The new talk of the town is Apple TV. Will it kill Netflix? Hulu? Cable? Not sure TBH, but this new series is a must-watch.
Little Voices, a half-hour dramdedy produced by some pretty cool peeps —J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles— will get a 10-episode first season on Apple TV next year. This series is described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, exploring the journey of finding your own voice in your early 20s. And oh yes, Bareilles will provide original music to the show, according to Variety.
Also behind the show is Jessie Nelson, whose previous screenwriting credits include I Am Sam, Stepmom, and Corrina, Corrina. She will write, executive produce, and direct the first episode, as well as serve as the series’ showrunner. In short, the Little Voices team is STACKED.
While a premiere date has not been released yet, entertainment executives who met with Apple told the NYT that the company’s new slate of original shows is planned to rollout sometime between March 2019 and summer 2019, writes The Verge.
In total, Apple has made deals for 12 projects, and Little Voices isn’t the only show the boasting some big names. Other star-studded projects include: the Steven Spielberg anthology Amazing Stories; a drama series from La La Land director Damien Chazelle; a psychological thriller series from M. Night Shyamalan; a space drama from Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore; a futuristic drama from Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence; and a drama series about a network morning show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon— YASS SLAY QUEENS. Apple will also reportedly work with Octavia Spencer on a drama series and Kirsten Wiig (yes, plz!) on a comedy show.
Of the 12 projects, nine have “straight-to-series” orders, which nixes the traditional pilot episode —let’s be honest, pilot episodes usually suck anyway. Progress on some shows have been very snaillike, though. Bryan Fuller left Amazing Stories nearly two months ago and hasn’t been replaced, and the Aniston/Witherspoon drama Apple bought four months ago is expecting a first draft of the script this week.