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Apple TV+ announces 'Dear Edward' drama from creator of 'Friday Night Lights'

Connie Britton, Jason Katims

"Friday Night Lights" creator Jason Katims and star Connie Britton are producing a ten-part series for Apple TV+, based on Ann Napolitano's "Dear Edward" novel.

Napolitano is acting as co-executive producer with Jason Katims, who is writing the script. Apple reports that, "Dear Edward" is the story of Edward Alder, "a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger... including his family."

Colin O'Brien plays Alder, while Connie Britton, and Taylor Schilling co-star. The first episode is to be directed by Fisher Stevens, currently acting in "Succession," and previously the director of Apple TV+ movie, "Palmer."

"Dear Edward" is the first series order for Katims's firm True Jack Productions, since it signed an overall development deal with Apple in 2019. Details of that deal are not known, but it is non-exclusive as Katims made "Away" for Netflix, and is currently making "As We See It" for Amazon.

Apple has not yet announced a production or a streaming date for "Dear Edward."