Apple has revealed its first two scripted series will include some big-name talent. The first of the series is a revival of Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg’s anthology series Amazing Stories, which originally ran from 1985 to 1987.
Spielberg will be working on the new series alongside Bryan Fuller, writer and producer on hits series like Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery. The Wall Street Journal previously reported on Apple’s revival of Amazing Stories last month.
Apple’s second series, meanwhile, is a currently untitled drama centred on a network morning show. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are set to star and executive produce. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show will offer an “inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.”
Apple has been investing heavily into original TV programming for some time now. This year saw the release of reality app creation show Planet of the Apps in June and Carpool Karaoke: The Series in August, based on the popular skit from The Late Late Show with James Corden.
Back in June, the company also recruited Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, former Sony Pictures Television executives who oversaw many shows during the tenure, including the hit drama Breaking Bad. Altogether, Apple has reportedly set aside a $1 billion war chest to put towards original video content.
That said, the Cupertino, California-based tech giant’s TV efforts may not be going entirely smoothly. Carpool Karaoke: The Series was originally slated for an April release, although it was later delayed without any reason being given.
However, according to a report from Bloomberg, Apple pushed the series premiere back in order to remove subject matter deemed inappropriate by CEO Tim Cook. Specifically, Cook reportedly wanted the “foul language and references to vaginal hygiene” found in some episodes to be removed.
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