Sigmund Judge

Apple TV+ Unveil Slate of Shows at TCA 2021 Winter Press Tour

A recap of an exciting afternoon for television critics.

Apple presented a slate of shows to the Television Critics Association on Friday, highlighting seven scripted original shows including recent hits, returns and new original series joining the award winning streaming service later this year.

For the second year in a row Apple shunned the usual tradition of an executive session with neither video heads Zack Van Amburg nor Jamie Erlicht involved in the presentation. Instead Apple gave full focus to those creating those magical rays of light that flood out of our screens, showcasing a number of existing shows, returning shows and new original series with sessions for 'Physical,' 'The Mosquito Coast,' 'Losing Alice,' 'Servant,' 'Lisey's Story,' 'Mythic Quest: Season 2,' 'For All Mankind' and ''Schmigadoon!'

Finally, Apple closed this years presentation to esteemed television critics with a showcase of more Apple Originals coming in Spring 2021 and beyond including 'Foundation,' 'Mr. Corman' and 'The Shrink Next Door,' as well as upcoming second seasons for award-winning series 'Home Before Dark,' 'The Morning Show,' 'Trying,' 'Truth Be Told,' 'Central Park' and 'See.'

In a series of tweets that followed shortly afterward, Apple have confirmed when to expect the return of successful original series and the debut of new originals not presented earlier. Spring sees the return of 'Ghostwriter' season 2 part 2 whilst subscribers can expect to see the return of  'Central Park,' 'Home Before Dark,' 'The Morning Show,' 'Ted Lasso' and 'Truth Be Told' in the Summer along with new original series 'Mr. Corman.' Season 2 of 'SEE' will premier in the Fall along with the debut of 'Foundation.'

Here's a roundup of everything Apple confirmed today coming to Apple TV+ screens later this year:

Physical

Comedy | 10 episodes | Summer

Rose Byrne 'Physical' first look image courtesy of Apple

'Physical' is a 10-episode 1980's dramedy chronicling the journey of  Sheila Rubin - Played by Rose Byrne - as a woman that finds financial independence yet still lacks agency which leads her to a journey of empowerment. Created by Annie Weisman, credits on the series are predominantly female with the show being described as a companion piece to the FX hit 'Mrs America' as the lead character is an active feminist in the same era as the aforementioned show.

Apple TV+ press release follows:

Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, “Physical” is a half-hour dark comedy following Sheila Rubin, a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image… that is, until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.

At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila’s real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) — the female lifestyle guru.

'Physical' is expected to debut later this summer on Apple TV+.

The Mosquito Coast

Drama | 7 episodes | April 30th

'The Mosquito Coast' image courtesy of Apple

Based on the 1981 novel of the same name, 'The Mosquito Coast' explores what lines we would cross to protect the ones we love. The high stakes drama promises shocking twists, and a new adventure which follows the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux) who uproots his family for Mexico seeking a safe haven. The limited series also stars Melissa George, Logan Polish & Gabriel Bateman and is executive produced by Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt.

Justin Theroux is the nephew of the novels author Paul Theroux and said that he viewed the the story through a slightly different prism from the novel, which is great to hear as the novel had already been adapted for screen in a 1986 feature starring Harrison Ford. Justin Theroux told those in attendance how he had unprecedented access to his uncles thoughts on Allie Fox and the different aspects of the family that make him what he is.

Apple TV+ press released a brief description and teaser for the upcoming show:

Adapted from the best selling novel, “The Mosquito Coast” is a gripping adventure and layered character drama following the dangerous journey of a radical idealist and brilliant inventor, Allie Fox (Justin Theroux), who uproots his family for Mexico when they suddenly find themselves on the run from the US government.

'The Mosquito Coast' will premiere April 30th on Apple TV+.

Lisey's Story

Thriller | 8 episodes | Summer

'Lisey's Story' image courtesy of Apple

Stephen King's romantic suspense thriller is getting a screen adaptation starring Julianne Moore, Clive Owen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Joan Allen, Dane DeHaan and Ron Cephas Jones. The 2006 novel tells the story of Lisey Landon, the widow of a famous and wildly successful novelist, Scott Landon. The novel is comprised of two stories—Lisey's story in the present, and the story of her dead husband's life as remembered by Lisey.

Apple TV+ press released release follows:

Based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, and adapted by the author himself, “Lisey’s Story” is a deeply personal thriller that follows Lisey Landon (Academy Award winner Julianne Moore) two years after the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (Academy Award nominee Clive Owen). A series of unsettling events causes Lisey to face memories of her marriage to Scott that she has deliberately blocked out of her mind.

An Apple Original limited series, “Lisey’s Story” is directed by Pablo Larraín, and hails from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. King, Moore and Larraín executive produce alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Juan de Dios Larraín. Every episode of the series was personally written by King. Joan Allen, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Dane DeHaan star alongside Moore and Owen.

'Lisey's Story' s expected to premiere this summer on Apple TV+.

Mythic Quest: Season 2

Comedy | 10 episodes | May 7th

'Mythic Quest' Season 2 image courtesy of Apple

Mythic Quest returns for it's second season (with a new logo might I add), exploring the challenges of creating a new game expansion, working with a dysfunctional team, and navigating HR-approved relationships. The second season finds (almost) everyone back in the office.

During today's panel co-creator Rob McElhenney noted that unlike his other show 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' the characters don't stay the same for 15 years and that in season 2 Ian and Poppy's relationship is less combative and more collaborative. Before everyone goes crazy thinking that collaboration could lead to love, executive producer Megan Ganz had this to say:

"I see Poppy & Ian being in a non-sexual child rearing relationship. The child is the game. We won't ever make that a romantic relationship. All of their love is put into the game, they are putting their time into it"

Apple TV+ press released a brief description and teaser for the upcoming season:

With the quarantine finally over, the new season of "Mythic Quest” finds everyone back in the office (well, almost everyone), attempting to build upon the success of Raven's Banquet by launching an epic new expansion, but Ian (Rob McElhenney) and the newly promoted co-creative director, Poppy (Charlotte Nicdao), struggle with the game’s direction. Meanwhile, C.W. (F. Murray Abraham) reconciles some unresolved issues from his past, the testers (Ashly Burch and Imani Hakim) test the bounds of an office romance, and David (David Hornsby) loses yet another woman in his life as Jo (Jessie Ennis) leaves him to assist Brad (Danny Pudi).

'Mythic Quest' returns for season 2, premiering May 7th on Apple TV+.

Schmigadoon!

Comedy | 6 episodes | Summer

'Schmigadoon!' Cecily Strong & Keegan-Michael Key first look image courtesy of Apple 

'Schmigadoon!' brings Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key together for a sing-song in a "deconstruction" of 1940's golden age musicals in this new original limited comedy series. They play a bickering couple whose relationship is put to the test after a walk through the forest lands them in a quirky town out of classic musical.

Created and Executive Produced by Cinco Paul, the production called for everyone to sing and dance live on set (no pre-recorded tracks) so of course they went to people who had legitimate musical chops. The cast will be a joy for fans of stage and includes Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Jaime Camil, Dickinson's Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada. The extraordinary cast and the promise of easter-eggs and hidden references make for a show thats sure to be an absolute blast!

Apple TV+ press released release follows:

Apple TV+ unveiled a first look at “Schmigadoon!,” a new musical comedy series executive produced by Lorne Michaels, and starring Emmy Award nominee Cecily Strong and Emmy Award winner Keegan-Michael Key that is set to make its global debut this summer on Apple TV+, presented today at the Television Critics Association Winter 2021 Press Tour.

“Schmigadoon!,” a parody of iconic musicals, stars Cecily Strong and Keegan-Michael Key as a couple on a backpacking trip designed to reinvigorate their relationship when they discover a magical town in which everyone is living in a studio musical from the 1940s. They then discover that they can’t leave until they find “true love.” The first season of the six-episode series also stars Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.

Hailing from Broadway Video and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, “Schmigadoon!” is co-created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio. Cinco Paul serves as showrunner, and wrote all of the original music for the series. Barry Sonnenfeld directs and executive produces. In addition to starring, Cecily Strong serves as producer, and Ken Daurio serves as consulting producer and writer. Andrew Singer executive produces with Lorne Michaels on behalf of Broadway Video.

'Schmigadoon!' is expected to premiere this summer on Apple TV+.


Apple is growing from strength to strength not just in terms of engagement but in with its growing library of premium original content. Each major new original announcement is followed by a record viewership announcement but of course it's yet to be seen if those free trials convert to paid subscriptions. My guess is that the quality of Apple's originals will prevail, along with the incredible value offered in the Apple One bundle of services.

I think we're in for a great year ahead with more surprises to come. Let me know what you're most excited for over on twitter @sigjudge.

Sigmund Judge

Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

For All Mankind

Apple TV+ | S2, E1 | 56 min | TV-14

'Every Little Thing' marks the return of Ronald D. Moore's crtically acclaimed alt-history space-race drama. We rejoin the story eight years later in 1983 where technology and lunar exploration have taken huge strides. Whilst competition between the USA and the Soviet Union intensifies, it's space itself that threatens the astronauts on Jamesown. Do check out this week's special features for a video timeline bridging the gap between 1975-1982 with news reports documenting the alternate-history that transpired between seasons.

Our latest podcast previews the season ahead with Zac Hall (Space Explored) and the creative team behind the series.

Survival Z

Apple Arcade | Action | 9+

This week's Apple Arcade release from Ember Entertainment is a fun mix of roguelike and tower defense. Set in a post apocalyptic world where zombies dominate the landscape, your goal is to save as many people as you can whilst exterminating the undead the roam the 50 levels available. You've never seen a more gorgouse post apocalyptic world!

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E7 | 55 min | TV-MA

'The Scene' is the latest episode from the Israeli thriller which sees Alice attempt to maintain her professionalism when directing an intense love scene between David and Sophie. A slow, brooding build-up to next week's finale.

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E9 | 32 min | TV-14

'I Like a Look of Agony' is the comedy's penultimate episode for season 2. Austin distracts himself from the pain of life by throwing a tea party. Conflict broods within the family business as a major political event unfolds and print media shows its ugly side. Don't forget to watch Alena Smith on Resistence, this week's extra where Dickinson's creator recounts the writers inspired by the events leading to America's Civil War in 1861.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E6 | 25 min | TV-MA

More than a shot of caffeine, 'Espresso' is yet another masterful example of my favourite show currently airing on Apple TV+. Directed by Isabella Eklöf (Border, Let the Right One In), the latest episode sees an unexpected visitor push everyone to their limits as Sean re-examines his past and Dorothy attempts to negotiate a delicate exchange.

Ted Lasso Extras

TedLassoExtras.com | Unrated

Apple's for your consideration team have made a number of question and answer sessions available following an unprecedented number nominations for Apple TV+ original comedy 'Ted Lasso'. SAG members have two easy votes to cast: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Sudeikis.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Nomadland

Hulu | 1 hr 47 min | R

Chloé Zhao’s beautifully empathic Oscar-tipped feature follows a sixtysomething woman who doesn’t seem to stay in one place for to long. Tired of her old life and living off the grid. Featuring breathtaking cinematography and a captivating performance from Francis McDormant alongside real life Nomads, there’s a documentary like quality to this very observant film about an America the mainstream have lost sight of.

It's A Sin

HBO Max | S1 | TV-MA

Set over the course of a decade 1981-1991, this limited British mini series from Russell T Davies follows five friends whose lives are tested as they grow up in the shadow of AIDS. Incredibly well written and beautifully acted by a fully LGBT cast.

I Care a Lot

Netflix | 1 hr 59 min | R

Hillariously vicious from the outset, Rosemary Pike stars in the J Blakeson written and directed dark comedy thriller as somewhat of a grifter who has built a small-time empire out of convincing the state to make her the legal guardian of individuals who supposedly aren't capable of looking after themselves anymore when many are. Also starring Peter Dinklage. Highly recommended.

The Muppet Show

Disney+ | S1-5 | TV-PG

All five seasons of The Muppet Show which ran from 1976 to 1981 are now available to watch. Featuring Jim Henson’s most famous creations, each episode is packed full of daft sketches, exuberant songs and an exhausting list of A-list stars. This is more than a trip down memory lane, this is a mastery in entertainment and not just a mastery of the puppets entertaining.


Apple Arcade Updates:

Please check back for this week's Apple Arcade updates later today.

Sigmund Judge

Magic Rays of Light, Episode 13 - Apple TV+ Original ‘For All Mankind’ Season 2 Special With Zac Hall 👨‍🚀

Sigmund and SpaceExplored.com founder and long time 9to5Mac lead editor Zac Hall preview season 2 of Apple TV+ Original drama ‘For All Mankind’. Plus Sofia Coppola (On The Rocks) and more.

Zac talks to the shows creative team; Maril Davis (Executive Producer), Ronald D. Moore (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer), Ben Nedivi (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer) and Matt Wolpert (Co-Creator, Writer & Executive Producer).

Jonathan Reed

Apple Announces ‘For All Mankind: The Official Podcast’

Apple has announced a new 10 part podcast series.

Apple today released a teaser trailer (above) for it’s very first Apple TV+ focused bi-weekly podcast.

Hosted by actor Krys Marshall, who plays Danielle Poole on the show, it will avoid episode recaps and focus more on the space exploration itself, the making of the show and science behind it. Featuring interviews with former astronauts, advisors, showrunners and the actors, the podcast launches this Friday on Apple Podcasts. However, it won’t be an exclusive and will also be available through all other podcast apps.

You can subscribe here or search for it in your podcast app.

For All Mankind season 2 premieres this Friday on Apple TV+.

You can check out our full review here. (Very minimal spoilers)

Jonathan Reed

TV+ Development Round-up 15th Feb

A round up of Apple TV+ production announcements.

Apple TV+ has a lot of shows and movies in development, with new announcements coming quite regularly.

Here’s all the news from the last week:

Saray Blue has joined the cast of Apple TV+ upcoming ‘The Shrink Next Door’ starring Will Ferrel, Paul Rudd and Kathryn Hahn. Blue will play a patient of Rudd’s character.

Clare Danes is replacing Kiera Knightly in ‘Essex Serpent’, the upcoming series for TV+. Knightly left in October due to family reasons.

Apple Studios has won a bidding war for a new film called ‘Dolly’ starring Florence Pugh. The “sci-fi courtroom drama” will be written by Vanessa Taylor and Drew Pearce with Pugh producing.

Apple is developing a new children’s show inspired by the work of Dr. Jane Goodall. It will centre on a 10 year old girl and her work to protect a different endangered animal in each episode.

Martin Scorsese has cast Lily Gladstone in his next film ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ for Apple TV+. The film also stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro. It is the first film for Apple TV+ as part of Scorsese’s exclusive deal for all film and TV productions from his ‘Sikelia Productions’.

Sigmund Judge

Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

For All Mankind: Time Capsule

App Store | iOS | Entertainment | 9+

Built using Apple's ARKit framework, 'For All Mankind: Time Capsule' bridges the ten year gap between season 1 and next week's season 2 debut of the alt-history space-race Apple original drama series from Ron Moore. The first TV+ AR experience comes from the perspective of a teenage Danny Stevens, the son of astronauts Tracy and Gordo Stevens in the series.

The app lets users interact with virtual objects (including an Apple II) and is full to the brim with little easter-eggs for fans of the show. Users with the latest iPad Pro, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max can experience additional content in the app that relies on LiDAR sensors available on those devices.

Apple Fitness+ (Heart Month Challenge)

Fitness App | Apple Watch & Apple Fitness+ Required

Apple Fitness+ celebrates its three month anniversary this weekend. It's a service I have only really just begun to dip my toe into and I am already starting to see the benefits. Apple Watch users that enjoy collecting the timed limited edition awards can get their 2021 Heart Month Challenge reward by earning 60 minutes on their exercise ring on valentines day.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E5 | 27 min | TV-MA

'Cake' is this week's episode of the Tony Basgallop thriller directed by Lisa Brühlmann. Following a ransom note, the Turners scramble to prepare for a pivitol meeting. As a bonus for this week M.Night Shyamalan took part in an insightful hour-long AMA earlier this week which can be viewed on YouTube.

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E6 | 49 min | TV-MA

As the bodies begin to pile up and filming is set to begin, Alice can't shake her suspicion that Sophie's script is based on actual events she's trying to hide. 'The Bad Reader' sees the Israeli thriller crawl to a devastating end with the series finale set for next week.

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E8 | 32 min | TV-14

'I'm Nobody! Who are you?' sees Emily Dickinson's poem published on the front page of the Springfield Republican, but she is shocked to discover that despite new found fame she has become invisible to the world and in return gives us a deeper look into that world surrounding her.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Black Art: In the Absence of Light

HBO Max | 1 hr 25 min | PG

Inspired by the work of the late artist David Driskell, this original HBO documentary explores the contributions of the world's leading African American artists to contemporary art today. From Theaster Gates and Kerry James Marshall to Faith Ringgold, Amy Sherald and many more, the film highlights the cultural contribution of the pioneering works of these great artists.

Dead Pigs

Mubi | 2 hrs 3 min | R

Cathy Yan's dramady mixes colourful characters and tales of corruption and class-disperity through several stories inspired by true events including an incident in which thousands of pig carcasses were found in the Huangpu River. This 2018 film may predate 'Birds of Prey' but it shows Yan's famed stylisation is not confined to big studio budget.

Judas And The Black Messiah

HBO Max | 2 hrs 5 min | R

In Shaka King’s historical drama, multi-award nominated Daniel Kaluuya plays the radical leader Fred Hampton, with Lakeith Stanfield as the informer who betrayed him at the commands of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The awards contender streams for a limited time until March 14th.

Saint Maud

Epix | 1 hr 24 min | R

This british horror follows a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanour causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation, whatever the cost.

Last week's recipient of the British Independent Film Award for Best Cinematography was originally set to release on iTunes (I had a pre-order) but will now enjoy one month of exclusivity on Epix - the Apple channel currently offers a 7 day free trial.


Apple Arcade Updates:

In a week that sadly sees no new Apple Arcade titles there are lots and lots of updates. Charrua Soccer celebrates it's 1 year anniversary giving players a chance of unlocking characters they may have missed throughout the year through March 14th. Lego Brawls celebrates 10 years of Ninjago with exclusive anniversary content. A new update to Manifold Garden adds an improved photo mode, a colourblind mode and improved stability on Apple TV HD.

Other updates of note include Crossy Road Castle's new 'The Great Treehouse' tower with unlockables and challenges, Red Reign's introduction of new maps 'The Dread Swamp' and 'The Mud Pit', Slash Quest with its new mini games and gamepad customisation, more puzzle levels and mini stages for Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes and a new bonus chapter for A Fold Apart with the introduction of the games latest character: Her Royal Majesty, Princess Maggie Pupperpants!

Jonathan Reed

‘For All Mankind’ Review: Season 2 Ups The Thrills, Without Losing Sight Of Its Characters

For All Mankind Season 2 - Full season watched for review.

Premieres February 19th, Apple TV+

Season 1 of For All Mankind was a well made but often frustrating show. It too often matched cliché characterisation and glacial plot progression with great performances and some whip-snap plot turns. It didn’t help that the four characters the show focused most on were not very relatable and frequently unlikeable; Ed, Karen, Gordo and Tracey. However, after a slow start, it culminated in a gripping final 2 episodes. The scene was set for an exciting season 2. For the most part, it does not disappoint.

Episode 1 starts with an extended montage of alt-history headlines, taking us 9 years ahead to 1983. There's a sense of urgency, bringing in the outer world’s influence on the inner world of NASA. Some of history stays the same, and some is different. It all seems well-considered and not just random.

As do pretty much all of the character paths and changes as we re-join them. In hindsight, it feels a lot of season 1 was treading water, allowing for plots to more easily fall into place in season 2. Creator Ronald D Moore has said he’s planned 7 seasons for this show. It doesn’t seem surprising judging by the amount of groundwork going on here.

The fall out from the death of their son Shane last season has given Ed (Joel Kinnaman) and Karen (Shantel VanSanten) fresh perspectives and while there are demons to be addressed they feel easier to connect with, giving them much more depth than ‘butch pilot’ and ‘acid-tongued wife’. However, one plot-line late in the season threatens to derail all of that good work.

The new season has mixed results for our other central duo, Gordo and Tracey. Gordo is on the speaker circuit, getting drunk and putting on weight. It’s a sad insight into what could happen after the ‘party’ is over. Michael Dorman plays it well, and it’s tragic to see. The problem is, this isn’t a show about drunk speakers. The way the writers bring Gordo back into the fold is both too obvious and too easy. Dorman does a good job, but it still feels a little forced.

Tracey, however, comes off the worst. She’s now a celebrity astronaut, appearing on Carson and living in a mansion. It’s the most frustrating and even stupid thing about this season. Almost all nuance is given up for the character, and I genuinely felt sorry for actor Sarah Jones. Also, does anyone even care whether she and Gordo are together? I don’t.

Elsewhere is where the show comes alive. The beauty of this sprawling show is the large ensemble. The well of characters to draw from is deep, smaller characters are expanded like government lackey Thomas Paine, and Bill Strausser and even Margo’s new secretary has some great smaller moments.

Speaking of which, Wrenn Schmidt as Margo, by far the best character, is now heading up NASA and having no time for your crap, thank you very much. With many angles to play and layers to reveal, actor Wrenn Schmidt is quietly giving one of the best performances on TV right now. Ellen (Jodi Balfour) also gets to grow into a new role on the administrative side, wrestling with the increased government and military influence as well as her secret sexuality. Sonya Wagner as Molly, upgraded to series regular this year, is a big part of episode 1 and continues to be a joy to watch the rest of the season. Krys (Danielle Poole) is also trying to discover her legacy and how she finds her place in the African-American story. Considering how history has developed, I hope we dig more into her story over coming seasons.

There’s plenty of character work going on which all provides a fantastic appetiser to GUNS ON THE MOON!

Only joking, though as you can see from the poster that does happen. No, what we want is more space action! Season 1 finally went there at the end, and you’ll get more here, but importantly, it’s not at the expense of plot.

While season 1’s outside threat of the Soviet’s space plans was, for the most part, out of sight, season 2 sees it become much more influential. Now we’ve moved past the point of actually trying to GET to the moon, NASA and the Soviets now want to assert their pressence. This brings them into much more direct conflict, political and otherwise. Margo, Ellen and others have to deal with all the political machinations of governments wanting to flex their insecure muscles as well as who to pick for the next mission to the moon. It’s the strongest part of the season’s plot arcs.

Increasingly the characters are dealing with the ongoing toll of these missions, all the while grappling with their place in history and what legacy each other, as well as NASA, will leave. When the show drills into this, it makes for some great moments, even as we look forward to the next moment IN SPACE!

The first episode is a thrilling hour. Giving the characters plenty to do early on, it culminates in a pulse-pounding final few minutes. The seasons opening episode is the show at it’s most potent - building on strong characterisation, engrossing direction and a pretty sizeable special effects budget; it will have you counting the days until episode 2 (you don’t get the first 3 episodes at once this time).

For All Mankind season 2 is an example of a maturing show; building on what’s gone before while learning from its missteps and introducing more high drama. It can still be a little cheesy in parts (there are TWO impromptu singalongs in the first 3 episodes) and one or two plots threaten to slip into cliché, but above it, all the writers never lose sight of the fact that character is king. Succeed with that, and it only enhances the thrills and fun of the plot. It’s what makes the best entertainment and what makes this show thoroughly enjoyable, even as it shows it’s potential to become truly great in years to come.

Sigmund Judge

Apple TV+ FYC: Your Guide to Apple Originals Award Wins and Nominations

Apple Originals have been honored with a host of awards nominations and awards wins since launching original programming in November 2019. Those accolades include Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, SAG Awards, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award and more.

UPDATE: 2/18/21

International Film Music Critics Association 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Score For An Animated Feature - Bruno Coulais for "Wolfwalkers"

Makeup & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominations

  • Television Special, One Hour Or More Live Programs Series, Or Movie For Television - Best Contemporary Hair Styling - Jayson Medina, Abraham Esparza, Nicole Walpert, Brian Steven Banks for "Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special"
  • Children And Teen Television Programming - Best Hair Styling - Liz Roelands for "Ghostwriter"

2/15/21

Seattle Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

Satellite Awards 2021 Wins

  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media - “Wolfwalkers”

2/13/21

Utah Film Critics Association 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

2/11/21

Santa Barbara Film Festival Awards Win

  • Modern Master Honoree -  Bill Murray “On The Rocks”

Dorian Film Awards Nominations

  • Most Visually Striking Film - "WolfWalkers

93rd Annual Academy Awards Shortlist

  • Documentary Feature - "Boys State"

2/10/21

Dalls-Fort Worth Film Critics Association 2021 Awards Runner Up

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"

2/08/21

Washington DC Area Film Critics Awards

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

Seattle Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”

AARP Movies & TV For Grown Ups Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Intergenerational Film - "On The Rocks"
  • Best Actress - Jennifer Aniston in "The Morning Show"
  • Best Series - "Ted Lasso"

Critics Choice Film Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Young Actor/Actress - Ryder Allen in “Palmer”
  • Best Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Best Comedy - “On The Rocks”

RadioTimes.com 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Comedy - “Ted Lasso”

2/07/21

Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2020 Wins

  • Best Animated Feature - “Wolfwalkers”

AFI Awards Honoree

  • Producing Fellow -  Joseph Alan Gonzales for “Ted Lasso”

2/06/21

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor -  Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Voice Performance - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Animated Feature - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

2/04/21

Screen Actors Guild Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Male Performance in a Comedy Series -  Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
  • Outstanding Ensemble Cast Performance in a Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”

2/03/21

Golden Globes 2021 Nominations

  • Best Motion Picture, Animated Motion Picture– “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy – “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In Any Motion Picture – Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

2/02/21

Sundance Film Festival Awards 2021 Wins

  • U.S. Grand Jury Prize, Dramatic - “CODA”
  • Audience Award: U.S., Dramatic - “CODA”
  • Directing Award: U.S., Dramatic - Siân Heder, “CODA”
  • U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Best Ensemble - The cast of “CODA” (Emilia Jones, Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, and Marlee Matlin)

52nd NAACP Image Awards Nominations

  • Outstanding Talk Series - “The Oprah Conversation”
  • Outstanding Animated Series - “Central Park”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture - Anthony Mackie “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture - Nia Long “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Independent Motion Picture - “The Banker”
  • Oustanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture - “The Banker”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Lee Eisenberg, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon – Little America –  for “The Rock” - “Little America”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series - Rajiv Joseph  for “The Manager” - “Little America”
  • Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - Jessica Lamour for “Love Hurts” - “Little Voice”
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series - Aurora Guerrero – “The Jaguar” - “Little America”

Hollywood Critics Association 2021 Awards Nominations

  • Best Animated or VFX Performance - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Female Director - Sofia Coppola for "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Film - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"
  • Best Comedy/Musical - "On The Rocks"

2/01/21

Satellite Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - Rashida Jones in “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical - “On The Rocks”
  • Outstanding Motion Picture, Animated or Mixed Media - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Outstanding Visual Effects - “Greyhound”
  • Outstanding Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical - Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

Atlanta Film Critics Circle Awards 2021

  • Best Animated Film Runner Up - “Wolfwalkers”

1/30/21

Pandora International Film Critics Awards

  • Best Animated Motion Picture  - “Wolfwalkers”

1/29/21

Writers Guild of America Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best New Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Episodic Comedy “Pilot” - “Ted Lasso”

1/27/21

New York Film Critics Online Nominations

  • Best New Scripted Series - “Little America”

1/26/21

2021 Film Independant Spirit Awards Nominations

  • Best New Scripted Series - “Little America”
  • Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series - Adam Ali in “Little America”
  • Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series - Conphidance in “Little America”

National Board of Review Wins

  • Top 5 Documentary - “Boys State”
  • Top 10 Independent Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/25/21

AFI Awards 2020 Honoree

  • AFI Television Program Of The Year - “Ted Lasso”

1/24/21

Kansas City Film Crtics Circle Awards

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/19/21

Online Film Critics Society Nominations

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"
  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"

1/18/21

Critics Choice TV Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Best Comedy Series - “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series -  Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Hannah Waddingham in “Ted Lasso”

1/17/21

San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Awards Nominations

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State" (Honourable Mention)

Hollywood Music In Media Awards Nominations

  • Original Score - Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/16/21

36th  International Documentary Association Awards Nominations

  • Best Music Documentary- “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Cinematography - “Boys State”
  • Best Editing - “Boys State”

1/15/21

Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2021 Nomination

  • Original Score or Limited Series - Tom Howe, Marcus Mumford “Ted Lasso”

North Dakota Film Society Awards 2021 Runner Up

  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/13/21

Houston Film Critics Society Awards Nominations

  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Bill Murray in "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best Documentary Feature - "Boys State"
  • Texas Independant Film Award - "Boys State"

1/11/21

Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2021 Nomination

  • Original Score or Limited Series - Tom Howe, Marcus Mumford “Ted Lasso”

San Diego Critics Society 2021 Awards Win

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/08/21

St. Louis Film Critics Association Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Action Film - "Greyhound"
  • Best Comedy Film - "On The Rocks"
  • Best Animated Feature - "Wolfwalkers"

1/08/21

San Diego Critics Society 2021 Awards Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Comedic Performance - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Original Screenplay - Sofia Coppola “On The Rocks”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

North Dakota Film Society 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

1/07/21

19th Annual Columbus Film Critics Association Awards Win

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

1/06/21

2020 Oklahoma Film Critics Circle Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

1/03/21

2020 Chicago Indie Critics Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - “Boys State”

12/28/20

North Carolina Film Critics Association 2021 Nominations

  • Best Documentary Film - “Boys State”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”

12/20/20

Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Wins

  • Best Animation - “Wolfwalkers”

12/18/20

New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2020 Wins

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

Chicago Film Critics Association 2020 Nominations

  • Best Supporting Actor - Bill Murray in “On The Rocks”
  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

12/13/20

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

11/19/20

Critics Choice Super Awards Nominations

  • Best Action Movie - “Greyhound”
  • Best Actor in an Action Movie - Tom Hanks in “Greyhound”
  • Best Animated Movie - “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie - Honor Kneafsey in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Voice Actress in an Animated Movie - Eva Whittaker in “Wolfwalkers”
  • Best Animated Series - “Central Park”

11/16/20

Critics Choice Documentary 2020 Awards Wins

  • Best Music Documentary - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Political Documentary - “Boys State”
  • Most Compelling Living Subject of a Documentary (Honor) - Steven Garza “Boys State”

11/12/20

30th Annual IFP Gotham Awards Nominations

  • Best International Feature - “Wolfwalkers”

10/26/20

Critics Choice Documentary 2020 Awards Nominations

  • Best Narration - “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds”
  • Best Music Documentary - “Beastie Boys Story”
  • Best Political Documentary - “Boys Story”

9/21/20

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”

9/21/20

72nd Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Steve Carell “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Jennifer Aniston in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Billy Crudup in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Mark Duplass in “The Morning Show”
  • Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance - Leslie Odom Jr. in “Episode One”, “Central Park”
  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”
  • Outstanding Production Design For A Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour Or More) -  "In The Dark Night Of The Soul It’s Always 3:30” John Paino Production Designer, James F. Truesdale Art Director, Amy Wells, Set Decorator -“The Morning Show”

6/10/20

Peabody 30 Wins

  • Peabody Entertainment Category - “Dickinson”

9/23/19

71st Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”

9/18/18

70th Primetime Emmy Awards Wins

  • Outstanding Short Form Variety Series - “Carpool Karaoke”
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Up Next: This Week's Apple TV Releases

The Snoopy Show

Apple TV+ | S1 | TV-G

The Peanuts gang have been a mainstay since Apple TV+ launched at the end of 2019, adding a host of new and familiar specials. The Snoopy Show continues where the most recent holiday specials left off, presenting a collection of six twenty-three minute episodes which hold all the charm of Charles M. Schulz original comic strip illustrations. You can read our review of the latest Peanuts outing here.

Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown

Apple TV+ | 25 min | TV-G

One week before the big day, Apple have restored the Peanuts 1975 classic in 4K, adding the short to an every expanding Apple TV+ library. "It's Valentine's Day and hearts are mostly fluttering. Charlie Brown is waiting for his valentines to start rolling in and Linus buys a present for his teacher Miss Othmar - which Sally mistakes as a gift from her Sweet Babboo."

lumen.

Apple Arcade | Puzzle | 4+

In this new Apple Arcade release with unique mechanics from Lykkegaard Europe - the creators of Arcade hit tint.! - you need to use lights, mirrors and lenses to solve puzzles, unlocking and restore amusing cinematics as you go and unravelling the mystery of a famed inventor. I'm just a few hours into 'lumen'. myself and I'm enjoying it immensly thanks to it's learning curb that will satisfy both novice and experienced gamers alike.

Dickinson

Apple TV+ | S2, E7 | 27 min | TV-14

'Forever - is composed of Nows,' is the latest episode from the Peabody 30 2019 award winner and follows Emily as she worries that she may have blown her shot at publication leading her to spiral into depression. Her mother attempts to help her with a trip to the water cure.

Losing Alice

Apple TV+ | S1, E5 | 48 min | TV-MA

After successfully casting Sophie the chemistry between herself and David begin to cause problems at home. New revelations cause Alice to dig deeper in to Sophie's life.

Servant

Apple TV+ | S2, E4 | 34 min | TV-MA

With M. Night Shyamalan back in the directors chair for '2:00', we join Dorothy, Sean and Julian as they welcome a new guest to the house. Unfortunatley for that guest Dorothy turns to some bold tactics in order to get what she wants.

Other Apple TV Highlights:

Super Bowl LV Chiefs vs. Buccaneers

NFL App, CBS All Access App, CBS Sports App | Feb 7

Live from a socially distanced Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs face 10 time Super Bowl participant Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. This years half-time show is one Im personally excited to see and comes from Canadian R'N'B sensation The Weeknd with the singer/songwriter promising something a Super Bowl auadience has never seen before. Super Bowl LV kicks off Sunday, February 7 at 6:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm CT / 3:30 pm PT with official pre-game coverage starting at 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT / 11:30 am PT.

Malcolm & Marie

Netflix | 1 hr 46 min | R

As a filmmaker and his girlfriend return home from his movie premiere, smoldering tensions and painful revelations push them toward a romantic reckoning. Emmy winner Zendaya and Golden Globe nominee John David Washington deliver career-best performances in this mesmerising two-hander that ruminates on love, life and art. The latest film from Sam Levinson.

Life in a Day 2020

YouTube | Feb 6 | 1 hr 27 min | Unrated

On July 25 of last year 340,000 amateur filmmakers from 192 countries, submitted parts of their lives for this poignant documentary. A follow up to 2010's film,the 87 min runtime captures a portrait of one day in a year that saw a global pandemic, Black Lives Matter protests and political division. A microcosm of 2020 through many lenses that capture a single 24-hour period, from love and loss, birth and death, triumph and tragedy, sorrow and happiness. From Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald and producer Ridley Scott.

The Go-Go's

TV app, Showtime | 1 hr 37 min | Unrated

Tying with 'Beastie Boys Story' for Best Music Documentary at last years Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Alison Ellwood takes a look at the darker side of The Go-Go's breezy fun-girl peppy pop that had the band ride the first wave of MTV stardom. A fascinating story about the first all-girl group in the U.S. to have a No. 1 record playing its own instruments and writing its own songs.

There Is No “I” in Threesome

HBO Max |  Feb 11 | R

This new New-Zealand based documentary has one of the most enticing titles we're likely to see this year and captures a couple who who enter into a pre-marriage polyamorous relationship. Less about love and sexuality and more about vulnerability, trust and perception, watch out for hilarious reactions from friends and family as-well-as a head-spinning twist.


Apple Arcade Updates:

This week's Apple Arcade updates are plentiful starting with a new updat to action platformer Fallen Knight titled 'Galahad's Path' which includes a newly added 'Boss Rush Mode' along with a new playable character, Galahad. Spire Blast has added the ability to mute music and sound effects, fixed minor bugs including the unlocking of achievments and dramatically reduced the size of the game (now a 1/5 of its original size). Alba fixed a crash related to iCloud whilst NUTS has added additional tutorials for first time forest researchers. Lastly Rayman Mini see's the return of Mr. Dark who will give you contracts in any game mode in order to complete your in-game collection!