TV News: Haddish, Avenue, Apple, What-If, Snatch

Untitled Tiffany Haddish Special
Tiffany Haddish has committed to a new and currently untitled hour-long stand-up comedy special at Netflix. The special is set to tape sometime early next year ahead of airing in late 2019. The comedian/actor is also developing a new series with HBO called “Unsubscribed” as part of her two-year deal with the premium cable network. [Source: Netflix]

Avenue 5
Hugh Laurie (“House,” “The Night Manager”) has been lined up to star in “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s new HBO sci-fi comedy series “Avenue 5”. Laurie will portray Ryan Clark, the charming and in-control American captain of the titular spaceship in the future.

HBO has given the mostly space-set series a pilot commitment and ordered additional scripts. However, the network has yet to give the project a series order. “Avenue 5” is expected to be filmed in London later this year. [Source: The Live Feed]

Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under”) and Nell Tiger Free (“Game of Thrones”) have been cast as two of the three leads in the untitled upcoming psychological thriller series from executive producers M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop which is setup at Apple.

The story reportedly deals with a couple who have hired young nanny Leanne to help care for their newborn child. Ambrose will play the mother, Dorothy Turner, while Free will portray the nanny, Leanne Grayson. The project has received a straight-to-series order with Basgallop serving as showrunner. [Source: Deadline]

“Don’t Breathe” and “Evil Dead” star Jane Levy has been cast opposite Renee Zellweger in the social thriller anthology drama series “What/If” for Netflix. Mike Kelley (“Revenge”) created the ten-episode drama series which Phillip Noyce will direct.

The story explores the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life. [Source: Deadline]

Crackle has premiered the first trailer for the second season of “Snatch,” the TV series remake of the cult Guy Ritchie film. Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino and Lucien Laviscount are back as the Hill gang heads to sunny Costa del Sol where they’re on the run in another fight to save their fortune and their lives after running afoul of the local kingpin. Ten episodes will debut from September 13th on the service.