The 2023 Winter Television Critics Association press tour saw Apple TV+ present an exciting line-up of new and returning shows that are set to debut globally in the months ahead. From the highly anticipated return of global phenomenon Ted Lasso this spring to the premiere of brand-new series from celebrated storytellers including Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Bill Lawrence, Brett Goldstein, Jason Segel, Jason Katims, Billy Crudup, Scott Z. Burns, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, David West Read, Jane Goodall and more, Apple TV+ will continue to expand its slate with premium, must-see Apple Original series through spring 2023 and beyond.
“Each year, we look forward to delivering even more compelling, premium stories from today’s most talented and masterful storytellers, and this year is no different,” said Matt Cherniss, head of domestic programming at Apple TV+. “Whether it’s new seasons of culture-moving and award-winning shows or new stories that have the power to captive global audiences and are rooted in humanity, there’s something for everyone to look forward to watching on Apple TV+.”
The news was revealed on the heels of Apple TV+ announcing that its comedy sensation Ted Lasso will return for its highly anticipated third season this spring 2023, as well as sharing a first look at what’s in store for AFC Richmond.
In addition to unveiling premiere dates for its upcoming slate of new original series, Apple TV+ debuted the trailers for Shrinking, Dear Edward, Hello Tomorrow! and The Reluctant Traveller, as well as first looks at Extrapolations, Schmigadoon! season two, The Last Thing He Told Me, The Afterparty season two, City on Fire, Swagger season two, and The Big Door Prize.
Starting this week with the season three premiere of NAACP Image Award-winning anthology series Truth Be Told, and with more titles to be announced soon, highlights of new and returning series premiering to global audiences on Apple TV+ in the coming months include:
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – FEBRUARY 4TH
THE RELUCTANT TRAVELER
The Reluctant Traveller follows Emmy Award-winning host Eugene Levy as he visits some of the world’s most beautiful and intriguing destinations, experiencing thrilling local adventures with new friends, including immersing in a sound bath in the Maldives, ice floating in Finland, connecting with the Navajo Nation in Utah, captaining a sailboat in Lisbon, taking a bite out of the culinary culture of Tokyo and journeying into the Costa Rican jungle. Along the way, Levy also stays in remarkable hotels, including the historic Gritti Palace in Venice and a train hotel suspended above Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Self-confessedly not your typical travel show host — he’s not usually adventurous or well-versed in exploring the world, Levy agrees the time is finally right for him to broaden his horizons. Levy packs his suitcase with some trepidation but hopes his experiences might lead to a whole new chapter in life, even if it means confronting some of his long-held fears.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – SPRING 2023
TED LASSO – SEASON THREE
After officially joining the ranks as one of the most celebrated comedies in history with back-to-back Emmy Award wins for Outstanding Comedy Series for its freshman and sophomore seasons, global phenomenon Ted Lasso will return for its highly anticipated third season this spring.
Ted Lasso stars Jason Sudeikis as Ted Lasso, an American football coach hired to manage a British soccer team — despite having no experience. But what he lacks in knowledge, he makes up for with optimism, underdog determination … and biscuits. The award-winning Apple Original comedy also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster, Nick Mohammed and Sarah Niles.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – JANUARY 27TH
Shrinking is an upcoming Apple Original comedy starring Jason Segel and written by Emmy Award-winning Ted Lasso co-creator Bill Lawrence, Emmy Award-winning Ted Lasso star, writer and co-executive producer Brett Goldstein and Segel. Also starring Harrison Ford in one of his first major television roles, Shrinking follows a grieving therapist (played by Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives … including his own. In addition to Segel and Ford, Shrinking stars Christa Miller, Jessica Williams, Michael Urie, Luke Tennie and Lukita Maxwell.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – FEBRUARY 3RD
Hailing from Apple Studios and written and executive produced by Jason Katims, Dear Edward is a heart-breaking, life-affirming and uplifting story about survival, resilience, connection and the examination of what makes us human. The 10-episode series is adapted from Napolitano’s bestselling, acclaimed novel of the same name and stars an ensemble cast that includes Emmy Award nominee Connie Britton, SAG Award winner Taylor Schilling and newcomer Colin O’Brien.
Dear Edward tells the story of Edward Adler (played by O’Brien), a 12-year-old boy who survives a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family. As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed. The series reunites Katims and Connie Britton following their Emmy-winning collaboration on Friday Night Lights, who stars alongside Schilling, O’Brien, Amy Forsyth, Eva Ariel Binder, Brittany S. Hall, Idris Debrand, Carter Hudson, Maxwell Jenkins, Jenna Qureshi, Audrey Corsa, Anna Uzele, Ivan Shaw and Dario Ladani Sanchez.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – FEBRUARY 17TH
Hello Tomorrow! is an inspiring new Apple Original dramedy starring and executive produced by Emmy and Critics Choice Award winner Billy Crudup. Set in a retro-future world, “Hello Tomorrow!” centres around a group of travelling salesmen hawking lunar timeshares. Crudup stars as Jack, a salesman of great talent and ambition whose unshakeable faith in a brighter tomorrow inspires his co-workers, revitalizes his desperate customers but threatens to leave him dangerously lost in the very dream that sustains him. The ensemble cast starring alongside Crudup includes Haneefah Wood, Alison Pill, Nicholas Podany, Dewshane Williams, Emmy Award winner Hank Azaria, Matthew Maher and Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – FEBRUARY 24TH
Liaison is a new, six-episode thriller series starring César Award winner Vincent Cassel and BAFTA Award winner Eva Green, and the first French and English-language Apple Original series. “Liaison” is a high-stakes, contemporary thriller exploring how the mistakes of our past have the potential to destroy our future, combining action with an unpredictable, multilayered plot where “espionage and political intrigue play out against a story of passionate and enduring love.” In addition to Cassel, the series also stars Eva Green, Peter Mullan, César award winner Gérard Lanvin, Daniel Francis, Stanislas Merhar, Irène Jacob, Laetitia Eido, Eriq Ebouaney, BAFTA rising star Bukky Bakray and Emmy award winner Thierry Frémont.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – MARCH 17TH
Extrapolations is a bracing drama that introduces a near future where the chaotic effects of climate change have become embedded into our everyday lives. Eight interwoven stories about love, work, faith and family from across the globe will explore the intimate, life-altering choices that must be made when the planet is changing faster than the population. Every story is different, but the fight for our future is universal. And when the fate of humanity is up against a ticking clock, the battle between courage and complacency has never been more urgent. Are we brave enough to become the solution to our own undoing before it’s too late?
The star-studded series from writer, director and executive producer Scott Z. Burns, and produced by Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res, stars Meryl Streep, Sienna Miller, Kit Harington, Daveed Diggs, Edward Norton, Diane Lane, Tahar Rahim, Yara Shahidi, Matthew Rhys, Gemma Chan, David Schwimmer, Adarsh Gourav, Keri Russell, Marion Cotillard, Forest Whitaker, Eiza González, Murray Bartlett, Indira Varma, Tobey Maguire, MaameYaa Boafo, Hari Nef, Heather Graham, Michael Gandolfini, Cherry Jones, Gaz Choudhry, Ben Harper, Judd Hirsch and Neska Rose. “Extrapolations” is executive produced by Burns, Ellenberg, Gregory Jacobs, Dorothy Fortenberry and Media Res’ Lindsey Springer.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – MARCH 24TH
MY KIND OF COUNTRY
Featuring Reese Witherspoon and Kacey Musgraves, My Kind of Country is a fresh take on a competition series, breaking down barriers in country music by providing an extraordinary opportunity to diverse and innovative artists from around the world. Scouts, including trailblazing artists Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and Orville Peck, each hand-pick a roster of exceptional up-and-coming artists and invite them to the home of country music in Nashville, Tennessee, to showcase their unique sound. The competition winner will receive a life-changing prize from Apple Music, receiving unprecedented support and exposure on the platform.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – APRIL 7TH
SCHMIGADOON! – SEASON TWO
The second season of Schmigadoon!, the Emmy and AFI Award-winning hit musical comedy series from co-creator Cinco Paul. Schmigadoon! will return for season two with six new episodes featuring all new original songs and guest stars.
Having found true love in the town of Schmigadoon, season two of Schmigadoon! will find Josh (Keegan-Michael Key) and Melissa (Cecily Strong) in Schmicago, the reimagined world of ’60s and ’70s musicals. The second season of Apple’s broadly acclaimed comedy will include new original musical numbers from co-creator and executive producer Cinco Paul, as well as returning stars Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key, Ariana DeBose, Martin Short, Dove Cameron, Jaime Camil, Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Ann Harada, Jane Krakowski and Aaron Tveit are set to return, with Tituss Burgess and Patrick Page joining the cast for season two.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – APRIL 14TH
THE LAST THING HE TOLD ME
Starring and executive produced by Jennifer Garner and produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, who optioned the book from author Dave, and 20th Television, The Last Thing He Told Me is a gripping new series based on the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling novel by Laura Dave.
Created and adapted by Laura Dave, alongside series co-creator and Academy Award winner Josh Singer (Spotlight, The Post), The Last Thing He Told Me stars an ensemble cast led by Garner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Angourie Rice, Aisha Tyler, Augusto Aguilera, Geoff Stults and John Harlan Kim. The series follows Hannah (played by Garner), a woman who must forge a relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter Bailey (played by Rice) in order to find the truth about why her husband has mysteriously disappeared
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – APRIL 14TH
Jane is a new 10-episode mission-driven series for kids and families inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall. From Emmy Award winner J.J. Johnson (Dino Dana, Endlings, Ghostwriter), Sinking Ship Entertainment and the Jane Goodall Institute, Jane stars Ava Louise Murchison (Reacher) as Jane Garcia, a 9-year-old budding environmentalist on a quest to save endangered animals. Using her powerful imagination, Jane takes her best friends David, played by Mason Blomberg (Shameless), and Greybeard the chimpanzee on epic adventures to help protect wild animals all around the world because, according to her idol Dr. Jane Goodall: “Only if we understand, will we care. Only if we care, will we help. Only if we help, can they be saved.” The cast also includes Tamara Almeida (Secrets at the Inn), Dan Abramovici (Wayne), newcomer Jazz Allen and Sam Marra (Stumptown).
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – APRIL 28TH
THE AFTERPARTY – SEASON TWO
From Academy Award winners Chris Miller and Phil Lord, each episode of The Afterparty explores a different character’s account of one fateful evening, all told through the lens of popular film genres and unique visuals to match the storyteller’s perspective. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Sam Richardson and Zoë Chao, the 10-episode second season will introduce new film genres and an expanded cast of characters played by Elizabeth Perkins, Zach Woods, Paul Walter Hauser, Poppy Liu, Anna Konkle, Jack Whitehall, Vivian Wu, John Cho and Ken Jeong.
In season two, a wedding is ruined when the groom is murdered and every guest is a suspect. Detective Danner (Haddish) returns to help Aniq (Richardson) and Zoë (Chao) solve whodunnit by questioning family members, star-crossed lovers and business partners, and hearing each suspect’s retelling of the weekend, each with their own unique perspective and visual style.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – MAY 12TH
CITY ON FIRE
Hailing from Apple Studios, City on Fire is an upcoming, eight-episode drama inspired by the acclaimed novel of the same name by Garth Risk Hallberg, with all episodes written and executive produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and starring an ensemble cast that includes Wyatt Oleff, Chase Sui Wonders, Jemima Kirke, Nico Tortorella, Ashley Zukerman, Xavier Clyde, Max Milner, Alexandra Doke, Omid Abtahi, Kathleen Munroe and John Cameron Mitchell.
In City on Fire, an NYU student is shot in Central Park on the Fourth of July, 2003. Samantha is alone; there are no witnesses and very little physical evidence. Her friends’ band is playing in her favourite downtown club but she leaves to meet someone, promising to return. She never does. As the crime against Samantha is investigated, she’s revealed to be the crucial connection between a series of mysterious citywide fires, the downtown music scene, and a wealthy uptown real estate family fraying under the strain of the many secrets they keep.
APPLE TV + PREMIERE – SPRING 2023
THE BIG DOOR PRIZE
The Big Door Prize is a heart-warming and character-driven comedy created by Emmy Award winner David West Read (Schitt’s Creek), starring an ensemble cast led by Chris O’Dowd, Gabrielle Dennis, Ally Maki, Josh Segarra, Damon Gupton, Crystal Fox, Sammy Fourlas and Djouliet Amara.
Based on M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name, The Big Door Prize tells the story of a small town that is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears in the general store, promising to reveal each resident’s true life potential.
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