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Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Nestor Carbonell and Mark Duplass board Apple's Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning news drama
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The still-untitled morning news drama, which begins production next week, has cast Carbonell as Yanko Flores, the morning show's weatherman who thinks of meteorology as poetry. Duplass will play Chip Black, the show's executive producer.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 6:46PM EDT
Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are the latest additions to Apple's Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston morning show drama
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Gypsy alum and Black Mirror vet will respectively play the president of the news division of the network and the morning new show's talent booker when filming begins next week in Los Angeles. They join Steve Carell, who was added to the cast earlier this week.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Apple's Hilde Lysiak series adds Jim Sturgess
The Hard Sun and Feed the Beast alum will star opposite The Florida Project star Brooklynn Prince, playing her father on the drama based on the real-life story of 11-year-old dogged reporter Hilde Lysiak.
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Report: Apple's TV subscription service will launch in more than 100 countries simultaneously
The global launch will allow Apple to quickly become a streaming service competitor to Netflix and Amazon.
Posted Tuesday 10/23/18 at 2:36PM EDT
Steve Carell to play anchor on Apple's Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning news show drama
In his first regular TV series role since leaving The Office in 2011, Carell will play the male lead on Apple's untitled drama set behind the scenes of a morning news show, based on Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning and written by Kerry Ehrin. Carell will co-star with Aniston and Witherspoon, playing Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape. As Deadline points out, "this is a familiar territory for Carell who played weatherman Brick Tamland in the Anchorman feature comedy franchise." Since leaving The Office, Carell has focused on acting in movies, earning an Oscar nomination for Foxcatcher in 2015. His last TV role, other than The Office's Michael Scott, was on Showtime's Web Therapy in 2013.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Apple hit with lawsuit for allegedly counting promotional clips as episodes for its iTunes season pass
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
According to the class-action lawsuit, "consumers purchase the Season Features, reasonably believing that each episode is a standard, plot-based episode and that, by purchasing the Season Features, they are receiving a significant discount over purchasing each episode individually. However, because many of the episodes in the Season Features are promotional clips, consumers are not receiving the number of episodes and the discount they expected."
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Carpool Karaoke's second season to feature Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg and Miss Piggy
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Pairings for Season 2 of the Apple reality show include The Lonely Island and Weird Al Yankovic, Snoop Dogg and Matthew McConaughey and Jason Sudeikis and The Muppets. There will also be a couple father-daughter combos, including Quincy Jones and Rashida Jones and Jamie Foxx and Corinne Foxx.
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
Jimmy Kimmel Live! partners with Apple Music to showcase new and emerging artists
The second iteration of Apple's "Up Next" program will debut next Monday with K-Pop dance act NCT 127 performing on Kimmel's late-night show.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Report: Apple streaming service shows are avoiding “gratuitous sex, profanity or violence" because of CEO Tim Cook
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Apple's own staff have begun calling the streaming service "expensive NBC" because Apple CEO Cook wants to keep the upcoming streaming service family-friendly, which has resulted in delays to some of Apple shows. Cook reportedly shelved Apple's first scripted drama, Vital Signs, based on Dr. Dre's life, because it featured cocaine, an orgy and "drawn guns." "Across Hollywood and inside Apple, the show has become emblematic of the challenges faced by the technology giant as it pushes into entertainment," The Journal reported, via Gizmodo. "The Apple earmarked $1 billion for Hollywood programming last year. But in the tone CEO Mr. Cook has set for it, whatever Apple produces mustn’t taint a pristine brand image that has helped the company collect 80% of the profits in the global smartphone market."
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Chris Evans to star in Apple limited series Defending Jacob
The Captain America star is returning to TV for the eight-episode "gripping, character-driven thriller" in which he'll play a lawyer dealing with the accusation that his 14-year-old son committed murder. It's based on the bestselling novel of the same name by author William Landay.
Posted Sunday 9/09/18 at 8:02PM EDT
Anthony Bourdain wins a posthumous Emmy for Parts Unknown
Bourdain's CNN series took home two Emmys at the Creative Arts Awards, including Outstanding Writing for a Nonfiction Program and Outstanding Picture Editing For A Nonfiction Program. UPDATE: Parts Unknown took home six total Emmys.
- Apple takes home its very first Emmy, for Carpool Karaoke
- Netflix's Queer Eye reboot wins its first Emmy for structured reality series
- Wild Wild Country wins for documentary/non-fiction series
- The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling wins for documentary/non-fiction special
- John Oliver's Last Week Tonight wins best writing for a variety series for the third year in a row
- W. Kamau Bell's United Shades of America wins best unstructured reality program
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Apple, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Last Week Tonight, Queer Eye, United Shades of America, Wild Wild Country, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling, John Oliver, W. Kamau Bell, Emmys
Posted Wednesday 8/29/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Jane Krakowski to co-star with Hailee Steinfeld on Apple's Emily Dickinson series
Steinfeld will portray the renowned poet, while the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star will play Dickinson's mother on Apple's Dickinson.
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
Will A-listers matter when Apple's streaming service launches?
Here are five burning questions on Apple's upcoming streaming service, including whether the famous names that have generated headlines for Apple -- from Reese Witherspoon to Jennifer Aniston -- will actually boost subscriptions. As Daniel D'Addario notes, "some of the biggest zeitgeist hits of recent years, including Stranger Things and The Handmaid’s Tale, have been created by unheralded producers and featured casts with recognizable faces but no megastars. "
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 1:52PM EDT
Apple orders Isaac Asimov’s Foundation to series
Asimov's epic science fiction novel trilogy, which was originally published as a short story series in 1942, has been given a 10-episode series order, with Da Vinci's Demons creator David S. Goyer and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles creator Josh Friedman serving as executive producers. Asimov's daughter, Robyn Asimov, will also serve as a producer on the series, described as "a complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire." Apple's greenlight ends a long road to adapting Foundation as a movie or TV series. As Deadline notes, "the trilogy had been tried numerous times as a feature film at Fox, Warner Bros. and then at Sony. Many top sci-fi writers have done scripts and found it daunting to constrict the sprawling saga to a feature film format. Most recently, HBO tried developing a series several years ago."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 7:21AM EDT
Moon Bloodgood exits Apple's Are You Sleeping
Her role on the true-crime podcast drama as the best friend of Octavia Spencer's character is being recast.