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Every Original Show and Movie Coming to Apple TV+

There's a lot in store at Apple TV+.

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Chris Evans in 'Defending Jacob' | Apple TV+
Chris Evans in 'Defending Jacob' | Apple TV+

So Apple wants to take on Netflix. And Disney. And countless other streaming services (including Quibi!). With $1 billion invested in original content (a reasonable price point!) and a captive audience on its devices, we wouldn't count them out of the "streaming wars," but it'll all depend on the quality of original shows and films that Apple has in the pipeline. Let's take a look!

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Amazing Stories

1 season, 5 episodes 
It's a reboot, sure, but they could've maybe revamped the title of this Steven Spielberg-created anthology series a bit for an era crowded with streaming options. It's just not good enough to claim these stories will truly be "amazing," though there are indeed be some pretty good tales spun over the course of the genre-exploring show. 

The Banker

Movie, 120 minutes
Directed by George Nolfi and inspired by a true story, The Banker stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson as "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."

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

3 seasons
The popular bit from The Late Late Show With James Corden is much more than the latest late-night spinoff hungry for eyeballs; it's an EMMY-WINNING TV SHOW that happens to be a late-night spinoff hungry for eyeballs. The first two seasons were first available on Apple Music, but now those and the most recent season are on the streamer.

Dickinson

1 season, 10 episodes
America's favorite reclusive poet, who almost certainly suffered from some kind of mental illness, receives the quirky comedy treatment in a series which casts Hailee Steinfeld -- of True Grit and, uh, pop music fame -- as Emily Dickinson, and Jane Krakowski as Emily's mother. Expect lots of white dresses and creative license in interpreting the story of a genius who published almost nothing during her lifetime and barely left her house for the last three decades of her life.

The Elephant Queen

Documentary, 96 minutes
The Elephant Queen focuses on Athena, an elephant-family matriarch and "tusker," i.e., an elephant whose tusks grow long enough to reach the ground. The film chronicles the herd's journey from its "green season" watering hole to its dry season home, a dangerous trek for the youngest of the group. Narrated by Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and directed by Emmy award-winning wildlife documentarians Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble.

For All Mankind 

1 season, 10 episodes
What if the Russians made it to the Moon first, and the space race had never ended? That's the premise of Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore's Apple+ series, which stars Joel Kinnaman as Edward Baldwin (hmmm, sounds like Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin?), Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, and Shantel VanSanten.

Ghostwriter

1 season, 7 episodes
A reboot of the '90s children's program of the same name, Ghostwriter tells the story of four kids who get brought together when a ghost beings to haunt their neighborhood bookstore, releasing fictional characters into the real world. Each episode focuses on a specific literary work, featuring both classics and newer works alike.

Hala

Movie, 93 minutes
Director Minhal Baig's film Hala "follows a high school senior struggling to balance being a suburban teenager with her traditional Muslim upbringing." The film was an official selection both at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and had a theatrical release in November 2019.

Helpsters

1 season, 6 episodes
Apple teamed with Sesame Workshop for Helpsters, for some Sesame Street-adjacent content, in this case a show called Helpsters. They're monsters who help people! The titular helpsters "help" prepare preschoolers for a lifetime of tech servitude by "teaching them to code" at an early age. Probably more useful than making macaroni art, but do we really want 4-year-olds to become content-producing members of our technocapitalist society? According to Apple, yes, we do! How else will the company dominate the world?

Home Before Dark

1 season, 10 episodes
This is inspired by Hilde Lysiak, the 12-year-old girl who publishes her own newspaper in Pennsylvania and got the scoop on a murder case. She's helped by her father, a former New York Daily News reporter. You can try to make this stuff up, but it's not recommended. The Florida Project's precocious star Brooklynn Prince portrays Lysiak, and she's supported by Jim Sturgess, Abby Miller, and Louis Herthum

Little America

1 season, 8 episodes
Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, The Big Sick co-writers and co-authors of a life in love (hahahahaha they're married), created this anthology series about immigrants in America. Each episode tells a singular story, some funny, some romantic, about unique immigrant experiences, like of a young man from Nigeria who finds a connection to Oklahoma cowboy culture or a woman from Uganda set on making it as a baker. 

The Morning Show

1 season, 10 episodes
When this Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston project was still seeking a title, we suggested Morning Shade, which seems like it took three seconds to come up with instead of the millisecond it took to come up with The Morning Show. That's why we're sitting behind the screen and not developing original shows for Apple. Witherspoon and Aniston's presentation back at the March 2019 Apple event described The Morning Show as looking at gender dynamics in the high-octane world of... morning shows. It's about a morning show. The show takes some creative liberties with the Matt Lauer scandal, but had a generally favorable reviews for Season 1, despite having replaced two showrunners.

Mythic Quest

1 season, 9 episodes
Mythic Quest is a new comedy series from the brains of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia veterans Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, and Megan Ganz. Ubisoft (yes, the video game development company) co-produced the series and debuted its first trailer during its E3 presentation last summer. The series follows a group of devs working on the eponymous Mythic Quest, a wildly successful MMORPG on the cusp of releasing its first major expansion. McElhenney stars as Ian Grimm, a gifted creative director with "an ego the size of a bus," alongside F. Murray Abraham, David Hornsby, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashly Burch, Danny Pudi, Jessie Ennis, and Imani Hakim. 

Oprah's Book Club

1 season, 4 episodes
The first of multiple Oprah projects following a deal with Apple, Oprah's Book Club will kick off at launch with a new episode every two months. The series features Oprah interviewing the authors of selected books at various locations. Thus far, she's been joined by Ta-Nehisi Coates to discuss The Water Dancer, Elizabeth Strout, author of Olive, Again, and others. 

Planet of the Apps

1 season, 10 episodes 
Do you get it? It's a pun on the movie about an advanced simian civilization that has taken over an Earth destroyed by humans. This one is more like Shark Tank, though, but for apps, and it's already available on Apple Music. Hosts are verified app experts Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Will.i.am and Gary Vaynerchuk. The series, which is concluded, currently doesn't have a set premiere date on Apple TV+, although it's currently available in its entirety on Apple Music. 

See

1 season, 8 episodes
What if in the future... EVERYONE WERE BORN BLIND? And what if, suddenly, some babies were born who COULD SEE? Those are the tantalizing questions See (for real) asks in a series written by Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight. Aquaman Jason Momoa stars with Alfre Woodard, and it's just weird enough to merit an exploratory watch.

Servant

1 season, 10 episodes
This psychological thriller, created and written by Tony Basgallop and executive-produced by M. Night Shyamalan, stars Lauren Ambrose, Toby Kebbell, Nell Tiger Free, and Ron Weasley (AKA Rupert Grint) and tracks a troubled couple after a nanny arrives to take care of their infant son. Given Shyamalan's involvement, you can probably guess that things are not exactly what they seem.

Snoopy in Space

1 season, 12 episodes
Snoopy in Space is the first series to come out Apple's deal to produce all manner of new Peanuts content. A STEM-focused series, it's all about Snoopy trying to realize his dream of becoming an astronaut. After making it to the USS Space Station, Chuck Brown's pup is all set to explore the moon and beyond.

Truth Be Told

1 season, 8 episodes
This is a show based on the novel Are You Sleeping?, about people obsessed with true-crime podcasts. Pick through those layers of meta-media insanity during a bout of insomnia, but it has plenty of big-name actors on board, including Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer, Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, and Lizzy Caplan (playing twins).

COMING SOON

Beastie Boys Story 

Premiere date: April 24
Frequent Beastie Boys collaborator Spike Jonze teamed back up with the remaining two members, Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz, to tell the legendary hip-hop group's backstory. Pulling from both archival footage and the group's recent live stage production, the documentary's said to be the most personal feature on the group to date.  

Defending Jacob

Premiere date: April 24
Back to the old IP. This limited series stars Captain America himself (Chris Evans) in an adaptation of William Landay's crime novel of the same name. Michelle Dockery and Jaeden Martell are set to co-star for the eight-episode run. 

Central Park

Premiere date: May 29
Ah, something original! Don't get used to it. This animated musical comedy (yep, you read that right) from Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard already has the green light for two seasons. Hopefully you like musical comedy, Josh Gad (one of the voices), and puns. Also attached are Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Tituss Burgess, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Daveed Diggs. 

Dear…

Premiere date: June 5
This docuseries is inspired by… the format of one of Apple's advertisements, Dear Apple, which feature consumers reading a letter about how their products changed their life. The show from documentarian R.J. Cutler (The September Issue) fortunately won't be an ode to Apple Watches. Instead, it'll each episode is a biographic look at various figures, from Oprah and Gloria Steinem to Big Bird, told through "letters written by those whose live have changed through their work." Sure!

Home 

Premiere date: June 5
Ten episodes of World's Most Extraordinary Homes, but on Apple instead of Netflix

Calls

Premiere date: TBA
Calls originated in France at Canal+ under the direction of Timothée Hochet. Apple's ordered up 10 episodes of this mostly audio horror-esque series, which is not a podcast, so don't call it one! 

Dads

Premiere date: TBA
Dads is a documentary film about modern paternity, drawing anecdotes and wisdom from average fathers and celebrities like Jimmy Fallon and Will Smith alike. Apple picked up worldwide distribution rights to the film ahead of its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Currently, it doesn't have a set premiere date on Apple TV Plus, also sources told Variety that a theatrical run is potentially on the table. 

False Flag

Premiere date: TBA
False Flag is an English-language adaptation of the Israeli thriller series of the same name. While there aren't any details about how faithful Apple's adaptation will be, the original series tells the story of five ordinary Israelis who wake up to discover that they've been implicated as suspects in a high-profile kidnapping. With their names, faces, and personal information splashed across media worldwide, the Israeli government largely leaves them to fend for themselves. Deadline reported that Uma Thurman will lead the cast, but few details are known aside from that. 

Foundation

Premiere date: TBA
Apple snagged the rights to this series based on an Isaac Asimov short story trilogy of the same name, which means Apple TV+ is placing some big bets on sci-fi. Everyone calls the original narrative "sprawling," so co-writers David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman (both of whom are also working on the upcoming Terminator series) should have their work cut out for them, though Friedman is off the hook as he left the show in April in a pre-planned move. 

Little Voice

Premiere date: TBA
Do not pitch anything "big" to Apple. In an cruelly ironic twist, this J.J. Abrams-produced musical dramedy, with songs by Sara Bareilles, is set in the Big Apple and is described as “a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York” and an exploration of “the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.” Oh no. 

Losing Earth

Premiere date: TBA
That big New York Times story about how we're all fucked because huge companies ignored climate science in favor of profits and partisan politics has already been scooped up by Apple for development into a series. 

The Mosquito Coast

Premiere date: TBA
Based off of Paul Theroux's 1981 novel of the same name, The Mosquito Coast is an upcoming drama series from Neil Cross (Luther) and directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). The series stars Justin Theroux as Allie, an inventor who uproots his family to Latin America. This isn't the first time that the novel has been brought to the screen — Harrison Ford played Allie in the 1986 feature film adaptation. 

Mr. Corman

Premiere date: TBA
From A24, Mr. Corman is a "deep cut into the days and nights of a public schoolteacher in the San Fernando Valley." Joseph Gordon-Levitt will write, direct, executive produce, and star as the eponymous Mr. Corman in the half-hour dramedy. Deadline reported in September that a writers room was already up and running producing scripts. 

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends

Premiere date: TBA
Any time you can use a W.B. Yeats line as the title of your television show, YOU DO IT. Jennifer Garner will star as a woman waiting for her second heart transplant -- she makes it through thanks to (you guessed it) her friends. This one is based on the memoir of the same name, and will have J.J. Abrams as executive producer. 

On the Rocks

Premiere date: TBA
Another A24 Apple project, On the Rocks is an upcoming film starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones that tells the story of a young mother reconnecting with her playboy father. Sofia Coppola, who previously directed Murray during 2003's Oscar-winning Lost in Translation, is at the helm. The film is the first of many from Apple and A24: the companies inked a multiyear deal that will see A24 produce a number of films for the platform. 

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Oprah documentary projects

Premiere date: TBA
In addition to her book club series, Oprah is also currently working on two documentary-based projects. There's Toxic Labor, a documentary about sexual assault and harassment in the workplace, and a currently unnamed multi-part series on mental health. 

Pachinko

Premiere date: TBA
An adaptation of Min Jin Lee's bestselling novel of the same name, this might qualify as an early frontrunner for Apple TV's least insufferable show. 

Prehistoric Planet

Premiere date: TBA
You've seen Jon Favreau direct hyper-realistic, soul-sucking lions. Now, see Jon Favreau direct dinosaurs in Prehistoric Planet, an upcoming documentary series that will use CGI to tell the story of the dinosaur's last days. The series is in partnership with BBC Studios' Natural History Unit, which has previously worked on Planet Earth and Blue Planet.

Severance

Premiere date: TBA
Patricia Arquette and Ben Stiller are joining forces yet again for a series not at all affiliated with Ling Ma's excellent 2018 novel Severance. Like he did Escape From Dannemora, Stiller's directing the actress in an upcoming workplace thriller about an office with an eerie take on work-life-balance. Little is known about the series, but Deadline reported Arquette will play the boss to Adam Scott's character, who is said to have a dark past he's trying to escape.

Shantaram

Premiere date: TBA
American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer will write and executive produce this adaptation of Gregory David Robert's novel of the same name, the first two episodes of which will be directed by Justin Hurzel. Hopefully it's more coherent than American Hustle. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim) was recently cast in the series' lead role.

Swagger

Premiere date: TBA
Former NBA MVP and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has long had an interest in diversifying his portfolio with tech investments and his very own media company. This series is based on Durant's early life and will allegedly explore the world of AAU basketball, which if done honestly could lead to a pretty sordid and fun show! We'll see what Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's Imagine Television production company can come up with. There are already character descriptions in a casting call for young actors, and spoiler alert: These kids MUST HAVE INNATE ATHLETIC ABILITY. There's going to be lots of basketball in Swagger, in other words. Apple recently announced that Winston Duke (Black Panther, Us) will star as Ike, a youth basketball coach and former star player. The series is set to go into production in October.

Time Bandits

Premiere date: TBA
Terry Gilliam's classic 1980 film will receive the series treatment, which reportedly will be directed by Taika Waititi, of What We Do in the Shadows and Thor: Ragnarok fame. 

Untitled Brie Larson CIA series

Premiere date: TBA
Captain Marvel enters the realm of human political struggle, adapting the Amaryllis Fox memoir Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA.

Untitled Colleen McGuinness comedy series

Premiere date: TBA
This half-hour series hit a snag when Kristen Wiig backed out, but it's still happening, and it's still presumably inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It. 

Untitled Damien Chazelle series

Premiere date: TBA
Title suggestion: High School Musical 4.

Untitled Simon Kinberg and David Weil sci-fi series

Premiere date: TBA
Apple reportedly picked up this currently untitled, character-drive sci-fi drama based on two scripts and a show bible written by Kinberg and Weil. Deadline reports that Chad Feehan (Ray Donovan) was brought onto the project as showrunner, but recently left the project, which still seems to be in the script-writing stage. 

Wolfwalkers

Premiere date: TBA
Another pre-TIFF acquisition, Wolfwalkers takes place in a world in which wolves are seen as demonic creatures that need to be tamed. An apprentice hunter, Robyn, travels to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last back. After meeting a wild girl named Mebh, however, Robyn is exposed to the world of the Wolfwalkers and transformed into the very thing she's trained to destroy. Wolfwalkers is co-directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart. Currently, it doesn't have a set release date. 

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