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Sigmund Judge

Billie Eilish Film Continues Positive Viewing Figures Trend for Apple TV+

Billie Eilish in '...The World's A Little Blurry' courtesy of Apple

R.J. Cutler's 'Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry' was by-far-and-a-way the most successful single piece of Apple TV+ content amongst young adults since the Apple streaming service launched 15 months ago.

According to a Deadline report, the Billie Eilish documentary film which premiered on Thursday, February 25th in over 100 countries drew a record-breaking 33% of new viewers to the service with close to half of that viewership coming from international viewers outside of the US including U.K., Australia, Mexico, Germany, Brazil, Russia, the Netherlands, France, and more, per Apple.

Whilst Apple do not provide viewing data by-the-numbers for the service, this latest report follows on from similarly positive reports following the season 2 premiers of 'Dickinson,' 'Servant' and 'For All Mankind.' Apple TV+ has also seen a host of awards recognition increasing interest in its original series 'Ted Lasso' and original features 'On The Rocks,' 'Greyhound' and 'Wolfwalkers' - with the much-lauded animation today nominated for no-less-than 10 Annie Awards.

'Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry' tells the true coming-of-age story of the singer-songwriter and her rise to global superstardom and comes highly recommended.

Sigmund Judge

Apple Release Trailer for ‘Calls,’ Coming to TV+ March 19th

Apple TV+ have released a teaser trailer for the upcoming series 'Calls' which is set to debut on the prestigious streaming service later this month.

Based on the French series of the same name by Timothée Hochet, 'Calls' promises to be a groundbreaking experience that masterfully uses audio and minimal visuals to tell bone-chilling stories centred around an apocalyptic event.

Calls - Official Trailer | Apple TV+

The Fede Álvarez ('Don’t Breathe') directed series is a Canal+ and Apple TV+ co-production consisting of nine episodes featuring the voices of Nick Jonas, Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Joey King, Pedro Pascal, Mark Duplass, Karen Gillan, Judy Greer, Aubrey Plaza, Danny Pudi, Paul Walter Hauser, Jaeden Martell, Riley Keough, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ben Schwartz, Jennifer Tilly, and more.

Apple TV+ subscribers can add 'Calls' to their Up Next queue in anticipation of the show's nine episode debut on March 19th.

Sigmund Judge

Apple TV+ Orders 'Roar,' a Starstudded 'Female-Driven Anthology' from Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch

Apple TV+ has ordered 'Roar,' a new anthology series starring Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, and Alison Brie. Apple introduced the upcoming eight half-hour limited anthology series via press release.

This is the first project to be green-lit by Apple following last years overall deal with 'Glow' creators Carly Mensch and Liz Flahive. Bruna Papandrea and Nicole Kidman are set to executive produce having worked together previously on the international hit 'Big Little Lies.'

'Roar' is based on a darkly comic 2018 book of short stories by Cecilia Ahern ('P.S. I Love You') which explores - sometimes in fantastical ways - how women of all kinds navigate the world today.

Apple TV+ orders star-studded female-driven anthology series “Roar” from creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and executive producers Nicole Kidman and Bruna Papandrea

Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Erivo, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie and more to star in new Apple Original series

Apple TV+ today announced a series order for “Roar,” a new anthology series of darkly comic feminist fables that will star Academy, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Nicole Kidman; Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo; Emmy Award winner Merritt Wever; Golden Globe nominee Alison Brie; and more to be announced soon.

Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (“GLOW”), and based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, “Roar” is a collection of eight half-hour genre-bending episodes, told from a uniquely female point of view.

The series is the first to be released under Mensch and Flahive’s overall deal with Apple.

In addition to starring, Kidman will executive produce alongside Per Saari via Blossom Films. Emmy Award-winning producer Bruna Papandrea, Steve Hutensky and Allie Goss will executive produce on behalf of Made Up Stories. Flahive and Mensch will create, showrun and serve as executive producers. Theresa Park will serve as executive producer for her Per Capita Productions and author Cecelia Ahern will executive produce through Greenlight Go. “Roar” will be produced for Apple by Endeavor Content.

“Roar” will join a growing lineup of Apple Original anthology series including the Film Independent Spirit, GLAAD and NAACP Image Award-nominated “Little America.” The new series will also make its global debut on Apple TV+ alongside highly anticipated female-led Apple Originals including “Physical,” a new dramedy from creator Annie Weisman, and starring and executive produced by Rose Byrne that will premiere this summer; “The Last Thing He Told Me,” starring Julia Roberts, and written by Oscar winner Josh Singer and Laura Dave; “High Desert,” from creator and writer Nancy Fichman, and starring and executive produced by Patricia Arquette; “Lessons in Chemistry,” starring and executive produced by Brie Larson, and written and executive produced by written by Susannah Grant; the second season of Emmy, Critics Choice and SAG award-winning and Golden Globe Award-nominated series “The Morning Show”; the second season of NAACP Image Award-winning “Truth Be Told,” from creator Nichelle Tramble Spellman, and starring Octavia Spencer and Kate Hudson; and more.

Apple TV+ is home to award-winning Apple Originals from today’s most imaginative storytellers. Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service. Apple Originals have been honored with 271 awards nominations and 71 wins in just over a year, including Critics Choice Awards, Critics Choice Documentary Awards, Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, an NAACP Image Award, a Peabody Award and more.

Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, select Samsung, LG, Sony and VIZIO smart TVs, Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For a limited time, customers who purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac or iPod touch can enjoy one year of Apple TV+ for free. This special offer is good for three months after the first activation of the eligible device.1

Sigmund Judge

'Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry' Review

A personal look at the rise of a teenage icon.

Billie Eilish image courtesy of Apple 

Billie Eilish: The World's A Little Blurry - Premieres February 26th, Apple TV+

There’s nothing quite like watching your favourite music artist stay true to their ambitious vision and subsequently shoot to the moon on a rocket-fuelled by universal adulation. The latest film from award-winning documentarian R.J. Cutler captures that experience first-hand in a way that is equally as raw and unpretentious as its on-screen subject.

Billie Eilish at age nineteen has reached the stratospheric heights of fame and popularity through her music and unique visual stylings which not only entertain but exude the kind of vulnerability one would expect from a teenager juggling her career with the kind of anxiety and ponderous questions that tend to overwhelm us all both during and beyond adolescence. It's that type of vulnerability that has been key to her success and what makes the two-plus hours of this verité-style documentary a brilliantly authentic introduction to the human and the support network behind a generational talent. A talent unearthed at age thirteen when Billie's brother posted a song they had written for a dance recital to the internet.

That home recording of 'Ocean Eyes' is just one of the many clips of family home videos spliced with RJ Cutler's footage that fortuitously captured the rise of a star from late 2018 through Eilish's historic Grammys success in 2020. Go Pro's document the creative process within her family's Los Angeles home studio which leads to the much-celebrated sophomore album 'When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?' The work of spooky-sibling telepathy between Eilish and her exceptionally talented older-sibling Finneas O'Connell. A traditional camera crew follow Eilish on tour around the world and her ever-present parents document the typical teenage milestones and creative differences between their son and daughter.

Billie Eilish and Patrick O'Connell image courtesy of Apple 

I was a fan of Billie's and Finneas's before, I am now as much a fan of their mom Maggie Baird and father Patrick O'Connell. The two ever-present parents pride for their children radiates the screen and their protective instincts leave a measure of reassurance to anyone with the first-hand experience of an industry fraught with potential dangers. In one scene Billie is sat alongside her publicist discussing the potential pitfalls of making broad anti-drug statements early on as a public figure only for her mom to chime in "Are you actually not going to let her be authentic to who she is now, in case she grows up to do drugs?."

Another stand-out scene sees father Patrick channel Richard Linklaters 'Boyhood' as he talks to the camera shortly after his daughter sets off on her first car ride. "We live in denial. You can't think too hard, or you won't let her do anything. I had a drink of something and I completely choked on it. I had water the other day and it came out of my nose, my eyes welled up and I think it's remarkable that we stay alive at all. We're this delicate system. You have to have faith and do your best. Live your best life and then you have to live in denial."

Billie Eilish and Finneas O'Connell image courtesy of Apple 

There is relatability on show interweaved with the unpredictable nature of superstardom not often given screen time or column inches; the joy of touring juxtaposed with the fear of not being missed by those left behind. The quiet backstage disappointment with a self-perceived sub-par performance. The breaking down of a body and the constant reminder of a passion shelved out of necessity. The pressure put on an individual to save face and not let that mask slip for a moment. Love loss and depression. This film tackles all this and more.

More importantly 'The World's A Little Blurry' offers compassion and empathy toward fandom. Billie Eilish explains early on how she feared that her love for her idol and fellow pop-superstar Justin Bieber would ruin any romantic life going forward, worried no-one could live up to him. So worried was her mother that she considered taking Billie to therapy. Fast forward to April 2019 and after having played one of the main stages at Coachella on the back of her debut album topping charts around the world, she is faced with her adolescent crush only to break down for a full 30 seconds. At that moment she could just have easily been any one of the millions of fans that idolise her. That is why she is so real to so many.

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.

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’.

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 wins and nominations since launching Apple TV+ 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:

3/7/21

Critics Choice Awards Wins

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

3/5/21

Hollywood Critics Association Awards Wins

  • Best Animated Film - "Wolfwalkers"

46th Saturn Awards Nominations

  • Best Fantasy Television Series - "For All Mankind"
  • Best Television Presentation (Under 10 Episodes) - "Amazing Stories"
  • Best Horror Television Series - "Servant"

3/3/21

48th ASIFA-Hollywood Annie Awards Nominations

  • Best Indie Feature - "Wolfwalkers"
  • Best FX Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Kim Kelly, Leena Lecklin, Frédéric Plumey, Almu Redondo, Nicole Storck
  • Best Character Animation Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Emmanuel Asquier-Brassart
  • Best Character Design Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Federico Pirovano
  • Best Direction Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart
  • Best Music Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Bruno Coulais, Kíla
  • Best Production Design Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - María Pareja, Ross Stewart, Tomm Moore
  • Best Storyboarding Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Guillaume Lorin
  • Best Voice Acting Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Eva Whittaker (Mebh Óg MacTíre)
  • Best Writing Feature - "Wolfwalkers" - Will Collins
  • Best TV Media/Preschool - "Stillwater" - The Impossible Dream/Stuck in the Rain

3/2/21

Art Directors Guild Awards 2021 Nominations

  • Half Hour Single Camera Series: Production Designer Mark Worthington -  “Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet”
  • Short Format: Web Series, Music Video or Commercial: Production Designer Shane Valentino - Apple "Vertical Cinema"
  • Animated Feature Film: Art Director Ross Stewart “Wolfwalkers”

Cinema Audio Society Awards 2020 Nominations

  • Motion Picture - Live Action: "Greyhound"
  • Television Series 1/2 Hour: "Ted Lasso": Ep. 110 "The Hope that Kills You"
  • Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music Series or Specials: "Beastie Boys Story"

Phoenix Film Critics Society 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Documentary - "Boys State"

3/1/21

Online Association of Female Film Critics 2020 Awards Win

  • Best Animated Feature: “Wolfwalkers”

MPSE Golden Reel 2021 Nominations

  • Outstanding Achievment in Sound Editing - Feature Effects/Foley  – Cherry - Supervising Sound Editor: Mark Binder, MPSE Sound Effects Editors: Donald Flick, Michael Gilbert, Matthew Coby
  • Outstanding Achievment in Sound Editing - Feature Effects/Foley  –Greyhound - Supervising Sound Editors: Warren Shaw, Michael Minkler, Will Digby, MPSE Sound Designers: Ann Scibelli, Jon Title Sound Effects Editors: Jeff Sawyer, Richard Kitting, Odin Benitez, MPSE; Jason King Foley Editor: Luke Gibleon Foley Artist: Marko Costanzo
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Dialogue / ADR - Greyhound - Supervising Sound Editors: Michael Minkler, Warren Shaw, Will Digby, MPSE Supervising ADR Editor: Dave McMoyler Dialogue Editors: Michelle Pazer, David Tichauer, Paul Carden
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation - Wolfwalkers - Supervising Sound Editors: Christine Seznec, Sebastien Marquilly, Bruno Seznec Sound Effects Editors: Baptiste Bouche, Felix Davin, Alexandre Fleurant, Axel Steichen Dialogue Editor: Anne-Lyse Haddak Foley Editor: Stéphane WernerFoley Artist: Florian Fabre
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action Under 35:00 - Servant: "2:00" Supervising Sound Editor: Sean Garnhar tSound Effects Editor: Mark Filip Dialogue Editor: Michael Feuser Music Editor: Lesley Langs Foley Editors: Julien Pirrie, Gareth Rhys Jones
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live Action Under 35:00 - Ted Lasso: "The Hope That Kills You" - Supervising Sound Editor: Brent Findley, MPSE Sound Effects Editor: Kip Smedley Dialogue Editor: Bernard Weiser, MPSE Music Editors: Sharyn Gersh, Richard Brown Foley Artists: Sanaa Kelley, Matt Talib
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary - Beastie Boys Story - Supervising Sound Editor: Martyn Zub, MPSE Sound Effects Editors: Paul Aulicino, MPSE
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary - Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You - Supervising Sound Editor: Steve Urban, MPSE Music Editor: Brandon Duncan

28/2/21

Golden Globes 2021 Win

  • Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis in “Ted Lasso”

2/22/21

Southern Eastern Film Critics Association Runner Up

  • Best Animated Film - “Wolfwalkers”

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”