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All the TV shows Apple has in the works for Apple TV+

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Apple announced Apple TV+ at a special event in March, introducing the world to a slate of upcoming original shows that will made available later this year. AppleInsider has been keeping track of everything the company is said to be producing, updated with word of Patricia Arquette's deal for "Severance."

"Severance" adds Patricia Arquette - Jan. 6, 2020

Patricia Arquette, coming off a recent Golden Globes win for Hulu series "The Act," has inked a deal to take on a co-starring role in Apple drama "Severance," reports Deadline.

Produced and directed by Ben Stiller, "Severance" is a workplace thriller drama about a fictional company named Lumen Industries, which seeks to take work-life balance to a new level. Adam Scott is tipped to star as Mark, an employee with a dark past, while Arquette will play his boss.

The series was written and created by Dan Erickson.

"Lisey's Story" adds Sung Kang to cast - Dec. 7, 2019

Another star has joined the roster for "Lisey's Story.' According to Variety, Sung Kang will be taking part in the 8-hour limited series, alongside Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, and Joan Allen, with Kang taking the role of Officer Dan Beckman, a police officer assigned to watch the Lisey household.

Kang is best known for playing Han in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, appearing in multiple films in the series, along with parts in films like "Better Luck Tomorrow" and the upcoming Netflix release "We Can Be Heroes." For TV, he has also appeared in the drama "Power" as well as "Whiskey Cavalier."

"Lisey's Story" gains Joan Allen - Nov. 20, 2019

Following on from cast announcements for "Lisey's Story" involving Julianne Moore and Clive Owen, another co-star has been revealed for the eight-hour limited series written by Stephen King. Deadline reports Joan Allen will be joining the stars for the thriller.

Dane Dehaan, who has starred in "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" is set as a lead opposite of Moore and Owen.

Allen will be playing the role of Amanda, the oldest of Lisey's sisters, with Lisey played by Moore. Allen has been a three-time Oscar nominee, a two-time Tony winner, and has recently appeared on Broadway in "Waverly Gallery."

A24's "The Sky is Everywhere" revealed - Oct. 16, 2019

The second project in Apple's partnership with indie studio A24, work has commenced on an adaptation of young adult novel "The Sky is Everywhere." According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Madeline's Madeline" director Josephine Decker is heading up the project, with author Jandy Nelson adapting her own story, and Di Novi Pictures' Denise Di Novi and Margaret French Isaac producing.

"The Sky is Everywhere" follows American schoolgirl Lennie Walker, who struggles with the sudden death of her older sister. Lennie becomes romantically involved with her sister's former fiance, as well as another boy who shares her love of music, forcing Lennie to make a choice in which relationship she should pursue.

"Ted Lasso" - Oct. 14, 2019

Jason Sudeikis will star as the titular "Ted Lasso," a football coach hired to lead an English football club, in an upcoming series, according to Variety. Sudeikis debuted the character in 2013 as part of a promotion for NBC Sports, which that year began broadcasting English Premier League matches. Lasso returned as a mock analyst in 2014.

Sudeikis penned the pilot with Bill Lawrence, who will executive produce the series under his Doozer Productions firm.

"Ted Lasso" will mark Sudeikis' first regular television role since his departure from Saturday Night Live in 2013. The comedian has worked on a number of films and short-run series in the interim.

Clive Owen joins "Lisey's Story" - Oct. 10, 2019

Actor Clive Owen will star alongside Julianne Moore in "Lisey's Story," reports Variety. The eight-part show is based on the Steven King novel of the same name and follows Lisey (Moore) two years after her husband's death, as events force her to come to terms with realities that were repressed or forgotten.

"A Christmas Carol" with Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds - Oct. 8, 2019

Apple has reportedly won the bidding war for "A Christmas Carol" starring Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds. The piece is said to be directed by Sean Anders and John Morris, who have both worked with Ferrell before.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that Apple is in final negotiations, and is hammering out details of production.

Variety believes that minus other production expenses, talent costs will exceed $60 million.

"The Mosquito Coast" - Sept. 2019

Justin Theroux's unnamed project has been identified by Variety as "The Mosquito Coast," an adaptation of the novel by Paul Theroux. The story follows a protagonist who moves his family to the Caribbean, away from modern capitalism. "Mosquito Coast" was previously adapted into a movie starring Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren and River Phoenix.

Unnamed Project - Sept. 2019

A new show starring "Leftovers" actor Justin Theroux is being made for Apple TV+, though one that currently lacks a title. "Luther" creator Neil Cross is executive producing and writing for the show, partnered with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" director Rupert Wyatt.

The show, according to Geeks WorldWide, will follow the adventures of inventor Allie Fox, who leaves America to create a utopian society in Honduras. In doing so, Fox also unwittingly leads his family into "unimaginable danger."

No expected release date for the show has been reported.

Shantaram - Sept. 2019

The latest on the show, which first surfaced in May 2018, is that it will be headed up by "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam. Set to start filming in October, it will be the first Apple TV+ project that takes place internationally, with the show set in both Australia and India.

"Shantaram" is a 10-episode series based on a novel by Gregory David Roberts, following bank robber Lin after he flees prison to India. Lin, played by Hunnam, is forced to deal with the criminal world of Mumbai.

Produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, it is likely the show won't make it to air until late 2020 at the earliest.

Dads - Sept. 2019

Apple is on the scene at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and has purchased rights to Bryce Dallas Howard's documentary "Dads," reports Variety. The film focuses on modern fatherhood, with stories from average dads and celebrities including Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon and Neil Patrick Harris.

While the movie is expected to land on Apple TV+, it might also see a theatrical debut, according to a source.

"Dads" was produced by Howard's father Ron Howard and Brian Grazer at Imagine Entertainment. The deal is part of Apple's exclusive first-look arrangement with Imagine Documentaries, the report said.

Mr. Corman - Sept. 2019

Joseph Gordon-Levitt will write, executive produce and star in a drama series called "Mr. Corman," which follows the life of an elementary school teacher in Los Angeles, reports Variety. Little is known about the project, including when the show is expected to air on Apple TV+.

With a number of television and movie credits to his name, including "3rd Rock From the Sun," "Looper," "50/50" and "(500) Days of Summer," Gordon-Levitt most recently starred in Amazon's "Comrade Detective."

He also wrote, directed and starred in the 2013 feature film "Don Jon."

Nevelot/Bastards cancelled - Sept. 2019

Apple has decided to not proceed with the Richard Gere vehicle "Bastards" sourced from Israeli television's "Nevelot." According to Variety "creative differences" between Apple and the producers of the show caused the cancellation.

False Flag - July 2019

False Flag

Apple is creating an English-language remake of "False Flag," an Israeli show that premiered in 2015, Deadline says. The original has actually already aired in the U.S. via Hulu, and a Russian remake is likewise in the works.

Details of Apple's project remain vague, but the first season of the Israeli show revolves around five people who wake up to find themselves blamed for kidnapping Iran's Defense Minister. They try to deny media suggestions of their involvement, and are eventually persecuted by Mossad, Israel's national intelligence agency.

Snoopy in Space - July 2019

Just days ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, Apple released a trailer for "Snoopy in Space," its second Peanuts-themed offering. While the first was made available in May for everyone with the "TV" app, the new one is slated for Apple TV+.

The special follows Snoopy and Woodstock on a trip with the gang to NASA, where they end up selected for an elite astronaut mission, according to Deadline. Charlie Brown and crew help out from Mission Control.

Alabama - July 2019

Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge.

Apple and the BBC are working on their first comedy co-production, a show starring Imelda Staunton, probably best known to Americans as Dolores Umbridge in the "Harry Potter" movies.

Tentatively called "Alabama," the show is an eight-part series also featuring Darren Boyd and Phil Davis, Chortle said. Production is already underway with director Jim O'Hanlon, writer Andy Wolton, and producer Chris Sussman, the comedy chief at BBC Studios.

The series will premiere sometime in 2020, Chortle noted.

Mythic Quest - June 2019

Mythic Quest

The upcoming comedy series from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" creators Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney has been confirmed as "Mythic Quest." Produced in collaboration with Ubisoft, it focuses on developers working on an expansion — "Raven's Banquet" — to the show's fictional, namesake role-playing game.

McElhenney himself plays a creative director, "Ian Grimm." One other well-known star is F. Murray Abraham, whose credits include "Amadeus" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel."

Prehistoric Planet - May 2019

The utahraptor, a Cretaceous dinosaur.
The utahraptor, a Cretaceous dinosaur.

Apple has greenlit "Prehistoric Planet," a series produced by BBC Studios' Natural History Unit with the help of Jon Favreau and "Planet Earth II" producer Mike Gunton, Variety said. Favreau is best known for directing movies like "Chef," "Iron Man," and the live-action "Jungle Book" remake.

The show will specifically cover Earth as it was 66 million years ago, just before the dinosaurs went extinct. To recreate wildlife the show is expected to rely heavily on CGI.

The program may be geared directly at taking on Netflix, which has had success streaming nature series like "Our Planet" and "Blue Planet II." Those shows have strong BBC ties — the former is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, while the latter has both Attenborough and the BBC behind it.

Oprah - April 2019

Oprah with Barack and Michelle Obama

Talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey hinted that her deal with Apple could potentially include interviews with famous icons.

"I don't want to be in a daily rhythm of trying to come up with people to interview, but when there are people who are of the culture — like, last year, I would've wanted to sit down and have a conversation with Christine Blasey Ford," she said. "Right now, I'd probably want to sit down and talk to Butta."

Ford is known for challenging now-Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh with accusations of abuse. "Butta" refers to Pete Buttigieg, the South Bend mayor running to become the Democratic 2020 Presidential candidate.

Winfrey said that there might be a regular interview series "at some point."

Her confirmed Apple TV+ projects include a book club, and documentaries about mental health and workplace sexual abuse.

Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10 - April 2019

The real Apollo 10.
The real Apollo 10.

The first "Peanuts" content for Apple will be "Peanuts in Space: Secrets of Apollo 10," described by Deadline as a "documentary of sorts" by Morgan Neville, scriptwriter Aaron Bergeron and Imagine Documentaries. It's expected to arrive in May via the TV app, well ahead of Apple TV+.

Imagine's Ron Howard will star as himself, with Jeff Goldblum taking on the role of a "self-published NASA historian" exploring whether Snoopy was a top-secret astronaut. The film takes its inspiration from the fact the real Apollo 10 had a command module named "Charlie Brown" and a lunar module dubbed "Snoopy." Its objective was to perform a dry run ahead of Apollo 11, bringing "Snoopy" within less than 10 miles of the Moon's surface.

Time Bandits - April 2019

The original Time Bandits.
The original Time Bandits.

Though he directed the original 1981 movie, it's not clear to what extent Terry Gilliam will be involved in the Apple TV+ series, Business Insider reported. Gilliam said that while he will at least get an executive producer credit, he hasn't signed any contract, and in fact had to learn from the internet that Taika Waititi is directing the pilot episode.

He added that while he thinks Waititi is "excellent," he wants the show to "get the right comic tone" mixed with an "innocent magical quality." The series will also need to find enough little people to play roles, Gilliam noted — the movie centered around a boy who makes friends with six time-traveling dwarves.

That could sharply listing casting options. The two most famous choices would probably be Peter Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones," and Warwick Davis, known for movies like "Willow" and the "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" films.

Lisey's Story - April 2019

Getty Images via The Hollywood Reporter

Apple scored a major win, outbidding multiple outlets to win rights to Lisey's Story, a project based on Stephen King's best-selling novel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the tech giant placed an eight-episode, straight to series order for the show, produced by J.J. Abrams and starring Academy Award winner Julianne Moore. King will write each episode.

Called a "deeply personal" thriller, the story joins Lisey (Moore) two years after her husband's death, as events force her to come to terms with realities that were repressed or forgotten.

Lisey's Story marks Apple's first collaboration with King and Moore, but the third with Abrams and his Bad Robot production company. Apple TV+ is home to Abrams-produced shows Little Voice, which stars Sara Bareilles, and Jennifer Aniston vehicle My Glory Was I Had Such Friends.

The Morning Show - March 2019

The Morning Show with Steve Carell and Jennifer Aniston

Apple's previously untitled morning show drama is tentatively being called "The Morning Show," the Daily Mail said on Thursday. The tabloid also obtained photos of actors Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell on-set, standing next to a van marked "KXIL 12 Action News." Both actors are returning to the TV industry for the first time in years.

The first season is believed to be near completion, and a second season is already on order, which may signal that Apple will use the show as a tentpole. It has an all-star cast, some other actors being Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw.

Defending Jacob - March 2019

Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Jaeden Martell (It) have been added to the cast of "Defending Jacob," a limited series adapted from the book by William Landay, reports Deadline. The show tells the tale of a Andy Barber (played by Chris Evans) and Laurie Barber (Dockery), whose 14-year-old son (Martell) is accused of murder.

Apple picked up Defending Jacob, produced by Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, in September 2018.

Pachinko - March 2019


Apple has put an eight-episode series order in to Michael Ellenberg's Media Res for an adaptation of Min Jin Lee's novel "Pachinko," reports Hollywood Reporter. News of Apple's interest in the series was first reported in August 2018.

Sources familiar with the production say the budget for "Pachinko" is one of the largest in Apple's stable of current projects, with comparisons drawn to Netflix series "The Crown."

With a script from Korean American Soo Hugh, who also executive produces and serves as the production's showrunner, "Pachinko" tells the tales of four generations of a Korean immigrant family. Said to be epic in scale, the story will be told in Korean, Japanese and English, the report said.

Time Bandits - March 2019

Thor: Ragnarok.
Thor: Ragnarok.

The series incarnation of the Terry Gilliam movie "Time Bandits" is being helmed by Taika Waititi, best known for the Marvel film "Thor: Ragnarok," Variety reports. Waititi will both direct and co-write the first episode, and executive produce alongside Gilliam and Dan Halsted. Studios on the project include Paramount TV, Anonymous Content, and Media Rights Capital.

Waititi has a busy slate ahead of him — he's also been tapped to direct the Disney "Star Wars" series "The Mandalorian," and his FX series version of "What We Do in the Shadows" premieres March 27.

Untitled Brie Larson series - March 2019

Larson in
Larson in "Captain Marvel."

Apple has placed an order for a series both starring and executive-produced by Brie Larson, Variety says. The show is based on "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," the memoir of a real-life CIA operative, Amaryllis Fox. Its story will reportedly be told "through the prism of her closest relationships."

Other executive producers will include Fox, Dani Gorin, Samantha Housman, Michael Ellenberg, and Lynette Howell Taylor. Megan Martin, known for projects like "The Following," is in negotiations to write and executive produce.

Studios working on the show include Media Res and 51 Entertainment. Media Res already has two other Apple titles in the works, namely "Pachinko" and the morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

Hala - Jan. 2019

Source: Sundance Institute via Variety

Apple is once again staking out the Sundance Festival and has reportedly acquired rights to the Jada Pinkett Smith-produced coming of age drama "Hala," according to Variety.

Written and directed by Minhal Baig, "Hala" revolves around a titular 17-year-old character played by Geraldine Viswanathan, who navigates the discordant worlds of a Muslim household and a modern high school in Chicago.

Unnamed Simon Kinberg and David Weil sci-fi series - Jan. 2019

Simon Kinberg.
Simon Kinberg.

Apple has given the go-ahead for a 10-episode season of a big-budget science fiction series created and co-written by Simon Kinberg and David Weil. The nameless sci-fi show will be produced by Platform One, a first for the company, with Genre Films President of TV Audrey Chon signed up to be an executive producer alongside Kinberg and Weil.

Few other details about the project are known, except that it should be character-driven and production will start this summer. Casting is apparently underway with a view to shooting globally.

Kinberg is a writer and producer with credits like "The Martian," "Logan," and "X-Men: Days of Future Past." He already has many other projects on his plate, such as a Boba Fett title, more "X-Men" movies, and a reboot of "The Twilight Zone" TV show with Jordan Peele.

Weil may not yet be a household name, but he's currently involved with "The Hunt," an upcoming Amazon drama following New York City Nazi hunters circa 1977.

Justin Lin's Perfect Storm Entertainment - Dec. 2018

After six years with Sony Television, Lin has signed a deal with Apple to produce content according to Variety. Lin's TV directing credits include the pilots for the "Magnum P.I" and "S.W.A.T." reboots, plus "Scorpion."

Terms of the deal and expected content are not yet known.

Peanuts - Dec. 2018

Astronaut Snoopy

Apple is working with DHX Media, which owns Peanuts Worldwide, to develop original shows, specials, and shorts based on Charles Schultz's "Peanuts" characters, according to Deadline. One project said to be an Apple exclusive will be "short-form STEM [ science, technology, engineering, and math] content" featuring Snoopy as an astronaut — Peanuts Worldwide recently signed a deal with NASA to promote STEM and space to students.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends - Dec. 2018

Jennifer Garner

Apple has placed an order for a "limited" series starring Jennifer Garner, with J.J. Abrams attached as an executive producer, Variety says. The show is based on a 2017 memoir by Amy Silverstein about a group of women who supported her while she waited for a second heart transplant.

The show is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Abrams' Bad Robot. Other executive producers will include Silverstein, Ben Stephenson, and Karen Croner, the last of whom will also take on writing duties.

Garner and Abrams have partnered before, most notably on the show that made Garner a household name, "Alias."

Nevelot/Bastards - Dec. 2018

Apple is reportedly negotiating for the rights to adopt Israeli drama "Nevelot," as a vehicle for Richard Gere. CNBC reports that "Law and Order: SVU" show-runner Warren Leight and "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon are potential candidates to direct and produce the show.

Apple and 21st Century Fox are said to be co-producing the show, which was previously under development at HBO.

If the report is accurate, it points to a different model for Apple-produced video. The Israeli show is depicts two military veterans who embark on a killing spree of youth, because they feel that they don't understand generational sacrifice.

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller - Dec. 2018

Toby Kebbell.
Toby Kebbell.

Toby Kebbell — known for movies like "Kong: Skull Island" and the "Planet of the Apes" series — has been cast as Sean Turner, one of two main characters in the psychological thriller being developed by M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop, Deadline said. He will star alongside Lauren Ambrose ("Six Feet Under"), playing Turner's romantic partner Dorothy.

Playing Dorothy's brother will be Rupert Grint, famous as Ron Weasley from the "Harry Potter" movies.

The show is initially expected to consist of 10 30-minute episodes. Shyamalan, who will both produce and direct the first episode, is infamous for his mixed track record. While he's lauded for movies like "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable," he has had several critical failures, such as "The Last Airbender" and "The Happening."

Amazing Stories - Dec. 2018

Edward Burns.
Edward Burns.

The reboot of the Steven Spielberg series recently began production in Atlanta, and Deadline notes that it will star Edward Burns ("Entourage") as Bill Kaminski, a government agent, appearing alongside actors like Austin Stowell and Kerry Bishe. The "Amazing Stories" showrunners are "Once Upon a Time" creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, who are working with Spielberg's Amblin Television.

Swagger - Dec. 2018

Kevin Durant

Apple has reportedly placed a series order for the drama, loosely based on Durant's time in youth basketball. Specifically the show will center around players, coaches, and families connected to the AAU league in Washington, D.C.

The show is being produced by CBS, Imagine Television, and Durant's Thirty Five Ventures — Durant himself will be one of the show's executive producers, Variety said. The key creative talent though will be Reggie Rock Bythewood, serving as a writer, director, executive producer, and showrunner. Bythewood is known for projects like "Shots Fired" and the Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious."

"Swagger" will star O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis, who will play Crystal, a young female basketball player. Jason took the lead role in the series from Winston Duke in February.

Untitled morning show drama - Oct. 2018

Steve Carell
Steve Carell

Steve Carell — best known for "The Office" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" — will be playing the character of Mitch Kessler, becoming the show's third major star alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. Variety describes Kessler as a morning show anchor who's fighting to stay relevant in modern media. Carell, notably, hasn't played a regular TV series character since "The Office."

Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup

Also new to the cast are Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Crudup will take the role of Cory Ellison, the president of a network news division, while Mbatha-Raw will play Hannah Shoenfeld, the lead talent booker on the morning show.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Carpool Karaoke - Oct. 2018

The second season of the spinoff show will premiere Oct. 12, with new episodes coming every following Friday. Some confirmed guests include Snoop Dogg, Weird Al Yankovic, Andy Samberg, Nick Offerman, and Matthew McConaughey.

To watch the show, people will only need Apple's TV app, available on iPhones, iPads, and the Apple TV.

Defending Jacob - September 2018

Chris Evans
Source: Getty Images

Apple snagged rights to the straight-to-series "Defending Jacob" starring Chris Evans, reports Variety. Evans will also executive produce the drama based on a best-selling novel of the same name written by William Landay.

Evans, best known for his work as Captain America, will presumably play the role of a father whose 14-year-old son is accused of murder.

Show creator Mark Bomback will write, produce and serve as showrunner. Bomback's writing credits include "War for the Planet of the Apes" and "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes."

Dickinson - August 2018

Five-time Emmy nominee Jane Krakowski has joined Apple's upcoming "Dickinson," a 30-minute comedy series revolving around the life of poet Emily Dickinson, reports Variety.

Krakowski ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "30 Rock") will reportedly co-star as Mrs. Dickinson, Emily's mother. Earlier this year, reports pegged Hailee Steinfeld to play the poet.

Foundation - August 2018

Asimov's Foundation

Apple has ordered 10 episodes of "Foundation" from Skydance Television, with David Goyer and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers and showrunners, Deadline says. Other executive producers include David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross, but most notably Isaac Asimov's daugher, Robyn Asimov.

The story revolves around a "psycho-historian" who predicts the collapse of the Galactic Empire, and works to prevent the loss of human knowledge.

Losing Earth - August 2018

Losing Earth

Apple has bought the rights to Anonymous Content's "Losing Earth," a series based on an article this month by New York Times Magazine writer Nathaniel Rich. The piece measured over 30,000 words, taking up an entire issue.

Rich's feature noted that between 1979 and 1989, a collection of activists, scientists, politicians and others tried to take action on climate change before the problem was widely known.

Anonymous Content is owned in part by Emerson Collective, a firm run by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The "Losing Earth" series will have at least two executive producers: Rich, and Steve Golin, who helped found Anonymous Content.

Untitled Hilde Lysiak drama - August 2018

Brooklynn Prince

The main role in the upcoming drama will be played by Brooklynn Prince, no more than 8 years old, who recently won multiple awards for playing Moonee in "The Florida Project," according to Variety. That movie was her first real project, but Prince has already been cast for films like "The One and Only Ivan," starring Angelina Jolie and Sam Rockwell.

The real Hilde Lysiak was a preteen girl who exposed a murder in the town of Selinsgrove, Pa. through her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. The fictionalized story, still unnamed, will follow Prince's character as she moves from Brooklyn to a lakeside town where she surfaces a cold case others are trying to hide.

Ron Moore sci-fi series - August 2018

From left: Joel Kinnaman, Sarah Jones and Michael Dorman. | Source: Variety

Ron Moore's as-yet-untitled sci-fi series is filling out its cast with Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones now attached to the project, reports Variety.

Kinnaman, known for his work in dramas including "House of Cards" and "The Killing," is no stranger to the sci-fi genre having starred in the Netflix series "Altered Carbon" and the recent "RoboCop" reboot. Dorman currently stars in the Amazon series "Patriot," while Jones' credits include USA Network's drama "Damnation" and the CBS' recent "LA Confidential" pilot.

Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney comedy series - August 2018

Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney

Apple has ordered a half-hour comedy series from "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" co-creators Charlie Day Rob McElhenney, reports Variety. McElhenney is slated to star in the show.

Not much is known about the untitled project outside of its setting in a video game development studio. Interestingly, gaming publisher Ubisoft is signed on as a producer alongside Lionsgate-3 Arts Entertainment.

Pachinko - August 2018


Based on the Min Jin Lee novel, "Pachinko" tells the story of four generations of a Korean immigrant family, with settings in Korea, Japan, and the U.S. Soo Hugh will serve as showrunner, also writing and executive producing — some of her past TV work includes "Under the Dome" and "The Killing," Variety noted.

A company called Media Res will handle broader production duties. The outfit is already tied to another Apple-owned project, namely the morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

See - August 2018

Sylvia Hoeks in Blade Runner 2049

In some ways the best-known of the upcoming shows at this point, the latest news courtesy of Variety is the addition of Sylvia Hoeks and Archie Madekwe as recurring cast members. Hoeks is perhaps best known for playing Luv in "Blade Runner 2049," whereas Madekwe was in the 2018 miniseries adaptation of "Les Miserables."

In "See," Hoeks is slated to take on the role of Queen Kane, "a spiritual and military political head." Madekwe's character is even less well defined, described as an "intelligent son."

Time Bandits - July 2018

Time Bandits

Apple is said by Deadline to be wrapping up a deal to turn Terry Gilliam's 1980 fantasy movie into a show, co-produced by Anonymous Content, Paramount Television, and Media Rights Capital. Gilliam himself is expected to serve as a "non-writing" executive producer.

The movie revolves around a boy who runs into the film's namesake bandits, who are using a map to travel through holes in spacetime to their next heist. While being pursued by the Supreme Being, they run across historical and mythical characters.

See - July 2018

Alfre Woodard

New to the cast of the sci-fi series is Alfre Woodard, who will play Paris, Variety reports. The character is described only as an advisor and priestess.

Woodard is probably best known as Mariah from the Netflix show "Luke Cage," but won an Emmy for the HBO movie "Miss Evers' Boys," and an Oscar nomination for "Cross Creek." Marvel fans may also recognize her as Miriam Sharpe from "Captain America: Civil War."

The actress is just the second cast member announced for the show, the first being "Aquaman" and "Game of Thrones" star Jason Momoa, who is playing warrior Baba Voss.

Untitled morning show drama - July 2018

Mimi Leder

Apple's still-untitled morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will be directed by Mimi Leder, according to Variety. Leder is known for recent shows like "Shameless" and "The Leftovers," as well as movies like "Deep Impact" and "Pay It Forward." Leder is also set to work alongside Kerry Ehrin as an executive producer.

Variety adds that the show will be "an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women and men who carry out this daily televised ritual."

See - July 2018

Jason Momoa in Justice League

Jason Momoa, best known for his work on "Justice League" and "Game of Thrones," has reportedly landed the lead role in Apple's upcoming original series "See." The actor will play the role of Baba Voss, a "fearless warrior, leader and guardian" in Apple's sci-fi saga.

Not much is known about "See," but previous reports have described the forthcoming original series as an "epic, world-building drama" set in the future. The series is expected to run eight episodes.

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight ("Peaky Blinders") penned the script and will serve as executive producer, while Francis Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2") will direct. "See" was spawned by Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content, and purchased by Apple.

Calls - June 2018


Originally a short-form series on France's Canal+, Apple is working on an English-language co-production, as well as acquiring the rights to the first season of the French-language show.

In its French incarnation, the series tells short stories using a mix of real-world audio and low-key images, Variety explained.

Sesame Workshop - June 2018

One of the earliest Muppets, from an IBM training film.
One of the earliest Muppets, from an IBM training film.

Looking to fill in its children's programming niche, Apple is reportedly partnering with Sesame Workshop to create an assortment of shows. The content won't include "Sesame Street," which belongs to HBO and PBS, according to Variety. Sesame Workshop is expected to produce a mix of live-action, animated, and puppet series.

You Think It, I'll Say It - June 2018

Kristen Wiig.
Kristen Wiig.

Based on Curtis Sittenfield's upcoming collection of short stories, the 10-episode series was originally expected to star well-known comedienne Kristen Wiig. Wiig has had to leave that role however to due to a scheduling conflict with "Wonder Woman 1984," Variety said. In the latter she's playing the movie's villain, Cheetah.

Sources claimed that Apple is still moving ahead with its show, which has Colleen McGuinness as creator and showrunner, and Sittenfield as a consulting producer. Wiig is still slated to executive produce, with help from Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter. Neustadter works under Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine media brand.

'Little America' series - June 2018

The Big Sick
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. | Source: Vogue

Apple has reportedly ordered "Little America," an immigrant anthology series that will feature tales inspired by true stories published in Epic Magazine. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, who worked together on "The Big Sick," will executive produce alongside Alan Yang ("Master of None"), while Lee Eisenberg ("The Office") will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner, reports The Wrap.

Oprah Winfrey - June 2018


Apple and Winfrey have forged a long-term partnership to "create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world." Nothing else is known so far.

Untitled Hilde Lysiak drama - June 2018

The real Hilde Lysiak.
The real Hilde Lysiak.

Apple has reportedly ordered 10 episodes of a drama based on Hilde Lysiak, a preteen girl who exposed a murder in the town of Selinsgrove, Pa. through her own newspaper, the Orange Street News. In the fictional version, a girl moves from Brooklyn to a small town where she exposes a cold case residents — and her own father — have tried to suppress.

Variety says that the show is being executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik, with help from Joy Gorman Wettels and Sharlene Martin. Jon M. Chu will both direct and executive produce. The show is under the wing of Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, which are also working on Apple's "Shantaram."

Little Voices - May 2018

J.J. Abrams

Executive produced by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" director J.J. Abrams and musician Sara Bareilles, Variety reports that the show is a "love letter to the diverse musicality of New York which explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s." Apple has ordered 10 initial episodes.

The show is attached to Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, as well as Jessie Nelson, who will not only write and executive produce but serve as showrunner and direct the first episode. Nelson worked with Bareilles on the musical "Waitress," and has film credits such as "I Am Sam" and "Corrina, Corrina."

Shantaram - May 2018


The show is based on a Gregory David Roberts novel, which follows an escapee from an Australian prison who ends up in the Bombay underworld.

The series will be produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, according to Variety. Perhaps the biggest names attached to the project so far are Eric Warren Singer and David Manson — the latter has executive produced shows like "House of Cards" and "Big Love," while Singer will handle both writing and executive production duties, with screenwriting credits like "American Hustle."

"Shantaram" will start shooting in October, according to The Sydney Morning Herald on August 15, 2019. Outside of India, shooting will take place at Docklands Studios and the closed Pentridge Prison in Coburg, Australia. Exterior filming will be done in Victoria, Australia.

Justin Kurzel will direct the first two and last two installments of the 10-episode run.

Dickinson - May 2018


Starring Hailee Steinfeld, the 30-minute comedy series will look at the restrained 19th-century world of Emily Dickinson through the poet's unique filter. Steinfeld has never before had a regular TV role, being best known for movies like "True Grit" and "Pitch Perfect," as well as her musical career.

Alena Smith will serve as writer and executive producer, while David Gordon Green is set to direct and executive produce. Alex Goldstone from Anonymous Content will also executive produce, alongside Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta via Sugar23 Productions and Darlene Hunt. The show is being produced by wiip, Anonymous Content, and Sugar23.

Are You Sleeping - May 2018

Spencer in 'Hidden Figures.'
Spencer in 'Hidden Figures.'

Apple has picked up 10 episodes in adapting the titular Kathleen Barber novel, with "Hidden Figures" star Octavia Spencer cast in the lead role. The show will be a "true crime" drama, revolving around podcasts about unsolved or wrongful convictions. Sarah Koenig, the creator of "Serial," is thought to be serving a consulting role. Reese Witherspoon, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo will be executive producers.

In June we learned that additional cast members will include Lizzy Caplan, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, and Haneefah Wood, but most notably Aaron Paul, playing fictional convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose innocence has been questioned for some 20 years.

Spencer will play reporter Poppy Parnell, looking into the case for her podcast, while Caplan will play twin sisters, Josie and Lanie. Jones will be Poppy's father, Leander "Shreve" Scoville, while Perkins will play Cave's mother Melanie. Phifer is cast as former detective Markus Knox, and Beach will be Poppy's husband Ingram Rhoades.

Finally Thoms will play Poppy's older sister Desiree, and Wood will be another sister, Cydie.

Foundation - Apr. 2018


Apple isn't the first to take a crack at Isaac Asimov's sprawling science fiction books — Fox, Sony, and Warner Bros. have all tried and failed to get feature films off the ground, and HBO aborted an attempt at its own TV series. This latest effort is being handled by Skydance Television, with industry veterans David Goyer and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers and showrunners.

The problem so far has been the scope of Asimov's story. At the center is a "psycho-historian" who foresees the collapse of the Galactic Empire, and sets about preventing the death of human knowledge.

Central Park - March 2018

Bob's Burgers.
Bob's Burgers.

Coming from 20th Century Fox Television and Loren Bouchard, the creator of "Bob's Burgers," "Central Park" will be Apple's first animated series, a musical tale about a family of caretakers that end up saving its namesake. The show was written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, and will star people like Leslie Odom, Jr., Stanely Tucci, and Kristen Bell.

Little America - Feb. 2018

Nanjiani & Gordon

This show is being written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, previously responsible for "The Big Sick," and revolves around immigrant stories plucked from real-life accounts in Epic Magazine. Each episode will run just 30 minutes in an anthology format.

Epic editors Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will serve as executive producers. The show will be developed by studio Uni TV.

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller - Feb. 2018


Little is known about the show beyond it having ten 30-minute episodes, the first being directed by Shyamalan, the rest only being produced by him. His output is infamously mixed, including hits like "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable" but also bombs like "Avatar: The Last Airbender." The show will be Shyamalan's second TV production, after executive producing Fox's "Wayward Pines."

Leading writing will be Tony Basgallop, who has worked on projects like "24: Legacy," "Inside Men," and "EastEnders." Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch of production company Escape Artists are also executive producers, and Taylor Latham will be co-executive producing.

Swagger - Feb. 2018

Kevin Durant

The drama will serve as a biography of NBA player Kevin Durant, but also dive into the Amateur Athletic Union and the players, families, and coaches involved with the program.

Durant himself will be involved as a producer, working in conjunction with Imagine Television, run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct.

Carpool Karaoke - Feb. 2018

Carpool Karaoke

Apple has opted to renew "Carpool Karaoke" for a second season according to CBS, which hosts "The Late Late Show with James Corden" — from which "Carpool Karaoke" was spun off.

Most planned guests are unknown. Last season featured people like Will Smith, Metallica, and "Game of Thrones" stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. An episode with Linkin Park and Ken Jeong was one of the last things recorded by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington before his suicide.

A new episode is set to debut June 15, promoting the movie "Tag" by featuring stars Ed Helms, Jeremy Renner, and Jon Hamm. Whereas the first season was limited to Apple Music subscribers, this new episode will be available through the company's TV app.

Untitled Damien Chazelle project - Jan 2018

Damien Chazelle

Chazelle is working with fellow "La La Land" peers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, who will serve as producers, on a show with no other known details.

Untitled sketch comedy show - Jan. 2018

Kristen Wiig

This one will star comedienne Kristen Wiig, and be based on a shorty story collection by Curtis Sittenfelds called "You Think It, I'll Say It." The effort is one of three Apple shows linked to Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine studio, the others being the morning show drama and "Are You Sleeping."

See - Jan. 2018

Described as an "epic, world-building drama" set in the future, "See" is written by Steven Knight ("Peaky Blinders") and directed by Francis Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2").

"Game of Thrones" alum Jason Momoa is set to star in the sci-fi drama that is expected to run eight episodes.

Home - Jan. 2018


A docuseries rather than fiction, "Home" will focus on unusual homes and the people behind them. Currently 10 episodes are queued up.

The show is being produced by Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment, with director Matt Tyrnauer at the helm. Tyrnauer is perhaps best known for a 2008 film about fashion designer Valentino Garavani.

Untitled Ronald D. Moore space drama - Dec. 2017

Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica.

Another mystery project, it is at least known to be set in an alternate timeline in which the 1960s' space race never ended. Moore is a high-profile figure in the science fiction world, with credits such as the "Battlestar Galactica" reboot and "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

It will boast "Fargo" producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, and come from Sony Pictures Television and Tall Ship Productions.

Untitled morning show drama - Nov. 2017

Aniston & Witherspoon

Based on the Brian Stelter novel "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV," Apple has already ordered two seasons. This may be because of its big talent get: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who will both star and executive produce. The series is being written and executive produced by "House of Cards" supervising producer and political consultant Jay Carson.

Amazing Stories - Oct. 2017

The original Amazing Stories.
The original Amazing Stories.

Based on a two-season Steven Spielberg anthology series from the 1980s, Apple has reportedly ordered 10 episodes with a budget of over $5 million each. The new show may be similar in tone to "The Twilight Zone" or "Black Mirror," with Spielberg back on as an executive producer.

It hasn't had the smoothest run so far. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller left in February, to be replaced by "Once Upon a Time" creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Fuller allegedly wanted the show to be closer in tone to "Black Mirror," but Apple objected, presumably because of its demands for a sanitized programming lineup.

Beyond TV

Cartoon Saloon's latest movie,
Cartoon Saloon's latest movie, "The Breadwinner."

Apple's first distributed feature film could from Cartoon Saloon, known for animated movies like "The Secret of Kells" and more recently "The Breadwinner." While Apple is said to be nearing a distribution deal for the U.S. and some other countries, as of June 2018 the movie has yet to be made and is over a year away.