‘Dickinson’ creator Alena Smith signs multi-year overall deal with Apple

Joining Monica Beletsky, Alfonso Cuaron, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kerry Ehrin, Lee Eisenberg, Sharon Horgan, Jason Katims, Simon Kinberg, Justin Lin, Annie Weisman, and Oprah Winfrey, Alena Smith, the creator of Apple TV+’s Hailee Steinfeld-led series Dickinson, has signed a multi-year overall deal with Apple.

Dickinson is a half-hour comedy series that audaciously explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet Emily Dickinson. Set in the 19th century, the series is a coming-of-age story that finds Emily to be the unexpected hero for our millennial generation.

Created, written and executive produced by Alena Smith and executive produced by Hailee Steinfeld, Dickinson stars Hailee Steinfeld, Jane Krakowski, Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt, and Adrian Blake Enscoe. Wiz Khalifa guest stars.

Alena Smith
Alena Smith
Jennifer Maas for The Wrap:

Under the pact, Smith will develop television projects exclusively for Apple TV+, while remaining showrunner and executive producer on the period comedy.

Dickinson was renewed for Season 2 shortly after dropping its first batch of episodes with the launch of Apple TV+ last November. The second season is set to premiere later this year.

Smith’s previous TV credits include The Affair and The Newsroom.

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  1. Xfinity gave it to me as a perk of my cable sub.

    Even free it’s still overpriced at this point I IMO. I spent a fair amount of time looking over what was on offer and found exactly nothing new or old I would be motivated to come back to check out at my leisure.

    CBS All Access actually has quite a bit I’ve been watching. The two new Star Treks, the new Twilight Zone, Tooning Out (or In, I forget) the News.

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