david-spade-prepares-to-make-a-serious-comedy-comeback-1830399360
Untitled Jessica Gao sitcom – The Rick and Morty writer is developing an ABC comedy pitched As ‘Lazy Rich Asians’. More info’s here.
Untitled Phil Lord and Chris Miller Sitcom – The duo are developing an NBC comedy about a company in crisis. Further details are here.
Untitled Sharon Horgan Series – According to Vulture this will be about “A socially awkward, broke, single woman who launches a self-help company and recruits a handsome former male gymnast to be the face of it, played by Billy Magnussen.”
The Venture Bros. – Season 8 has been commissioned but probably won’t hit our screens until 2020 at the earliest.
The Watch – A second Terry Pratchett series is soon to hit our screens with the BBC adapting his The Watch series of novels – http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/news/a869721/discworld-tv-series-the-watch-terry-pratchett/
What We Do In The Shadows – More info about the show has been released, including how “Much like the movie, the series follows three vampires who live together: Laszlo (Matt Berry), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), and Nandor (Kayvan Novak) — the former two are husband and wife. Also living with them is a fourth vampire named Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch), who’s an ‘energy vampire’. Instead of blood, he sucks the energy out of his victims by boring them to death with mundane anecdotes and bad jokes. The office is his feeding ground, but his powers also work on his vampire roomies.” There’s further details here: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/what-we-do-in-the-shadows-details-revealed-at-nycc/
Whites – Alan Davies sitcom is going to be remade in the states – https://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/41436/whites_to_get_a_us_remake
Who Is America – Sacha Baron Cohen has claimed that the series is over, but Showtime want more and are seemingly prepared to pay a lot of money for it.
With Bob and David – Renewed for a second season a while back, but it’s been all rather quiet on that front since.
Woke – Hulu have ordered a pilot for this new show starring Lamorne Morris which Variety describes as “a half-hour comedy with a mix of live-action and animation. It is inspired by the life and art of cartoonist Keith Knight.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/lamorne-morris-hulu-woke-keith-knight-1203017527/
Work Wife – Michael Ian Black is to write a new sitcom, which according to Variety is “inspired by the real life friendship of Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The multi-camera series…has received a put pilot commitment at the network. It is described as an ensemble comedy that explores the dynamics surrounding people’s “work spouses,” who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else.” https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/kelly-ripa-ryan-seacrest-comedy-series-abc-1203016123/
You’re The Worst – Will return on January 9th 2019 for it’s final season, and a trailer for it can be seen here – https://news.avclub.com/heres-a-trailer-and-the-premiere-date-for-the-final-sea-1830240723
The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling – Judd Apatow’s superb documentary is now available on digital download (and a dvd is coming soon) and will feature a host of extra footage of Shandling and extended interviews with various others including Jim Carrey and Jeff Goldblum. https://theinterrobang.com/garry-shandling-hilarious-exclusive-crowd-work-clip-bonus-material-included-new-zen-diaries-dvd-release/