This Week's Features
The musical comedy,Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,premieres on Paramount+April 6.
‘Sort Of’ Renewed For Season 3 By HBO Max & CBC
‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Family Guy’ and ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Get Two Season Renewals at Fox
Sky renews Brassic for 5th series
Harlem season 2 will launch February 3 exclusively on Prime Video
Killing It the Peacock (NBC) comedy has been renewed for a second season
‘A Black Lady Sketch Show’ Renewed for Season 4 on HBO
‘Wednesday’ Officially Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Apple TV+ comedy series “Trying” has been renewed for a fourth season
‘Grown-ish’ Renewed for Sixth Season at Freeform
BBC renew Ghosts for a 5th series
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Jerrod Carmichael to Star in HBO Docuseries
The comedian and Golden Globes host, Jerrod Carmichael, will star in and executive produce a “comedy documentary series” following his personal life. The show’s description brings to mind the low-key vibe of HBO’s How To With John Wilson: It will follow Carmichael “through encounters with friends, family, and strangers, all in his quest for love, sex, and connection.”
Starz announced its half-hour comedy series “Blindspotting” returns with a special two-episode premiere on Friday, April 14. The series is co-created by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, with Casal also starring in the series alongside Emmy® winner Jasmine Cephas Jones and Academy Award®- winner Helen Hunt.
The season two premiere of “Blindspotting” will air linearly on STARZ in the U.S. and Canada at 9:00 pm ET/PT on Friday, April 14, immediately followed by episode two at** 9:30 pm ET/PT.
Night Court – verdict a success
NBC has picked up a second season of Night Court, a sequel to the 1984-92 series that stars The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch alongside John Larroquette. The show’s premiere delivered 7.55m viewers when it premiered on Jan 17, NBC’s biggest comedy audience in more than five years, and subsequent episodes have continued to achieve excellent ratings.
The read through for the Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer feature film The Glove is underway says the production company Studio POW. “With production for this year’s highly anticipated comedy looming, a few of the stars and studio collaborators gathered in Soho for a pre-read through and script tweak.”
Production Underway For The Glove
The pair announced last year that their comedy partnership will come to an end when the film, for which they have written the script, is released.
Comedy on Sky is bouncing into 2023 like Farmer Jim on a pogo stick.
As Brassic is back for a fifth season, and Intelligence confirms for a one-off special, our favourite returners are joined by four brand-new Sky Originals launching across the year with more to be announced.
We start with romantic comedy from Roughcut TV, Smothered (w/t), written by Monica Heisey (Schitt’s Creek), starring British talent Danielle Vitalis (I May Destroy You) and Jon Pointing (Big Boys) as two sex starved strangers who agree to some no strings fun. Until the strings begin to appear.
Ryan Sampson (Brassic, Plebs), authors Mr Bigstuff in which estranged brothers Glen (Sampson) and Lee, played by Danny Dyer (Eastenders) in his TV comedy debut, try to patch up a sibling rivalry that may well be beyond repair. Or beyond Spare.
An exciting year for new and returning original comedies
Also hitting Sky screens in 2023 is the recently announced, Dreamland starring Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who) and Lily Allen (How to Build a Girl) following a family of four sisters, their mum and their nan in the seaside town of Margate.
And we wrap up the year with the Christmas special, Joy To The World (w/t), starring BAFTA winner Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) and James Nesbitt (The Missing) as two Santa’s with very different agendas.
As part of today’s commissioning announcements, Sky released the first look trailer for Dreamland, a series about secrets, lies, loves and aspirations within a family of four sisters. Set in the sun-drenched British seaside town of Margate, it is a dark comedic exploration of multi-generational female relationships, and their (somewhat dysfunctional) family dynamics.
“King of the Hill” Revival on its way to Hulu
Hulu announced a series order for a revival of iconic animated hit “King of the Hill,” from 20th Television Animation. The Emmy(R)-winning series, which Time named one of “The Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” ran for 13 seasons on Fox and now streams on Hulu.
Set in the fictional Arlen, Texas, followed the life of Hank Hill (Mike Judge), an enthusiastic seller of propane and propane accessories; his wife, Peggy (Kathy Najimy), local Boggle champ and substitute teacher; and their 13-year-old son, Bobby (Pamela Adlon), who defies any expectation his father had for a son. Hank’s friends – conspiracy theorist Dale (Johnny Hardwick), military barber Bill (Stephen Root) and cool but inarticulate Boomhauer (Judge), along with Peggy’s friends Minh (Lauren Tom) and meteorologist Nancy (Ashley Gardner), and Bobby’s friend Connie (Tom) help the Hills navigate a changing world.
Clive Myrie will be putting some of the nation’s favourite faces through their paces in the current series of Celebrity Mastermind.
Those representing the world of comedy in the renowned black chair to raise money for their chosen charities this series are:
Suzi Ruffell on The Films of Sandra Bullock, Shaparak Khorsandi on The Adventures of Asterix, Matt Richardson on Concord, Neil Delamere on The Vikings, Harriet Kemsley on Sloth, impressionist Alistair McGowan on Claude Debussy, Laura Lexx on The History of Alternative Comedy, Dane Baptiste on Scarface and actress and comedian Arabella Weir on Sophie Tucker.
Milking Fake Sheik
Character comedian Sami Abu Wardeh makes his Channel 4 debut as Sheikh Ahmed Al Kabir, the 867th richest person in the world, in a new, original ‘real world comedy’ from Trainspotting With Francis Bourgeois creators, Untold Studios.
Sami playfully brings to life the character of a prankster billionaire Sheikh, accompanied by his personal protection officer (and former male stripper), Jimmy.
C4 Dropped Mockumentary
Rap mockumentary series, Dropped, is the latest flex to land on Channel 4’s YouTube strand – 4 Comedy, a platform tailored to providing younger audiences with their daily dose of funny. Produced by Mother’s Best Child, Dropped follows East London rap collective ATM as they struggle to stay current in a savage music industry.
Murder They Hope – Hollywood Style
Netflix’s Murder Mystery 2, a Paris-set sequel to the 2019 comedy starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler. is a glitzier version of Gold’s Murder They Hope series.
Set four years after the events of the first film, Sandler and Aniston’s Nick and Audrey Spitz are full-time detectives trying to launch their own private-eye agency.
When they get a wedding invite from pal the Maharaja (Adeel Akhtar) on his private island, “trouble follows the Spitzes again when the groom is kidnapped for ransom soon after the festivities begin — making each glamorous guest, family member and the bride herself a suspect.”
Murder Mystery 2 is Directed by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer), the sequel also stars Jodie Turner-Smith, Mark Strong, Mélanie Laurent, John Kani, Kuhoo Verma, Enrique Arce, Zurin Villanueva, Tony Goldwyn, Annie Mumolo and Dany Boon.
Jennifer Aniston is teaming up with Julia Roberts for a body-swap comedy for Amazon – details to follow.
Siobhán McSweeney presents a new documentary on St Brigid
Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls, Extraordinary) is to present a documentary programme about St Brigid as preparations are underway to celebrate the first public holiday in her honour. Finding Brigid, airs on RTÉ One, Tuesday 31, McSweeney unravels the tangled web of fact and folklore in an attempt to uncover the truth about the woman, revered as both a saint and warrior.
Reboot looking for a new home
Reboot — Steve Levitan's comedy starring Keegan-Michael Key, Johnny Knoxville and Judy Greer — will not see be renewed at Hulu. The comedy also starred Rachel Bloom, Calum Worthy, Krista Marie Yu and Paul Reiser, who played the creator of the old comedy that was being rebooted.
Pilgrimage is back!
Sue Pollard (Hi-De-Hi) and Nabil Abdulrashid (BGT) are among the pilgrims as The critically acclaimed Pilgrimage series returns to BBC Two and iPlayer in Spring 2023 with a new 3×60 minute series.
In what will be another demanding route, Pilgrimage: The Road through Portugal (w/t) takes seven well known personalities of differing faiths and beliefs on a personal journey along the northern route of the Fatima Way in Portugal.
The seven celebrity pilgrims taking part in Pilgrimage: The Road through Portugal (w/t) are actor Su Pollard, who was raised Church of England; Jewish actress Rita Simons; Pentecostal Born-Again Christian, Shane Lynch of Boyzone fame; reality TV star and influencer, Vicky Pattison, who is agnostic; Bobby Seagull, a practising Catholic, maths whizz and TV personality; Nabil Abdulrashid, a comedian and practising Muslim; and Paralympian skier Millie Knight, who is non-practising Church of England.
Their destination is the Sanctuary in the city of Fatima, where in 1917 three local shepherd children experienced several apparitions of the Virgin Mary. What was once a small village is now one of the biggest Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world.
Su Pollard, 72, says: “I’m not deeply religious but I do like to think that God is my friend and when you’re on a journey like this, without your usual comforting things around you, you’ve got more time to talk to yourself and ask yourself certain questions.”
Nabil Abdulrashid, 37, says: “I went on a pilgrimage to Mecca as a kid, but I’m yet to do it as an adult, so it’s kind of funny that I’m going on a Catholic pilgrimage first! Obviously, I will not be partaking in any of the religious rituals, but I’ll obviously give them their due respect, as I like seeing and learning new things. Watching any group of people do something for the sake of God, even if it’s not my way, will be inspiring.
New Gina Rodriguez-Led Comedy Series ‘Not Dead Yet’
ABC’s newest addition to its comedy roster, “Not Dead Yet” starring and executive produced by Gina Rodriguez, makes its highly anticipated series debut with a two-episode premiere on WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8, starting at 8:30-9:00 p.m. EST on ABC.
The series follows Nell Serrano, a broke and newly single self-described disaster, working to restart the life and career she left behind five years ago. When she lands the only job she can find ― writing obituaries ― Nell starts getting life advice from some unlikely sources, the dead people whose lives she’s writing about.
Joining previously announced Martin Mull (“Clue”) as Nell’s ghostly visitors is a star-studded roster, including Ed Begley Jr. (“Amsterdam”), Mo Collins (“Fear the Walking Dead”), Deborah S. Craig (“Meet Cute”), Telma Hopkins (“Family Matters”), Don Lake (“Space Force”), Rhea Perlman (“Cheers”), Paula Pell (“Saturday Night Live”), Tony Plana (“Ugly Betty”), Brittany Snow (“X”) and Julia Sweeney (“Saturday Night Live”).
Peacock Developing CLEO: a Comedy-Drama Set in Ancient Egypt
Peacock is working with Jennie Snyder Urman on developing a new comedy-drama series entitled Cleo, which will be set in ancient Egypt.
It is described as: “A dramatic comedy set in ancient Egypt that proves not much has changed in two thousand years, the series will tell the story of Cleopatra, an overqualified young woman who is forced to hide her intelligence behind make-up, clothes and men to earn the respect she needs to hang on to her job: being queen of Egypt.”
Fox Stream Roseanne Barr
Cancel This! , Roseanne Barr’s first comedy special since Blonde and Bitchin’, aired on HBO in 2006 will debut on the Fox Nation streaming service Feb. 13. The new special was filmed in front of a live audience at Houston’s Cullen Theatre.
The streaming service will also be releasing a special called Who Is Roseanne Barr? with the project.
Filming has begun on ITVX comedy Changing Ends – a brand new autobiographical comedy starring Alan Carr
The comedy series will be more than just a trip down memory lane, it’s a love letter to a time and a town where things weren’t always so inclusive. Told with warmth and wit, it follows Alan’s journey through puberty, adolescence, and finally self-discovery, all against the backdrop of Thatcher’s Britain. As showcased in many of Alan’s stand-up shows, his experience as a gay teenager in the East Midlands is a veritable treasure trove with a rich comedic seam, whether it’s his sexual awakenings, his daily battle with bullies or navigating the highs and lows of Fourth division football. It’s about school and family, Kevin Keegan and George Michael, and figuring out who you are when your family are Match of the Day and you’re a bit Miss Marple.
Changing Ends is co-written by the BAFTA award winning Alan Carr and the Scottish BAFTA & RTS award winning Simon Carlyle (Two Doors Down), based on Alan’s own life in Northampton in the 1980’s growing up as the son of a fourth division football manager.
Alan will star in the series as himself in present day, whilst taking on the role of young Alan is rising star Oliver Savell (Belfast). Confirmed today also joining the cast are Shaun Dooley and Nancy Sullivan playing Alan’s parents Graham and Christine along with Taylor Fay as his younger brother Gary.
Playing Alan’s neighbours are Rourke Mooney and Gabby Best as Charlie and Angela along with Harry Peacock as Nigel. Guest stars include David Mumeni as Mr Chapman and Michael Socha as Adam.
NBC To Celebrate Carol Burnett’s 90th Birthday With Two-Hour Special
Paapa Christmas on Cards
Paapa Essiedu (Gangs of London) has been cast to play opposite Melissa McCarthy in an as yet untitled Christmas movie from Universal and Working Title first reported on by Deadline last year.
The film destined for Peacock is written by Richard Curtis and will be directed by Sam Boyd. The film is described as a fairy-tale comedy about a workaholic man who enlists the help of a magical genie to help win his family back before Christmas.
Party Down Serving Up Again
The Party Down gang return to our screens in the first full trailer teasing the Starz comedy’s return after 13 years. The series, which built a cult following, previously concluded its original two-season run in June 2010. Adam Scott and Jane Lynch reprise their role. Also returning from the original cast alongside Scott and Lynch are Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Megan Mullally. Lizzy Caplan will not return due to other commitments.
Plenty of Room on Top
Aficionados of BBC‘s Inside No 9 series will be delighted to see the acclaimed show return with series No 8 this Spring.
The first image released from season 8 shows co-creators Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton as London bus staff with Robin Askwith (The Madame Blanc Mysteries) as a city gent between them. What twists await us on board the No9 bus enroute to Piccadilly Circus? Whatever they are they’re sure to be great viewing. Shearsmith and Pemberton have never failed yet.
The pair said: “We are thrilled to invite viewers inside a new set of funny and frightening number 9s; take your shoes off, make yourself at home and switch your devices to Do Not Disturb. Well, it might work…”
Guest appearances this time from Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey) and Asim Chaudhry (People Just Do Nothing) on the roster, Amanda Abbington (The Family Pile) and ex-EastEnders favourite Anita Dobson. The series all-star line-up also includes the definitive mod Phil Daniels, Claire Rushbrook, Frances Barber, Leon Herbert, and Menyee Lai.
Yep, Extraordinary is exactly what it sets out to be: extraordinary.
Everyone Else Burns
There’s comedy. There’s ‘dramedy’ and then there’s Everyone Else Burns.
Voting opens on The National Comedy Awards 2023 for Stand Up To Cancer shortlist
It’s time for the nation to decide the winners of The National Comedy Awards 2023 for Stand Up To Cancer.
The awards honour both emerging and established British comedy talent, with the public voting on key prizes in a variety of categories that celebrate the world of comedy in all its forms. Recent scripted and unscripted comedies and panel shows, plus the latest podcast jokers are all vying for votes.
Voting is now open, with the winners announced at a glitzy red-carpet ceremony presented by Tom Allen at the Roundhouse in London on Friday 17th February.Live on the night, viewers will also get to vote for the Best Stand-Up Show with the shortlisted acts announced closer to the ceremony. Plus, there will be awards for three breakthrough stars.
The National Comedy Awards 2023 for Stand Up To Cancer will air live on Channel 4 and All 4 on Friday 17th February.
You can vote free online at www.thenationalcomedyawards.com.
National Comedy Awards nominees
Best Scripted Comedy
Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared
Best Comedy Entertainment Show
The Graham Norton Show
Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing
The Chris and Rosie Ramsey Show
Best Comedy Panel Show
Mock the Week
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
Would I Lie to You?
Best Comedy Podcast
Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe’s Parenting Hell
Shagged, Married, Annoyed with Chris and Rosie Ramsey
Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster
Have A Word
Outstanding Comedy Actress
Rose Matafeo (Starstruck)
Saoirse Monica Jackson (Derry Girls)
Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters)
Charlotte Ritchie (Ghosts)
Daisy May Cooper (Am I Being Unreasonable?)
Outstanding Comedy Actor
Dylan Llewellyn (Big Boys)
Ricky Gervais (After Life)
Joseph Gilgun (Brassic)
Kiell Smith-Bynoe (Ghosts)
Stephen Merchant (Outlaws)
Outstanding Supporting Role
Jamie Lee O’Donnell (Derry Girls)
David Earl (After Life)
Lolly Adefope (Ghosts)
Siobhan McSweeney (Derry Girls)
Diane Morgan (After Life)
Outstanding Female Comedy Entertainment Performer
Fern Brady (Taskmaster)
Sandi Toksvig (QI)
Judi Love (Taskmaster)
Katherine Ryan (Backstage with Katherine Ryan)
Sarah Millican (Taskmaster)
Outstanding Male Comedy Entertainment Performer
Greg Davies (Taskmaster)
Joe Lycett (Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party)
Munya Chawawa (Taskmaster)
Lee Mack (Would I Lie to You?)
Alex Horne (Taskmaster)
CBS Renews The Neighborhood
The broadcaster has renewed The Neighborhood for a sixth season in 2023-24. The show, currently filming its 100th episode, will air later this year. The Neighborhood is the second longest-running comedy currently on CBS, behind Young Sheldon.
What’s the definition of a comedy?
Judging by the trailer, it’s not Everyone Else Burns
“This great new British comedy will make you laugh again and again” says one preview of Everyone Else Burns. Well it’s a pity they didn’t put some of that material in the trailer. Let’s see what the reaction is when the show is broadcast on Monday 23rd on C4 and All4
Jayde Adams Starts Ruby Speaking
Jayde Adams the comedian, actress and Strictly star will take the lead in Ruby Speaking, written by Abigail Wilson for ITVX.
Newly-single Ruby is a fun and irreverent member of the customer service team at the Bristol call centre of Hellocom. The life and soul of her workplace, Ruby struggles to read from the prepared script that work and life have foisted upon her, choosing instead to walk her own chaotic path. Ruby Speaking follows Ruby and her ragtag bunch of colleagues at the Hellocom call centre as they live, love, laugh and enter a choir competition they have no business being in.”
Apple+ TV’s new comedy drama set in a retro-future world, “Hello Tomorrow!”releases on Feb 17th.
It centers around a group of traveling salesmen hawking lunar timeshares. Billy Crudup stars as Jack, a salesman of great talent and ambition, whose unshakeable faith in a brighter tomorrow inspires his coworkers, revitalizes his desperate customers, but threatens to leave him dangerously lost in the very dream that sustains him. Comedy News 20.01.23
Sindhu Vee To Star In New Freevee Comedy
Comedian Sindhu Vee is to play the matriarch of the Pradeep family in an original comedy greenlit by Amazon Freevee.
The Pradeeps of Pittsburg also stars Emmy nominee and SAG Award winner Naveen Andrews (The Dropout, Lost) and Tony nominee Megan Hilty (Smash, Patsy & Loretta). Inspired by the personal experiences of Emmy-nominated Vijal Patel (Black-ish, The Middle), the series follows the Pradeep family and the humorous events of their first few months after moving to America from India.
Told through hilarious (and often conflicting) flashbacks from an interrogation room, the Pradeeps quickly find themselves embroiled—romantically, personally, and professionally—with a polar-opposite neighbourhood family, leading to a predicament with many surprising twists.
The eight, half-hour episode series is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios. Comedy News 19.01.23
HBO Original Comedy RAIN DOGS Debuts March 6
From the brilliant new voice of Cash Carraway, RAIN DOGS is an unconventional love story between a working class single mum, her 10-year-old daughter, and a privileged gay man. The dark comedy stars Daisy May Cooper, Jack Farthing, Ronke Adekoluejo, Adrian Edmondson and Fleur Tashjian in her debut role, as a dysfunctional family on the fringes of society attempting to go straight in a crooked world.
RAIN DOGS is an HBO and BBC One co-production. Comedy News 19.01.22
After officially joining the ranks as one of the most celebrated comedies in history with back-to-back Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Comedy Series for its freshman and sophomore seasons, global phenomenon “Ted Lasso” will return for its highly anticipated third season this spring 2023.
“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team — despite having no experience. But what he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with optimism, underdog determination … and biscuits. The award-winning Apple Original comedy also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster, Nick Mohammed and Sarah Niles.
The series is executive produced by Sudeikis, alongside Bill Lawrence via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.
More Comedy Coming From Apple+TV
“The Big Door Prize” is a heartwarming and character-driven comedy created by Emmy Award winner David West Read (“Schitt’s Creek”), starring an ensemble cast led by Chris O’Dowd, Gabrielle Dennis, Ally Maki, Josh Segarra, Damon Gupton, Crystal Fox, Sammy Fourlas and Djouliet Amara.
Based on M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name, “The Big Door Prize” tells the story of a small town that is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears in the general store, promising to reveal each resident’s true life potential.
“The Big Door Prize” is produced by Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon.
Comedy News 18.01.23
From Academy Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord, each episode of “The Afterparty” explores a different character’s account of one fateful evening, all told through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao, the 10-episode second season will introduce new film genres and an expanded cast of characters played by Elizabeth Perkins, Zach Woods, Paul Walter Hauser, Poppy Liu, Anna Konkle, Jack Whitehall, Vivian Wu, John Cho and Ken Jeong.
In season two, a wedding is ruined when the groom is murdered and every guest is a suspect. Detective Danner (Haddish) returns to help Aniq (Richardson) and Zoë (Chao) solve whodunnit by questioning family members, star-crossed lovers and business partners, and hearing each suspect’s retelling of the weekend, each with their own unique perspective and visual style.
There She Goes, One-off Special Now Filming
Filming has started on a special episode of the acclaimed BBC comedy drama, There She Goes starring David Tennant and BAFTA award winning Jessica Hynes, produced by Merman.
Based on the real-life experiences of writers Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, whose daughter was born with an extremely rare chromosomal disorder, There She Goes follows the day-to-day life of Rosie Yates (Miley Locke), a severely learning disabled girl and her family, dad Simon (David Tennant), mum Emily (Jessica Hynes) and older brother Ben (Edan Hayhurst). This special will see the family struggling to deal with now 13-year-old Rosie’s increasingly wild behaviour as she tries to comprehend puberty, while they search to unlock the secrets of Rosie’s chromosomal condition.
The one hour special was commissioned by Jon Petrie, Director of Comedy, BBC. Written and created by Shaun Pye and Sarah Crawford, There She Goes is a Merman production. The Executive Producers for Merman are Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan, the Director is Tom McKay (Bloods) and the Producer is Clelia Mountford. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Seb Barwell. It will be distributed by NBCU Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios. Comedy news 17.01.23
Worried About a Few Potholes?
Then take a look at The World’s Most Dangerous Roads.
A new series of hair raising motoring trips has moved to Dave and will feature trips by comedy pairings:
Ed Gamble/Lou Sanders, Joe Wilkinson/Zoe Lyons, Stephen Mangan/Lara Ricote, Will Mellor/Keith Lemon, Maisie Adam/Suzi Ruffell, Darren Harriott/Ria Lina, Phil Wang/Pierre Novellie and Jamie-Lee O’Donnell/Saoirse-Monica Jackson
Starts Sunday 12th February on Dave, and stream for free on UKTV Play.
The Writers Guild Awards
Jack Rooke won Best TV Comedy for Big Boys
Best Online Comedy: The Room Next Door – Boris Johnson Resignation Speech by Michael Spicer
Four-day festival being held between March 2-5, 2023, inclusive.
A Fantastic Line-up of Comedy Talent
Taking place in various venues covering the full campus of The O2 – from club shows at indigo at The O2 to the installation of Fortuna, an intimate wood and mirror Spiegeltent as an additional performance space, as well as the world-famous arena – and featuring a mix of headliners, multi-comic shows, live podcast recordings, ‘In Conversations’ and more.
Guardian Article: Jon Richardson: ‘My personal decline is much funnier than that of the country’
The comedian on supermarket petrol stations, working with his wife Lucy Beaumont and the comedy heroes he fell in love with in the 90s
The eternally optimistic Abby Stone (Melissa Rauch) follows in the footsteps of her revered late father, Judge Harry Stone, as she takes on the challenge of overseeing the night shift of a Manhattan arraignment court.
Abby always sees the best in people and her passion for justice is undeniable. In her quest to bring order and dignity to the court and reign in its colorful crew of oddballs, she enlists former night court district attorney Dan Fielding (John Larroquette) to serve as the court’s public defender. Still exceedingly self-confident, Fielding must adjust to a new boss and a new job – defending the downtrodden. And, beneath his arrogant demeanor, there is an empathetic side to Fielding that Abby is determined to unearth.
They both must contend with Olivia (India de Beaufort), the court’s officious assistant district attorney. Driven and ambitious, she views the night court as a steppingstone on her way to bigger things. Neil is the court’s neurotic clerk who loved that his job came with low expectations. That is until a new idealistic judge showed up looking to push him out of his comfort zone.
Rounding out the staff is Donna “Gurgs” Gurganous (Lacretta), the night court’s sharp-witted bailiff. Gurgs takes her job very seriously and is fiercely protective of her night court colleagues.
USA: Tuesdays on NBC (8-8:30 p.m. ET): Two-Episode Series Premire: Jan. 17 (8-8:30 and 8:30-9 p.m. ET)
Night Court (2023) is not yet streaming in the UK
Phone Sex is Life Changing
Onyx has ordered a scripted comedy from 20th Television featuring Gabourey Sidibe.
The pilot 1266 follows Gabby Brixton (Sidibe), who’s living with her mom and making half-hearted attempts to become a singer/model and overnight millionaire. When she’s fired from her job, she stumbles upon the gig of a lifetime ― phone sex. What initially seems like a quick way to make money turns into a life-changing experience when she meets the women who become her chosen family and learns how powerful, profitable and prolific her voice can be.
Onyx Collective is a content brand owned and operated by Disney General Entertainment Content, which primarily consists of projects from creators of colour and other underrepresented groups. The brand was first launched on May 17, 2021, with several projects under development for Hulu, Disney+, and Star+.
‘So Help Me Todd’ Viewership Hits Series High
After returning with its midseason premiere last week, the first-year comedy series reached 4.82 million viewers Thursday according to early Live+Same Day Nielsen data.
As Expected Netflix cancels 'Uncoupled'
Netflix is not proceeding with a second season of Uncoupled, the comedy series from Emily in Paris creator Darren Star and Modern Family veteran Jeffrey Richman. Uncoupled, starring Neil Patrick Harris, failed to achieve a place on Netflix’s weekly Top 10 rankings, making just a single appearance at number 6 following its July 29 debut.
Nicholas Lyndhurst the “24 carat plonker” of Only Fools and Horses has been cast opposite Kelsey Grammer in the “Frasier” sequel series in production at Paramount+. The news was first revealed by Variety
Little is known about the storyline development but the official logline states, “Frasier is off to a different city with new challenges to face, new relationships to forge, and an old dream or two to finally fulfill. Frasier has re-entered the building!”
He has previously worked with Grammer in the 2019 production of Man of La Mancha for the English National Opera at the London Coliseum.
On TV, as well as OFAH, Lyndhurst played Wendy Craig’s son in Butterflies and Gary Sparrow, the time traveller in Goodnight Sweetheart. More recently he played
the retired detective, Danny Griffin, in the cold-case crime series New Tricks.
In Frasier, Lyndhurst is set to play Alan Cornwall, Frasier’s old college buddy turned university professor. “British, boozy and larger than life, Alan has an intellect on par with Frasier’s—if only he ever felt like using it. Alan’s mischievous streak might be just what Frasier could use to shake up his routine, while Frasier’s thoughtful guidance might help Alan find some of the direction he’s been missing in his own life.”
Comedy News 13.01.23
All4's Streaming Promo isn't taking the p*ss
A playful new campaign by Channel 4’s award winning in-house creative agency 4creative launches on 14th January to promote the broadcaster’s brilliant comedy content on All 4.
A brand-new conceptual trail introduces the ‘Stream Free 4000’ – a portable unisex urinal which allows All 4 viewers to continue to ‘stream freely’ so that they don’t need to leave the sofa, even when nature calls.
Lynsey Atkin, Executive Creative Director at 4creative, said: “We just can’t help ourselves helping you to stream free, so to celebrate the masses of wet-yourself-laughing comedy box sets on All 4, we created the Stream Free 4000. Paying homage to bad graphics and shopping channels, we’ve had a lot of fun. Which is, after all, what comedy is all about.”
Will Samantha Fink Imbibe Again?
The second season of the critically acclaimed comedy “Single Drunk Female” will debut on WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT, with the entire 10-episode second season available on Hulu and on-demand platforms the next day.
Ian Gomez (“Cougar Town”) has been elevated to series regular as Carol’s boyfriend, Bob.
In season two, with a year and a half of sobriety under her belt, Samantha Fink finally feels like she has a life worth celebrating. However, Sam quickly learns that sometimes life has other plans for her. Sam must figure out how to effect change where she can, sit in her discomfort when she can’t, and maybe even enjoy the ride. “Single Drunk Female” stars Sofia Black-D’Elia, Ally Sheedy, Sasha Compere, Lily Mae Harrington, Garrick Bernard and Ian Gomez.
Minx Finds A New Home
Minx has been picked up by Starz after being dropped by HBO Max. The comedy had its first season on HBO Max in spring 2022, and production of season 2 had almost wrapped before HBO Max rescinded its renewal and scrapped the series.
Set in 1970s Los Angeles, “Minx” centers around Joyce (Ophelia Lovibond), an earnest young feminist who joins forces with a low-rent publisher (Jake Johnson) to create the first erotic magazine for women.
Creator and showrunner Ellen Rapoport said in a statement. “I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Starz family, and for the opportunity to introduce Minx to a brand new audience. We’ve found the perfect home. Our writers, cast and crew have created something truly special in season two, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
The Bear, FX’s hit series, returns early this summer with an increase from 8 episodes to 10.
The Bear follows Carmen “Carmy” Berzatto (Jeremy Allen White), a young chef from the fine dining world, who comes home to Chicago to run his family sandwich shop.
When questioned on the second series creator and EP Christopher Storer would only say “I know this sounds like I’m avoiding the question but part of the reason why I even wanted to make the show in the first place was that I probably become unhealthily obsessed with time in a lot of instances that created anxiety.”
“And there’s no better setting than a restaurant for the pressures of that. In terms of Season 2, you’re gonna see them build a restaurant,” he added. “They think they’re starting from a healthy place like a lot of other businesses but it just creates the same amount of problems and the same amount of headaches every day. So we see them have to step up in different ways. In some ways, they’ll regress but hopefully, they’ll ultimately come back together to open this thing by a very specific date.”
A TX date has not yet been revealed.
Velma Doesn’t Give A Scoobie
VELMA is an adult animated comedy series telling the origin story of Velma Dinkley, the unsung and under-appreciated brains of the Scooby-Doo Mystery Inc. gang. This original and humorous spin unmasks the complex and colorful past of one of America’s most beloved mystery solvers.
Velma streams January 12 only on HBO Max.
UKTV grew views to free streaming
UKTV announced today that following a year of increased investment and focus on its free streaming service UKTV Play, it has grown direct-to-consumer views by over a quarter and added a further one million registered users. The network also achieved record SOCI (share of commercial impacts) in 2022, up 2.1% from 8.52% in 2021 to 8.70% last year, and UKTV added to its silverware with two BAFTAs for its homegrown show Big Zuu’s Big Eats.
A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou
Netflix have commissioned A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou, a comedy special written by and starring quadruple BAFTA winner Jamie Demetriou and produced by BBC Studios Productions and Guilty Party Pictures.
A Whole Lifetime with Jamie Demetriou takes the audience on a journey from birth to death through the ever adored medium of song and sketch – unpacking the most crucial, embarrassing, heartening and ultimately futile stages of a life lived in the anxious modern day.
Each stage of life is articulated through a different character played by Jamie; and he’s joined by an array of some of the best UK comedy talent including Ellie White, Sian Clifford, Jon Pointing, Kiell Smith-Bynoe and Katy Wix amongst many more.
Josh Cole, Head of Comedy, BBC Studios said: “Jamie is an exceptional creator and performer. It’s a testament to his talent that in just one hour he will take us on an excruciating, hilarious, brilliantly observed journey through modern life”.
Colin Murray Brings a Fresh Sense of Fun & Enjoyment to Countdown
Colin Murray today confirmed he is to remain as the permanent host of Countdown, the UK’s longest running TV quiz show. The show continues to delight viewers with December 2022 securing the best month’s share for the series in over a decade.
Colin said: “It’s a career dream to be named as permanent anchor of one of television’s most iconic programmes. I have been a fan since day one, been part of the family for over a decade, appearing on Dictionary Corner, and now I get the honour of guiding it into a fifth decade. However, I just don’t want Countdown to survive, I want it to thrive. During my caretaker stint we’ve seen more people tune back in, with close to a million [0.9m] watching the series final in December, and I want that to just be the beginning.
Peter Gwyn, Executive Producer, Lifted Entertainment, said: “We are thrilled that Colin is our new permanent host. His boundless energy, infectious humour and genuine love for the programme have really struck a chord with our viewers, and he, Rachel and Susie are the perfect team to take this iconic show into the future.”
Henry Winkler Tight Lipped On S5 of BARRY
Speaking to Laverne Cox at The Golden Globes, he said, “I cannot talk to you about that because they will come and take my grandchildren. They are so strict, I cannot say a word other than it’s on HBO and it’s called Barry.”
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Golden Globe Winner
Abbott Elementary won Best TV Comedy at the Golden Globe Awards and the creator and star, Quinta Brunson, won the award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy Series.
The Abbott Elementary creator and star won in a category that also included Kaley Cuoco (The Flight Attendant), Selena Gomez (Only Murders in the Building), Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) and last year’s winner, Jean Smart of HBO Max’s Hacks.
Tyler James Williams won Abbott Elementary’s third of the night for best supporting actor in a TV series.
Brunson said, “Thank you for believing in this show that’s resonated in the world in a way I never would have imagined. But let’s be real — I did imagine it. That’s why I sold it to you.” Targetting her thanks at Disney (the show airs on the Disney-owned ABC) and studios 20th Television and Warner Bros. TV.
Gemma Arterton is a
It’s 1964 and girls are expected to be flirty, fabulous and fertile – they are not expected to be funny – but Barbara Parker is different. Based on Nick Hornby’s bestselling 2016 novel ‘Funny Girl’, this comic drama follows Barbara (Gemma Arterton), a young woman working in a Blackpool rock factory, who sets off for London without a plan but with a dream.
She embarks on a mission to reinvent herself and find her voice in the male-dominated world of the 1960s sitcom. However, the road to stardom is paved with banana skins and she has many a pratfall before she achieves her goal.
Funny Woman will air 9th February at 9pm on Sky Max and NOW
With the Premier League returning to screens following the World Cup, Sky has confirmed that hosts Matt Lucas and Elis James, along with fellow football fanatic and comedian Andrew Mensah overseeing the celebrity league, will be bringing fans eight more episodes of the iconic comedy series Fantasy Football League, airing on Sky Max and NOW from Friday 27 January.
The BRIT Awards 2023 with Mastercard today confirms Mo Gilligan is set to return as the host
Buffering Series 2
Laura Whitmore (Love Island), Emily Atack (The Emily Atack Show), David Carlyle (It’s a Sin), Tony Way (After Life), Melvin Odoom (BBC R1’s Live Lounge), Tyne-Lexy Clarson (The Last Heist), Sophie Duker (Taskmaster) and Gordon Kane (Hamlet) will feature as guest stars in the second series of Buffering, the sitcom created by and starring BAFTA winning comedian Iain Stirling (Love Island), with co-creator and writer BBC New Comedy Award winning Steve Bugeja (The Russell Howard Hour).
Over the course of this new series, we’ll follow Iain and his housemates as they try to figure out how to be better at life. Whether it’s throwing house parties, job hunting, dating, visiting the countryside, putting on pub quizzes or just figuring out their true feelings for each other, the gang will always have each other when, inevitably, things don’t go as planned.
Bumper In Berlin Again
The Pitch Perfect spin-off Bumper In Berlin has been renewed for a second season by Peacock. Season 1 of the musical comedy, launched in November 2022, scored the biggest comedy premiere in Peacock history.
Pitch Perfect: Bumper In Berlin follows Adam Devine’s Bumper Allen character a few years after the acapella competitions when he moves to Germany to revive his musical career after one of his compositions becomes big in Berlin.
BBC Comedy delivered a brilliant performance across the festive season showcasing an extraordinary range of popular and critically acclaimed content from the Ghosts special, Mrs Brown’s Boys and Inside No.9 to The Detectorists, Bad Education, Motherland (Review), Two Doors Down and The Cleaner.
Jon Petrie, Director of BBC Comedy says : “Despite all the competition, I’m proud to say that BBC comedy is still the biggest fish in the pond delivering a unique public service offer that was once again showcased throughout the festive season. Across the UK, audiences were treated to a variety of distinctive shows from new and established comedy voices that reflect our highly cherished British sense of humour. We look forward to serving up more comedy treats for BBC viewers in 2023.”
Key Audience highlights so far detailed below, all data updated on 9th January 2023 – 4 Screens BARB when available.
Ghosts: It’s Behind You Christmas Special saw 5.9 million – its biggest ever audience with a prime slot on Christmas Day. This also places it as the biggest comedy of the year (up to 25th December) so far.
Motherland is up to 5 million – this is the highest audience for the show to date.
On Christmas Day, Mrs Brown’s Boys saw an impressive 4.1 million.
The Detectorists special on Boxing Day saw an audience of 3.8 million, its biggest audience on record.
The Cleaner: A Clean Christmas is up to 3.2 million – the second highest audience to date for the series and its highest ever young audience.
Two Doors Down also saw its highest audience for the series to date, currently up to 2.6million.
Inside No. 9’s The Bones of St Nicholas saw an audience of 2.3 million, its biggest on record.
The Bad Education Reunion special averaged 0.9 million with just under half of the audience being 16-34s putting it among the top new launches on BBC Three behind Conversations with Friends and Drag Race UK vs The World.
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Amanda Abbington stars in The Family Pile
The Family Pile is a brand new 6 x 30’ comedy from Hat Trick Productions that will air on ITV in January 2023. The series will be a comedic exploration of one of life’s big milestones, via four sisters who have lost their parents and are packing up the family home to sell.
But even in grief their messy lives go on. The series will star Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, Mr Selfridge), Clare Calbraith (Home Fires, Downton Abbey), Claire Keelan (Nathan Barley, No Heroics), and Alexandra Mardell (Coronation Street) as the sisters with Kieran O’Brien, Richard Pepple and James Nelson-Joyce.
Airing on January 17th- full series available on ITVX following episode 1 broadcast on ITV1
Cinema Release Will Surely Find Its Way To Paramount+
Inspired by a true story, four Massachusetts friends head to Houston for Super Bowl LI to watch their hero Tom Brady in action
80 For Brady is a fun comedy about the chemistry of its star studded cast of Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Sally Field and the characters they portray.
The quartet play longtime friends who have found a love for football in their golden years — specifically, the Patriots led by Tom Brady — set in 2017, the group make the journey from Massachusetts to Texas to see their team in the Super Bowl.
Didn’t Need Psychic Powers To Predict This
Renewed For Second Season By Netflix
Well, who’d have thought Netflix would eventually confirm renewal of Wednesday for a second series. Everyone that’s who.
Shortly after the first season of the series debuted on Nov. 23 Netflix announced that the series set a new platform record for most hours viewed for an English language series in its first week with over 341 million hours. The show has since become the second biggest English language season of television on Netflix ever with over 1.2 billion hours viewed within its first 28 days.
Jenna Ortega tweeted: “Thanks to everyone who made this upcoming season possible. This has all been pretty surreal”.
We welcome the Government’s decision that Channel 4 will remain in public ownership.
Alex Mahon, Chief Executive of Channel 4, said:
“The principle of public ownership for Channel 4 is now set for the foreseeable future, a decision which allows us to be even more of a power in the digital world.
“Channel 4 is innovative, editorially brilliant and loved by audiences that others don’t reach, most of all the young and underrepresented. In the analogue world, we did this spectacularly. Now, in the digital era, we are doing it again. Working with the world-leading TV and film producers of the UK, we continue to give birth to ideas that thrill audiences and change perspectives globally.
“Five years ago, we committed to representing the whole of the UK on screen and to growing our impact across the Nations and Regions. Most recently, we took on the job of removing obstacles for young people who thought a career in this industry was somehow not for them.
“I am personally delighted that we will be able to do more, making positive change for the people that others don’t fight for. We will move faster, invest more, take more risks, break down barriers and push boundaries; getting up to do that every day is an utter privilege for those of us lucky enough to work at Channel 4.”
Munya Chawawa Planning His Own Channel 4 Show
Deadline: Munya Chawawa, the British-Zimbabwean comedian, is hoping to translate his wildly viral online sketches into his own television show.
The 30-year-old is working on a pilot for Channel 4, the British public broadcaster, that will build on his increasing number of TV appearances in recent years.
The pilot, which will not be broadcast, is titled The Late Night Munyaverse and will feature a mix of studio and filmed comedy sketches. It is produced by Rumpus Media, which makes The Misadventures of Romesh Ranganathan for BBC2.
Chawawa’s topical sketches have racked up 32M views on TikTok alone and often feature the comedian sending up politicians through parodies of popular songs.
Chris Barker -The Art of Light Entertainment
If you’ve ever wondered what Salvador Dali would have made of the classic British sitcom Only Fools and Horses or how René Magritte would have reacted to the Two Ronnies’ famous “fork handles” sketch, then this is the exhibition for you. Award-winning graphic artist Chris Barker is displaying a selection of signed prints from his collection “Brush Strokes – The Art of Light Entertainment” exclusively at the Museum of Comedy until February 2023.
Taking in everything from Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ – reimagined as Frank Spencer reacting to the cat having done a whoopsie on the carpet – to L.S. Lowry’s ‘Going to the Match’ – now with added Terry and Bob from the Likely Lads – if you’re a fan of British comedy from the golden age – or art – then you’re in for a treat.
At the end of the run, all 13 hand-framed, signed prints on display will be available to purchase so watch this space for more information about the live auction event we will be hosting in the new year. But, for now, be the first to see the prints as they were intended. On walls.
Fans of classic British comedy will not want to miss this exhibition, which is running at the Museum of Comedy through February.
Our Flag Means Death Review
Darby, as Bonnet, commands a crew of misfits, who would mutiny given half the chance but collectively they have less than enough brain power to fail the audition for Tipping Point.
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