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Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
Annabella Sciorra joins Apple's Are You Sleeping
She'll recur on the podcast crime thriller starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 9:21PM EDT
Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston Apple morning news series finds its director: Mimi Leder
Leder, who directed the 1998 film Deep Impact and who won an Emmy directing ER and recently directed The Leftovers, will join showrunner Kerry Ehrin as director and executive producer on the untitled series. "You are a powerhouse!" tweeted Witherspoon. "Excited for this one!"
Posted Friday 6/29/18 at 10:56PM EDT
Apple might bundle TV, music and news into a single subscription package
A service similar to Amazon Prime may be the most logical plan for Apple's proposed TV package.
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
How Oprah and Apple each stand to benefit from their new partnership
Oprah Winfrey's new deal with Apple will help the tech company reach a broader audience, while allowing Oprah to court a younger tech-savvy demographic. Oprah's Apple deal covers everything from TV shows, apps, books, podcasts, movies and other potential content.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Apple is remaking Calls, a French series of 10-minute episodes that tells stories in a unique way
Apple is teaming with Canal+ on an English-language version of Calls, which tells its stories in 10 episodes each consisting of 10 minutes and employing real-life audio sources and minimal visuals.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Sesame Workshop teams with Apple to develop kids' programming
The nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street will create live-action and animated series plus a new puppet series for Apple. The pact, however, does not include Sesame Street, which has a separate deal with HBO and PBS.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 3:57AM EDT
Kristen Wiig exits Apple comedy series due to a conflict with the new Wonder Woman film
The untitled Reese Witherspoon-produced project inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It is on hold as producers consider how to proceed with a different actress.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
Apple greenlights Little America immigrant anthology series from Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
The Big Sick husband-and-wife team's new series, based on true stories about immigrants from Epic magazine, "will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever."
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Oprah signs deal to create original programming for Apple
Apple announced it has signed Oprah Winfrey to a multi-year content partnership deal to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.” The deal falls outside of her work on Oprah Winfrey Network. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the pact includes everything from film, TV, applications, books and other content that could easily be distributed on Apple's all-encompassing platform," Other tech giants, likely Netflix and Amazon, were also pursuing Oprah, reports The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, but "Apple is said to have aggressively pursued Winfrey as part of a larger push to reach a broad audience." As Deadline notes, Oprah's OWN "exclusivity is for ad-supported cable only, and she is allowed to produce and appear on-camera on other platforms on a limited basis. Under these exceptions she is a contributor on CBS’ 60 Minutes and last year executive produced and co-starred in the HBO movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Also as part of that, she can produce and appear in projects for Apple."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Aaron Paul, Elizabeth Perkins and Mekhi Phifer join Apple's Are You Sleeping
The Octavia Spencer-starring Apple drama about true-crime podcasts, which recently added Lizzy Caplan, has tapped former Breaking Bad star Paul to play a convicted murderer whose guilt or innocence has been debated by the public. Perkins will play his mom, while Phifer will take on the role of the longtime friend of Spencer's podcast host character. ALSO: This Is Us' actor Ron Cephas Jones has also joined Are You Sleeping, but will continue to recur on the NBC series.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
Apple gives a series order to Hilde Lysiak pre-teen investigative reporter drama series
The 10-episode drama series is based on Lysiak's true story as a young girl who exposed a murder in her hometown in a newspaper she started.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Lizzy Caplan will play twin sisters on Apple's Are You Sleeping
The Masters of Sex alum is joining Octavia Spencer on the 10-episode drama series that explores the obsession with true-crime podcasts. Caplan will play twin sisters Josie and Lanie. Spencer will play the reporter who investigates their father's murder.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 2:05PM EDT
Bestselling novel Shantaram is set to become an Apple TV series
Apple has won the rights Gregory David Roberts' 2003 novel about "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 and sold six million copies.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Apple orders musical dramedy Little Voice from Sara Bareilles and J.J. Abrams
Days before Bareilles is set to co-host the Tonys with Josh Groban, Apple has given a 10-episode order to a half-hour dramedy that is described as "a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York." Named after Bareilles' first album, Little Voice is "an exploration of “the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.” Bareilles recently played Mary Magdalene on NBC's Jesus Superstar Live in Concert! For Little Voice, she'll work behind the camera as executive producer and showrunner.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Hailee Steinfeld to star in an Apple comedy playing acclaimed 19th century poet Emily Dickinson
Dickinson will mark the former Oscar-nominee's first regular TV series role. According to Variety, "the series is described as a comedic look into Dickinson’s world, exploring 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."