Apple‘s push into original TV programming is set to explode — at some point in the near future.
The company had a brief, initial run of shows last summer with the release of the unscripted series “Planet of the Apps” and “Carpool Karaoke.”
But Apple drastically shifted its course in June when it hired former Sony Pictures Television presidents Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg to head its original programming.
Since then, the company has announced the production or development of 12 original, scripted series — including a biographical drama on NBA all-star Kevin Durant’s youth, and its first animated show, from the creator of “Bob’s Burgers.”
None of those 12 upcoming series has a release date yet.
Here are the 14 original shows that Apple is producing in its massive push into TV:
The Wall Street Journal reported in October that Apple’s first move under its new programming heads, Van Amburg and Erlicht, would be to revive Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi and horror anthology series “Amazing Stories,” which aired on NBC in the late 1980s.
WSJ reported that Apple signed a deal with Spielberg’s Amblin Television and Universal Television to produce 10 new episodes of the series, with Bryan Fuller (the creator of NBC’s “Hannibal”) as its showrunner.
Fuller left the series in February, however. A source told Variety that Fuller parted “amicably,” and that Fuller’s vision for the show did not match the “more family-friendly approach” that Apple reportedly sought.
Untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston morning show drama series
In November, Apple announced that it ordered two ten-episode seasons of a drama series that is set in the world of morning-TV talk shows and stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Variety reported that the series will draw from CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which recounted the morning-TV rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
Jay Carson (“House of Cards”) is writing the pilot and will serve as showrunner. It will be produced by Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res studio, Aniston’s Echo Films, and Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production company.