When you think of Apple and streaming services, you can picture two original programs (Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke: The Series) Apple has produced and a lot of expectations from the tech giant. During its much-awaited event held on March 25, Apple invited the famous Hollywood artists and their contents to be broadcast on Apple TV+ – the newly launched video streaming service.
This has undoubtedly risen the expectations of people as the tech giant showcased an ensemble Hollywood cast including Steven Spielberg, M Night Shyamalan, Reese Wetherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey, and the likes. Initially, Apple has decided to order content creators to produce TV shows and series so that the company can launch its video streaming services on or before fall 2019.
During the event, Apple confirmed a few of its original shows it is going to air. It is known to all that some well-known artists are coming up to show their creative talent on Apple TV Plus. Earlier, there were just speculations; but it is now confirmed by Apple.
Confirmed Original Shows Coming to Apple TV+
Fantasy, horror, and science fiction – all rolled into one series. Amazing Stories by Steven Spielberg is now in the hands of Hart Hanson, who will be the showrunner of this 10-episode series to be produced by Amblin Entertainment.
Earlier Bryan Fuller was roped in, but Fuller left the project on the grounds of ‘creative differences.’ Notably, Fuller had already shown his talent in Dead Like Me, Heroes, Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, American Gods, and Star Trek: Discovery. Rumor has it that each half-hour episode will cost $5 million.
The Morning Show: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell
Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV supplied inspiration to Reese Witherspoon to produce this morning show. Unlike any other morning show, it will be a drama about making a morning TV news show.
See – Futuristic Drama Series
See is futuristic drama and it is written by Steven Knight (known for Peaky Blinders, Dirty Pretty Things) and directed by Francis Lawrence (recognized for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2).
As reported by Variety, for the lead role in See, Jason Momoa has been cast. Alfre Woodard may play the role of Paris.
Little America is an upcoming immigrant anthology series from the writers of The Big Sick – Lee Eisenberg & Alan Yang.
According to report, “The TV series will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”
Formerly the Children’s Television Workshop (CTW), Sesame Workshop is a non-profit organization to produce children’s programs for Apple’s streaming services.
While you may expect the series to be Sesame Street, but it is not. Variety has learned that it is a multi-series order from Apple; the series will have live action, animation, and new puppet series.
Little Voice – Comedy & Drama Series
“A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York which explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.” This is what Variety says the series is described.
This 10-episode comedy & drama series is executive produced by J. J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles; the latter is also likely to compose original music for the show.
Oprah Winfrey and Apple
In its brief press release published on June 15 last year, Apple announced “a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist, and CEO of OWN.”
Winfrey has an extraordinary talent to connect with the audiences and Apple wants to capitalize on this exceptional skill of her.
Highly Expected Apple TV+ Original Shows and Series
Apple has poached top executives from Sony Pictures Television to expand its original television programming. However, mere hiring resources won’t work. There are many other challenges Apple has to deal with before its dream of services business realize. To cut a long story short, Apple has miles to go in this vast field of video streaming services.
Are You Sleeping: A Novel
Are You Sleeping is a crime thriller penned by Kathleen Barber. Now, Hello Sunshine of Reese Witherspoon will adapt the book into a series for Apple. This adaptation is written by Nichelle D Tramble (The Good Wife and Justified). This series will have talented Octavia Spencer, who had won Oscar for her performance in The Help.
Space Drama Series by Ronald D Moore
What would have happened if the global space race had never ended? To find the answer, wait for Ronald D Moore – a space drama series. This series is created and written by Moore with Matt Wolpert.
This untitled project is coming from Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s Tall Ship Productions. Since there is much post-production work attached to the space drama, we can expect this series to be aired in late 2019 or early 2020.
M. Night Shyamalan: Thriller
Shyamalan is an American filmmaker, who has excelled at devising supernatural plots and twist endings. Born in India and raised in Pennsylvania, Shyamalan has shown his mettle in Unbreakable and other movies. Variety reports that Apple has ordered a straight-to-series run of a psychological thriller.
It has been learned that Shyamalan will direct the first episode from the ten half-hour episodes ordered by the tech giant.
Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney Comedy Series
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia…remember this sitcom started in 2005? According to Variety, Apple has ordered Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney to script a half-hour comedy series.
McElhenney will don the hat of a writer, an executive producer and the artist in this series. Since Ubisoft, a video game publisher, is one of the producers, we can expect some smart product placements of Ubisoft games.
Central Park – Animated Comedy Series
“Central Park tells the story of a how a family of caretakers, who live and work in Central Park, end up saving the park, and basically the world.” Deadline reports that Apple has clinched this musical comedy Central Park in a very competitive situation, where three streaming services were pursuing.
This star-studded show has roped in some brilliant voice talents like Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Titus Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn.
Home – Documentary Series
Extraordinary people live in extraordinary homes. But how often do you get a chance to peep inside those rich homes? Apart from seeing the aesthetic elements in the homes, viewers may also be interested to know the people who built those homes.
It is a straight-to-series order from Apple, as reported by Variety. For viewers, it will be a great opportunity to virtual walk through the world’s most extraordinary homes.
Dickinson – Comedy Series
To tease your literary taste buds, Alena Smith is going to write a comedy series about the early life of famous American poet Emily Dickinson. According to reports from Variety, Hailee Steinfield will play the role of Dickinson.
Apple has ordered half-hour episodes to cover this 19th-century coming-of-age story. Apple hasn’t shared any detail about the number of episodes for this single season show.
Brie Larson CIA Drama
Who wouldn’t like the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox? According to a report published by Variety, “Larson has also signed on to star in, and executive produces a drama series that has scored a straight-to-series commitment at Apple.”
The series is about Larson’s journey in the CIA. Apart from Larson, the series will be executive produced by Michael Ellenberg via Media Res, Lynette Howell Taylor using the banner of her 51 Entertainment.
On The Rocks – Comedy-Drama Series
With On The Rocks, Apple has officially entered the feature film world. Once again Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola are sharing the screen after Lost in Translation.
The film is about a young mother who reconnects with her playboy father on an adventure. Apple and A24 will jointly produce this film, and Sofia Coppola will write it.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang – Animated Series
Here is something for kids! Apple has signed up a deal with DHX Media and its subsidiary Peanuts Worldwide. Following this deal, Apple can develop and produce original contents based on the Peanuts characters.
This deal also allows Apple to produce a STEM educational series, which stars astronaut Snoopy. However, it is still unclear if Apple has got the streaming rights of existing Peanuts cartoons.
Losing Earth – Documentary Series
Inspiration and ideas to create content may come from anywhere. Losing Earth is a perfect example of how creators are motivated by the events happening around them. The idea of this TV series came from an epic article published in The New York Times Magazine.
The article narrated how a team of scientists, politicians, and activists made attempts to stop climate change during a long span of 1979-1989. The New York Times reported that Apple acquired the rights of this article: Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends – Drama Series
After Alias, J J Abrams and Jennifer Garner will work together for My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. Variety has learned that the limited series is based on Amy Silverstein memoir about a woman, who awaits a heart transplant.
The executive producer of this series will be Abrams through his Bad Robot production firm.
Sci-Fi Series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil
Following the success of Fox X-Men franchise, Simon Kinberg teams up with David Weil to produce a sci-fi series for Apple.
David Weil is the producer of the upcoming Amazon Nazi-hunting series The Hunt. As of now, it is difficult to say about the title of this series; who will star in the series; or what is the release date of this project.
Defending Jacob – Crime Series
Based on William Landay’s best-selling novel, this is a direct-to-series show ordered by Apple. Since it will be a limited episode series, viewers can expect a single set of 4-10 episodes.
Interestingly, writer of Defending Jacob had served seven years as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
The Elephant Queen – Documentary Series
For animal lovers, Apple has purchased rights of The Elephant Queen, a documentary made by Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble. For this fantastic documentary, Stone and Deeble spent nearly four years with the family of Athena, a female giant elephant.
This documentary narrates the arduous journey of Athena and her family in search of food and water. This documentary may release in the second half of 2019 or immediately after 25-March event of Apple.
Wolfwalkers – Cartoon Series
According to the Silicon Republic, Apple purchased the rights to Wolfwalkers from Cartoon Saloon. It is a story of a young hunter Robyn, who accompanies her father to Ireland to destroy the last pack of wolves.
Destiny has other plans for Robyn as she befriends a wild native girl Mebh. The friendship between the two leads Robyn to explore the world of Wolfwalkers.
Calls: French Short-Form Series Canal+
Calls is an English-language adaptation of the French short-form series Canal+. In this deal, Apple has also acquired rights to the first season of the French original.
Each episode of this series will have a length of ten minutes. In the original Calls, audiences experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimum visuals.
Pachinko – Novel based series
Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko is one of the ten best books of 2017, according to The New York Times. Apple has purchased the rights to produce a series based on this novel.
The series will be written and directed by Soo Hugh, who ran the first season of AMC’s The Terror.
Time Bandits – Adventure Comedy Series
Director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi is going to direct Time Bandits for Apple. This time-travel adventure comedy is a story about a young boy, who is captured by a gang of thieves as they are going back in time to steal the treasure.
Surprisingly, Time Bandits pays little respect to time as its release date is not fixed.
Foundation – Science Fiction
The book trilogy was first published in the 1950s in a sci-fi magazine Astounding. As learned by Deadline, Apple has signed a straight-to-series deal for this show.
Hilde Lysiak – Mystery Series
At the age of 12, any common teenage girl would like to play with her friends or go for hiking or biking. But Hilde Lysiak chose an unbeaten path. She decided to launch a local newspaper in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. This gutsy girl inspires Dana Fox and Dara Resnik to produce a series.
As per Deadline, Apple has ordered a 10-episode series for a mystery drama. It will be a story about a young girl, who moves from Brooklyn to a lakeside town. At the age of 9, Lysiak grabbed media attention for breaking news on a murder in her town.
Shantaram is an escape drama penned by Gregory David Roberts. Earlier Johnny Depp purchased the book rights to make a movie. Then the entire project was shelved permanently. After this, Anonymous Content and Paramount Television got the rights to the novel and its sequel The Mountain Shadow.
Recently, Variety reported that Apple has purchased rights to produce a series, which will be written and executive produced by Eric Warren Singer, famous for American Hustle and The International.
This novel depicts a story of Lin, who broke away from a high-security Australian prison and took shelter in Bombay.
NBA superstar Kevin Durant is now in Apple’s entertainment basket. The series, which is titled Swagger, is inspired by Durant’s youth basketball experiences, says Variety.
This series will be produced by two media houses – Imagine Television (Brian Grazer and Ron Howard) and Thirty Five Media (Durant).
Damien Chazelle’s Drama Series
Director of La La Land and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle is making a series for Apple. According to Variety, all the episodes will be written and directed by Damien.
Every other detail like the subject matter, the stars, the length of each episode is available as of now.
You Think It, I’ll Say It – Fictional Short Series
Like many other shows, this too is inspired by fictional short stories written by Curtis Sittenfeld. Reports from Variety reveal that Apple has ordered ten episodes, each of half-hour.
Colleen McGuinness is the producer of this show. Interestingly, this will be the third Apple series to be produced by Hello Sunshine of Reese Witherspoon. Earlier, Krister Wiig was to star in this series; but she left the series as her dates collide with the schedule of Wonder Woman 1984.
Vital Signs – Music Series Produced by Dr. Dre
Omens for Vital Sings were not good as Apple wanted to air this series as its first homegrown television entertainment show back in 2016. It is likely to be a miniseries of six episodes, which Dr. Dre may produce.
Each episode will focus on a specific human emotion like vengeance, ego, negativity, innocence, and others.
Untitled Drama Series by Richard Gere
Richard Gere is coming to the small screen for the first time. He is going to star and executive produce the drama series based on Israeli series Nevelot.
The series narrates two elderly Vietnam war veterans, whose lives are changed when a woman they both loved half-century ago is killed in a car accident.
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