Apple has big plans to directly compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon, with a slate of original TV programming in multiple genres from star players like Steven Spielberg, Octavia Spencer, and Reese Witherspoon. In fact, Apple says it will spend $1 billion on original content in 2018 alone. None of these projects have premiered yet, but while we wait, here's a look at the shows that Apple has announced so far.
“Amazing Stories” -- Ordered to series
Stephen Spielberg will executive produce the revival of “Amazing Stories,” the science fiction and horror anthology he co-created for NBC that ran for two seasons in the 1980s. After some behind-the-scenes shakeups, including the departure of original showrunner Bryan Fuller, "Once Upon a Time" creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz signed on to run the reboot.
“Are You Sleeping” -- Ordered to series
Based on Kathleen Barber’s novel of the same name, the series follows investigative reporter Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) as she follows an old murder case through her podcast, and will explore Americas obsession with true-crime podcasts. Aaron Paul and Lizzy Caplan also star, with Reese Witherspoon aboard as an executive producer. Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo from Chernin Entertainment are also set to serve as executive producers.
“Central Park” -- Ordered to series
Josh Gad and Loren Bouchard are set to produce this animated musical series about a family of caretakers who live and work in -- and end up saving -- Central Park. The voice cast includes Gad, “Frozen” star Kristen Bell, and “Hamilton” stars Daveed Diggs and Leslie Odom Jr.
“Dickinson” -- Ordered to series
This coming-of-age comedy series takes on the world of poet Emily Dickinson, and explores the constraints of society, gender, and family that she experienced as a budding writer. The show is written by Alena Smith and directed by David Cordon Green. The cast includes “True Grit” star Hailee Steinfeld.
“Home” -- Ordered to series
The 10-episode docuseries centers on innovative homes around the world as well as the people who built them. Matt Tyrnauer directs and serves as one of the executive producers.
“Little America” -- Ordered to series
This show tells the stories of immigrants in America, drawing from true stories featured in Epic Magazine. The show will be written and executive produced by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, the husband-and-wife team behind the hit romantic comedy “The Big Sick,” which hit theaters in the summer of 2017 to critical and commercial success.
“Little Voice” -- Ordered to series
The dramedy featuring original music from Sara Bareilles focuses on finding your authentic voice in your early 20s and is inspired by the diverse musicality of New York. It is produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
“See” -- Ordered to series
Francis Lawrence, best-known for directing "Red Sparrow" and the final three "Hunger Games" films, will direct and produce this new futuristic, world-building drama. Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo from Chernin Entertainment will serve as executive producers.
Untitled morning show drama -- Ordered to series
Taking an inside look at the world of morning TV, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will executive produce and star. Witherspoon comes to this off her hit HBO drama “Big Little Lies” and Aniston returns to TV in a major role for the first time since her hit sitcom “Friends” went off the air.
Untitled Damien Chazelle project -- Ordered to series
Damien Chazelle, who became the youngest person ever to nab the Academy Award for Best Director when he won for “La La Land," will write, direct, and produce a one-hour drama for Apple, alongside executive producers Jordan Horowitz and Frank Berger.
Untitled M. Night Shyamalan project -- Ordered to series
The "Sixth Sense" and "Glass" director will executive produce this psychological thriller, with Tony Basgollop writing.
Untitled Ronald D. Moore project -- Ordered to series
The "Outlander" and "Battlestar Galactica" showrunner created and will write and produce the science fiction drama, premised on the idea that the Space Race of the Cold War never ended. He co-created the series with “Fargo” executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi.
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Untitled project based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s collection of short stories -- Ordered to series
This half-hour comedy series is inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short story collection "You Think It, I’ll Say It.” Colleen McGuinness serves as show runner, while Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter serve as executive producers.
“Calls” -- Ordered to series
The new, short-form English adaptation of creator Timothée Hochet’s French series will take on an innovative form of storytelling, utilizing real-life audio sources and minimal visuals.
Sesame Workshop project -- Ordered to series
Sesame Workshop, the non-profit media and educational organization behind “Sesame Street” will create multiple shows for Apple, including a live-action and animated series
, and a puppet series to lead Apple’s charge into children’s programming.
Untitled Hilde Lysiak project -- Ordered to series
The dramatic mystery series produced by Anonymous Content and Paramount Television follows a girl who moves from Brooklyn to a small lakeside town, and subsequently uncovers a cold case that residents attempted to bury. The project was inspired by the real-life story of Hilde Lysiak, a young investigative reporter who exposed a murder in her hometown of Selinsgrove, PA, garnering national and international attention.
“Foundation” -- Still in development
The sci-fi drama is based on Isaac Asimov’s novel series of the same name, which tracks the future history of the human race during and after the decline and fall of a galaxy-spanning empire. David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman will serve as showrunners and executive producers if the project gets picked up to series.
“Shantaram” -- Still in development
The international drama series is based on Gregory David Robert’s novel, “Shantaram.” It follows the story of Lin, a man who has escaped an Australian prison and carves out a new life in Bombay. The series is written and executive produced by Eric Warren Singer.
“Swagger” -- Still in development
Inspired by NBA star Kevin Durant’s youth basketball experiences, the drama series will shine a light on the world of Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball as well as the lives of the families and coaches involved. Durant will serve as an executive producer on the project, alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, and Rich Kleiman.