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The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon developing Little America for Apple

Apple has tapped the husband-and-wife duo of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Big Sick and producers of Master of None and Smilf, to develop a new immigration-themed anthology series entitled Little America.

Written by Lee Eisenberg (Smilf), who will also serve as showrunner, Little America is based on true stories from Epic Magazine and is described as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself [which] will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, at a time when their stories are more relevant than ever.”

Little America is part of a growing slate of original content at Apple, which includes the Octavia Spencer-headlined drama Are You Sleeping, Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence’s See, a Damien Chazelle series, a Ronald D. Moore space drama, a
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Big Sick Duo Developing Immigration Anthology Series at Apple

Big Sick Duo Developing Immigration Anthology Series at Apple
Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are looking to follow up their Big Sick success with an especially timely series for the small screen.

The married screenwriters are developing Little America, a half-hour anthology series for Apple, our sister site Deadline reports. Each episode would take a page from real-life stories featured in Epic Magazine and focus on the lives of immigrants who have migrated to the United States. Nanjiani and Gordon are developing the potential project alongside Master of None co-creator Alan Yang and Smilf executive producer Lee Eisenberg.

Apple is currently making a big push into the original content arena.
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Damien Chazelle Will Write and Direct His Own TV Series for Apple

Damien Chazelle Will Write and Direct His Own TV Series for Apple
Less than a year after becoming the youngest Best Director winner in Oscars history, Damien Chazelle has quite a full plate. The latest addition to his upcoming slate? Apple’s biggest investment in a single creator in their ever-expanding original content push.

Specifics on the length and subject of this show are still under wraps, but Apple has given Chazelle the go-ahead to write and direct every episode of the series. (Maybe he has enough leftover material from his upcoming Neil Armstrong biopic that he’s ready for the full Buzz Aldrin deep dive.)

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This project is separate from “The Eddy,” the announced Netflix musical series that Chazelle will have a part in, directing two of the show’s opening eight episodes. For this new Apple project, Chazelle will be re-teaming with
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Drama Series From La La Land's Damien Chazelle Lands at Apple

Drama Series From La La Land's Damien Chazelle Lands at Apple
Apple has snapped up another Hollywood heavyweight, inking a deal with La La Land auteur Damien Chazelle for what its calling an “innovative drama” series, TVLine has learned. Oscar-winner Chazelle will write and direct every episode of the untitled hourlong project, which has received a straight-to-series order.

Apple is keeping details of the series under wraps, although one has to imagine it will feature some kind of musical component. Chazelle’s fellow La La Land producers Jordan Horowitz and Fred Berger are on board as EPs.
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Apple orders new Kristen Wiig comedy series

Apple has been very active this month in adding to its line-up of original programming, picking up the Octavia Spencer-headlined Are You Sleeping and the Steven Knight-created sci-fi series See, as well as bidding for J.J. Abrams’ as-yet-unrevealed new TV project.

Well, it looks like we can add another show to the list, as THR is reporting that the tech giant has placed a 10-episode order for a new comedy series starring Kristen Wiig, which is based upon Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I’ll Say It.

Former Saturday Night Live star Wiig will also executive produce the series, which hails from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. It marks Hello Sunshine’s third sale to apple after the aforementioned Are You Sleeping and an untitled morning TV show drama starring Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

See Also: Is Apple going to buy Netflix?

As yet,
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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series Produced by Reese Witherspoon

Apple is taking a bite out of Kristen Wiig.

The former Saturday Night Live star is set to headline a half-hour, Reese Witherspoon-produced comedy series for the company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A studio is not yet attached.

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Inspired by You Think It, I’ll Say It — an upcoming collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, who will serve as a consulting producer — the yet-untitled comedy, which has been ordered for 10 episodes, marks Apple’s first scripted comedy order. It also marks
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This Outlander Sneak Peek Is Hiding Something Crucial to Season 4

This Outlander Sneak Peek Is Hiding Something Crucial to Season 4
Droughtlander? What Droughtlander?

Following its Outlander Season 3 marathon Sunday, Starz released a scene from the time-travel drama’s (far-off) upcoming fourth season. It’s not available online — though you can catch it on the network’s app or video on demand starting Monday — so we thought we’d do ye a solid and offer up an incredibly brief recap.

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The scene in question is from Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s novel series and the basis of the show’s Season 4. We see Jamie
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Philip K Dick's Electric Dreams

Network: Amazon. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: January 12, 2018 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Steve Buscemi, Bryan Cranston, Greg Kinnear, Maura Tierney, Janelle Monáe, Mireille Enos, Anna Paquin, Terrence Howard, Timothy Spall, Liam Cunningham , Richard Madden, Holliday Grainger, Mel Rodriguez, Vera Farmiga, Jack Reynor, Essie Davis, Benedict Wong, Geraldine Chaplin, Juno Temple, and David Lyons. TV show description: From Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner, the Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams TV show is a sci-fi anthology series based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. With each episode set in its own reality, some stories unfold in times and worlds which feel familiar, while others take place in distant parts of the universe.
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Bryan Cranston on Using His White Male Privilege to Hire An All-Female Team for ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’

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Bryan Cranston on Using His White Male Privilege to Hire An All-Female Team for ‘Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams’
It’s “Breaking Bad,” Emmy-winning actor/producer Bryan Cranston told IndieWire, that changed his life in many ways — especially the fact that “it’s given me opportunities to have more control of my destiny, [be] financially secure, so I don’t need to ever make a decision based on financial need.”

And that means when he chooses to appear in a project, such as the Amazon Prime series “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” it’s because he believes in it. “I can pick and choose what I want to do, where I want to go, what stories I want to tell, whether that’s on stage, or on a film, in a series. Whether I’m producing, or acting, or directing, or writing, I’m free to be able to look at all aspects of it.”

“Electric Dreams,” an anthology series based on the writings of the iconic writer behind
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Apple orders new sci-fi series See from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight

It looks like Apple is continuing to expand its original content, with Variety reporting that it has given a straight-to-series order for the sci-fi drama See from Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, which has Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Red Sparrow) attached to direct.

Details on the project are being kept under wraps, but we do know that it takes place in the far future. Knight and Lawrence will serve as executive producers on the series, as will Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo.

See becomes the latest scripted series to be ordered by Apple for its new video content arm after an Amazing Stories reboot, an adaptation of Are You Sleeping with Octavia Spencer, a morning TV drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and a sci-fi drama from Outlander showrunner Ronald D. Moore.

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Apple Orders Sci-Fi Drama ‘See’

Apple Orders Sci-Fi Drama ‘See’
Apple has given a straight-to-series order to “See,” a science fiction drama from “Peaky Blinders” creator Steven Knight. Francis Lawrence is set to direct.

The project, set in the far future, hails from the joint venture between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. Knight and Lawrence will serve as executive producers alongside Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, and Kristen Campo.

“See” is the fourth scripted series ordered by Apple since the launch of the tech giant’s new video-content arm under former Sony Pictures Television executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg. The order comes as Apple continues its push into original programming. Most recently, the company announced it is developing a drama series based on the book “Are You Sleeping” with Octavia Spencer set to star and with Reese Witherspoon producing.

Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce a drama for Apple alongside Jennifer Aniston set in the behind-the-scenes world of a television morning show.

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Donnelly Rhodes, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Star, Dies at 80

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Donnelly Rhodes, ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Star, Dies at 80
Donnelly Rhodes, who played chief medical officer Dr. Sherman Cottle on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot, died Monday, CTV News reports. He was 80. The Canadian actor, who was also known for his portrayal of Dutch Letner on the TV comedy “Soap,” died at the Baillie House Hospice in Canada following a battle with cancer, according to CTV News. “Battlestar Galactica” reboot producer Ronald D. Moore reflected on Rhodes’ death Monday night via Twitter, writing, “Just heard that Donnelly Rhodes, Galactica’s own Doc Cottle, has passed away. Very sad. He was a lovely man and I so enjoyed writing for him.
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TV Vet Donnelly Rhodes, of Battlestar Galactica and Soap, Dead at 80

TV Vet Donnelly Rhodes, of Battlestar Galactica and Soap, Dead at 80
Donnelly Rhodes, whose myriad TV credits included Battlestar Galactica and Soap, died on Monday at the Baillie House Hospice in Maple Ridge, B.C. after a battle with cancer, CTV reports. He was 80.

Rhodes’ TV career began in the 1960s with appearances on series such as Bonanza, Wagon Train and Mission Impossible. Following the first of two stretches as The Young and the Restless‘ Phillip Chancellor II, his first major primetime role came with ABC’s groundbreaking Soap, where he played Dutch for several seasons. He then recurred on the CBS sitcom Report to Murphy, ABC’s Hill Street Blues
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Apple Orders Docuseries ‘Home’ Straight to Series

Apple has given a straight-to-series order to the docuseries “Home,” Variety has learned.

The series will offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world’s most extraordinary homes, and delves into the minds of the people who built them. Apple has ordered 10, one-hour episodes of the new series.

“Home” hails from executive producers Matt Tyrnauer and Corey Reeser of Altimeter Films, Matthew Weaver, Ian Orefice and Bruce Gersh from Time Inc. Productions, and Joe Poulin, CEO of Luxury Retreats. Tyrnauer also directs the docuseries. Altimeter Films, Time Inc. Productions, and Media Weaver Entertainment produce.

The order comes as Apple continues its push into original programming. Most recently, the company announced they were developing a drama series based on the book “Are You Sleeping” with Octavia Spencer set to star and with Reese Witherspoon producing.

Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce a drama for Apple alongside Jennifer Aniston set in the behind-the-scenes world of a television
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TVLine Items: Octavia Spencer's Apple Series, CNN's Nye Ratings and More

Apple isn’t sleeping on its upcoming foray into scripted TV: The tech giant is developing the thriller drama Are You Sleeping, starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (The Help) and produced by Reese Witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine shingle, our sister site Deadline reports.

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The project — written by Nichelle Tramble Spellman (The Good Wife, Justified) and based on a novel by Kathleen Barber — explores America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage. Serial
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Entertainment Predictions for 2018: Best Picture Winner, B.O. Rebound, Netflix’s Ambitions

Entertainment Predictions for 2018: Best Picture Winner, B.O. Rebound, Netflix’s Ambitions
For sheer head-smacking shock value, how do you top a year that saw Rupert Murdoch become a seller, Harvey Weinstein become an irredeemable pariah, Bill O’Reilly become unemployed, “Wonder Woman” become the superhero box office champ and the president of the United States become the nation’s most widely read media critic?

Yes, 2017 was a roller-coaster ride from start to finish. And the year ahead promises to be shaped by plenty of fallout from the previous 12 months. We’ll learn the fate of At&T and Time Warner’s merger — probably to be decided in a Washington, D.C., courtroom. We’ll find out if the Disney brand can coexist under the same enormous roof as Fox. We’ll undoubtedly be astounded more than once by Twitter missives from the commander-in-chief. And we’ll likely be reeling from further examples of digital giants muscling into the content business, as audiences embrace an ever-growing number of providers and platforms
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Apple Orders a Sci-Fi Space Series by Battlestar Galactica Developer Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore is taking another show to space. Deadline reports that Apple has ordered the drama straight-to-series. This is is the third original scripted series ordered by Apple. 

The untitled sci-fi project is created and written by Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The show will explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. 

Moore is a very talented TV writer. He started his career in the space genre with stints on three Star Trek series (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager), before he created the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. 
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Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore to develop space race drama at Apple

As Apple continues its march into original programming, it has added yet another show to its slate, this time coming from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. Per Deadline, the untitled series will be a drama imagining what the world might look like if the global space race had never ended.

Moore has created and written the series along with Fargo executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Moore, Wolpert and Nedivi will executive produce the series with Moore’s Tall Ships Productions Maril Davis.

Moore is teaming up again with Sony Pictures Television for the series, specifically with former Sony TV presidents Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg. The pair left Sony for Apple earlier this year and have worked with Moore on several shows, such as Moore’s Outlander and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. This also marks Apple’s third original series order, after giving
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Apple’s Third Series Order Is A Space Drama From ‘Battlestar Galactica’ Ep

Apple has made its third scripted series order after recruiting former Sony Pictures Television execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to headline its worldwide video unit in June.

The as-yet-untitled space drama will be created and written by Battlestar Galactica executive producer Ronald Moore, and will explore what would have happened if the so-called 'Space Race' beginning in the 1950s between the U.S. and the Soviet Union had never ended. Apple made a straight-to-series order on the project, reports Deadline, which is being produced by Sony (Erlicht and Van Amburg's former home) and Moore’s own Tall Ship Productions. Fargo’s Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi will serve as co-executive producers.

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