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Apple Officially Orders 'Are You Sleeping' Drama Series Starring Octavia Spencer

Apple has given a series order for 10 episodes of "Are You Sleeping," a drama series that will star Octavia Spencer, who is known for her work in movies that include "Hidden Figures," "The Help," "Gifted," and "The Shape of Water."

News of Apple's work on "Are You Sleeping" first surfaced in January, but now Variety says the company has decided to move forward with production on the show.


Image of Octavia Spencer via Variety

"Are You Sleeping" is based on a novel by Kathleen Barber, which has been described as a psychological thriller. The book focuses on a podcast that reopens a murder case, similar to the popular "Serial" podcast that led to a new trial for Adnan Syed, in jail for allegedly murdering a former girlfriend. Sarah Koenig, who created and produced "Serial," will consult on "Are You Sleeping."

The novel the TV show is based on explores how the reopening of the murder case impacts the victim's daughter and disrupts her life, and it's likely the TV show will follow a similar plot.

"Are You Sleeping" was written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and the series will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content.

Apple is also working with Reese Witherspoon's production company on an as of yet untitled "morning show drama" that takes a look into the cutthroat would of morning TV.

Apple now has more than a dozen television shows in the works, with a full list of what's on the horizon available in the original content section of our Apple TV roundup.

It's not yet known when the first of Apple's TV shows will debut nor how they'll be distributed, but rumors have suggested we could see the first fruits of Apple's efforts in 2019.

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21 weeks ago
"Are you sleeping" The tragic story of how Tim Cook fell asleep at the Mac wheel and drove it into a ditch.
Rating: 40 Votes
21 weeks ago
I think apple’s foray into video will make me puke.

I imagine it all as super safe super pc very beautifully shot saccharine tv.

I hope I am wrong.
Rating: 24 Votes
21 weeks ago
So I’m guessing this is why we can’t have nice routers anymore.
Rating: 21 Votes
21 weeks ago
I don't know of anybody who's asking for this.

Octavia Spencer isn't a great actress. Unfunny and just loud.
Rating: 16 Votes
21 weeks ago
Where is the Mac Pro?
Rating: 13 Votes
21 weeks ago
Exactly what the MacRumors readerbase has been clamoring for!
Rating: 12 Votes
21 weeks ago
Not interested...
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago

I don't know of anybody who's asking for this.

Octavia Spencer isn't a great actress. Unfunny and just loud.


Well, I mean, she isn't a comedic actress. Her foray is drama, which is what her Oscar, SAG, BAFTA, and Golden Globe award wins were for.

Apple looks to be encompassing several genres with this service in hopes that they'll be many choices for customers on day one, much like how Apple Music had the full iTunes Library on day one.
Rating: 9 Votes
21 weeks ago

Then you woke up from your dream and looked at their most recent earnings and said, “Well I’ll be damned. This is the best company in the world.”

Making the most revenue and profit does not necessarily mean it is a good thing for the consumer.

I think Apple had a much better quality product, especially software, back when they (relatively) did not make any money.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 weeks ago
I guess it’s too early to judge, but none of these shows sound interesting, nor have any of their music exclusives. Everything is geared to tweens, and their TV lineup looks to be competing with Lifetime.

I like Apple Music, but purely for the streaming.
Rating: 8 Votes

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