At long last, Apple unveiled its streaming behemoth at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, on Monday. But the subscription service, named Apple TV+, is still shrouded in some mystery; after months of anticipation and rumors followed by a splashy event that featured Steven Spielberg and Oprah onstage, Apple remained surprisingly mum about exactly how many shows are coming to the service and when they will debut.
Currently, we know Apple TV+ will launch in the fall and be an ad-free streaming service. Unfortunately, Apple has not yet announced how much it will cost. However, we do know the revamped Apple TV app will bundle programming from other networks, including HBO, Showtime, Starz and more, allowing users to watch shows from virtually any source while within its hub (though Netflix and all mentions of it were glaringly absent during the presentation). Beginning in May, after a free software update, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV users can subscribe to Apple TV channels à la carte and watch them in the app. Mac users will be able to use the new app this fall.
Of course, Apple announced more than Apple TV+ and its upcoming programming — it debuted a magazine subscription bundle and a new gaming destination — but we're most excited about the new series on the horizon. (For more on the tech announced, head to CNET.) Here are the new shows that were featured, as well as the shows not mentioned at the event that are bound to be your next obsession.
My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner's highly anticipated reunion — their first since Alias — is a limited series expected to arrive sometime in 2019. The drama is based on the memoir of the same name by Amy Silverstein, which is about the group of women who came together to support Silverstein through getting a second life-saving heart transplant. Garner will also serve as an executive producer on the project, which doesn't yet have an episode count.
Untitled Brie Larson CIA Series
Brie Larson will play a CIA agent in a new drama that's said to be based on the real-life experiences of CIA undercover operative Amaryllis Fox, who was briefly imprisoned for her work with the Burmese democracy movement. Fox also spent time at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, where she developed an algorithm with the ability to predict terrorist activity, giving her an in with the CIA.
Inspired by Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, this dramedy is about what goes on behind the scenes at a big network morning show. Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell star in what Witherspoon and Aniston said will examine all kinds of emotional dynamics as well as sexism in the workplace.
Untitled Simon Kinberg and David Weil Sci-Fi Series
This 10-episode science-fiction series comes from Simon Kinberg and David Weil. Kinberg is known for his work on the X-Men film franchise, while Weil is the creator of Amazon's upcoming Nazi hunter series The Hunt, which stars Al Pacino and is executive-produced by Jordan Peele.
Based on William Landay's best-selling legal thriller, Defending Jacob tells the story of a district attorney who must come to terms with the accusation that his 14-year-old son is a murderer. Chris Evans, an executive producer on the limited series, plays the father, Andy Barber, while Jacob is portrayed by It star Jaeden Martell. Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery also stars.
This Anonymous Content-produced series is based on a New York Times Magazine feature, "Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change." The magazine-length article outlines how from 1979 to 1989, a small team of scientists, activists, and politicians tried to stop climate change while there was still time.
Untitled Hilde Lysiak Series
Inspired by the life of pre-teen journalist Hilde Lysiak, this 10-episode mystery series follows a girl who moves to a small town where she gets involved in uncovering a cold case that the community has tried to bury. Lysiak, whose Orange Street News website features her writing and local reporting in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, made headlines when she broke news on a murder in her town as a 9-year-old.
Based on Min Jin Lee's novel Pachinko, the series chronicles four generations of a Korean immigrant family, following their story from Korea to Japan and finally to America. It's written and directed by Soo Hugh, showrunner of Season 1 of AMC's The Terror.
Lin, a bank robber and heroin addict who escapes from an Australian prison, disappears into India's underground in this adaptation of Gregory David Roberts' novel.
Foundation is based on Isaac Asimov's groundbreaking science-fiction trilogy. Josh Friedman, who is working with James Cameron on his Avatar sequel, and David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight) will executive-produce and serve as co-showrunners.
Inspired by the life of NBA superstar Kevin Durant, Swagger looks back at his experience playing youth basketball in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), exploring the world of youth basketball and the lives of the players, their families, and coaches.
Are You Sleeping
This adaptation of the true crime novel by Kathleen Barber stars Octavia Spencer, Michael Beach, Ron Cephas Jones, Aaron Paul, Lizzy Caplan, and more. Spencer plays a reporter whose life unravels after her hit podcast reopens a long-closed murder case.
Untitled Ronald D. Moore Sci-Fi Series
Ronald D. Moore, writer and producer of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica, explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi (Fargo) executive-produce.
Untitled Video Game Workplace Comedy
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney are teaming up again to executive-produce a workplace comedy set in a video game development studio. McElhenny will also star. He's joined by F. Murray Abraham as C.W. Longbottom, a seasoned writer who works at the studio; David Hornsby as David, a hapless producer; Imani Hakim as Dana, a charming, studious game tester who loves nothing more than gaming; Ashly Burch as Rachel, who feels undervalued in her role as a game tester; and Danny Pudi as Brad, an alpha male who works in the monetization department.
Hailee Steinfeld stars in a comedy series about the early life of Emily Dickinson. The 19th century coming-of-age story explores the constraints of society, gender, and family from the perspective of a budding writer who doesn't fit in with her own time. Jane Krakowski will play the mother of the famed writer.
Directed by Taika Waititi, this time-traveling adventure comedy is about a boy who gets ensnared with a troupe of thieves as they hop across history to steal treasure, ever on the run from the "supreme being" from whom they've stolen their time map.
Animated music comedy Central Park, from Bob's Burgers creator Loren Bouchard, has already snared major talents like Josh Gad, Kristen Bell, and Tituss Burgess, among others. In it, a family of caretakers who live and work in Central Park end up saving the park and the world.
You Think It, I'll Say It
Kristen Wiig pulled out of this series to do Wonder Woman, but the show goes on. This comedy, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's collection of short stories You Think It, I'll Say It, was created and produced by Colleen McGuinness.
On the Rocks
The first big film from Apple reunites Bill Murray with Lost in Translation director Sofia Coppola. Per Variety, On the Rocks finds a young mom, played by Rashida Jones, reconnecting with her larger-than-life playboy dad for a thrill ride in New York.
The Elephant Queen
This documentary film follows Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble's journey tracking an elephant matriarch named Athena who risks taking her family in search of food and water after their watering hole dries up. Chiwetel Ejiofor narrates.
Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang
After a bidding war, Apple won the rights to the Peanuts franchise. The company is set to create a batch of series, specials, and shorts using Charles M. Schulz's iconic characters.
Apple's deal with Sesame Workshop led to a multi-series order that includes live action, animation, and a puppet series.
Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon produces this tale about a young hunter who comes to Ireland with her father to wipe out the last pack of evil wolves, but instead befriends a wild native girl who runs with them.
Ten 10-minute episodes tell the story of some sort of impending disaster through an audio recording, like an airplane black box, a voicemail, or a 911 call.
Oprah: Original Programming
Oprah Winfrey announced she'll produce an array of content for Apple TV+, including two documentaries — one about sexual assault and another focused on mental health — and an extension of her book club that'll continue her tradition of having authors talk about their work with the world's best known bibliophile.
J.J. Abrams brings new music from Sara Bareilles to life in what's described as a "love letter to the diverse musicality of New York."
Ten one-hour documentary episodes offer viewers a never-before-seen look inside the world's most extraordinary homes — and go deep inside the minds of the people who built them.