Apple TV Plus Originals: Every Exclusive Show Announced At Its Latest Keynote
By Michael Rougeau | @RogueCheddar on
Move over Netflix.
Apple announced Apple TV+, the company's new subscription TV service that includes original shows, at its March 25 event.
After discussing Apple News Plus and a game subscription service called Apple Arcade, Apple CEO Tim Cook turned his attention to the next evolution of Apple TV. They shared plenty of new details about the new service, including inviting several actors and creators onstage to share their new original shows.
These shows are exclusive to Apple TV+, an ad free subscription service launching this fall. The service will be available online and offline across all Apple devices, and Apple promised new movies and shows every month, available in 100 plus countries. For more on Apple TV Plus check out our sister site CNET, and keep scrolling for a look at all the new exclusive shows Apple announced.
Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories
Steven Spielberg was one of the most prominently featured creators during Apple's event--quite understandably. The project he announced is called Amazing Stories, based on the sci-fi pulp magazines he read as a kid. It's a reboot of Spielberg's show of the same name that aired originally between 1985 and 1987 on NBC.
The Morning Show
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Anniston, and Steve Carrell took the stage to discuss their new show, The Morning Show. They described it as a fictional look at the dynamics between men and woman that take place behind the scenes at a morning news/talk show.
Jason Mamoa (Aquaman, Justice League) and Alfre Woodard (Netflix's Luke Cage) announced a new sci-fi series called "See." It appears to be a post-apocalyptic show set in the future, when all humans have been blind for so long that they believe sight as a sense is a myth.
Up next came comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who described his show Little America as a series portraying human stories featuring immigrants to the United States. It sounds like a non-fiction, documentary-style show.
Big Bird may have stolen the show when the large, yellow puppet appeared onstage with another puppet, Cody, to announced Helpsters. It's a kids' show aimed at pre-schoolers to teach them about coding. This is as confusing to us as it is to you.
Next up were JJ Abrams and singer-songwriter Sarah Bareillis, who described their program Little Voice as the story of a young woman finding her voice as a woman and artist in NYC, based on Bareillis's own experiences.
Apple saved Oprah for last. She announced an expansive partnership with the company and described two projects--a documentary called Toxic Labor, and another multi-part series about mental health. She also announced "the most stimulating book club on the planet," though details are currently scarce.
And many more
Although Apple only had time to go in depth on a few of its new original shows, the company displayed this slide that slowly filled up with more and more names they're involved with. We screenshotted it so you can have a look, and jotted down some highlights.
- Joel Kinnaman
- Rupert Grint
- Mark Duplass
- Aaron Paul
- Ben Stiller
- Octavia Spencer
- Stanley Tucci
- Jane Krakowski
- Chris Evans
- Jennifer Garner
- Ron Howard
- Lizzy Caplan
- Rob McElhenney
- Richard Gere
- Ewan McGregor
- Jon Favreau
- M. Night Shyamalan
- Sofia Coppola
- Brie Larson
- Bill Murray
- Spike Lee
- Daveed Diggs
- Ronald D. Moore
- Rashida Jones
- Kristen Bell
- Leslie Odom Jr.
We'll keep updating this gallery as information about more of Apple's new original shows and movies becomes available. Our sister site CNET also has an extensive list of Apple TV Plus's rumored and confirmed programming.
Are You Sleeping?
Variety previously reported on this show starring Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul, Ron Cephas Jones, Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, and Haneefah Wood. We caught a glimpse of it during Apple's keynote, though the company didn't mention it by name. It's reportedly based on a novel by Kathleen Barber about true crime podcasts.
According to CNET, Chris Evans (Captain America) executive produces and stars in this show based on a novel by William Landay about a father whose son is accused of murder. Chris Evans was spotted in attendance at the Apple event sitting next to actress Michelle Dockery, although Defending Jacob wasn't mentioned onstage.
The classic sci-fi book series by Isaac Asimov is getting an adaptation courtesy Apple, according to CNET. Skydance Television (which has recently been responsible for Amazon's Jack Ryan show and Netflix's Altered Carbon) is producing, with Josh Friedman (the Terminator series and The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and and David Goyer (co-writer of the Dark Knight movies) at the helm.
CNET reports that Apple is developing a series based on the New York Times article "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change" by Nathaniel Rich, with Rich and Spotlight producer Steve Golin executive producing.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
According to CNET, Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams will team up once again (Alias fans should be excited) for this series based on Amy Silverstein's 2017 memoir.
Variety reports that Apple is teaming up with The Terror showrunner Soo Hugh to adapt the novel Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. It's about Koreans who migrate to Japan.
Another one from Variety: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's company Imagine Television has partnered with Apple to reportedly develop a series based on the early life of basketball player Kevin Durant.
Apple is reportedly developing a series based on the 2003 Gregory David Robert's novel Shantaram, "in which a convicted Australian bank robber and heroin addict who escaped from Pentridge Prison flees to India," according to the official synopsis.
Brie Larson CIA drama
Variety reports that Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) will executive produce and star in a series based on Amaryllis Fox's memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA. It's about an undercover CIA agent.
M. Night Shyamalan something or other
The famous director was featured during Apple's keynote, but the company never explained what he's actually doing for Apple TV+. Deadline reports that it's a 10-episode psychological thriller starring Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) and Nell Tiger Free (Myrcella on Game of Thrones).
Ronald D. Moore this or that
According to Deadline, Ronald D. Moore (of Battlestar Galactica and Outlander fame) and Fargo producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nevidi are working together on a drama set in space. We may have caught glimpses of it during Apple's keynote (pictured above), but that's currently just guesswork.
If the shot above looks like Bob's Burgers, that's because it appears to be from the new show by Bob's creator Loren Bouchard, Central Park. Deadline reports that the series ias being co-written by Bouchard, Nora Smith, and Josh Gad, and will feature the voices of Gad as well as Kristen Bell, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Daveed Diggs, Stanley Tucci, and Kathryn Hahn--many of the names that appeared on the Apple slide we mentioned above.
Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Bumblebee) will reportedly star as Emily Dickinson in this comedy about the classic author, according to CNET. 30 Rock's Jane Krakowski will also star as her mother.
It's Always Sunny, but video games
CNET also reports that Apple is working with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-stars Rob McElhenney and Charlie Day on a new comedy series about a video game developer.
Our sister site TV Guide reports that Apple and DHX Media (Teletubbies, Degrassi) are teaming up for new Peanuts content. We didn't learn anything new about it during Apple's keynote, but we did catch a glimpse of Snoopy, whose name was also featured on Apple's talent slide (above).
Untitled Colleen McGuinness project
30 Rock producer Colleen McGuinness is working with Reese Witherspoon's production company Hello Sunshine, according to CNET, for an original comedy series about which we know very little at this time.
Taika Waititi's Time Bandits???
The unbelievably fabulous Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok and many other delightful projects, will direct and co-write the pilot for Apple's new Time Bandits show based on the classic Terry Gilliam movie, according to CNET. Holy balls this sounds amazing.