All of Apple's Original TV Shows and Movies

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Apple has dozens of original TV shows and movies in the works for its Apple TV+ streaming service, which debuted on November 1, 2019. In this guide, we've rounded up everything that Apple is working on, including shows that have launched, and upcoming shows and projects that are still in development.

Details about TV shows and movies become clearer as these shows are cast and as episodes are filmed, so for some of these titles, we don't have a lot of information at this time. This guide is updated on a regular basis with all new original content details, and more information on each title can be found on Apple's Apple TV+ press site.

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Recent Movie and TV Show Announcements

Tetris

Apple purchased the rights to an upcoming Tetris movie that will explore the story behind the iconic game. British actor Taron Egerton will play Henk Rogers, a dutch video game designer who secured the rights to Tetris and licensed the game to Nintendo for the original Game Boy.

Jon Stewart Series

Former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is returning to television with a new current affairs series that's coming to ‌Apple TV‌+. There's no title for the show as of yet, but Stewart will explore topics at the center of national conversation in hour-long episodes.

Mariah Carey Holiday Special (Coming December 4)

Apple is partnering with singer Mariah Carey for a Christmas-themed show on December 4. "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special" will premiere just after the 25th anniversary of Carey's iconic holiday hit "All I Want for Christmas is You."

The Christmas special will feature Mariah Cary and a "star-studded lineup of surprise guest appearances" offering a "magical holiday journey to enliven the Christmas spirit around the world." It combines music, dancing, and animation, all of which are driven by a "universally heartwarming story" that's meant to bring the world together.

Platonic

Platonic is an upcoming ‌Apple TV‌+ comedy series that will feature a pair of best friends in their youth who reconnect as adults and try to mend the rift that led to their falling out. As their friendship becomes more consuming, it destabilizes their lives and causes them to reevaluate their choices.

Notable names: Rose Byrne and Seth Rogen will star.

Bride

"Bride," a new movie from Apple and film studio A24, is coming to ‌Apple TV‌+. The plot follows a "brilliant entrepreneur" who creates a woman to be the ideal wife. She rejects her creator and is "forced to flee her confined existence, confronting a world that sees her as a monster." While on the run, she finds her true identity and the strength to remake herself.

Notable names: Scarlet Johansson will star.

The Velvet Underground

Apple purchased the rights to "The Velvet Underground" a documentary that follows the 1960's band of the same name. "The Velvet Underground" was headlined by Lou Reed and was once managed by Andy Warhol, and it was known as the "house band" at the Factory, which was Warhol's studio that served as a hangout for artists and a venue for legendary parties.

"The Velvet Underground" documentary will feature never before seen performances and recordings, Warhol films, experimental art, and in-depth interviews with key players of that time.

Earthsound

"Earthsound" is a natural history documentary series that tells stories from the natural world using the latest in audio technology. It will take advantage of cinematic 360-degree sound to "reveal the unexpected, unfamiliar, and untold natural stories on every continent of the planet."

Apple has ordered 12 half-hour episodes of the series.

The Snoopy Show (Coming February 5)

Apple in February 2021 will launch a new series called "The Snoopy Show," which will feature new Snoopy and Peanuts adventures. There are also several standalone Peanuts specials that are coming to ‌Apple TV‌+.


Untitled Musical Comedy

Apple has inked a deal for a star-studded musical comedy featuring several well-known "Saturday Night Live" alums. Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, and Cecily Strong will have roles in the show.

The musical comedy series will follow a couple on a backpacking trip that's meant to reinvigorate their relationship. While on their journey, the couple find the magical town of Schmigadoon, where everyone acts as if they're in a studio musical from the 1940s.

Cecily Strong will star as Melissa, one half of the couple on the trip, while Key will play Josh, her long term partner. Armisen will play Reverend Layton, the mild-mannered religious leader of the town, and Chenoweth will play Mildred Layton, Reverend Layton's wife.

Notable names: Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, and Cecily Strong star.

Cherry

Apple paid $40+ million for the rights to upcoming crime drama "Cherry," directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. "Cherry" will premiere on ‌Apple TV‌+ in early 2021.

In "Cherry," actor Tom Holland (known for his role as Spider-Man) plays a Cleveland man named Walker who joins the army after being spurned by the love of his life. He becomes an Army medic in Iraq and is traumatized by the experience, suffering from PTSD. To treat his PTSD, Walker is treated with Oxycontin, and that eventually leads to a heroin addiction. To pay for the drugs, Walker begins robbing banks.

Notable names: Tom Holland stars.

High Desert

"High Desert" is an upcoming half-hour comedy series that will follow Peggy (who will be played by Patricia Arquette), a former addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her mother, whom she lived with in the desert town of Yucca Valley, California. Peggy decides to make a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.

Notable names: Patricia Arquette will star in the series and Ben Stiller will direct.

Five Days At Memorial

"Five Days at Memorial" is a limited TV series from John Ridley (known for "12 Years a Slave," "American Crime," and "Guerrilla") and Carlton Cuse (known for "Locke & Key," "Jack Ryan," and "Lost").

The TV show is based on the novel of the same name written by Sheri Fink. It chronicles the first five days in a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005, telling the story of the exhausted caregivers who were forced to make life-and-death decisions amid rising floodwaters, intense heat, and no power.

Invasion

"Invasion," from Simon Kinberg and David Weil, is a science fiction series that has been described as one of Apple's most ambitious TV shows to date. It will follow an alien invasion across multiple continents, offering a perspective from several different countries around the world.

Filming on "Invasion" restarted in August 2020, and it is set to be filmed in New York, Manchester UK, Morocco, and Japan.

Notable names: The series stars Sam Neill (known for "Jurassic Park") as Sheriff John Bell Tyson, a rural lawman who is on the verge of retirement. Shamier Anderson (known for "Bruised" and "Awake") will play Trevante Ward, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. Golshifteh Farahani (known for "Extraction") will play Aneesha Malik, a first-generation Syrian immigrant living in Long Island, while Israeli actor Firas Nassar will play Malik's husband.

Harriet the Spy

Apple signed a series order for "Harriet the Spy," an upcoming adaptation of the classic children's novel that chronicles the adventures of the tomato sandwich-loving 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch.

The story is set in the 1960s, which is when the book was published, It will star Harriet, a "fiercely independent, adventurous, curious 11-year-old girl" that wants to be a writer. Harriet thinks being a writer requires knowing everything, and knowing everything requires her to be a spy.

Notable names: "Harriet the Spy" will star Jane Lynch ("Glee") as the voice of Ole Golly, Harriet's nanny, while Lacey Chabert ("Mean Girls") will voice Marion Hawthorne, one of Harriet's classmates. Harriet will be voiced by Beanie Feldstein ("Lady Bird").

The Essex Serpent

"The Essex Serpent" follows the story of a newly widowed woman named Cora Seaborne who escapes from an abusive marriage and relocates from Victorian London to the small village of Aldwinter in Essex. Cora is fascinated with the local superstition that a mythical creature called the Essex Serpent roams in the area. She investigates the superstition alongside local vicar William Ransome, and the two find themselves drawn together in ways that will change both of their lives.

Notable names: Keira Knightley was going to play Cora, but has since backed out of the show. Filming is on hold.

My Kind of Country

"My Kind of Country" is a country music competition series on ‌Apple TV‌+ that will feature a "groundbreaking global search for unconventional and extraordinary country music talent."

"My Kind of Country" will be produced by Reese Witherspoon's production company, Hello Sunshine, along with Jason Owen and Izzie Pick Ibarra. Owen is the CEO of Sandbox Entertainment and manager to country music stars like Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Faith Hill, while Izzie Pick Ibarra is the showrunner behind popular series "The Masked Singer" and "Dancing With the Stars."

According to Apple, "My Kind of Country" will have a fresh, documentary sensibility that will also break down cultural and musical barriers in the country music space to let musicians "unleash their authentic voices and take center stage."

Available TV Shows

Apple has more than a dozen shows that have launched, and a bunch more in the works. There are comedies, dramas, thrillers, and shows aimed at children, with a full list of what Apple's working on below.

Dickinson

"Dickinson" is a comedy about the life of famous American poet Emily Dickinson. The show offers a comedic look into Dickinson's world, exploring the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn't fit into her own time. The second season of "Dickinson" will launch on January 8, 2021.


Notable names: Hailee Steinfeld (Edge of Seventeen) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) star in the series.

See

See is an epic post apocalyptic drama where the world has been wiped out by a virus. There are survivors, but all of the survivors have been rendered blind.

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Notable names: Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Alfre Woodard (12 Years a Slave), and Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) star in the series.

Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter is a reinvention of the previous popular TV show Ghostwriter. It follows four children brought together by a mysterious ghost in a bookstore, with the children teaming up to release fictional characters from works of literature.


The Morning Show

"The Morning Show," as the name suggests, is a morning talk show drama that takes a look inside the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Apple signed a deal for two seasons of the show, and the second season is currently being filmed.

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Notable names: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star in the show. Hasan Minhaj is joining for season two.

For All Mankind (Second Season Coming 2/19)

"For All Mankind" is a space drama that explores what might have happened in the world if the global space race had never ended.


Notable names: Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon), Michael Dorman (Patriot), and Sarah Jones (The Path) will star in the show. Ronald D. Moore created and wrote the series.

Fraggle Rock: Rock On

"Fraggle Rock: Rock On" is a shortform series from the Jim Henson Company that airs on ‌Apple TV‌+ on Tuesdays. Episodes are three to five minutes in length, and have all been shot remotely using iPhones in producers' homes.


Peanuts - Snoopy in Space

Apple has signed a deal with DHX Media owner Peanuts Worldwide to produce new "Peanuts" content that is available on ‌Apple TV‌+. One project that's been released is a short that features astronaut Snoopy, themed around STEM education.


Peanuts in Space follows Snoopy as he pursues his dream to become an astronaut. Together, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew take command of the International Space Station and explore the moon and beyond.

Helpsters

Apple is partnering with Sesame Workshop to create several TV shows for children. One of the first shows will be called "Helpsters," and it is designed to teach preschoolers the basics of coding. It will feature Cody and a team of vibrant monsters who love to solve problems.


Truth Be Told

"Truth Be Told," previously known as "Are You Sleeping," is a drama that is based on a novel by Kathleen Barber. It focuses on the story of a podcast that reopens a murder case, similar to popular podcast "Serial."


The show explores how the reopening of the murder case impacts the victim's daughter and impacts her life. Sarah Koenig, known for her work on "Serial," consulted on the series. Apple has ordered 10 episodes.

Notable names: Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), and Mekhi Phifer (ER) have roles in the show. The second season stars Kate Hudson, Merle Dandridge, Jason O'Mara, Alona Tel, Hale Appleman, and others.

Servant (Season 2: January 15)

"Servant" is a psychological thriller produced by M. Night Shyamalan, known for movies like "Signs," "Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "The Village," and "Split."


The show follows a young couple who hire a nanny to care for their newborn child, but the child is actually a fake baby and the nanny is also suspicious. Season 2 premieres January 15, 2021.

Notable names: Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), and Tony Kebbell (Planet of the Apes) star.

Little America

"Little America" is an anthology series that takes a look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and unexpected lives of immigrants in America. Every episode is written by a different writer, with the content collected by Epic Magazine. "Little America" has already been renewed for a second season.


Notable names: Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, known for "The Big Sick," are writing the show.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet

"Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet" follows a team of video game developers as they navigate the challenges of running a popular video game. Rob McElhenney plays the role of the company's creative director, while other cast members include F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, David Hornsby, Ashly Burch, and Jessie Ennis. Charlie Day is a producer on the series.


Notable names: F. Murray Abraham, Imani Hakim, David Hornsby, Danny Pudi, Ashly Burch, Charlotte Nicdao, Jessie Ennis, and Rob McElhenney ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") star in the show.

Amazing Stories

"Amazing Stories" is a science fiction and horror anthology series that was created by Steven Spielberg, which ran from 1985 to 1987. Apple has teamed up with Spielberg to revive the show.

The show focuses on a new topic each episode, similar to "Black Mirror" and "Twilight Zone." Apple says that each episode of the series is designed to "transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers."


Notable names: Steven Spielberg is set to executive produce. Stars in "Amazing Stories" include Dylan O'Brien ("Maze Runner," "Teen Wolf"), Victoria Pedretti ("You"), Josh Holloway ("Lost," "Yellowstone"), Sasha Alexander ("Rizzoli & Isles," "Shameless") and Robert Forster ("Twin Peaks").

Home Before Dark

Home Before Dark is a drama series about Hilde Lysiak, a child journalist who publishes a newspaper called the Orange Street News in her hometown of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.


The show follows a young girl who moves from Brooklyn to the small lakeside town her father is from, where she unearths a cold case that everyone else in the town had attempted to bury. 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.

Notable names: Brooklynn Prince, Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, Kylie Rogers, and Adrian Hough star.

Home Docuseries

Home is a documentary series that offers a never-before-seen look inside the most extraordinary homes in the world and at the minds who dreamed them up. The series sounds similar to "Extraordinary Homes" on Netflix and classic show "MTV Cribs." Apple ordered 10 one-hour episodes of the "Home" docuseries.

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Defending Jacob

"Defending Jacob" is a thriller based on the best selling William Landay novel of the same name. The show is a drama series that unfolds around a shocking crime in a small Massachusetts town, following a district attorney who is torn between his love for his son and his duty to uphold justice.


Notable names: Chris Evans (Captain America), Jaeden Martell (It), and Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) star.

Trying

Trying is a UK series that takes a look at "growing up, settling down, and finding someone to love." The show focuses on Jason and Nikki, a couple who are trying to have a baby but have thus far been unsuccessful.


Notable names: Rafe Spall and Esther Smith star.

Visible: Out on Television Docuseries

"Visible: Out on Television" is a five-episode docuseries that explores themes that include invisibility, homophobia, the evolution of LGBTQ characters, and coming out in the TV industry.

The series is narrated by Janet Mock, Margaret Cho, Asia Kate Dillon, Neil Patrick Harris, and Lena Waithe.

Central Park

"Central Park" is an an animated TV series developed by Loren Bouchard, known for popular cartoon "Bob's Burgers."


The series is a musical comedy that tells the story of a family of caretakers who live in Central Park. Apple has ordered two 13-episode seasons so far.

Notable names: Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, and Titus Burgess voice characters.

Dear... Docuseries

"Dear..." is a docuseries that profiles famous people using an "inventive and cinematic approach" that involves sharing letters written by people whose lives the celebrities have touched.


Notable names: Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, and Big Bird will be subjects of the series.

Greatness Code

"Greatness Code" is a short-form sports docuseries that features stories from athletes like LeBron James, Tom Brady, Alex Morgan, Shaun White, Usain Bolt, Katie Ledecky, and Kelly Slater.


Each mini episode examines a pivotal moment that defined an athlete's career.

Little Voice

"Little Voice" follows Bess King, a talented performer who struggles to fulfill her dreams while navigating rejection, love, and complicated family issues. Apple says the "intensely romantic" show is about “finding your authentic voice — and the courage to use it."


Notable names: J.J. Abrams, Sara Barellies, Ben Stephenson, and Jessie Nelson are executive producers. The show will also feature original songs from Barellies.

Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso sees Jason Sudeikis reviving his "Ted Lasso" character that first debuted during the 2013 NBC Sports English Premier League coverage. In the ‌Apple TV‌+ show, Sudeikis plays a small-time college football coach from Kansas who is hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.


Notable names: Jason Sudeikis stars.

Long Way Up

"Long Way Up" is a motorcycle series follows Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman as they ride through Latin American countries that include Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Mexico.


The two cover 13,000 miles over the course of 100 days, exploring the "glorious and underexposed" landscapes of South and Central America.

Notable names: "Long Way Up" stars Ewan McGregor.

Tehran

"Tehran," an espionage thriller made in partnership with an Israeli TV producer, tells the story of a Mossad agent who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places everyone around her in dire jeopardy.

The Oprah Conversation

Apple partner Oprah's latest show, "The Oprah Conversation," features interviews with the "foremost newsmakers, thought leaders, and masters of their craft."

Doug Unplugs

"Doug Unplugs" is a series about a young robot that senses that there's more to life than just facts. While all of the other robots plug in for their daily download, Doug unplugs and ventures into the human world with his best friend Emma.


"Doug Unplugs" comes from DreamWorks Animation and is based on the "Doug Unplugged" book series from Dan Yaccarino.

Available Movies

Fireball Documentary

"Fireball" is the latest documentary from Werner Herzog and geoscientist Clive Oppenheimer. It explores the cultural and physical influence that meteors, comets, and deep impacts have had on Earth in regard to mythology, religion, and human imagination.


Becoming You

"Becoming You" is a docuseries that explores how children's first 2,000 days shape their lives. The series features more than 100 children across the world, from Nepal to Japan to Borneo, examining the ways that children learn to think, speak, and move from birth to five-years-old.


Tiny World

Narrated by Paul Rudd, "Tiny World" is a nature docuseries that looks at the world "through the eyes of the tiniest creatures" to examine the things they do for survival using "brand new camera technology."


Notable names: Paul Rudd, known for "Ant Man," narrates.

The Elephant Queen

"The Elephant Queen" is a feature-length documentary about an elephant matriarch who leads her herd to find a new watering hole. Apple will release The Elephant Queen in theaters on October 18 before adding it to ‌Apple TV‌+ in November.


Hala

Hala, directed by Minhal Baig and executive produced by Jada Pinkett Smith, is a coming-of-age movie that follows the life of Hala, a 17-year-old girl attempting to navigate her social life as a teen in Chicago and her obligations as the only child to Pakistani immigrants. Hala will be released in theaters on November 22 before coming to ‌Apple TV‌+ in December.

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Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Ahead of Earth Day 2020, Apple is debuting a new animated short film narrated by Meryl Streep. The 36-minute piece will follow a curious 7-year-old who learns about the planet from his parents.


Notable names: Meryl Streep will narrate the film.

The Banker

The Banker is a feature film inspired by a true story, focusing on two African American entrepreneurs who try to circumvent the racial limitations of the 1950s and quietly provide housing loans to the African American community in Jim Crow Texas. Apple will release The Banker in theaters on March 6 before adding it to ‌Apple TV‌+ on March 20.


Notable names: Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Nia Long, and Nicholas Hoult star in the movie.

Beastie Boys Story

Apple acquired the rights to "Beastie Boys Story" a documentary about the band directed by Spike Jonze and penned by Beastie Boys members Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz. The film will launch on ‌Apple TV‌+ on April 24 and will have a theatrical release at some point in the future.


Dads

"Dads," directed by actress Bryce Dallas Howard, is a "joyful exploration of contemporary fatherhood." It offers anecdotes and wisdom from celebrities like Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, Neil Patrick Harris, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, and more, along with portraits of non-celebrity dads around the world.


Details about Bryce Dallas Howard's dad, Ron Howard, and his partner Brian Grazer, are interspersed throughout the documentary as well.

Greyhound

"Greyhound" stars Tom Hanks as Ernest Krause, a career officer given command of Navy destroyer Greyhound during the Battle of the Atlantic. Krause fights his own self doubts and personal demons along with the enemy to prove that he belongs in command.


Notable names: Tom Hanks stars and also wrote the movie.

Boys State Documentary

"Boys State" is a political coming-of-age documentary that examines the health of American democracy.


The film features an experiment in which 1,000 17-year-old boys from across Texas gather together to build a representative government from the ground up, reproducing some of democracy's worst principles and flaws.

On the Rocks

"On the Rocks," the first film produced under Apple's partnership with A24, follows a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York. "On the Rocks" was released in theaters on October 2, 2020 and premiered on ‌Apple TV‌+ later in the month.


Notable names: "On the Rocks" is directed by Sofia Coppola and stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You

"Letter to You" is a documentary film about musician Bruce Springsteen, which features Bruce Springsteen recording live with The E Street Band for the first time in 35 years.


The film serves as a tribute to the E Street Band, rock 'n' roll, and the way music has shaped Bruce Springsteen's life, with the documentary featuring Bruce reflecting on love and loss while recording with his full band for the first time since "Born in the U.S.A." The launch accompanies the launch of Springsteen's new album "Letter to You."

TV Shows and Movies Coming Soon

Earth at Night in Color (Coming December 4)

Narrated by Tom Hiddleston, "Earth at Night in Color" follows animals at night using "next-generation cameras" to "reveal new insights and never before seen behaviors." The six episode series was filmed across six continents, ranging from the Arctic Circle to the African grasslands.


Notable names: Tom Hiddleston, known for playing Loki in the Marvel movies, narrates.

Stillwater (Coming December 4)

"Stillwater" is an animated series based on the book "Zen Shorts" by Jon J. Muth. It features three siblings who have a wise panda named Stillwater as their next door neighbor.

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The panda uses stories and humor to help the kids to understand their feelings and provides them with mindfulness tools to help them face day-to-day challenges. He also "brings newfound fun and adventure for the three, opening their eyes to the quiet wonders of the world around them, and guiding them to their place within it."

Wolfwalkers (Coming December 11)

Wolfwalkers is an animated film from Cartoon Saloon, a company that Apple has signed a deal with to produce content for ‌Apple TV‌+.


Wolfwalkers, like other Cartoon Saloon films, is set in Ireland. Robyn, an Irish girl, is set on wiping out the demonic, evil wolves until she meets a wild native girl, Mebh, whose friendship leads her to discover the world of the Wolfwalkers.

Losing Alice (Coming January 22)

Psychological thriller "Losing Alice" is described as a "thrilling cinematic journey that uses flashbacks and flash-forwards in a satisfyingly complex narrative that takes the viewer through the conscious and subconscious of its protagonist's mind."

The series will follow Alice, a 48-year-old female film director who "feels irrelevant since raising her family." Alice becomes obsessed with 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale Sophie, and "eventually surrenders her moral integrity in order to achieve power, relevance and success." The show "explores issues such as jealousy, guilt, fear of aging, and the complex relationships women have among themselves and each other."

Notable names: Sigal Avin directs, and Alice is played by Ayelet Zurer.

Other TV Shows in the Works

You Think It, I'll Say It

"You Think It, I'll Say It" is a half-hour comedy series based on the "You Think It, I'll Say It" short story collection by Curtis Sittenfeld, which "upends assumptions about class, relationships, and gender roles in a nation that feels both adrift and viscerally divided."

Damien Chazelle Drama

Apple has signed a deal for a drama series from "La La Land" creator Damien Chazelle, but little is known about the show at this time.

Docuseries from McMillion$ Creators

Apple has inked a deal for a four-part documentary series from the creators of McMillion$, a docuseries that detailed how the McDonald's Monopoly game was rigged for over a decade.

The untitled docuseries tells the "unbelievable true story of one of the largest scams in government history."

Swagger

"Swagger" is a drama series based on the early life and career of NBA star and Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant. The show was inspired by Durant's experiences as a youth playing basketball, and it will highlight the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball, taking a look into the lives of players, their families, and coaches.

Notable names: Winston Duke, known for his role in "Black Panther," was set to take on the main role of Ike, a youth basketball coach who used to be a star player, but he was replaced by O'Shea Jackson Jr. in February 2020.

Isaac Asimov's Foundation

Apple has purchased the rights to a TV series adaptation of popular sci-fi book series "Foundation" written by sci-fi author Isaac Asimov.

"Foundation" follows psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity's collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire.

Notable names: Lee Pace will play Brother Day, the Emperor of the Galaxy, while Jared Harris will play Hari Seldon.

Shantaram

Apple is working on a TV adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' 2003 novel "Shantaram." Shantaram is a fictional novel that focuses on a character named Lin, who is a convict that flees an Australian prison and then disappears into the city of Bombay. Filming on Shantaram is on hold due to production issues.

Notable names: Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim and Sons of Anarchy) will star.

Calls

"Calls" is a horror/mystery show adapted from a French TV series of the same name. In France, "Calls" is a short-form series that tells stories based on snippets of audio taken from real-life situations with minimal use of visuals.

Time Bandits

Apple has secured the rights for a TV show based on 1980s fantasy movie "Time Bandits." "Time Bandits" featured the story of an imaginative 11-year-old boy, Kevin, who gets sucked into a fantastical adventure with a band of dwarves during the Napoleonic Wars in Italy.

Kevin and the band of dwarves travel through time using a magical map, visiting ancient Greece, the Titanic, and more, all while fighting off an evil being intent on stealing the time travel map.

Notable names: Taika Watiti (Thor: Ragnarok) will direct.

Pachinko

Apple has secured the rights to create a TV show based on Min Jin Lee's bestselling novel "Pachinko," which chronicles the lives of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family in Japan. Apple officially ordered eight episodes of the show in March 2019.

The story begins in 1911 with the birth of Sunja, who becomes involved with a married yakuza, falling pregnant and facing ruin in her small village. The town's minister offers her a new life in Japan as his wife, where she is alone, lost, and unable to speak the language. The book then follows the Sunja's family through eight decades and four generations.

Notable names: Korean superstar Lee Min Ho will play Hansu, Jin Ha will play Solomon, Anna Sawai will play Sunja, Minha Kim will play Sunja, Soji Arai will play Mosazu, and Kaho Minami will play Etsuko.

Physical

Physical is a dramedy set in 1980s Southern California, when Jazzercise became popular. Rose Byrne, who has a starring role, plays a quietly tortured housewife who gets into the world of aerobics.

Notable names: Rose Byrne will star.

Custom of the Country

Sofia Coppola is creating a limited TV series based on Edith Wharton's novel "Custom of the Country."

"Custom of the Country" is about midwestern girl Undine Spragg, who moves to New York City with her family. Socially naive but beautiful and ruthlessly ambitious, Undine marries aspiring poet Ralph Marvell, from an old New York family. Undine works to integrate into New York society and is unhappy with her simple life with Ralph, ultimately divorcing him, falling out of favor, and moving to Paris where she does the same thing with another man.

Throughout the novel, Undine endlessly strives for the lavish lifestyle she's always dreamed about, not caring who she ruins in the process.

Notable names: Sofia Coppola will write and direct the series.

Detective Drama

Apple has given a straight to series order for a detective drama based on Michael Lista's Toronto Life article "The Sting," which follows a Canadian detective who reopens a decades-old cold case with the aim of winning a confession and becoming a hero.

The case spirals out of control when the detective launches an elaborate sting with playacting cops, taxpayer resources, and an unexpected friendship with the target of the investigation.

Notable names: Robert Downey Jr.'s production company will produce, and Downey Jr. might have a supporting role in the series.

Losing Earth Climate Change Project

Apple has purchased the rights to develop a project based on the New York Times Magazine story "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change."

Written by Nathaniel Rich, "Losing Earth" covers the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989, a decade when "humanity settled the science of climate change and came surprisingly close to finding a solution" but ultimately failed to act due to various political forces. Apple plans to turn the article into a TV show, with Nathaniel Rich to executive produce.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

"My Glory Was I Had Such Friends" is a TV series based on the 2017 memoir by Amy Silverstein, which follows a group of women who supported Silverstein as she waited for a life-saving heart transplant.

Notable names: J.J. Abrams will executive produce and Jennifer Garner will star in the show.

Lisey's Story

Lisey's Story is a TV show based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. The novel, which is a psychological horror with romance elements, is split between Lisey's life in the present time and her dead husband's life (a famous novelist) as she remembers it. Lisey begans to remember things about her husband that she had suppressed while being terrorized in the present by a former fan of her husband's.

Notable names: Stephen King is the writer on the series. Julianne Moore, Dane Dehaan, and Clive Owen will star. J.J. Abrams is executive producing.

CIA Drama Series

Apple's CIA drama will be based on "Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA," a memoir written by CIA operative Amaryllis Fox. The show will offer a look at a young woman's journey in the CIA.

Notable names: Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) will star.

Severance

"Severance" is an upcoming ‌Apple TV‌+ show that's described as a workplace thriller set at a company that's aiming to take work-life balance to a new level.

Notable names: Adam Scott ("Parks and Rec"), Patricia Arquette, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, and Tramell Tillman will star, and Ben Stiller will direct and produce.

Suspicion

Apple is working on an English language adaptation of Israeli TV show "False Flag," and the U.S. version of the show will be called "Suspicion."

Suspicion is a high-paced thriller about the kidnapping of the 21-year-old son of a prominent American business woman. From Apple: "Twenty-one-year-old Leo's abduction from a large, upmarket hotel in central New York is captured on video and goes viral. Swiftly, four British citizens staying at the hotel become the prime suspects. But are they guilty of anymore than being in the wrong place at the wrong time?"

Notable Names: Uma Thurman ("Pulp Fiction"), Kunal Nayyar ("The Big Bang Theory"), Noah Emmerich ("The Americans"), Georgina Campbell ("Black Mirror"), Elyes Gabel ("Scorpion"), Elizabeth Henstridge ("Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."), and Angel Coulby ("Dancing on the Edge").

Echo 3

"Echo 3," based on Israeli TV series "When Heroes Fly," tells the story of Amber Chesborough, a young scientist who goes missing at the Colombia-Venezuela border. Her brother and her husband, who both have "deep military experience and complicated pasts," struggle to find her.

Notable names: Mark Boal, known for "The Hurt Locker" and "Zero Dark Thirty," is the showrunner and creator.

Mr. Corman

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, known for "3rd Rock from the Sun," "Looper," "Inception" and "50/50" is developing a TV show called Mr. Corman for Apple. It's a drama series that follows an elementary school teacher, Josh Corman, who is grappling with adulthood in Los Angeles.

Notable names: Joseph-Gordon Levitt is writing and producing the show, plus he will star in it. Arturo Castro will also have a role as the main character's best friend.

Alabama

"Alabama" is an eight-part comedy drama series that Apple is developing in partnership with the BBC. Plot details aren't yet available.

Notable names: Imelda Staunton, known for her role as Dolores Umbridge in the "Harry Potter" series, is set to star.

The Mosquito Coast

Apple has ordered a series called "The Mosquito Coast" which is based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Paul Theroux, actor Justin Theroux's uncle.

The novel is told from the viewpoint of 14-year-old main character Charlie Fox and focuses on his father, Allie, who is an inventor. Allie becomes critical of American consumerism and culture, deciding to uproot his family and move to La Mosquitia on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras.

Notable names: Justin Theroux will star in the show.

The Shrink Next Door

Apple has given a straight-to-series order for eight episodes of a limited comedy series called "The Shrink Next Door" with Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell. The series, a dark comedy, is based on the Wondery podcast of the same name. It follows the bizarre relationship between a psychiatrist to the stars (played by Rudd) and a longtime patient (played by Ferrell).

Over the course of their relationship, Rudd's character, Dr. Isaac "Ike" Herschkopf, slowly takes over the life of Ferrell's character, Martin "Marty" Markowitz, moving into Marty's home and taking over his family business.

Notable names: Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, Casey Wilson, and Kathryn Hahn will star.

WeWork Series

Apple is working on a limited series based on the story of WeWork, which includes content from the six-part Wondery podcast called "WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork."

WeWork in early 2019 was valued at close to $50 billion as it prepared for an IPO, but the company crashed and burned after a series of articles highlighted mismanagement and odd behavior from CEO Adam Neumann, who was quickly ousted. WeWork's IPO was canceled and the company's valuation plunged to $5 billion.

Slow Horses

"Slow Horses" is based on the book series of the same name. It follows a team of British intelligence agents who are delegated to the so-called Slough House department in MI5, which is where washed up spies are placed following failed careers.

Notable names: Gary Oldman will star as Jackson Lamb, the leader of the Slough House spies. Will Smith will write the show.

Hedy Lamarr Series

Apple signed a straight-to-series order for a TV show about actress Hedy Lamarr, which will follow the true story of her escape from pre-war Vienna to her rise in the golden age of Hollywood to her fall and eventual disgrace at the dawn of the cold war. The show will focus on her life as an actress and as her work as an inventor. Lamarr is known for inventing an early version of frequency-hopping spread spectrum that is the basis for spread spectrum technology used today.

Notable names: Gal Gadot will star.

Tehran

"Tehran" is an Israel-Iran espionage thriller that tells the story of Tamar Rabinyan, a Mossad computer hacker undertaking her first mission in Iran's capital. Apple has ordered eight episodes of "Tehran."

Notable names: Israeli actress Niv Sultan stars in the series.

The Afterparty

"The Afterparty" is a murder mystery comedy set at a high school reunion afterparty. Each of the eight episodes features a retelling of the same night from a different character's perspective, each with its own unique visual format.

Notable names: The series was created by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, known for "21 Jump Street," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, "The Lego Movie," and "The Last Man on Earth." It will star Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson, Zoë Chao, Ben Schwartz, Ike Barinholtz, Ilana Glazer, Dave Franco, Jamie Demetriou, and John Early.

Shining Girls

"Shining Girls" is a metaphysical thriller based on the 2013 novel of the same name. The book focuses on Kirby Mizrachi, a Chicago reporter who survives an attempted murder by a time-traveling Depression-era serial killer and then teams up with a homicide reporter to track down her would-be killer and bring him to justice.

Notable names: Elisabeth Moss will star in the show, and Leonardo DiCaprio will executive produce through his Appian Way production company.

Upcoming Apple TV+ Films and Documentaries

Prehistoric Planet

"Prehistoric Planet" is a documentary series that will provide a look at the last days of the dinosaurs using CGI to recreate the events.>

Notable names: Jon Favreau will produce and direct.

Killers of the Flower Moon

"Killers of the Flower Moon" is a high-profile movie coming to ‌Apple TV‌+. The film is based on the David Grann book of the same name. It tells the story of the Osage Nation in 1920s Oklahoma, where the Native Americans were murdered one by one. Amid the rising death toll, the FBI took up the case and unraveled a conspiracy and one of the most monstrous crimes in American history.

Notable names: Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro star, Martin Scorsese is the director.

The Sky is Everywhere

"The Sky is Everywhere," produced by Apple partner A24, is based on the young adult novel of the same name. It tells the story of a high schooler named Lennie Walker who is coping with the sudden death of her older sister.

Notable names: Jason Segel, Cherry Jones, and Jacques Colimon will star.

Emancipation

Apple purchased the rights to "Emancipation, an action thriller film about a slave on the fun from the confederacy in the middle of the Civil War who is journeying north to join the Union Army.

Notable names: Will Smith stars, and Antoine Fuqua is the film's director.

Snow Blind

Apple won the rights to create a film adaptation of graphic novel "Snow Blind," which tells the story of high school teenager Teddy as his life in a sleepy Alaskan suburb is turned upside-down when he posts a photo of his dad online, only to learn he and his family are in a Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge visits their town, followed soon after by pursuing FBI agents.

Notable names: Jake Gyllenhaal will star.

Idris Elba Spy Romance

Apple won an auction for an as-of-yet untitled spy romance film set in Africa that will star Idris Elba. No other details are known about the movie yet.

Swan Song

Apple has acquired the rights to "Swan Song," an upcoming movie starring Mahershala Ali. "Swan Song" is described as a "genre-bending drama" set in the near future and explores how far someone will go and how much they'll sacrifice to make a happier life for their loved ones.

Notable names: Mahershala Ali will play Milo and Naomie Harris will play his wife, Poppy. Awkwafina will play a friend of Ali's character, and Glenn Close will play a head scientist.

A Christmas Carol

Apple picked up the rights to "A Christmas Carol" which is a live action musical that's based on the classic novel "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens.

Notable names: Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds will star.

Billie Eilish Documentary

Apple purchased the rights to a Billie Eilish documentary that follows the 17-year-old songwriter's life after the release of her debut album in March 2019. The documentary will be shown on ‌Apple TV‌+ in 2020.

The Supermodels

"The Supermodels" is a documentary event series that explores the careers of high-profile models that include Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington.

According to Apple, the docuseries will feature "exclusive access" and interviews with the models, who plan to revisit their careers and the "collective disruption of the 90s fashion scene."

Notable names: Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, and Christy Turlington are featured in the documentary.

Sharper

Sharper is an upcoming A24 film that follows a woman who cons her way through the world of Manhattan's wealthy elite. A24 is known for popular films like "Midsommar" and "The Lighthouse."

Notable names: Julianne Moore will star.

Palmer

"Palmer," an upcoming ‌Apple TV‌+ movie, tells the story of former football phenomenon Eddie Palmer who returns to his hometown to get his life back on track after a stint in prison. Back at home, Palmer faces lingering conflicts from his past as he looks after a young boy who has been abandoned by his mother.

Notable names: Justin Timberlake stars as Eddie Palmer. Juno Temple, June Squibb, Alisha Wainright, and new actor Ryder Allen are also in the movie.

Masters Projects - Apple's Production Studio

Apple has created its own production studio called Masters, which is run by Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. The first project from Apple's studio will be "Masters of the Air," which is a follow-up series to HBO's "Band of Brothers" and "The Pacific."

The show will follow the true story of the American bomber boys in World War II, based on the book of the same name by Donald L. Miller.

Notable names: Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will executive produce, John Orloff will write the series. Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the first three episodes.

Apple TV Partnerships and Production Deals

Oprah Partnership

Apple has inked a deal for a multi-year partnership with Oprah Winfrey, who is creating original programs for ‌Apple TV‌+.

Oprah is working on two documentaries, one on sexual harassment in the workplace and a second on mental illness. Oprah's documentary on mental health will also feature Britain's Prince Harry. It's a multi-part series focusing on mental illness and mental wellness that will feature "global stories of unparalleled human spirit fighting back from the darkest places."

Oprah's first series, though, will be a worldwide bookclub discussion, called "Oprah's Book Club." The series features interviews with authors, and the first interview is with Ta-Nehisi Coates, who wrote "The Water Dancer."

Jason Katims Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Jason Katims, well known producer, writer, and show creator. Katims, who is known for shows like "Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights," "Roswell," "Rise," and "About a Boy," will be creating content for Apple under his True Jack Productions banner.

Justin Lin Projects

Apple has signed an exclusive TV development deal with Justin Lin's company, Perfect Storm Entertainment.

Justin Lin is known for directing several of the movies in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, including the 2009 "Fast and Furious" revival movie, "Fast Five," and "Fast and Furious 6." He also directed "Star Trek: Beyond" and has worked on episodes of "Community" and "True Detective."

Alfonso Cuaron Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year deal with director Alfonso Cuaron that will see Cuaron producing TV shows for ‌Apple TV‌+. Cuaron has directed award-winning films that include "Y Tu Mamá También," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," "Children of Men," "Gravity," and "Roma."

Richard Plepler Projects

Apple has inked a deal with former HBO CEO Richard Plepler who has formed a new production company. Under the terms of the deal, Plepler will produce content for Apple.

Carmi Zlotnik Projects

Apple has signed an exclusive production deal with Carmi Zlotnik, former president of programming for Starz. Carmi will produce exclusive content for ‌Apple TV‌+.

Sharon Horgan Projects

Apple has signed an exclusive first look deal with Sharon Horgan, known for creating "Divorce" and "Catastrophe."

Lee Eisenberg Projects

Apple has signed a multi-year content deal with Lee Eisenberg, the co-creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of ‌Apple TV‌+ series "Little America." Eisenberg will be launching a new production company, Piece of Work Entertainment, and he will create digital media projects exclusively for ‌Apple TV‌.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Projects

Apple signed a multi-year agreement with actress and producer Julia Louis-Dreyfus, known for "Seinfeld" and "Veep." Louis-Dreyfus will develop new projects exclusively for ‌Apple TV‌+ as an executive producer and actress.

Annie Weisman Projects

Apple has signed a two-year content creation deal with writer and producer Annie Weisman, who has worked on "Desperate Housewives" and is the creator of upcoming ‌Apple TV‌+ show "Physical."

Idris Elba Projects

Apple has a "first look" deal with actor Idris Elba, who will develop and produce TV shows and films for ‌Apple TV‌+ through his production company Green Door Pictures.

Appian Way Projects

Apple has inked a first look deal with Appian Way Productions, a film and television production company founded by actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

The multi-year deal will allow Apple the first opportunity to pick up new TV and movie projects produced by Appian Way.

Martin Scorsese Projects

Apple has a multi-year first look deal with director Martin Scorsese, which will see Scorsese producing films and TV shows for ‌Apple TV‌+ under his Sikelia Productions production company.

Moshe Zonder Projects

Apple signed a first look deal with Moshe Zonder, the co-creator of ‌Apple TV‌+ series "Tehran" and the head writer on Israeli TV series "Fauda." Under the terms of the deal, Zonder will create premium, scripted television projects for ‌Apple TV‌+.

Alon Aranya Projects

Apple signed a first look deal with Alon Aranya, who is one of the executive producers for ‌Apple TV‌+ series "Tehran." Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Aranya's Paper Plane Productions will develop and produce scripted TV shows for ‌Apple TV‌+.

A24

Apple has signed a deal with entertainment studio A24 to produce multiple movies for ‌Apple TV‌+. A24 is responsible for movies like "Moonlight," "Room," "The Witch," "Ex Machina," "The Spectacular Now," "It Comes at Night," "Lady Bird," "The Disaster Artist," "Hereditary," and more. The first film produced under the A24/Apple partnership will be "On the Rocks," directed by Sofia Coppola and set to star Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. "On the Rocks" will follow a young mother who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father on an adventure through New York.

Where the Wild Things Are

Apple has signed an overall deal with the Maurice Sendak Foundation to develop TV shows and specials based on Sendak's books "Where the Wild Things Are," "In the Night Kitchen," "Outside Over There," and "The Nutshell Library.

Content Talks

Pac-12 Talks

Apple met with Pac-12 in 2019 over a potential content deal that could see live sports coming to ‌Apple TV‌+ in the future. The talks are in the early stages and it's. not clear if a deal will materialize.

MGM Talks

Apple is in talks with MGM and could establish a content deal that would perhaps see MGM content coming to ‌Apple TV‌+.

Existing Content

Apple is planning to purchase some existing older movies and TV shows for ‌Apple TV‌+ in order to build up a back catalog of content that will let it better compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+.

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