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Apple TV+ in 2020: Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories', 'The Banker', 'Central Park', more

20 Jan 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

Apple TV+ has set release dates for a number of new shows, including Steven Spielberg's reimagining of Amazing Stories that will debut March 6. It has also announced second season renewals.

2020 on Apple TV+

Apple TV+ has had a slow start but over the coming weeks and months it will release a number of new TV series, movies, and documentaries. Apple TV+ recently released anthology series Little America and the season finale of M. Night Shyamalan's horror series Servant. Next up are:
  • February 7: Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, a comedy series about "the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all time".
  • February 14: Visible Out on Television will "explore the history of the American LGBTQ movement" in a five-part docuseries.
  • March 6: Amazing Stories is a "reimagining of the original anthology series" by Steven Spielberg. "Each episode will transport audiences to worlds of wonder".
  • March 20: The Banker, Apple's first movie, was delayed from its December premiere and will now premiere in select theaters on March 6 and on Apple TV+ on March 20.
  • April 3: Home Before Dark, a mystery series "inspired by the reporting of real-life 9-year-old investigative journalist Hilde Lysiak".
  • April 17: Home, from the creators of Chef's Table and The Defiant Ones, is a documentary series about the "boundary-pushing imaginations of the visionaries who dared to dream and build them".
  • April 17: Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, narrated by Meryl Streep, is an Earth Day-themed animated short film.
  • April 24: Defending Jacob is a limited drama series starring Chris Evans "based on the best-selling novel of the same name".
  • April 24: Documentary Beastie Boys Story, directed by Spike Jonze, will be released on in select IMAX theaters on April 3 before premiering on Apple TV+ on April 24.
  • May 1: Trying, Apple's first UK production is a comedy series "about growing up, settling down, and finding someone to love".
  • June 4: Dear..., is a documentary series in 10 episodes that takes an "inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today", including Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, and Big Bird.
  • Summer 2020: Central Park is an animated musical comedy "about the Tillermans, a family that lives in Central Park".

    Apple TV+ in 2020

    Second season renewals

    Apple has renewed all of its first TV series, including See, For All Mankind, and The Morning Show for second seasons. In addition, Apple has inked a deal with Julia Louis-Dreyfus who will develop new projects for Apple TV+. With a fairly significant line-up of new titles, Apple shows that it means business and that it is ready to invest significant sums in its project. However, Apple TV+ is not the end game. The company has ambitions to turn its Apple TV app into a one-stop for video content by partnering with other provides to have their content show up side-by-side with Apple TV+ content in a unified user interface. Most Apple originals are available to stream in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision and sometimes with Dolby Atmos sound. The Apple TV app is available on Apple devices as well as platforms such as Roku, FireTV and Samsung Smart TVs - and later select Sony and LG TVs.

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