- At a special event on Monday, Apple revealed its upcoming subscription TV service, Apple TV+.
- Here are all of the original TV shows Apple is developing for the service.
Apple provided further details about its big push into original TV programming at a special event on Monday, but many questions still linger.
The company didn’t reveal pricing for its upcoming subscription TV service, Apple TV+, or a release date for any of the shows that will debut on the service, only that it’s coming this fall.
What Apple did offer all-star talent to introduce the most noteworthy original shows. That included Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles, Kumail Nanjiani, and even “Sesame Street’s” Big Bird.
But the company didn’t show off everything it has in development. Viewers can expect more, including a biographical drama on NBA all-star Kevin Durant’s youth and an animated show from the creator of “Bob’s Burgers.”
Here are the original shows that Apple is producing in its push into TV (including two that have already been released):
REVEALED AT SPECIAL EVENT:
Apple is reviving Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi and horror anthology series “Amazing Stories,” which aired on NBC in the late 1980s.
Little is known about “Dear…” other than it is a docuseries, according to Deadline.
“Dickinson” is a biographical comedy series on the life of poet Emily Dickinson starring Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (“True Grit”).
Written by Alena Smith (HBO’s “The Newsroom”), the series is reportedly set during Dickinson’s era (the 1800s) “with a modern sensibility and tone,” and will explore “the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn’t fit in to her own time through her imaginative point of view,” according to Deadline.
“For All Mankind”
“For All Mandkind” is a space-themed drama series from Ronald D. Moore, a writer and showrunner famous for his work on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and his mid-2000s revival of the “Battlestar Galactica” series.
Apple landed this coming-of-age drama at Sundance earlier this year. It was Apple’s first Sundance acquisition, and is produced by Jada Pinkett Smith. It centres on the title character, the only child of Pakistani immigrants.
“Home Before Dark”
“Home Before Dark” tells real-life story of the 11-year-old investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak (played by “The Florida Project” star Brooklynn Prince), who, at age 9, exposed a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, in a newspaper that she self-started.
The series, created by Dana Fox (“Ben and Kate”) and Dara Resnik (Netflix’s “Daredevil”), is directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu.
“The Morning Show”
“The Morning Show” stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell in a drama about the relationships between talent and crew of a morning television show.
“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day created this comedy about a video game development studio. McElhenney plays the studio’s creative director.
“See” is a drama series from “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight and film director Francis Lawrence (“Hunger Games,” “Red Sparrow”). It’s about a world hit by a deadly virus that leaves the survivors blind, and stars “Aquaman” actor Jason Momoa.
“Servant” is a psychological thriller executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan (“Split”) and written by British TV writer Tony Basgallop (“Inside Men”).
“Truth Be Told”
“Truth Be Told” was originally titled “Are You Sleeping,” and stars Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.
An adaptation of Kathleen Barber’s true-crime novel of the same name, “Truth Be Told” centres on a reporter behind “a mega-hit podcast” who reopens a murder case.
Apple brought out Big Bird and Cody of “Sesame Street” to introduce a new children’s program called “Helpsters.”
“To teach pre-schoolers about coding, we’re giving them an opportunity to change the world in their own special way,” Cody said at the event on Monday.
“Little America” is a half-hour anthology series from “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.
“They’re not immigrant stories; they’re human stories that feature immigrants,” Nanjiani said on Monday.
“Little Voice” is a romantic comedy series from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams and singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles.
The series is about a young woman becoming a musician in New York City. Bareilles composed original music for the show.
OTHER SHOWS IN DEVELOPMENT:
In 2018, Apple ordered its first docuseries with “Home,” a show from executive producers Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser that will focus on “extraordinary homes” from around the world and the builders who make them, Variety reported.
Untitled Damien Chazelle drama series
Apple gave a straight-to-series order last year for a drama series from “La La Land” and “First Man” writer-director Damien Chazelle, Variety reported.
Apple has withheld details of the series, except to say that Chazelle will write and direct each episode of the show, in addition to executive producing it.
Chazelle is also the creator of an upcoming Netflix original musical series, “The Eddy,” which does not yet have a release date.
Apple ordered NBA star Kevin Durant’s drama “Swagger” straight to series in December. It’s inspired by Durant’s basketball journey at a young age.
Apple announced last year that it ordered two 13-episode seasons of an animated series called “Central Park” from “Bob’s Burgers” creator Loren Bouchard.
Written by Bouchard, Nora Smith, and actor Josh Gad, the series follows a family of caretakers that lives in New York’s Central Park.
Apple in June ordered a 10-episode season of an English adaptation of France’s Canal+ series “Calls,” the company’s first greenlit international co-production, Deadline reported.
The series will have audiences “experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals,” according to Deadline.
In August, Apple ordered a 10-episode series adaptation of “Foundation,” a trilogy of novels from sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.
Coproduced by Skydance Television, the series “chronicles the thousand year saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it,” according to Deadline.
In September, Apple ordered an eight-episode limited drama series called “Defending Jacob,” starring and executive produced by “Avengers” star Chris Evans.
Written by Mark Bomback (“The Planet of the Apes” trilogy), the series will reportedly be “a gripping, character-driven thriller” based on a 2012 novel of the same name by William Landay, according to Deadline.
“Planet of the Apps”
Apple released its first-ever original show with “Planet of the Apps,” a “Shark Tank”-style reality series that debuted in June 2017.
The hour-long series is judged by Jessica Alba, Will.i.Am, Gwyneth Paltrow, and digital-marketing entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, each of whom decide whether to invest in upstart app developers.
“Planet of the Apps” was critically panned upon its release, and Apple has not renewed it for a second season.
Adapted from a popular segment on James Corden’s “The Late Late Show,” Apple’s “Carpool Karaoke” premiered on Apple Music in August 2017 with an episode that featured Corden and Will Smith.
Subsequent episodes largely excluded Corden and grouped singers and celebrities in odd pairings. One episode featured Seth MacFarlane and Ariana Grande, and another paired comedian Ken Jeong with the band Linkin Park, in a segment filmed six days before singer Chester Bennington’s death in 2017.
The second season premiered in October.
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