The latest series that Apple is creating is a drama based on the early life and career of NBA star Kevin Durant. It’s called Swagger and it will explore the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches. It will be produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Television, alongside Kevin’s own Thirty Five Media.
Carpool Karaoke: Season Two
Carpool Karaoke is being moved from our Old section to the New, because it’s being renewed for a second season. The show will be managed separately from Apple’s other original series projects that fall under the purview of Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.
Apple has ordered a straight-to-series psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan. It will have 10 episodes and it’s called Servant. It follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. It will be produced by Shyamalan’s Blinding Edge Pictures along with Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch.
Apple order an animated musical comedy show from Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard. It’s called Central Park, a story of how a family of caretakers living and working in Central Park save the park. It’s produced by 20th Century Fox and stars Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs, and Kathryn Hahn. There will be 26 episodes split into two seasons.
Apple has landed a TV series adaptation of Foundation, a popular science fiction trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It will be a straight-to-series production by Skydance Television. Two executive producers will be David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Terminator) and Josh Friedman (Avatar 2, War of the Worlds).
Apple ordered a straight-to-series of Dickinson. Written by Alena Smith, it will be a modern comedy set in the 1800s, and explore the constraints of society, gender, and family from Ms. Dickinson’s perspective. Each episode will be a half-hour long. Emily Dickinson will be played by Hailee Steinfeld, while Jane Krakowski will play her mother Mrs. Dickinson.
Shantaram tells the story of Lin, a man on the run from an Australian prison as he tries to assimilate into the city of Bombay. He lives in the slums of India, far away from friends and family. Eric Warren Singer will be the writer and executive producer for the series.
Created by Timothee Hochet, Calls is a French original series produced under the CanalPlus’s Creation Originale label. The English adaptation will be a straight-to-series order of 10 episodes. Calls is described as a “project that takes storytelling innovation to the next level, allowing audiences to experience short stories through real-life audio sources and minimal visuals.”
Apple announced it ordered multiple live-action and animated series from producer Sesame Workshop. Although “Sesame” is part of the name, the popular show Sesame Street isn’t part of the agreement. There is no information yet on when it will be released.
Apple has added another book adaptation to its lineup: A series based on Min Jin Lee’s best selling book Pachinko. The book chronicles the lives of a Korean that immigrated to the U.S., and Apple signed it into what Hollywood Reporter calls “a sizable script-to-series commitment.”