Quick Hits: The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 news; Chris Martin on Modern Family; Man with a Plan ratings

For those wondering when The Handmaid’s Tale season 2 is going to be coming back onto Hulu, wonder no more!

Today, the streaming service confirmed that new episodes of the series featuring Elisabeth Moss are going to start up in April — there is no specific date just yet, but you can go ahead and circle that month on your calendar. This season poses some significant challenges in that this is going to take the show beyond the events in the Margaret Atwood source material. The challenge here is going to be finding a way to capture the spirit of the material while also still bringing these characters forward and focusing on new events.

The fact that the first season received so much acclaim from the Emmys and elsewhere only ups the ante even more. Hopefully at some point in the new year a more specific premiere date will be named.

As for some other headlines…

Chris Martin to guest star on Modern Family – The Coldplay frontman is joining many other big celebrities to appear on the long-running show, and according to Entertainment Weekly he should be playing the very-familiar role of himself.

Martin will be turning up on an episode titled “Brushes with Celebrity” in which the main characters all describe times in their lives in which they have interacted with famous people. Martin will share screen time with Ty Burrell (Phil) and is set to be a significant part of the episode’s overall story.

Poor start for Man with a Plan – Last week we published a story detailing CBS failing to keep up with the times with some of their comedies; the premiere ratings for this show are further proof of that. The Matt LeBlanc sitcom generated just a 1.0 rating for its episode on Monday night, which is down close to 40% from its premiere rating last year.

While we’re not necessarily saying that Man with a Plan is a bad show, what it is struggling with at the moment is trying to figure out a way in which to be relevant in 2017 and encourage its viewers to watch live. What’s the incentive to do that here? There’s little reason to make this appointment television since nothing is really going to be spoiled if a viewer DVR’s it and waits to watch.

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