So there I am, listening to another one of those 'The Making Of' type shows, a Radio 4 Extra edition of What's Funny About... by Peter Fincham and Jon Plowman, concentrating on the BBC's political comedy The Thick Of It, which also was translated into the movie In The Loop and the HBO show Veep, […]
Forty years in the future, things still suck in familiar ways. There's a space leisure industry now, and Avenue 5, the title cruise liner, is the top of the line. When a gravity mishap causes the 5,000 people onboard to crash against one side of the ship, it tips if off its course and a […]
Looking to fill that Game of Thrones gap with a new comedy series from HBO? Yeah, I don't think anybody is. But that's the comparison that actor Josh Gad made during the press junket for his new series Avenue 5 ("It's the 'Game of Thrones' of comedy"). The new space-bound series is a futuristic show set […]
Okay, so this is a Bleeding Cool story about someone tweeting a link to a Bleeding Cool story. Which means that it has the potential to get self-referential fast, If either Armando Iannucci or John Finnemore do it again, the whole thing could collapse upon itself in a singularity, forming a black hole of a […]
January 19th sees the launch of Avenue 5 on HBO in the USA and on the 22nd on Sky One in the UK. A new sci-fi sitcom created by On The Hour, The Day Today, Friday Night Armastice, I'm Alan Partridge, The Thick Of It and Veep's Armando Iannucci, it stars Hugh Laurie as Ryan […]
Great Britain has just had our first national TV debate between the two main party leaders, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn, ahead of the General Election in three weeks' time. During the debate, the Conservative Party totally rebranded their Twitter account to read FactCheckUK with purple livery. And proceeded […]
After spending seven seasons in Washington D.C., it's no surprise that Veep creator Armando Iannucci would want to get as far away from the nation's capital as possible… but this might be a little ridiculous. With HBO's Emmy-award dominating political comedy heading into its final season, the cable giant has greenlighted a pilot and back-up […]
Veep, the popular HBO series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus (of Elaine from Seinfeld fame) about an incompetent vice president attempting to survive her duties with a dysfunctional support staff, is set to end after its seventh season, according to Variety. The long-lived comedy had won 12 Primetime Emmy Awards and proved that you can indeed do something well-received after starring in Seinfeld and […]
Titan Comics announced at ComicsPRO today they will be publishing Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin's graphic novel, The Death Of Stalin in English, which was filmed last year by The Thick Of It's Armando Iannucci to be released in cinemas later this year. The movie stars Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin and Jeffrey Tambor. So […]
Yesterday, Bleeding Cool pointed out that the cast of The Thick Of It were appearing on the cover of December's Amazing Spider-Man comic, drawn by Alex Ross. The Thick Of It creator Armando Iannucci noticed and enquired as to what was going on? When it was mentioned that writer Dan Slott was a keen viewer […]
Last night's double episode finale of Veep was full to busting of plot twists back and forth. But one was Kent's idea that Selina Myers should address voters, standing on top of a crate, as an attempt to connect with the ordinary working voter. Naturally, it all goes wrong. But where would such an idea […]
Alan Partridge is having it both ways.
And don't forget Veep.
The show that spwaned In The Loop and Veep is coming home and not a minute too soon.
Studiocanal's official press release to mark their official engagement with the Alan Partridge movie is blessed with some quotes from the man himself. Put aside any head scratching over the implications of this fictional character commenting on the start of production of a fiction film that will feature him (fictionally) and just enjoy the other […]
So is it Alan Partridge Goes To The Middle East? Alan Partridge Vs. The Mutants? Alan Partridge Plays Monkey Tennis? Armando Iannucci has been speaking at BAFTA to mark the imminent UK premiere of Veep, his new The Thick Of It-ish comedy focusing on the staff of the US vice president. He also spared some […]
Veep is the first US TV series from Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It and In The Loop and is, to a large extent, in the same vein. This is the first full trailer for the show, and despite the judicious use of beeping, I don't think it even comes close to the […]
Though Armando Iannucci is more than clever enough to plug the gap, it might be odd to see Veep, his upcoming satire on American politics, go running ahead with Malcolm Tucker. Tucker, played with acid fizz by Peter Capaldi, is the black blood in the veins of both The Thick of It and the big […]
Here's what's new: Sponsored by Fosters, the new Alan Partridge series has been made for YouTube and the web. Here's what's the same as ever: It's really very funny. So that was somewhat downscaled, and clearly on an "online budget", but the writing and performance are what matters. A nice rehearsal for the Partridge movie […]