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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james bond film rights

The James Bond franchise is one of the longest-running film franchises of all time, and it’s no secret that Hollywood’s current business model holds bankable franchises in particularly high esteem. That’s why nearly every major studio has, at one time or another in the past few years, been vying for the distribution rights to the Bond movies after MGM and Eon Productions’ deal with Sony Pictures lapsed after Spectre.

But now two new contenders have entered the fray, and if one of them wins the rights, the future of the Bond franchise (and potentially the blockbuster film landscape as a whole) could look very different than it does now. Apple and Amazon are now bidding on the James Bond film rights, and there’s the chance that a James Bond TV show could even be in the cards if the right circumstances fall into place.
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Apple TV 4K movies

A few weeks ago, we wrote about how Apple recently entered discussions with movie studios to make major Hollywood releases available for home video rental only two weeks after they debut theatrically. If they get their way, those rentals will be available at somewhere between $30 and $50 depending on the size of the release window, but now it appears that Apple is butting heads with the studios over a different topic: the price point for 4K movies on Apple TV.
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Carpool Karaoke Trailer

Even if you’re not a regular viewer of The Late Late Show on CBS with host James Corden, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of his popular, consistently viral segment known as Carpool Karaoke. In the recurring segment, James Corden hops in a car with a famous celebrity, usually a chart-topping singer but sometimes just another figure in pop culture, and they cruise around Los Angeles jamming out to an assortment of songs in the car, just like you and me. This year, that segment gets its own series.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series will be the first programming endeavor for Apple as they start to expand into original programming. Last night the first trailer debuted in front of the perfect audience during the Grammys, which were hosted by James Corden, and featured a few of the famous faces that he’s shared a ride with before. The trailer shows that Corden won’t be hosting every episode, but there’s quite a cavalcade of talent from across the board to make up for it.

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