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Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 9:04PM EST
Apple renews Carpool Karaoke: The Series
The spinoff of James Corden's viral Late Late Show segment will return for a second season.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
Apple and Kevin Durant are teaming on drama Swagger, based on his early basketball career
The NBA superstar's potential series will revolve around his early career playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball.
Posted Thursday 2/08/18 at 1:41PM EST
Apple developing immigrant anthology series Little America from The Big Sick Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon
The married couple, who are up for best original screenplay Academy Award for the movie inspired by their lives, are teaming with Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and SMILF executive producer Lee Eisenberg on the half-hour anthology series. “Little America is based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “It is described as a funny, romantic, heartfelt and inspiring look beyond the headlines at the lives of immigrants in America at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 9:09PM EST
Apple’s Amazing Stories loses Bryan Fuller and Bones creator Hart Hanson over creative differences
Fuller, who has been attached to The Amazing Stories revival since October 2015 when it was on NBC, wanted to do a darker, Black Mirror-style version of the Steven Spielberg 1980s series. Apple didn’t like that idea, so Fuller and Hanson, partners on the project, have decided to part amicably. This marks yet another TV series exit for Fuller, who was dumped from Star Trek: Discovery and American Gods. Fuller will now turn his attention on Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles.
Posted Thursday 2/01/18 at 6:10PM EST
HBO wins bidding war over Apple for J.J. Abrams’ Demimonde space drama
HBO has given a straight-to-series order to Demimonde, the first TV series Abrams has personally written since Fringe in 2008. According to The Hollywood Reporter, HBO — which describes the sci-fi series as “an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama” — beat out Apple because Abrams was impressed with what the pay cable network did with Westworld. The Hollywood Reporter describes Demimonde as being about “a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.”
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Reese Witherspoon has become a big-time TV producer thanks to the massive Emmy success of Big Little Lies
Since Big Little Lies won eight Emmy Awards last September, Witherspoon has made deals to produce three TV series for Apple — including one she’s starring in with Jennifer Aniston — and her Hello Sunshine production company has potential series in the running at ABC and NBC. “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Witherspoon says of the massive Emmy victory in an interview with the New York Times. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.” The Times’ John Koblin says Witherspoon’s TV producing work “puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.” “Reese has been very smart about what she wants to do," says Rhimes. "She has leveraged her power in a very smart way to get big projects done. She knows what she’s doing.”
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Damien Chazelle and his La La Land team are headed to Apple with a new TV series
The Oscar winner is reuniting with his La La Land executive producers on what is being billed as an “innovative” drama, which has received a straight-to-series order. Chazelle will write and direct every episode, but an episode count and other details haven’t been divulged. Chazelle is also working on The Eddy, a musical TV drama for Netflix.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Kristen Wiig to star in Apple's first scripted comedy series, from producer Reese Witherspoon
Apple beat other outlets for the project inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It. The comedy series will mark Wiig’s first return to series TV since Saturday Night Live, and will be the third show Witherspoon is making with Apple.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Thanks to Apple, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will each make about $1 million per episode for Big Little Lies Season 2
Witherspoon and Kidman made between $250,000 and $350,000 an episode for Season 1, but they weren’t signed on for Season 2 since Big Little Lies was originally a limited series. But since Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are making “upward of $1.25 million per episode” for their new Apple television show, Kidman and Witherspoon’s have scored a big pay raise — “$1 million-an-episode ballpark” — to sign on for Season 2 of their HBO series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Those numbers skyrocketed for season two not only because of the show's success, but also because of the precedent of the massive payday Witherspoon scored from Apple,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
HBO and Apple vying for new J.J. Abrams TV space drama
The untitled project would be the first series Abrams has written and created since Fringe in 2008, and HBO and Apple are each reportedly interested in adding it to their lineup. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the Abrams drama is about a family — consisting of a mother who works as a scientist, her husband and their young daughter — who all get into a terrible car crash. After the mother winds up in a coma, her daughter begins digging through her experiments in the basement and winds up transporting to another land amid a world's battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Her father then follows her into this new world.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
Apple orders "epic" sci-fi drama See
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight and The Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence are behind
See, the fourth series Apple has ordered, which is described as “an epic, world-building drama set in the future.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 11:08PM EST
Lisa Kudrow and Lindsay Lohan respond after Billy Eichner proposes a “woke” version of The Comeback
“Who can I pay to make another season of The Comeback where Valerie Cherish gets ‘political’ and ‘woke?’" Eichner tweeted Thursday night. "Please. I'm begging you. I need it.” Lohan responded Friday, “I’ll do it.” Kudrow followed up, tweeting “That’s interesting…” to both Lohan and Eichner.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
Apple’s orders its first docuseries: Home will delve into “the world’s most extraordinary homes”
The 10-episode series promises to unveil “the boundary-pushing imagination of the visionaries who dreamed and built” the “extraordinary homes.”
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 1:26PM EST
Octavia Spencer is set to star in Apple’s true-crime podcast TV drama Are You Sleeping, from producer Reese Witherspoon
Are You Sleeping, based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, delves into the obsession Americans have with true-crime podcasts. Serial podcaster Sarah Koenig will serve as a consultant. The proposed series expands Witherspoon’s relationship with Apple, where she’s starring in a morning news drama with Jennifer Aniston.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 1:14PM EST
Apple is making a space drama with Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore
Apple has given a straight-to-series order on an untitled series that “explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.” Moore, who successfully created the Battlestar Galactica reboot of the 2000s, will go back to his space roots after working on Starz’s Outlander. Moore’s space drama experience also includes Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. This is the third scripted series Apple has ordered, following the Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show series and the Amazing Stories reboot.