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What you need to know

  • Apple TV+ has made a series order for Bad Monkey.
  • The new drama series will star Vince Vaughn and is written by Bill Lawrence.

Apple TV+ is expanding its relationship with Bill Lawrence after the success of Ted Lasso.

Earlier today, Apple TV+ announced that it has made a series order for Bad Monkey, a new 10-episode drama from Emmy Award-nominated writer and executive producer Bill Lawrence. Lawrence, who is already working with Apple on Ted Lasso and is also known for Scrubs, will write and executive produce the series.

Bad Monkey will star Vince Vaughn, known for Wedding Crashers, Dodgeball, and The Breakup, will star and also executive produce the series.

"Bad Monkey" tells the story of Andrew Yancy (played by Vaughn), a one-time detective demoted to restaurant inspector in Southern Florida. A severed arm found by a tourist out fishing pulls Yancy into the world of greed and corruption that decimates the land and environment in both Florida and the Bahamas. And yes, there's a monkey.

Hailing from Warner Bros. Television, where Lawrence is under an overall deal, "Bad Monkey" is based on Carl Hiaasen's 2013 novel of the same name, a New York Times Bestseller and enduring cult favorite. The New York Times called the book "a comedic marvel … beautifully constructed," and "a rollicking misadventure in the colorful annals of greed and corruption in South Florida."

"Bad Monkey" is written by Lawrence, who will executive produce through his Doozer Productions alongside Matt Tarses and Jeff Ingold. Liza Katzer will serve as co-executive producer.

It's currently unclear when Bad Monkey will premiere on Apple TV+. If you want to enjoy the series in the best quality when it does, check out our list of the Best TVs for Apple TV 2021.

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