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Apple Gives Straight-to-Series Order for Drama on Child Journalist Hilde Lysiak

Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for a drama series about Hilde Lysiak, a child journalist who publishes a newspaper called the Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

According to Variety, the series will follow a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father is from, where she unearths a cold case that everyone in town had attempted to bury.

Image of Hilde Lysiak via NY Daily News

The story is based on Lysiak's own efforts to report on a murder in Selinsgrove, where she was the first person to expose it. Lysiak's Orange Street News has earned her national and international media attention.

Apple has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which was created and executive produced by Dana Fox and Dara Resnik. Fox is known for her work on "Ben and Kate," "How to Be Single," and "Couples Retreat," while Resnik has worked on "Castle," "Shooter," and Mistresses."

Apple has well over a dozen original television shows in the works now, which, according to rumors, could begin premiering in 2019. Recent announcements include "Little Voices" from J.J Abrams and Sara Bareilles, "Dickinson" starring Hailee Steinfeld, and a television adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series.

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27 weeks ago
WTF is going on at Apple? Next they will be developing a show about a small town chemistry teacher who gets cancer, and turns to selling bitcoin to pay for his medical bills.
Rating: 15 Votes
27 weeks ago

WTF is going on at Apple? Next they will be developing a show about a small town chemistry teacher who gets cancer, and turns to selling bitcoin to pay for his medical bills.


I kinda like it.

I can see him running a "breaking bad" style mining farm tapped into the schools electrical grid.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 weeks ago
Wow impressive kid. Wish her well.
Rating: 4 Votes
27 weeks ago
Really? This is what the Hallmark Channel is for...
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago
Apple hasn’t created a problem for themselves; they’re doing quite well. I think they’re silly to focus any effort on making more TV shows after HBO/Netflix/Hulu/Amazon have already made so many, but they aren’t exactly risking anything to do it.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago

Everyone is a content producer these days. Comcast is about to buy Fox and become one too.


Smart business. Then you can’t be held hostage by content companies who threaten to yank their products every few years to get more money.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago

Is Apple doing this to prepare for a subscription service model like Netflix? Surely that can't be sticking to the iTunes buy per Show format


Remember Apple is phasing out the pay to own music model over time as well in lieu of subscription, so you’re likely correct. I spend more on two months of Netflix than I have spent buying ANY dvd or digital license of a movie in the past many years. In fact, the last movie I can remember purchasing was a discount bin copy of Elvira’s Halloween movie as a company office party gag gift at a company I left 7 years ago.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago

Everyone is a content producer these days. Comcast is about to buy Fox and become one too.

Don't they already have NBCUniversal?
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago
What did I just read lmao
Rating: 1 Votes
27 weeks ago

I'll be interested to watch this show because I'm very skeptical as to the level of involvement this little girl actually had in solving this case. I'm sure she's extremely bright, but I feel there is no way she did this without a lot of coaching from her parents. Perhaps using her was a clever way to get people to give up information in ways they wouldn't toward another adult.


She didn't solve a case, she sourced information to confirm that a murder had taken place for public awareness.
Rating: 1 Votes

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