“Apple is making its first original television show. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that the technology giant is backing a top-secret scripted series starring one of its own executives, Beats co-founder and rap legend Dr. Dr,” Michael O’Connell and Lesley Goldberg report for The Hollywood Reporter.
“Multiple sources say the 50-year-old mogul is starring in and executive producing his own six-episode vehicle, dubbed Vital Signs, and the production is being bankrolled by Apple,” O’Connell and Goldberg report. “The series likely will be distributed via Apple Music, the company’s subscription streaming site, but it’s not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms (or even a traditional television distributor) will be involved.”
“Those who have seen descriptions of the Dr. Dre show say it is billed as semi-autobiographical, with each episode focusing on a different emotion and how Dre’s character deals with it,” O’Connell and Goldberg report. “While technically a half-hour, the show is not a comedy. Instead, it is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex. In fact, an episode filming Monday and Tuesday this week featured an extended orgy scene. Sources tell THR naked extras simulated sex in a mansion in the Bird Streets neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills… The first season will roll out all at once, regardless of venue, a la Netflix. Apple is said to be very bullish on the project.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Since Apple Music is on Apple TV, we’d assume this series would be available to subscribers via Apple TV, too.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jeff L.” for the heads up.]