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Apple unveils Apple TV+ and lots of new shows


Apple has announced Apple TV+, the new home for the world’s most creative storytellers featuring exclusive original shows, movies and documentaries, coming this fall. Apple TV+, Apple’s original video subscription service, will feature a brand new slate of programming from the world’s most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. On the Apple TV app, subscribers will enjoy inspiring and authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.

“We’re honoured that the absolute best lineup of storytellers in the world – both in front of and behind the camera – are coming to Apple TV+,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “We’re thrilled to give viewers a sneak peek of Apple TV+ and cannot wait for them to tune in starting this fall. Apple TV+ will be home to some of the highest quality original storytelling that TV and movie lovers have seen yet.”

Check out the sizzle reel for the new shows below.

The 11 projects featured in the sizzle reel are:

  • “THE MORNING SHOW” stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and Bel Powley. The series is set against the backdrop of a popular morning news program (think “The Today Show” or “Good Morning America”), in which Aniston and Carell play celebrated morning news anchors while Witherspoon plays a news producer.
  • “SEE” is written by acclaimed British screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Peaky Blinders) and is directed by “Hunger Games” helmer Francis Lawrence. The series is set hundred years into the future, where the human race has not only lost the ability to see, but has also reverted back to primitive tribal culture. “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa plays a blind tribal leader searching for a new home. Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage), Sylvia Hoeks (Blade Runner 2049), and Hera Hilmar (Mortal Engines) co-star.
  • “FOR ALL MANKIND” is co-created by Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander) and stars Joel Kinnaman (Suicide Squad, Hanna). The series is an alternate-history drama exploring a “what if” scenario: What if the global space race had never ended?
  • “HOME BEFORE DARK” stars “The Florida Project” breakout Brooklynn Prince as a young would-be sleuth who stumbles on a mystery involving her town and her father’s past. The series is inspired by the real-life story of kid investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak.
  • “DICKINSON” explores the early years of 19th-century novelist Emily Dickinson, but told in a contemporary voice and feel. “Bumblebee” star Hailee Steinfeld plays the teenage Emily.
  • “LITTLE AMERICA” is an anthology series celebrating the remarkable true stories of American immigrants, created and executive produced by comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his wife and “The Big Sick” co-writing collaborator Emily Gordon, along with “Master of None” co-creator/producer Alan Yang.
  • “LITTLE VOICE” is a new musical drama series from executive producer J.J. Abrams and singer/Broadway star Sara Bareilles, loosely based on her own life story about starting out in the music business in New York City.
  • “TRUTH BE TOLD” is an adaptation of the bestselling crime novel “Are You Sleeping” about a true-crime podcaster who investigates cold cases. It stars and produced by Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer. Lizzy Caplan and Aaron Paul co-star.
  • “SERVANT” is a psychological thriller series executive produced by filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan. Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island) and Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) star as a married couple who realize something is very wrong with their newborn child.
  • “AMAZING STORIES” is a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1985 sci-fi-fantasy-mystery anthology series of the same name. It’s much in the vein of “The Twilight Zone” and those old pulp magazines and comic books of the ’40s and ’50s.

Additionally, Apple debuted the all-new Apple TV app and Apple TV channels coming in May 2019. The all-new Apple TV app brings together the different ways to discover and watch shows, movies, sports, news and more in one app across iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, smart TVs and streaming devices. Users can subscribe to and watch new Apple TV channels – paying for only services they want, like HBO, SHOWTIME and Starz – all on demand, available on and offline, with incredible picture quality and sound; enjoy sports, news and network TV from cable and satellite providers as well as purchase or rent iTunes movies and TV shows all within the new, personalized Apple TV app.

Beginning in May, customers can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the Apple TV app, with no additional apps, accounts or passwords required. Apple TV channels include popular services such as HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, CBS All Access, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

The new Apple TV app personalizes what viewers love to watch across their existing apps and services while developing a secure and comprehensive understanding of users’ viewing interests. The app will offer suggestions for shows and movies from over 150 streaming apps, including Amazon Prime and Hulu, as well as pay-TV services such as Canal+, Charter Spectrum, DIRECTV NOW and PlayStation Vue. Optimum and Suddenlink from Altice will be added later this year.1

Additionally, the Apple TV app will become the new home to the hundreds of thousands of movies and TV shows currently available for purchase or rent in the iTunes Store.

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