Little Voices – May 2018
Executive produced by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams and musician Sara Bareilles, Variety reports that the show is a “love letter to the diverse musicality of New York which explores the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.” Apple has ordered 10 initial episodes.
The show is attached to Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television, as well as Jessie Nelson, who will not only write and executive produce but serve as showrunner and direct the first episode. Nelson worked with Bareilles on the musical “Waitress,” and has film credits such as “I Am Sam” and “Corrina, Corrina.”
Shantaram – May 2018
The show is based on a Gregory David Roberts novel, which follows an escapee from an Australian prison who ends up in the Bombay underworld.
The series will be produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television, according to Variety. Perhaps the biggest names attached to the project so far are Eric Warren Singer and David Manson —the latter has executive produced shows like “House of Cards” and “Big Love,” while Singer will handle both writing and executive production duties, with screenwriting credits like “American Hustle.”
Dickinson – May 2018
Starring Hailee Steinfeld, the 30-minute comedy series will look at the restrained 19th-century world of Emily Dickinson through the poet’s unique filter. Steinfeld has never before had a regular TV role, being best known for movies like “True Grit” and “Pitch Perfect,” as well as her musical career.
Alena Smith will serve as writer and executive producer, while David Gordon Green is set to direct and executive produce. Alex Goldstone from Anonymous Content will also executive produce, alongside Michael Sugar and Ashley Zalta via Sugar23 Productions and Darlene Hunt. The show is being produced by wiip, Anonymous Content, and Sugar23.
Are You Sleeping – May 2018
Spencer in ‘Hidden Figures.’
Apple has picked up 10 episodes in adapting the titular Kathleen Barber novel, with “Hidden Figures” star Octavia Spencer cast in the lead role. The show will be a “true crime” drama, revolving around podcasts about unsolved or wrongful convictions. Sarah Koenig, the creator of “Serial,” is thought to be serving a consulting role.
Reese Witherspoon, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo will be executive producers.
Foundation – Apr. 2018
Apple isn’t the first to take a crack at Isaac Asimov’s sprawling science fiction books — Fox, Sony, and Warner Bros. have all tried and failed to get feature films off the ground, and HBO aborted an attempt at its own TV series. This latest effort is being handled by Skydance Television, with industry veterans David Goyer and Josh Friedman serving as executive producers and showrunners.
The problem so far has been the scope of Asimov’s story. At the center is a “psycho-historian” who foresees the collapse of the Galactic Empire, and sets about preventing the death of human knowledge.
Central Park – March 2018
Coming from 20th Century Fox Television and Loren Bouchard, the creator of “Bob’s Burgers,” “Central Park” will be Apple’s first animated series, a musical tale about a family of caretakers that end up saving its namesake. The show was written by Bouchard, Josh Gad, and Nora Smith, and will star people like Leslie Odom, Jr., Stanely Tucci, and Kristen Bell.
Little America – Feb. 2018
This show is being written by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, previously responsible for “The Big Sick,” and revolves around immigrant stories plucked from real-life accounts in Epic Magazine. Each episode will run just 30 minutes in an anthology format.
Epic editors Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will serve as executive producers. The show will be developed by studio Uni TV.
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan thriller – Feb. 2018
Little is known about the show beyond it having ten 30-minute episodes, the first being directed by Shyamalan, the rest only being produced by him. His output is infamously mixed, including hits like “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable” but also bombs like “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The show will be Shyamalan’s second TV production, after executive producing Fox’s “Wayward Pines.”
Leading writing will be Tony Basgallop, who has worked on projects like “24: Legacy,” “Inside Men,” and “EastEnders.” Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch of production company Escape Artists are also executive producers, and Taylor Latham will be co-executive producing.
Swagger – Feb. 2018
The drama will serve as a biography of NBA player Kevin Durant, but also dive into the Amateur Athletic Union and the players, families, and coaches involved with the program.
Durant himself will be involved as a producer, working in conjunction with Imagine Television, run by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Reggie Rock Bythewood will write and direct.
Carpool Karaoke – Feb. 2018
Apple has opted to renew “Carpool Karaoke” for a second season according to CBS, which hosts “The Late Late Show with James Corden” — from which “Carpool Karaoke” was spun off. The first season was limited to Apple Music subscribers, but that may or may not be the case the second time around.
Planned guests are unknown. Last season featured people like Will Smith, Metallica, and “Game of Thrones” stars Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams. An episode with Linkin Park and Ken Jeong was one of the last things recorded by Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington before his suicide.
Untitled Damien Chazelle project – Jan 2018
Chazelle is working with fellow “La La Land” peers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger, who will serve as producers, on a show with no other known details.
Untitled sketch comedy show – Jan. 2018
This one will star comedienne Kristen Wiig, and be based on a shorty story collection by Curtis Sittenfelds called “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” The effort is one of three Apple shows linked to Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine studio, the others being the morning show drama and “Are You Sleeping.”
Home – Jan. 2018
A docuseries rather than fiction, “Home” will focus on unusual homes and the people behind them. Currently 10 episodes are queued up.
The show is being produced by Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment, with director Matt Tyrnauer at the helm. Tyrnauer is perhaps best known for a 2008 film about fashion designer Valentino Garavani.
Untitled Ronald D. Moore space drama – Dec. 2017
Another mystery project, it is at least known to be set in an alternate timeline in which the 1960s’ space race never ended. Moore is a high-profile figure in the science fiction world, with credits such as the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot and “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
It will boast “Fargo” producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, and come from Sony Pictures Television and Tall Ship Productions.
Untitled morning show drama – Nov. 2017
Based on the Brian Stelter novel “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV,” Apple has already ordered two seasons. This may be because of its big talent get: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who will both star and executive produce. The series is being written and executive produced by “House of Cards” supervising producer and political consultant Jay Carson.
Amazing Stories – Oct. 2017
The original Amazing Stories.
Based on a two-season Steven Spielberg anthology series from the 1980s, Apple has reportedly ordered 10 episodes with a budget of over $5 million each. The new show may be similar in tone to “The Twilight Zone” or “Black Mirror,” with Spielberg back on as an executive producer.
It hasn’t had the smoothest run so far. Original showrunner Bryan Fuller left in February, to be replaced by “Once Upon a Time” creators Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. Fuller allegedly wanted the show to be closer in tone to “Black Mirror,” but Apple objected, presumably because of its demands for a sanitized programming lineup.