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It’s official: Apple TV+ has handed out its first formal renewals.
The Hailee Steinfeld dark comedy Dickinson, the Jason Momoa drama See and Ron Moore’s space race series For All Mankind have all officially been renewed for second seasons mere days after launching as part of Apple’s first-ever scripted roster. An Apple spokeswoman confirmed the pickups Thursday.
As The Hollywood Reporter revealed in an Oct. 15 feature story about Apple’s long and bumpy road to Hollywood, production on Dickinson‘s second season has already been underway for months in New York. The renewal for See also comes as little surprise as it was quietly picked up for a second season months ago. (The series comes with a price tag of some $240 million for its two seasons.) For All Mankind, meanwhile, had also quietly been picked up for additional seasons months ago. Production on the sophomore season started in October.
The Morning Show, which also premiered Friday alongside See, Dickinson and For All Mankind as part of Apple TV+’s debut, was picked up straight-to-series with a two-season, 20-episode order in 2017. This means all four of Apple’s scripted shows that launched its subscription service will return. Premiere dates for the second season of each series have not been determined.
Sources close to Apple say all four series delivered “millions” of viewers over launch weekend of the $5-per-month subscription service. (Apple TV+ was free for seven days at launch.) Those same sources say Apple is thrilled with the early performance of all four shows. The average time spent on Apple’s TV+ platform was well over an hour for each viewer, those same sources said. Viewership is said to have grown “triple digits” from Friday to Saturday and again from Saturday to Sunday as first adopters returned over the weekend. Apple, like other streamers Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, does not release viewership information. Information on total sign-ups for the service was was not immediately revealed.
Dickinson was originally picked up to series in May 2018. Alena Smith serves as showrunner on the half-hour effort that explores the life of poet Emily Dickinson. The series is produced by Paul Lee’s CAA-backed wiip banner, Anonymous Content and Sugar 23. Jane Krakowski and Matt Lauria also star.
For All Mankind, which stars Joel Kinnaman, is set in an alternative timeline where the space race never ended. Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt and Sarah Jones co-star in the series, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television, where Moore has long been under an overall deal. For All Mankind was one of Apple’s first originals and was picked up back in December 2017 as Apple TV+ heads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg looked to their former colleagues at Sony TV (and Moore) to help supply high-end originals for its streaming service. Moore worked with Erlicht and Van Amburg on shows including the Starz hit Outlander, among others. Ahead of its premiere, Moore said the freshman order ends in 1974, while future seasons will focus on subsequent years in the development of the space program, eventually leading up to the present day and beyond — essentially an idealized version of the future and space travel that the Apollo program represented in the 1960s.
Picked up to series in January 2018, See is from Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content. The first three episodes launched Friday, with subsequent installments to bow weekly. Alfre Woodard co-stars.
Next up for Apple TV+ are the scripted originals Servant (Nov. 28) and Truth Be Told (Dec. 6).
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