Apple Shares 'First Look' at Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Truth Be Told'

Apple today shared a "first look featurette" of upcoming Apple TV+ show "Truth Be Told," which stars Octavia Spencer and Aaron Paul.

The show focuses on podcaster Poppy Parnell (Spencer) who is trying to reopen a murder case that she was involved in solving 18 years earlier, which put Warren Cave (Paul) behind bars.

When new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race.
"Truth Be Told" is based on the novel by Kathleen Barber, and it's said to provide a glimpse into America's obsession with true crime podcasts. The show aims to challenge its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice plays out on a public stage.

Sarah Koenig, who created and produced "Serial," a podcast similar to the storyline in "Truth Be Told," consulted on the series. Other stars in "Truth Be Told" include Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex"), Ron Cephas Jones ("This Is Us"), Mekhi Phifer ("ER"), and Elizabeth Perkins ("Big").

"Truth Be Told" is set to debut on Friday, December 6 on ‌Apple TV‌+. It will join existing shows that include "The Morning Show," "For All Mankind," "Dickinson," and "See."

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2 weeks ago
I’ve been disappointed in every TV show I’ve tried watching on Apple TV+. I’m really not sure why Apple thought a TV streaming service was necessary. Leave that to the professionals—Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and etc.
Rating: 31 Votes
2 weeks ago


I’ve been disappointed in every TV show I’ve tried watching on Apple TV+. I’m really not sure why Apple thought a TV streaming service was necessary. Leave that to the professionals—Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and etc.

Netflix had a lot of ****** shows when they started. You don’t have to watch Apple TV+ content.
Rating: 18 Votes
2 weeks ago


Netflix had a lot of ****** shows when they started. You don’t have to watch Apple TV+ content.

And a LOT of Netflix original movies are really bad, as well.
Rating: 17 Votes
2 weeks ago
Not sure I can go along with all of the complaints on the Apple shows so far. I've found The Morning Show to be rather impressive, and this trailer certainly looks interesting. High quality and compelling viewing so far.
Rating: 15 Votes
2 weeks ago
I'm trying to understand why for a streaming service to be successful customers have to ditch all the other ones. For me Disney+, Apple TV+, Netflix & Amazon is a nice priced «combo». I don't have to quit Netflix in order to watch Apple TV+. I really enjoy the shows so far and I plan to continue after the free period (50€ or 50 dollars +taxes per year its... 4,17€ per month). One coffee.
Rating: 14 Votes
2 weeks ago


I’m not sure I like the “new” Apple. It’s becoming too much of a movie studio and I don’t understand why they would try and start from scratch when they had the opportunity to buy Netflix or even Disney when Steve Jobs was a major influencer there.
It seems to me that all of it is wasted money now because I don’t see people choosing AppleTV+ over Disney+ or even Netflix (with its huge library of older movies) and live TV/sports with Sling/YouTube TV/...
Of course giving AppleTV+ away for one year is one way of showing great subscriber numbers but we all know it’s a Marketing ploy.
I wish Apple would focus on its core competency which is to provide the technology that helps consume the content that’s out there.

I’d rather have Apple think outside the box and design technology to give Internet access to everyone everywhere. Something like wireless technology with satellites to free us up from this huge ugly infrastructure that are cables on poles or cellular antennas in our backyards.
If we can build driverless cars, we sure can make that happen.


What makes you think that Apple TV+ is taking away from their other technology devisions? I would be surprised if they weren't completely separate teams...

I would say they've started moving back in the right direction with the new 16" Macbook and Mac Pro.
Rating: 11 Votes
2 weeks ago


Confused...you don’t like it so it’s bad? The other streamers have tons of poor content. Browse Netflix lately? 2/10 hit shows is doing really well.

Apple will figure this out if they stay with it. Content is alabout money which Apple has the most.

I’d argue Apple has quality content even in their first attempt. Several of their shows are receiving far better user reviews than the initial reviews indicated.

Go to Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB and check out See, Dickinson, For All Mankind, and The Morning Show.

The critical “you aren’t Netflix/HBO/Disney” backlash will die down after time. There’s only so much good storytelling you can ignore. It helps to get recognition with award shows, so Apple will make a strong push for the Emmy’s in 2020.
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago


The show aims to challenge its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice plays out on a public stage.

Been saying this since episode 2 of serial. Getting off on people’s real life tragedies like it’s a soap opera ain’t right.
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago


I’m really not sure why Apple thought a TV streaming service was necessary.


Well, I certainly wasn't invited to any meetings held at Apple, but if I were to take a wild guess, I'd say they thought it was a business they could take on, be successful at and earn more money for their shareholders.


Leave that to the professionals—Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and etc.


The streaming business started with no "professionals". Apple is jumping in and giving it a go. In 5 years they'll be one of the "professionals". Or they'll be gone. I don't see the harm in letting them have a go. I'm not automatically dismissing Disney+, so I fail to see why I should automatically dismiss Apple TV+. Let them have their shot. Maybe they'll pull it off, maybe they won't. Time will tell.
Rating: 8 Votes
2 weeks ago
I’m not sure I like the “new” Apple. It’s becoming too much of a movie studio and I don’t understand why they would try and start from scratch when they had the opportunity to buy Netflix or even Disney when Steve Jobs was a major influencer there.
It seems to me that all of it is wasted money now because I don’t see people choosing AppleTV+ over Disney+ or even Netflix (with its huge library of older movies) and live TV/sports with Sling/YouTube TV/...
Of course giving AppleTV+ away for one year is one way of showing great subscriber numbers but we all know it’s a Marketing ploy.
I wish Apple would focus on its core competency which is to provide the technology that helps consume the content that’s out there.

I’d rather have Apple think outside the box and design technology to give Internet access to everyone everywhere. Something like wireless technology with satellites to free us up from this huge ugly infrastructure that are cables on poles or cellular antennas in our backyards.
If we can build driverless cars, we sure can make that happen.
Rating: 8 Votes

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