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Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 1:13PM EDT
Once Upon a Time creators tapped to run Apple's Amazing Stories
Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis have lined up their next project days after wrapping up their ABC series. They'll serve as showrunners on the reboot of the Steven Spielberg anthology series, replacing Bryan Fuller.
Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Apple gives a series order to Octavia Spencer's Are You Sleeping true-crime podcast drama series
Based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, Are You Sleeping will delve into America's obsession with true-crime podcasts, with Serial's Sarah Koenig serving as a consultant and Reese Witherspoon on board as executive producer. According to Deadline, the 10-episode pickup "is the first project bought by Apple to be developed for straight-to-series consideration to get a green light."
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 1:35PM EDT
Apple to turn Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy into a TV series
The science fiction novel trilogy will be made into a TV series from David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman. Asimov's Foundation, described as "the complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy, all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire," helped inspire Star Wars.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Apple CEO Tim Cook defends NRA TV's availablility on Apple TV
“I don’t even think they represent their members well, right, from the people that I know from my heritage in the South and so forth,” the Alabama-born Cook said of the NRA during an MSNBC forum. “But their point of view, along with the alternate point of view, I think it’s actually important for the public to hear that, and I wish it could be done in a not vitriolic tone and the – all of the accusation and personal attack that is on there. I don’t subscribe to any of that at all.”
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Apple's Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston drama replaces its showrunner
The morning news show drama has become the second Apple show to make a showrunner change following Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson's exit from Amazing Stories. Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin will take over for Jay Carson, who is departing over "creative differences." ALSO: The first script came in last week, suggesting it didn't go over well.
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Apple could unveil its new slate of programming in spring or summer of 2019
According to The New York Times, "producers and entertainment executives who have met recently with Apple executives said the company has been leaning toward programming in keeping with its bright, optimistic brand identity. In other words, it seems possible that Apple will shy away from projects that are gratuitously dark or heavy on social issues. They added that the company was targeting somewhere between March 2019 and the summer of that year to roll out its slate of new programming."
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Apple orders its first animated series, a star-studded musical comedy from Bob's Burgers creator
Central Park, about a family of caretakers who live and work at the iconic New York City park, will feature the voices of Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Titus Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kathryn Hahn. Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard will write the series with Gad and Emmy-winning writer Nora Smith. Central Park has been given a two-season, 26-episode order.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 2:03PM EST
Apple orders an M. Night Shyamalan psychological thriller
Apple has picked up the untitled half-hour 10-episode project one day after Shyamalan's mystery sci-fi series Wayward Pines was canceled by Fox. The premise of Shyamalan's new series is being kept under wraps.
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.