Apple TV+, the company's new streaming video service, is launching with content for the entire family. Here's a look at which shows the iPhone maker is dropping first on the new service, plus those coming soon.
What's new with Apple TV+
October 31, 2019: One day to go
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Ready at launch
The following web-based television series are available on Apple TV+ on Day 1:
This series offers a comedic take on the life of Emily Dickinson, written by Alena Smith and starring Hailee Steinfeld in title role. Other actors in "Dickinson" include Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Adrian Blake Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ella Hunt.
The first 10 episodes of "Dickinson" are available on Apple TV+.
For All Mankind
In real-life, the Americans were the first to land on the moon. In this straight-to-series science fiction drama from Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), it's the Soviet Union that got there first. The series, which is also written by Moore, along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, imagines a world where the global space race had never ended. And the space program remains the cultural centerpiece of America's hopes and dreams.
Already renewed for a second season, "For All Mankind" launches with the first three episodes on Apple TV+ launch day. Additional episodes drop each Friday.
This children's mystery television series is a reboot of a 1990s series by the same name. The series follows four young detectives who solve neighborhood crimes and mysteries. For assistance, they receive clues from an invisible being aptly named Ghostwriter and fictional character it releases into the world.
For children, "Helpsters" stars Cody and his team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems. Whether it's planning a party, climbing a mountain, or mastering a magic trick, the Helpsters can figure anything out—because everything starts with a plan. "Helpsters" is the first series between Apple and Sesame Workshop.
The Morning Show
"The Morning Show" is perhaps the most advertised new series on Apple TV+ and with good reason. The drama stars Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon, along with Jennifer Aniston ("Friends") and Steven Carell ("The Office"). The single-camera series has already been awarded a second season, which begins filming later this year. Apple's launching three episodes of "The Morning Show" on the first day of Apple TV+ with new episodes rolling out each Friday for seven weeks.
The series also stars Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nestor Carbonell, Bel Powley, Karen Pittman, Desean K. Terry, and Janina Gavankar.
Oprah's Book Club
Television icon Oprah Winfrey is taking an active role on Apple TV+ by introducing various projects. The one debuting first should sound familiar. Oprah's Book Club debuted on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1996 and ran for 15 years until the talk show ended. It then found a home on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and O, The Oprah Magazine as "Oprah's Book Club 2.0."
"Oprah's Book Club" on Apple TV+ will feature conversations with various authors and, of course, a book handpicked by the host.
"See" is a fictional drama set in a distant future where a deadly virus has decimated humankind. Those who have survived are blind as are their ancestors -- until now. Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard star in this unique series, which kicks off with the release of the first three episodes, with new episodes arriving each Friday.
Snoopy in Space
Snoopy of Peanuts fame is starring in a new animated series on Apple TV+ where, you guessed it, the famous beagle attempts to go into space. He's becoming a NASA astronaut. Snoopy's joined by Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this new adventure.
The following content will be released in the coming weeks:
This psychological thriller will be Shyamalan's second TV series, though beyond the genre and the fact that Shyamalan will direct the first episode, little is known about the show at the moment. It is debuting on November 28.
The streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to a psychological thriller series from writer Tony Basgallop that Shyamalan will executive produce. Plot details for the series are being kept under wraps. The half-hour series has received a 10-episode order, with Shyamalan also set to direct the first episode.
Truth Be Told
This series starring Octavia Spencer shows how the reopening of a murder case impacts the victim's daughter and starts to reshape how the world sees the victim — debuting on December 6.
Created and written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, the series will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Chernin Ent/Endeavor Content.
The series is based on Kathleen Barber's novel of the same name, which gives a glimpse into the obsession with true crime podcasts and "challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage." Sarah Koenig, the creator, and producer behind true-crime podcast "Serial," will consult on the series.)
Exciting, right? In a deal with Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Television, Apple will produce at least 10 episodes of this sci-fi/fantasy anthology series. This is a reboot of a series produced by Spielberg in the mid-1980s.
"Amazing Stories" hails from Universal Television and Amblin Television. Spielberg, Fuller, Amblin's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey and "Bones" creator Hart Hanson are exec producers. Spielberg spearheaded an earlier edition of "Amazing Stories" that ran from 1985 to 1987 on NBC.
The Apple iteration aims to enlist notable filmmakers and creative talent for each episode.
This eight-part comedy series is set to star Imelda Staunton from the Harry Potter movies.
Brie Larson CIA biography series
Captain Marvel star and Academy Award winner Brie Larson will star in this straight-to-series drama that's based on the Amaryrillis Fox's memoir, *Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA."
According to Deadline, "The drama is described as a provocative and contemporary look at a young woman's journey in the CIA, told through the prism of her closest relationships."
Based on the French short-form series, "Calls" allows audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources with minimal visuals. It's being created by Timothée Hochet.
One of the first Apple TV+ series announced, Central Park is an animated musical comedy that will air across two seasons.
The series comes from the creator/executive producer of the Emmy-winning Fox/20th TV animated comedy series "Bob's Burgers" Loren Bouchard, who co-wrote it with the "Bob's Burgers'" executive producer Nora Smith and actor-writer Josh Gad (Frozen). The show's voice cast includes Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.
Damien Chazelle drama
Apple has given another straight-to-series order, this time for a drama from La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle. Little is known about the plot of the series at this time.
Details of the series' plot are being kept under wraps, but Chazelle will write and direct every episode of the series, as well as serving as executive producer. In addition to Chazelle, the series will be executive produced by Jordan Horowitz via his Original Headquarters banner, and Fred Berger for Automatik Entertainment. Media Rights Capital is the studio.
Chris Evan stars in this drama about a father whose 14-year-old son is accused of murder.
The series is based on the 2012 best-selling novel of the same name by William Landay. It tells the story of a father whose 14 year old son is accused of murder. The series was created, written, and executive produced by Mark Bomback, who will also serve as showrunner. It will be produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, with Rosalie Swedlin and Adam Shulman executive producing for Anonymous Content. Academy Award-nominee Morten Tyldum will executive produce and direct the series.
Apple has landed the TV adaptation of the Foundation trilogy by science fiction pioneer Isaac Asimov. The adaptation will be produced by David Goyer and Josh Friedman and star Lee Pace and Jared Harris.
According to Deadline, the adaptation is now in development for straight-to-series consideration:
In a competitive situation, Apple has nabbed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, the seminal Isaac Asimov science fiction novel trilogy. The project, from Skydance Television, has been put in development for straight-to-series consideration. Deadline revealed last June that Skydance had made a deal with the Asimov estate and that David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman were cracking the code on a sprawling series based on the books that informed Star Wars and many other sci-fi films and TV series. Goyer & Friedman will be executive producers and showrunners. Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross also will executive produce.
The first documentary series from Apple, Home will consist of a 10-episode first season exploring extraordinary homes around the world and talk to the people who built them.
The series will offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world's most extraordinary homes, and delves into the minds of the people who built them. Apple has ordered 10, one-hour episodes of the new series.
"Home" hails from executive producers Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser of Altimeter Films, Matthew Weaver, Ian Orefice and Bruce Gersh from Time Inc. Productions, and Joe Poulin, CEO of Luxury Retreats. Tyrnauer also directs the docuseries. Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment produce.
Even if it's only Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous reimagined for the 2020s, the combination of wealth and reality TV should draw an audience.
Home Before Dark
Based on the story of a pre-teen investigative reporter, this series follows Hilde as she uncovers a cold case in her father's small lakeside home town.
The story is inspired by the true story of Lysiak's reporting. She was the first to expose a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, PA, breaking the news in her self-started newspaper, Orange Street News. Her investigative skills have garnered national and international media attention. In the face of negative feedback from online commenters, Lysiak fought back, taking her story viral. Today, she works with young voices in an effort to empower the next generation of influencers, activists, and leaders.
Academy Award winner Julianne Moore will star in this limited series based on the Stephen King novel by the same name. King will write each of the eight episodes. It's being produced by J.J. Abrams and his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions.
This half-hour anthology series will tell a collection of stories about immigrants, developed by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, known for their work on The Big Sick.
Written by Eisenberg, who will serve as showrunner, Nanjiani and Gordon, Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine and described on the site as "a small, collective portrait of America's immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself." 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.
This romantic dramedy comes from J.J. Abrams and the Waitress duo of Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson with original music by Bareilles.
A love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, "Little Voice," which shares the title of Bareilles' breakthrough album, explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. It is described as a fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice… and then the courage to use it.
This series from Anonymous Content will be based on a long-form article from The New York Times Magazine that details efforts to save the Earth from climate change before it was too late.
From The New York Times:
The "Losing Earth" article recounted how, from 1979 to 1989, a small group of American scientists, activists and politicians tried to save the world from the ravages of climate change before it was too late. The article was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center and was based on more than 18 months of reporting and over 100 interviews.
Masters of the Air
This limited series being produced in-house by Apple is a sequel of sorts to the "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific" series executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.
Based on the book by Donald L. Miller, "Masters of the Air" is said to follow the true, deeply personal story of the American bomber boys in World War II who brought the war to Hitler's doorstep. The series is being written by "Band of Brothers" alumnus John Orloff, who is also a co-executive producer. The critically acclaimed "Band of Brothers" miniseries aired on HBO back in 2001, and featured "Homeland" and "Billions" star Damian Lewis in one of the lead roles. The show won a handful of Emmys and a Golden Globe, while its successor "The Pacific" was also an awards season success.
The Mosquito Coast
Justin Theroux arrives on Apple TV+ in this series that's based on a novel by his uncle, Paul Theroux.
According to Variety:
The story follows an idealist who uproots his family and moves them to Latin America. Neil Cross is adapting the book for television in addition to serving as showrunner. Cross will also write the first episode of the series with Tom Bissell. Rupert Wyatt will executive produce and direct multiple episodes, including the first episode. Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman will executive produce, with Fremantle producing.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends (miniseries)
Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams have teamed up for the first time since "Alias" for this straight-to-order drama miniseries based on the memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein.
According to Deadline:
The story showcases the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit as it follows an extraordinary group of women who supported Silverstein as she waited for a second life-saving heart transplant.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is set to star in this drama series about an elementary school teacher forced to accept that he's now an adult. It's being produced under Gordon-Levitt's HitRECord banner with A24 also producing.
Rob McElhennrey and Charlie Day will develop and write this half-hour workplace comedy set at a video game development studio.
According to Deadline:
Written by McElhenney and Day, the cutting-edge comedy is set in a video game development studio and will explore the intricacies of the human condition through hilarious and innovative ways. McElhenney and Day executive produce under their RCG banner with 3Arts' Michael Rotenberg and Nicholas Frenkel and Gérard Guillemot, Jason Altman and Danielle Kreinik for Ubisoft.
This series will follow a generation of a family of Korean immigrants and will be executive produced and written by Soo Hugh.
"Pachinko" chronicles the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. The story begins with a forbidden romance and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America.
Simon Kinberg and David Weil sci-fi series
Kinberg, the creative backbone behind the X-Men franchise, is launching this series, once described as "a large-budget, ambitious, character-driven genre show."
Based on the novel by Gregory David Roberts, this show follows Lin, a man on the run, trying to lose himself in the city of Bombay. From Variety:
The 2003 novel tells the story of Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. The novel has been published in 39 languages in 42 territories worldwide and sold six million copies.
The Sky is Everywhere
Based on the book by the same name, "The Sky is Everywhere" tells the story of a high school girl who suffers through the loss of her big sister and get entangled in two romantic relationships. One of these is with the sister's former fiancé.
This scripted drama series is inspired by the early life of Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets.
Titled "Swagger," the series is inspired by Durant's youth basketball experiences. It will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches.
The series will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Television along with Durant's Thirty Five Media. Durant and Grazer will executive produce, along with Imagine's Francie Calfo and Thirty Five Media's Rich Kleiman.
Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct. Bythewood previously collaborated with Imagine on the Fox limited series "Shots Fired," which he created. His past credits include co-writing the screenplay for the Notorious BIG biopic "Notorious."
Jason Sudeikis stars in this comedy as an idealistic all-American football coach hired to lead an English football club. The problem: Lasso has never coached what Americans like to call soccer. Sudeikis originally developed the Ted Lasso character for NBC Sports when it began broadcasting English Premier League games in the United States.
Terry Gilliam's 1981 fantasy comedy Time Bandits is set to arrive on Apple TV+ as a new series.
The original film told the crazy, multi-dimensional story of an English youngster, Kevin, who discovers his wardrobe contains a time hole. A group of six dwarves come through the hole and proceed to lead Kevin on a series of adventures across history, making stops in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, Napoleonic times and the early 1900s, before confronting Evil when they arrive at the Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.
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