Apple has given a series order to an immigrant anthology series from creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the Academy Award-nominated screenwriters behind “The Big Sick,” and TV producer and writer Lee Eisenberg, a person with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.
Apple has ordered eight episodes of “Little America,” inspired by the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, which will go beyond the headlines to look at the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and surprising stories of immigrants in America, when they’re more relevant now than ever.
Eisenberg (“The Office,” “SMILF”) will write, executive produce and serve as showrunner. Nanjiani and Gordon will also executive produce, along with Alan Yang (“Master of None,” “Parks and Recreation”) under Universal Television, and Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis for Epic Magazine, alongside co-executive producer Arthur Spector.
“Little America” will be produced for Apple by Universal Television.
The order is the most recent in a string of projects picked up by the tech giant. Apple has ordered three projects from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner, J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles’ dramedy “Little Voice,” the Hailee Steinfeld-led comedy about Emily Dickinson, Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” Ron Moore’s space drama, the series “See” from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and the docuseries “Home” from Matt Tyrnauer and Matthew Weaver. And that’s not even the entire list.
What remains unclear, as Apple continues its aggressive push to acquire original programming, is how exactly the company plans to eventually roll out this rapidly growing slate of shows.