We’re still two weeks out from launch, yet Apple has enough confidence in its upcoming line-up of original series that is has handed out renewal orders for several of them.
The Jason Momoa-led post-apocalyptic drama “See,” the Hailee Steinfeld-led young adult drama “Dickinson,” the anthology series “Little America” and the mystery drama “Home Before Dark” have all scored second seasons. In fact, production is already underway on the next season of “Dickinson”.
Update: The Joel Kinnaman-led “For All Mankind” has also scored a second season and began production on that this week.
The news is revealed in a new THR feature piece about the path to the service’s launch which also confirms some figures.
The highest-profile new series, the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon-led “The Morning Show,” is the most expensive of the news shows. It was picked up at the onset and came in at a total of $300 million for two seasons of ten episodes each. Also costing a bunch is “See” which has been estimated to cost $240 million for two seasons of eight episodes each.
Understandably, Apple has already blown past the $1 billion outlay it put aside for its initial slate of programming. The report also plays down the strict family-friendly guidelines previously rumored saying episodes of “The Morning Show” are said to contain a bunch of coarse language. According to the report, explicit content can be included but “must be in service of the storyline and all projects should, ultimately, mesh with Apple’s aspirational brand identity.”
Also confirmed are the launch dates for M. Night Shyamalan thriller series “Servant” which hits November 28th, and the Octavia Spencer-led “Truth Be Told” due December 6th.