New and returning TV show in 2020

Over 500 series is aired across all networks, cable and streaming services in 2019 – which is a pretty massive number. However, that does not even include the large amount of reality shows which are constantly releasing episodes periodically.

With the number of quality shows as a proportion decreasing, there has never been such variety in the selection of series. What new shows are noticeable and which non-complete shows do you want to keep following? Follow this to have a list of some of the hottest shows to come.

30 Rock Upfront Special

NBC’s new streaming service Peacock is basically one big 20 Rock sketch, as is this one-off special from the beloved sitcom. The reunion brings the cast together, similar to what Parks and Recreation did earlier this year, but the new episode is more of an advertisement for NBC than anything else.

The House of Ho

A new reality TV family is joining the loop as HBO are bringing a focus on the wealthy Vietnamese-American Ho family based in Texas in their episodes. Not only are the Kardashians the ones to watch, but these guys bring entertaining drama to follow in their series.

Absentia

This show is going international. In the third season of this insane thriller, special agent Emily Bryne is on a case and that has close ties to her family which takes her overseas. There is a good mix of action, drama and incredible acting from the cast and is a definite must-watch.

Street Food: Latin America

If you are into your food docuseries, then you will love this. The first instalment of this food show explored the street vendors in Asia and now its episodes air the host travelling across the globe to Latin America. It indulges into the chefs and cuisines based there, giving us a good look on all the culture dishes.

Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith opening up!

Will and Jada Smith have opened up about their marriage in an intimate interview aired on Red Table Talks. On Friday 10th July, the pair joined each other on the show to have a discussion about the recent relationship rumours surrounding Jada and singer August Alsina.

For the couple, it was believed that candidly speaking about their 23-year marriage was the best move for their family. During the 12 minute episode, Pinkett Smith admitted to “an entanglement” with August in 2015 following rumours that she had a fling with him. She and her husband, who sat beside her, opened up in a strange way about their difficulties leading up to the affair. Many have established that the pair is in a difficult time right now and that this would not be special if they were not famous.

Timeline of events

Early April of last year was when the rumours begun to pick up. At this time, August released a remix of Kehlani’s song which had lyrics allegedly about Jada Pinkett Smith. At the time, August denied that his lyrics were anything to do with Jada.

Fast forward to nearly a year ahead in June 2020, August speaks about his past relationship with Jada in an interview with Angela Yee. When promoting his third album ‘The Product III: State of Emergency’, Alsina decided to bring back up the rumours and opened up to Angela Yee. He considered the Smiths to be “like my family” and claimed they had an open marriage to which Will Smith allegedly gave him permission to date Jada.

Shortly after, Pinkett Smith brought herself to the Red Table to address the whole situation. Her and Will had the interview where she stated herself and August got “into an entanglement” and that she was in a low place. The family definitely have a lot of healing to do as public affairs can always become so much more than they need to be.

Rod Bond Fraud Movie Trailer Released

Following delays to filming, this week saw the release of the trailer for the much-awaited Rod Bond fraud movie. Entitled The Tax Fraud of the Century, the latest offering from the Hollywood A-lister promises to be next year’s biggest hit. Also, if the trailer is anything to go by, we’re in for a real treat. Set in and around Manchester, the Rod Bond fraud movie is based on this year’s hit documentary series Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC. Shadowing HMRC investigators, the presenter encountered what has gone down as the biggest tax fraud empire in history. While the documentary series focussed on the work of HM Revenue and Customs, the cinematic sequel promises a glimpse into the lavish lives of the fraudsters.

Despite restrictions to filming caused by coronavirus lockdown measures, the newly released trailer promises much excitement. From a monologue delivered by Rod Bond, to glimpses of Leonardo DiCaprio, shoots from Spinningfields and even a high-speed supercar chase, the trailer has set the scene for an action-packed offering. “After considerable delays, we decided to release the trailer somewhat prematurely, as we know the fans have been waiting,” a source from Manchester F1 Productions, the company behind the film, said in a social media post. “We’re not quite there yet, but we’re well on our way,” the source added.

Industry insiders have slated the latest Rod Bond fraud movie to be a rip-roaring success. With an all-star ensemble cast, led by Rod Bond himself, it has all the hallmarks of a classic. “If the success of the Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC documentary is anything to go by, the movie will be a sure-fire success,” said The Observer’s Mark Kermode. Another film critic, Anne Bilson, commented, “Whatever Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions touch seems to turn into gold.”

Rod Bond Fraud Documentary Syndication

Manchester F1 Productions have announced that their Rod Bond fraud documentary series will be entering off-network syndication next year. According to the filming company’s chief executive, the documentary series was originally produced for broadcast on BBC One. However, as a result of its popularity, networks the world over grew interested in the Rod Bond fraud documentary. Additionally, the source mentioned that within the United States, competition was fierce. All three of America’s biggest broadcasting networks, including CBS, NBC and ABC, were outbid by Fox Broadcasting Company. Similarly, the source added, competition was fierce in Australia, where off-network syndication rights were eventually secured by WIN Television.

Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC

Entitled Rod Bond Tax Fraud and HMRC, the BBC One documentary was presented by Hollywood A-list actor Rod Bond. The fraud documentary represented the actor’s return to British television after an absence of almost thirty years. Produced by Manchester film company F1 Productions, the documentary series was a major hit, winning a BAFTA Award for Best Documentary. Since then, the Manchester-based production company have been in the process of filming a cinematic sequel to the series. However, after lead actor Rod Bond succumbed to coronavirus and following the imposition of lockdown, filming had all but ceased.

The Tax Fraud of the Century

Beset by delays and stop-starts, it was recently announced that filming for the anticipated Rod Bond fraud movie has commenced. While it remains unclear whether Leonardo DiCaprio and other American actors involved in the production have returned to the UK, F1 Productions have declared a provisional release date for the movie. Although it was scheduled for cinema release this summer, the production company announced it may be ready by the New Year.

Stay tuned to TV Chit Chat for all the updates on the highly anticipated Rod Bond fraud movie.

X Factor Star Alexandra Burke Opens Up About Racism

The former winner of X Factor, Alexandra Burke, has opened up about the racism she has faced in the music industry in order to appeal to a white audience. Alexandra Burke went on to achieve three UK Number 1 singles and fame on the show Strictly Come Dancing. Despite her success, Burke has experienced racism from the music industry as a dark-skin black woman.

Instagram Post on Racism  

In a passionate Instagram post, Alexandra Burke expressed the various race related issues she has had to face since she was 16 and just starting out in the music industry. The X Factor winner detailed some of the demands of the music industry. These racist demands included that she have her skin bleached, not wear braided hair and to tailor her music to a white audience. Further, she was also told to keep quiet during attacks on her that were being made in the press during Strictly Come Dancing. Alexandra was also told by an unnamed person told her she ‘already [had] one black artist’ and did not need another. This was a traumatizing experience for someone new to the music industry at the young age of 16.

Alexandra Burke also opened up about the time she was told that she would have to work 10 times harder than a white artist because of her skin colour. She was essentially told to erase all of her identity in order to appeal to a white audience. The absurd, racist demands have followed her throughout her career in the music industry. In 2017, at a promotional event for Strictly Come Dancing, a journalist told her ‘so you’re not doing press. Being a diva today are we?’. This highlights the negative and racist views on black women, particularly successful black women being painted as ‘diva’s’ or ‘aggressive’ for being real, successful women. Racism is prevalent in the music industry and affects successful artists as well as those that are up and coming. By speaking out, Alexandra Burke has shed light upon the systemic racism that black artists must face every day.