- Apple unveiled a new premium TV service in March, called Apple TV Plus.
- Apple will be making original TV shows for Apple TV Plus.
- Here’s a first look at all the Apple originals showcased during the event – and every other show we know that’s coming.
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“It’s show time.”
That was the tagline for Apple’s big March event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino, California, where the company finally unveiled Apple TV Plus, its new premium TV streaming service, which the company says is focused on great storytelling.
Apple invited filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, Ron Howard, and M. Night Shyamalan, as well as actors including Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, to narrate the intro video talking about the importance of telling stories. Spielberg himself even took the stage at the beginning of the presentation.
While Apple spent much of the event showing how you can access other apps and content on the new Apple TV app, Apple said it also plans to make original content of its own for Apple TV Plus. And at its March event audiences finally got their first look at what Apple’s original shows actually look like.
Take a look at all of the shows coming to Apple TV Plus:
Steven Spielberg is bringing back “Amazing Stories,” his sci-fi anthology series that originally debuted in 1985.
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell unveiled “The Morning Show,” a show about complex relationships between men and women on the set of a morning television show.
Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard introduced “See,” a show about a world where the Earth is devastated by a virus that leaves only a few million survivors, who are all blind.
“Silicon Valley” star Kumail Nanjiani debuted “Little America,” an anthology series about immigrants living in the US.
“They’re not immigrant stories; they’re human stories that feature immigrants,” Nanjiani said.
The show will feature immigrants from all over the world coming to America, and be written and directed by immigrants or children of immigrants.
Muppets Big Bird and Cody from “Sesame Street” introduced a brand-new pre-K show called “Helpsters,” which uses the logic of coding to help children solve problems.
“To teach pre-schoolers about coding, we’re giving them an opportunity to change the world in their own special way,” Cody said at Apple’s big event.
Big Bird emphasised that the show also wants to make children kinder and happier.
J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles (and Jessie Mueller, Bareilles’ writing partner on the musical “Waitress”) unveiled a new series called “Little Voice,” a show about being a young woman finding herself as a musician.
Bareilles composed original music for the show “Little Voice,” and played a sample for the crowd in the Steve Jobs Theatre.
Oprah Winfrey has two documentaries coming to Apple TV Plus: a currently untitled film about mental health and another titled “Toxic Labour.”
Winfrey also mentioned a book club, where people can live-stream conversations between book authors and Oprah, on any device and in any country. We’re waiting on more details.
Apple played a brief trailer at the end of the event, showing moments from some of the aforementioned shows like “See” with Jason Momoa, and others that no one had seen yet.
This is “Dickinson,” a comedy about Emily Dickinson starring Hailee Steinfeld.
Here’s Hailee Steinfeld, in “Dickinson.”
Octavia Spencer will star in “Truth Be Told” (originally titled “Are You Sleeping”) with Aaron Paul from “Breaking Bad.” Reese Witherspoon is a producer.
“Masters of Sex” star Lizzy Kaplan will also appear in “Truth Be Told.”
“For All Mankind” is an upcoming sci-fi drama from the creator of “Battlestar Galactica” and “Outlander.”
Steve Carell will play the male lead in the star-studded drama, “The Morning Show.”
Jennifer Aniston is one of the two female leads of “The Morning Show.” She and her co-lead Reese Witherspoon are also executive producers.
Billy Crudup will also appear in “The Morning Show.”
Here’s a shot from “Little America,” from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon, the husband-and-wife duo behind the hit comedy film “The Big Sick.”
“Mythic Quest” is a new half-hour comedy series from Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney, the stars and creators of “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.”
A new drama called “Home Before Dark” is inspired by a real story of a 9-year-old girl who uncovers a murder in her hometown, and breaks the news in a newspaper that she starts herself.
M. Night Shyamalan is executive producer of a new thriller series called “Servant.” He will also direct its first episode.
NBA star Kevin Durant is producing a series about AAU basketball, called “Swagger.”
“Thor Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is helping adapt Terry Gilliam’s movie “Time Bandits” into a comedy series for Apple TV Plus.
Chris Evans, Marvel’s Captain America, is executive producer and star of “Defending Jacob,” about an assistant district attorney that finds his son is a suspect of a murder he is investigating.
Speaking of Marvel heroes, Oscar winner and Captain Marvel herself Brie Larson will star as a CIA agent in a new drama series for Apple TV Plus.
Apple is collaborating with Canadian production company DHX Media to create a handful of original shorts starring Charles M. Schulz’ beloved “Peanuts” characters.
Apple ordered two seasons of an animated musical comedy series called “Central Park.” It’s co-created by Loren Bouchard of “Bob’s Burgers,” and Josh Gad, pictured here, who will also lend his voice.
Apple is adapting the acclaimed sci-fi novel series from Isaac Asimov, “Foundation.”
Richard Gere is starring in an untitled drama series about two Vietnam veterans who learn the woman they both loved over 50 years ago died in a car accident.
Damian Chazelle, director of the 2016 Oscar winner for best picture “La La Land,” will write and direct every episode of a new drama for Apple TV Plus.
Jennifer Garner will star and executive produce a new drama called “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.” J.J. Abrams is also a producer.
A new documentary series called “Home” will feature 10 one-hour episodes about fantastic homes and the people who built them.
Apple says it has partnered with the most accomplished storytellers, and a new generation of the most exciting voices, to make Apple TV Plus a destination for high-quality originals, from dramas to documentaries and beyond.
Apple said there will be new additions every month, and it’s coming to over 100 countries starting this fall. It will be available on every screen you have — an Apple TV app is coming to smart TVs, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as existing Apple devices.
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