Apple's 'High Desert' will star Patricia Arquette, directed by Ben Stiller

Apple Tv Plus Ben Stiller Patricia Arquette High Desert
Apple Tv Plus Ben Stiller Patricia Arquette High Desert (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has ordered "High Desert" for Apple TV+.
  • The comedy series stars Patricia Arquette and one episode will be directed by Ben Stiller.
  • The series follows Peggy, a former addict who gets into the world of private investigation.

In a press release on its Newsroom website, Apple has announced that it has landed "High Desert," a new comedy series starring Patricia Arquette and directed (at least one episode) by Ben Stiller, for Apple TV+. Both actors will also executive produce the series.

Apple today announced a series order for "High Desert," a new comedic half-hour series to be produced by Apple Studios that will star Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette ("Boyhood," "Escape at Dannemora," "The Act"), who will also executive produce. The project reunites Arquette with DGA Award winner Ben Stiller ("Escape at Dannemora"), who will direct the first episode and executive produce through Red Hour Films alongside Nicky Weinstock. Molly Madden and Tom Lassally executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts Entertainment.

The series will follow Arquette as Peggy, a former addict who decides to become a private investigator after her mother passes away. The series is created by some of the minds behind "Nurse Jackie," "Damages," and "Miss Congeniality."

"High Desert" follows Peggy (Arquette), a former addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator. The series is created and written by Nancy Fichman ("Nurse Jackie," "Damages"), Katie Ford ("Miss Congeniality") and Jennifer Hoppe ("Grace and Frankie," "Nurse Jackie," "Damages"), who will also serve as executive producers.

The new series continues Apple's relationship with Arquette and Stiller, who are also currently creating "Severance," a workplace thriller that is executive produced by both and directed by Stiller.

"High Desert" marks Apple's second partnership with Arquette and Stiller following the series order for "Severance," an upcoming workplace thriller starring and executive produced by Arquette and Adam Scott, and directed and executive produced by Stiller. Arquette and Stiller both received Emmy Award nominations for their most recent, multi-award winning collaboration: the critically acclaimed, hit limited series "Escape at Dannemora," for which Stiller won the DGA Award and Arquette won Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards.

Apple just launched its latest series Long Way Up, starring Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, to its streaming service last week.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.