Apple Unveils Apple TV+ Original Programming Line-Up


It’s no secret that Apple has been working on a video streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon as of late, but up until now the full scope of that service has remained unclear. This week the tech giant finally unveiled some major details along with a long list of the big name actors and directors they have recruited for their original programming. Officially named Apple TV+, the service does not appear to be offering any third party content, instead focusing only on Apple’s exclusive offerings (for now, at least). The following is a list of all of the projects they currently have in development:

Amazing Stories: Steven Spielberg’s anthology series will be revived and will be produced by the co-creators of Once Upon a Time, Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis.

Are You Sleeping: An adaptation of the bestselling true-crime book, starring Octavia Spencer, Ron Cephas Jones, Aaron Paul, Michael Beach, and more.

Calls: This is an English version of the French series based on the audio recordings of 911 calls.

Carpool Karaoke: Season 2 will begin streaming October 12.

Central Park: An animated music comedy series from Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith (Bob’s Burgers) and starring Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, Titus Burgess, Stanley Tucci, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn.

Charlie Brown: Apple is partnering with DHX Media, known for shows like Teletubbies and the Degrassi franchise, to develop new Peanuts content, including series, shorts, specials, and educational STEM material.

Defending Jacob: Based on William Landay’s legal thriller. This is a limited series of 4 to 10 episodes starring Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, and JAeden Martell.

Dickinson: A series about Emily Dickinson that stars Hailee Steinfeld and Jane Krakowski.

For All Mankind: A series about a world where the space race never ended. Created by Ronald D. Moore of Battlestar Galactica fame and starring Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon).

Foundation: Sci-fi series based on Isaac Asimov’s books from showrunners David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman.

Hala: A coming-of-age story from writer/director Minhal Baig about a 17-year-old girl (Geraldine Viswanathan) raised in a conservative Muslim household and struggling to balance two cultures. Jada Pinkett Smith is an executive producer on the project, which screened at Sundance this year.

Helpsters: This is a new children’s series in partnership with Sesame Workshop aiming to teach preschoolers how to code.

Home: This is a 10-episode series with hour-long episodes, a documentary about extraordinary homes and the people who own them.

Little America: This anthology series will feature true stories about immigrants from Epic Magazine’s series. Lee Eisenberg (The Office) is the showrunner while Alan Yang (Master of None) and The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are also on board as executive producers.

Little Voice: A romantic drama produced by J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles with original music provided by the latter. It’s about a young woman finding her voice as an artist and a person in New York with a vibrant community of artists.

Losing Earth: This is a TV series based on the New York Times article about scientists and activists trying to stop climate change.

Magic Hour: Brooklynn Prince, breakout star of The Florida Project, teams with Jim Sturgess in a based-on-a-true-story mystery series about 10-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak who becomes involved in a mysterious cold case. Dana Fox (Ben and Kate) and Dara Resnik (Daredevil) are the show’s creators; Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians) will direct and executive produce.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: This brings J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner together for a limited series about Amy Silverstein, a woman awaiting heart surgery.

On the Rocks: Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray will team up for a feature film about a young mom connecting with her playboy father.

Pachinko: Based on the bestselling novel by Min Jin Lee about four generations of a Korean immigrant family.

See: This is a futuristic drama starring Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard, and more, written by Steven Knight. It takes place in a world where the Earth was devastated by a virus, leaving just a few million survivors who are all blind. The story begins when the human race has survived for so long that no one knows if sight ever really existed.

Shantaram: This will be produced by Eric Warren Singer and is about Lin, an escaped convict from Australia who’s on the run from friends and disappears in Bombay.

Swagger: This is a drama series based on the life of NBA star Kevin Durant, produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television. It will be directed by Reggie Rock Bythewood.

The Elephant Queen: A documentary narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor that follows the journey of an elephant matriarch leading her family to a new source of food and water.

The Morning Show: This drama about making a TV news show will include Steve Carell, and be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company. It will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston. The show was announced during Apple’s event.

Time Bandits: Based on Terry Gilliam’s 1981 time-traveling sci-fi fantasy comedy. It will be directed by Taika Waititi.

Untitled Charlie Day & Rob McElhenney Comedy: Half-hour comedy series set at a video game development studio. Danny Pudi and F. Murray Abraham also star. Produced by Ubisoft and 3 Arts Entertainment.

Untitled Brie Larson Series: This will star Brie Larson as undercover CIA agent Amaryllis Fox. Based on a true story.

Untitled Damien Chazelle Project: A drama series in development from Damien Chazelle (La La Land).

Untitled M. Night Shyamalan Series: Shyamalan is teaming with 24 writer Tony Basgallop for a psychological thriller starring Lauren Ambrose and Rupert Grint.

Untitled Oprah Projects: Apple has a multi-year content deal with Oprah Winfrey. She is working on a documentary about workplace harassment and a multi-part documentary series about mental health. She is also launching a new book club series featuring live interviews with authors.

Untitled Simon Kinberg & David Weil Series: A sci-fi series described as a “large budget, ambitious, character-driven genre show.”

Wolfwalkers: This is an animated series about a hunter trying to wipe out the last pack of evil wolves in Ireland.

They also released a trailer showcasing a lot of celebrity collaborators (including Mr. Anti-Streaming himself, Steven Spielberg). The new Apple TV app launches in May and will start offering subscriptions to some third-party services like HBO but the original content isn’t expected to drop until later this year. They will announce pricing and availability details for the Apple TV+ subscription service this fall. Do you think this will be yet another streaming service worth subscribing to?

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  • Jake

    Is Shatner available to host Calls? It sounds a lot like Rescue 911.

  • onesix

    Netflix, Criterion Channel, Disney (whatever its called), Shudder. Might as well add this to the lineup, or at least check out the free trial (assuming they offer one).

  • devolutionary

    Calls, Elephant Queen, Little America, On the Rocks, Magic Hour, Shantaram, Swagger, Wolfwalkers, Hala.

    Is this Apple TV’s new lineup or a brand new installment of Film Junk Glossary? I cannot tell!