Apple announced last August that it’s spending a whopping $1 billion on original programming, even though it still hasn’t made it clear where this content will be distributed. We’ve rounded up the most popular rumors to provide you with everything you need to know about Apple’s possible streaming service elsewhere. Apple will reportedly pre-install their TV app on Apple devices such as the iPhoneand iPad, so that Apple device owners can access the original programming for free.
Regardless of where you’ll be able to find the content, the company’s already announced orders on over a dozen shows and multi-year developments. Here’s a list by genre to help you keep track.
Planet of the Apps
Now available on Apple Music.
In this show, which premiered on Apple Music in June, celebrity judges receive app pitches by developers. Because of course a reality competition about apps would be Apple’s first TV show.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series
A series adaptation of the Carpool Karaoke segment from James Corden’s talk show The Late Late Show with James Corden, except with two or more celebrities in the car and no Corden. (Disclosure: Both of Corden’s shows are produced by CBS, which is also CNET’s parent company.) Episodes include the pairings of Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams with Sophie Turner and Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood with James Marsden. All 19 episodes of the first season are free to watch now.
Apple’s partnered with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television and NBC Universal to bring us a 10-episode reboot of the anthology series Amazing Stories. Bryan Fuller was originally hired as executive producer and showrunner. He’s since stepped down and been replaced by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, best known for their work on Lost and Once Upon a Time.
Are You Sleeping?
Based on a novel by Kathleen Barber about true crime podcasts, this drama, according to Variety, will star Octavia Spencer, along with Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, Elizabeth Perkins and Mekhi Phifer. It’s being co-produced by Spencer’s production company Orit Entertainment, Reese Witherspoon’s company Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment.
Apple announced this adaptation of Timothée Hochet’s French series, which uses audio but few visuals to tell its story. Apple has ordered 10 episodes and obtained the rights to the original series.
Chris Evans (aka Captain America) will be executive producing and starring in Defending Jacob, based on the novel by William Landay. Defending Jacob is a crime thriller about a father whose teenage son is accused of murder. The show will be created, written and executive produced by Mark Bomback (screenwriter for the Planet of the Apes trilogy).
Apple has landed the rights to Foundation, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi novel series. “The premise, put as simply as possible with such a massive and influential series, deals with the preservation of knowledge prior to an oncoming dark age,” writes CNET’s Erin Carson. She also reports that the series comes from Skydance Television, which is responsible for shows such as Amazon’s Jack Ryan and Netflix’s Altered Carbon.
The series will be helmed by Josh Friedman, the man behind Terminator series The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and David Goyer, co-writer of Dark Knight movies and other superhero flicks.
Apple announced that husband-and-wife duo Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are writing and executive producing a show about immigrants. Here’s hoping it’s as magical as The Big Sick.
Apple is developing a series based on Nathaniel Rich’s article “Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change” that ran in The New York Times. Rich and Spotlight producer Steve Golin will executive produce.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
Jennifer Garner will star in and executive produce this limited series and she’s teaming up with Alias creator J.J. Abrams, who will executive produce the series as well. The series is based on Amy Silverstein’s 2017 memoir of the same name.
Variety confirmed that Apple secured the rights to Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko, about multiple generations of Koreans who migrate to Japan. Soo Hugh, who was the showrunner for AMC’s historical drama The Terror, will executive produce and write the series.
Variety has the scoop that Apple’s developing a series based on the early life of NBA basketball player Kevin Durant. Durant’s media company is partnering with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television.
Though the film adaptation never got off the ground, Apple has secured the rights to develop Gregory David Robert’s novel into a series. According to Variety, American Hustle writer Eric Warren Singer will act as writer and executive producer.