kristen wiig

Kristen Wiig has carved out a niche for herself in the movie industry — in quirky comedies, heart-wrenching indies, and unsettling dramatic cameos. But the small screen was where Wiig first made her name, as an acclaimed regular cast member of Saturday Night Live for seven years.

Now Wiig is making a return to TV, in a half-hour comedy series for Apple produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner. Yes, you read that right, this is an original series being developed for Apple. It’s one of many original series and movies that Apple has picked up as the tech giant strikes out into the streaming service field.

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jj abrams sci-fi tv series

J.J. Abrams‘ name may be inextricable from the Star Wars franchise now, but it was in TV where the writer/director first found major success. And now, seven years after he last created a TV series, Abrams is making a long-awaited return to the small screen.

But don’t worry, Star Wars fans. As famous as Abrams is for spearheading wildly ambitious and influential series like Felicity, Alias, LOST, and Fringe, he’s just as famous for sticking around for only the pilot before jetting off to his next project. You’ll get your Episode 9 no matter what.

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Apple sci-fi

Apple is slowly but surely building up a nice little library of television shows. Now the company has added one more to its roster: a series called See, which is written by Eastern Promises and Taboo writer Steven Knight and will be directed by Francis Lawrence, the filmmaker behind I Am Legend and the Hunger Games sequels. Read more about the newest Apple sci-fi series below.
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Apple TV show

About a month ago, we learned that the creators of Confederate – HBO’s alternate history series that drew widespread controversy based on the premise alone – were “not actively working on” that show at the time. Two of Confederate’s four creators, David Benioff and Dan Weiss, are slightly busy pulling together the final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And now we know what one of the others has been up to.

A new report says that Nichelle Tramble Spellman, one of the remaining creators of Confederate, is developing a brand new television show for Apple that has Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer lined up to star in it. Learn more about the latest Apple TV show below.
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Prime Video Apple TV

Good news for Apple TV users who long for the warm embrace of Amazon Prime Video: six months after Apple CEO Tim Cook assured users it would happen, Amazon Prime Video is now available on Apple TV. Yes, that’s correct: Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV is finally a reality. This decision will hopefully end a feud between Apple and Amazon, with Amazon refusing to sell Apple’s streaming box unless Apple TV made Prime Video available.

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Apple TV shows

Back in July, we found out that Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were planning to reunite (after Witherspoon’s brief guest stint on Friends) to star in a television drama about the cutthroat world of morning TV shows. Apple was among the many potential buyers to be interested, and now the tech giant has officially given the untitled series a two season order as part of their foray into original programming.
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Apple TV shows

Apple has been slowly easing into the world of original television programming over the past few months, hiring a couple of executives from Sony TV and setting up meetings all over town to hear pitches from content creators. But now we know a bit more about their plans, and it seems as if an early report that claimed they were on the hunt for shows like Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad was off the mark. A new report indicates that Apple doesn’t want shows with nudity, violence, or foul language, because they’re looking to appeal to the broadest possible audience.
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Amazing Stories TV reboot

At the end of last month, we wrote about how Apple is expanding into creating original programming for television and is poised to become one of the entertainment industry’s major players in that content space. One of the projects they were looking at was a reboot of Amazing Stories, a Steven Spielberg-created anthology series that ran on NBC from 1985-1987. Now the deal is reportedly locked, and there’s good news: producer Bryan Fuller – who tried to launch a reboot at NBC two years ago – is still on board.
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Apple TV original programming

We know television is getting more and more expensive to produce, but with $260 billion to work with, Apple probably isn’t too worried about being able to cough up enough cash to entice major names for its planned expansion into original television programming. According to a new report, the company has set their sights on a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and a Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston morning show comedy as their potential splashy debut into the high-competition world of streaming TV.
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Apple TV 4K

This morning, at an event taking place at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, the company announced that the new generation of Apple TV will be capable of streaming 4K and HDR content (HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, which translates into superior brightness/darkness in the images on the screen). That much was expected – it had been rumored for a while – but there was a surprising piece of info tacked on to that announcement. Apple also explained that if you’ve purchased eligible movies in HD, they’ll automatically be upgraded to 4K HDR for free.
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