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Apple TV+ will not be moving ahead with a second season of Mr Corman

Stand Up To Cancer on C4 raises over £31m on the night

C4 confirms that series 3 of Derry Girls, now filming, will be the last

Tom Basden’s ‘Pandemonium’ given series order by BBC following successful pilot

Diane Morgan is returning as Philomena Cunk for BBC2 series Cunk On Earth

Reece Shearsmith says filming has wrapped on series 7 of Inside No9

Mae Martin to join cast of Flight Attendant 2 

The Other Two scores season 3 renewal at HBO Max

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Ajay Saghal photo: Kate Danson

A pilot of a comedy The Son-in-Law has been ordered by ABC, their first this autumn.

The single-camera project comes from Disney’s 20th Television and writer Ajay Saghal (The Carmichael Show). The convoluted storyline follows a salt of the earth man who finds himself seeking the approval of his new fiancée’s sophisticated parents, even as he’s a difficult to impress father-in-law to his daughter’s longtime boyfriend.

“History of the World, Part I” is finally getting a Part II, with Hulu ordering a variety series followup to the classic Mel Brooks comedy film, Variety has learned exclusively.
“History of the World, Part II” is described as a sequel to the 1981 film. The film was made up of segments set during different periods of world history. Among those was the Stone Age, Ancient Rome, and the French Revolution. 

 Like most of Brooks’ work, it also featured musical numbers, including one about the Spanish Inquisition and, of course, “Jews in Space.”

Brooks is a writer and executive producer on the series along with Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Ike Barinholtz, David Stassen and Kevin Salter. There is no word yet on which world events the series will cover. Hulu has ordered eight episodes of the show. The writers room is beginning in October with production slated to begin in Spring 2022. Searchlight Television and 20th Television will produce.

In today’s Times magazine: Comedian JohnBishop is a TV star and unlikely silver fox. Most of his fans are of a certain age, but he’ll soon have plenty of younger ones thanks to his debut in Doctor Who this month.
Gold announces a special Christmas episode of The Cockfields(1×60′), following on from the six-part series two due to air next month.

Writers Joe Wilkinson and David Earl said,

Getting to write a Christmas Special is a dream come true for us and we can’t thank Gold enough for being daft enough to let us do it. We can’t wait for you to hang out with the Cockfields again, while we all stuff our faces with sausage rolls and chocolate oranges. Merry Christmas from The Cockfield Family.

The Cockfields Christmas Special stars Wilkinson as Simon and Susannah Fielding as his fiancé Esther, travelling back to the Isle of Wight between Christmas and New Year to visit Simon’s ever-doting mother (Sue Johnston), his controlling yet well-meaning stepfather (Gregor Fisher) and his celebrity-obsessed stepbrother (Ben Rufus Green).

The Cockfields Christmas Special is written by David Earl & Joe Wilkinson. It is commissioned by Pete Thornton, UKTV head of scripted, and ordered by Gerald Casey, Gold channel director. Richard Watsham is UKTV director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. The Cockfields is directed by Simon Hynd, produced by John Rushton for Yellow Door Productions, and exec produced by Lucy Lumsden.

The Cockfields follows a year of high-profile UKTV Original commissions for Gold in 2021 such as series two of The Cockfields, series two of Sandylands, French & Saunders: Funny Women, The Vicar of Dibley: Inside Out and Murder, They Hope.

The Cockfields Christmas special airs in December. Series two of The Cockfields starts next month.

Spitting Image returns to ITV for Halloween special after continued success delivering record subscribers for BritBox UK

The Halloween Special will TX on ITV in WEEK 44: 30th Oct – 5th Nov (day TBC).

Apple TV+ orders “Shrinking” comedy from star and executive producer Jason Segel

Apple TV+ today announced a series order for “Shrinking,” a 10-episode comedy series that will star Jason Segel, who also serves as writer and executive producer alongside Emmy Award winners Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein. The news was announced on the heels of the season two finale of Apple’s Emmy, SAG, Critics Choice and WGA Award-winning global hit phenomenon “Ted Lasso.”

“Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (played by Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own.

The new series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lawrence is under an overall deal, and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions. Segel, Lawrence and Goldstein all serve as writers and executive producers, Jeff Ingold is an executive producer, and Liza Katzer is a co-executive producer.

“Shrinking” marks the second Apple Original starring Segel, who is next set to star in Apple Original Films’ highly anticipated “The Sky is Everywhere,” based on the best-selling YA Novel of the same name. It also marks the third partnership for Apple, Lawrence and Warner Bros. Television, alongside “Ted Lasso” and the recently announced series order for “Bad Monkey.” Goldstein currently stars and serves as writer and co-executive producer on “Ted Lasso,” which recently broke records as the most-nominated freshman comedy in Emmy history, and landed a total of seven Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Goldstein and Outstanding Comedy Series.

The series will join a growing offering of hit and award-winning comedy series on Apple TV+ including “Schmigadoon!,” “Physical,” “Dickinson,” “Mythic Quest,” “Central Park” and the upcoming limited series, “The Shrink Next Door.”

Stath Lets Flats season 3 release date

The series is set in a north London letting agency, and follows idiotic letting agent Stath as he and fellow colleagues go toe-to-toe with the posh estate agency next door.

Season three begins at 10:15pm on Tuesday 26th October on Channel 4.

FX greenlights The Bear


FX, the Disney owned channel, has ordered a half-hour comedy called The Bear starring Shameless (US) star Jeremy Allen White (pictured)
The show centers on a young chef (White) who returns to Chicago to run his family’s restaurant. The FX Productions series also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach (NOS4A2, Girls), Ayo Edebiri (Big Mouth), Lionel Boyce (Hap and Leonard), Abby Elliott (Indebted, SNL) and Liza Colón-Zayas (In Treatment). 

Comedian Rosie Jones gets universal support from the comedy community after online abuse

Jones, who has cerebral palsy, appeared on the BBC’s Question Time programme’s panel 
She tweeted: “The sad thing is that I’m not surprised at the ableist abuse I’ve received. It’s indicative of the country we live in right now. I will keep on speaking up, in my wonderful voice, for what I believe in.”

Steve Carell to star in The Patient



Latest Comedy News: FX, the Disney-owned cable network has handed out a 10-episode order for a half-hour limited comedy series called The Patient, starring The Office alum Carell and written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg.
The Patient revolves around a psychotherapist who finds himself held prisoner by a serial killer with an unusual request: curb his homicidal urges.

Latest comedy news: The US version of the BBC hit comedy Ghosts averaged 5.52 million viewers 

on its debut double episode. Young Sheldon (7.12 million viewers, 0.7 in 18-49) and United States of Al (4.84 million, 0.49) were in line with their 2020-21 averages.

Comedian Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect) married actress Chloe Bridges.

DeVine is set to reprise his role as Bumper Allen and executive produce a new Pitch Perfect television series that is heading to Peacock.

Jimmy Carr: Comedy made my whole life better

A memoir and self-help manual by one of the country’s most treasured comedians – for anyone who feels stuck in a rut but doesn’t have the tools or self-belief to shake things up.
Buy Now £17.99 here from Waterstones

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Book of the Month

Now Available Katherine Ryan’s Memoir
The Audacity

charts her path to comedy stardom through a wealth of observations about life that are as perceptive as they are hilarious.

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Sara Pascoe to host
new series of BBC’s
Sewing Bee replacing
Joe Lycett who is
stepping down

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