Apple Plans 'For All Mankind' Companion Podcast

Krys Marshall from For All Mankind
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Series actress Krys Marshall hosts the behind-the-scenes podcast, which will premiere Feb. 19.

Apple TV+ space drama For All Mankind is getting a companion podcast, the first such original audio show from the tech giant.

For All Mankind: The Official Podcast will be hosted by Krys Marshall, who plays Commander Danielle Poole in the Ronald D. Moore series. The first episode of the podcast will drop Feb. 19 alongside For All Mankind's second season premiere.

Over the course of the 10-episode podcast, which is produced by At Will Media, listeners will learn what it's really like in space through interviews with guests from the series, space experts and former astronauts. New installments of the For All Mankind podcast will be available every other week when a new episode of the TV series becomes available.

The podcast launches as season two of the TV series, which stars Joel Kinnaman, picks up in 1983 as tensions mount between the United States and USSR and NASA becomes militarized.

Apple has long offered up free, ad-supported podcasts from third-party producers through its Podcasts app. In the last year, it has also started to offer original podcasts that align closely with its in-house brands. In July, Apple News introduced a daily podcast, Apple News Today. Two months later, Oprah's Book Club launched a podcast series as part of its collaboration with Apple.

TV companion podcasts have become a popular genre in recent years. Some networks have fueled the interest in their shows by producing their own behind-the-scenes shows. HBO, for example, released a Chernobyl podcast to accompany its 2019 miniseries. Apple has been working on companion podcasts for its TV+ shows for some time, including one for anthology series Little America. Jon Stewart's forthcoming current affairs series is also expected to have a companion podcast.

Apple's original podcast efforts coincide with a larger plan to enhance its Podcast app, which is facing competition from audio offerings from Spotify and Amazon. The company also has had conversations about offering podcast subscriptions.