Apple TV+ Originals: Coming in 2Q2022
February 14, 2022
We bring you highlights of star-studded new and returning titles set to premiere globally on Apple TV+
From The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey with Samuel L. Jackson to a lineup of iconic figures including the late Andre Leon Talley, Viola Davis, Selena Gomez and Malala Yousafzai in Dear… there is a little bit of everything for viewers young and old.
Severance – February 18
A new workplace thriller from director and executive producer Ben Stiller, and creator Dan Erickson, starring Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette, Adam Scott, Emmy Award winner John Turturro, Britt Lower, Zach Cherry, Academy Award winner Christopher Walken and more. In Severance, Mark Scout (Scott) leads a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. This daring experiment in ‘work-life balance’ is called into question as Mark finds himself at the centre of an unravelling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work … and of himself.
Lincoln’s Dilemma – February 18
A four-part documentary series that explores the legacy of President Lincoln and the country’s complex journey to end slavery. Narrated by Jeffery Wright and featuring the voices of Bill Camp as Abraham Lincoln and Leslie Odom, Jr. as Frederick Douglass, the series is a 21st-century examination of a complicated man and the people and events that shaped his evolving stance on slavery.
Dear… (Season 2) – March 4
From Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler, Dear… returns for a second season with a new roster of icons, including the late Andre Leon Talley, Viola Davis, Selena Gomez, Malala Yousafzai, Jane Fonda, Ava DuVernay, Billy Porter, Sandra Oh, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Laird Hamilton. Inspired by Apple’s groundbreaking Dear Apple spots, Dear… takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey – March 11
A new limited series starring Samuel L. Jackson as Ptolemy Grey, an ailing man forgotten by his family, by his friends, and even by himself. Suddenly left without his trusted caretaker and on the brink of sinking even deeper into lonely dementia, Ptolemy is assigned to the care of orphaned teenager Robyn, played by Dominique Fishback. When they learn about a treatment that can temporarily restore Ptolemy’s dementia-addled memories, it begins a journey toward shocking truths about the past, present and future.
WeCrashed – March 18
Starring Academy Award winners Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway, WeCrashed is the highly anticipated eight-episode limited series from Lee Eisenberg and Drew Crevello. Based on the hit Wondery podcast WeCrashed: The Rise and Fall of WeWork, the show is inspired by actual events and the love story at the centre of it. WeWork grew from a single coworking space into a global brand worth US$47 billion in under a decade. Then, in less than a year, its value plummeted. What happened?
Pachinko – March 25
Told in three languages – Korean, Japanese, and English — Pachinko is the highly anticipated international drama series based on The New York Times bestselling and acclaimed novel of the same name. Epic in scope and intimate in tone, the story begins with a forbidden love and crescendos into a sweeping saga that journeys between Korea, Japan and America. It tells an unforgettable story of war and peace, love and loss, triumph and reckoning. Pachinko is written and executive produced by Soo Hugh (The Terror; The Killing), who created the series and serves as showrunner.
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Slow Horses – April 1
A new, six-episode drama series adapted from Mick Herron’s CWA Gold Dagger Award-winning novels starring Academy Award winner Gary Oldman, Academy Award nominee Kristin Scott Thomas, Academy Award nominee Jonathan Pryce and Olivia Cooke. Slow Horses follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes.
Roar – April 15
A new eight-episode, female-driven anthology series based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, created by Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive. Featuring an all-star cast, including Academy and Emmy Award winner Nicole Kidman, who also serves as executive producer; Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo; Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever and SAG Award nominee Alison Brie; three-time Emmy Award nominee Betty Gilpin, Meera Syal, Fivel Stewart, Kara Hayward and more, Roar is a genre-bending anthology series that weaves together eight darkly comedic feminist fables that take unexpected approaches to subjects like gender roles, autonomy and identity.
They Call Me Magic – April 22
A global documentary event, They Call Me Magic is the captivating, real-life story of the extraordinary, two-time NBA Hall of Famer and cultural icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson. With unprecedented access, the four-part documentary series explores the remarkable accomplishments and global impact of Magic’s life, both on and off the court. Featuring intimate interviews with Magic, his family, and an all-star lineup, this incredible series charts the cinematic life of one of the biggest cultural icons of our era.
Shining Girls – April 29
An eight-episode metaphysical drama series starring Emmy Award winner Elisabeth Moss, created by Silka Louisa, and based on the best-selling novel by Lauren Beukes. Shining Girls follows Kirby Mazrachi (Moss), a Chicago newspaper archivist whose dreams of becoming a journalist were put on hold after surviving a brutal attack that has left her in a constantly shifting reality. When Kirby learns that a recent murder is linked to her assault, she teams up with veteran reporter Dan Velazquez (Wagner Moura) to understand her ever-changing present and confront her past. The gripping thriller also stars Jamie Bell, with Phillipa Soo, Chris Chalk and Amy Brenneman rounding out the ensemble cast.
Tehran (Season 2) – May 6
Season two of the Emmy Award-winning global hit thriller adds Academy Award nominee Glenn Close, who will star alongside Niv Sultan, Shaun Toub and Shervin Alenabi. Tehran tells the thrilling story of Mossad agent Tamar Rabinyan, who goes deep undercover on a dangerous mission in Tehran that places her and everyone around her in dire jeopardy.
Now and Then – May 20
Set in Miami, Now and Then is an eight-episode bilingual and multi-layered thriller told in Spanish and English. The show explores the differences between youthful aspirations and the reality of adulthood, when the lives of a group of college best friends are forever changed after a celebratory weekend ends up with one of them dead. Now, 20 years later, the remaining five are reluctantly reunited by a threat that puts their seemingly perfect worlds at risk. The exceptional ensemble cast includes Academy Award nominees Marina de Tavira and Rosie Perez, Ariel Award winner José María Yazpik, multi-Goya Award winner Maribel Verdú, Manolo Cardona, Goya Award winner Soledad Villamil, Emmy Award winner Željko Ivanek, Jorge López, Alicia Jaziz, Dario Yazbek Bernal, Alicia Sanz, Jack Duarte and Miranda de la Serna.
Photos: courtesy of Apple TV+
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