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"For All Mankind" is one of Apple's most popular TV shows, and to promote the launch of the second season, series creator Ronald D. Moore this week did an interview with The Hollywood Reporter where he shared details on what it's like working with Apple.

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Moore was recruited to work on "For All Mankind" when Apple TV+ leads Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg contacted him about a new NASA show. Moore had previously worked with the two at Sony, and there was a "certain familiarity" of how things would be done.

There were, however, some growing pains to work out as a tech company made its way into media. Moore said that he was not used to having to get feedback from corporate before making decisions.
It's a tech company that is getting into entertainment and there were growing pains to figure out. As I started working with Apple, I'm not used to people saying things like, "Well, Cupertino hasn't weighed in on that." The first year was a lot of growing pains of any company setting out to do something for the first time but it was greatly aided by the fact that I knew so many of the people who were in the Apple TV+ division.
Apple CEO Tim Cook visited the set of "For All Mankind," and Moore says that during his visit, he "got lost" in the vintage consoles and the keyboards that were used in the show. Moore says that he was warmly received in Cupertino, and it was clear that the show interested Apple "emotionally and very personally" as well as in a business sense.
They were interested how we were portraying technology, how fast is the technology going to evolve in the show. [Apple CEO] Tim Cook came to the set and sat at the Mission Control consoles and enjoyed himself. He got lost in the consoles the keyboards: "Oh yeah, I remember this kind of CRT." I would go to Cupertino for various things and was always [warmly received]: "For All Mankind, I love that show! I was a huge fan of the space program." I'd walk down the corridors and you would just see pictures of astronauts and space and it was clear that there is a great fondness and love within the tech world for the space program and for NASA. We were doing something that not only interested them on a business sense but it was also appealing to something that touched them all emotionally and very personally as well.
Apple has been more heavily promoting Apple TV+ content in recent weeks. The company launched an augmented reality app and podcast to accompany "For All Mankind," and several other series creators like M. Night Shyamalan have also been doing interviews with the media.

The directors for "Wolfwalkers," a recently released animated movie from Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon, this week spoke with Deadline. Cartoon Saloon is known for several animated movies that highlight Irish folklore, including "Song of the Sea" and "Wolfwalkers," and the interview is worth checking out for those interested in the company's work.

Cartoon Saloon has an "epic" feature-quality hand-drawn animated series that's coming to Apple TV+ in the future, but it has yet to be announced.

Article Link: Apple CEO Tim Cook Visited 'For All Mankind' Set and 'Got Lost' in Consoles and Keyboards
 

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This is for all those who say Apple does not interfere with the shows' content. They definitely do, and you can see that in the social undertones they have.

I do wish Apple TV+ succeeds, I hope they find that one show people would rave or die to watch, and hopefully they give creators the liberty to produce something appealing without measures or political correctness.
 
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I tried watching season 1 and couldn't get into it. The trailer for season 2 looks much more appealing. Would I need to sit through S1 to understand S2? I'm a pretty big sci-fi/space show fan so it shouldn't take much to hook me. Maybe I need to try S1 again?
 
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This is for all those who say Apple does not interfere with the shows' content. They definitely do, and you can see that in the social undertones they have.

I do wish Apple TV+ succeeds, I hope they find that one show people would rave or die to watch, and hopefully they give creators the liberty to produce something appealing without measures or political correctness.

Apple isn't doing anything that ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. don't also do.
 

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Apple isn't doing anything that ABC, CBS, NBC, etc. don't also do.
I disagree, CBS has How I met your mother, Two and a half men, Survivor, CSI, The good wife, The Big Bang theory... NBC has House, Law & Order, Will and Grace, and I could still name more shows that are not necessarily built up on where Apple seems to be going.
 

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As I started working with Apple, I'm not used to people saying things like, "Well, Cupertino hasn't weighed in on that."
The ONLY part of that he’s not used to people saying is “Cupertino”. :) Replace that with any studio he’s worked for ESPECIALLY if they intend to present the movie in China, and it’s the same story all over again.
 

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I disagree, CBS has How I met your mother, Two and a half men, Survivor, CSI, The good wife, The Big Bang theory... NBC has House, Law & Order, Will and Grace, and I could still name more shows that are not necessarily built up on where Apple seems to be going.
Just because they may be nudging in a direction you are more comfortable with, or everyone is more used to, doesn’t mean they’re not nudging.
 
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I tried watching season 1 and couldn't get into it. The trailer for season 2 looks much more appealing. Would I need to sit through S1 to understand S2? I'm a pretty big sci-fi/space show fan so it shouldn't take much to hook me. Maybe I need to try S1 again?
How far into S1 are you? I found it was a bit slow the first 3-4 episodes and then it got much better.
 
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I disagree, CBS has How I met your mother, Two and a half men, Survivor, CSI, The good wife, The Big Bang theory... NBC has House, Law & Order, Will and Grace, and I could still name more shows that are not necessarily built up on where Apple seems to be going.

And if you think CBS and NBC don't weigh in on the contents and casting of any of those shows you'd be wrong. There's a reason Charlie Sheen got fired from Two and a Half Men. And there are multiple stories out there about NBC weighing in on the cast of the Law & Order franchise.
 
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The ONLY part of that he’s not used to people saying is “Cupertino”. :) Replace that with any studio he’s worked for ESPECIALLY if they intend to present the movie in China, and it’s the same story all over again.

Indeed. Studios change content in movies all the time to keep from "offending" the Chinese government.
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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what? Boring?
It's probably the best show right now with The Expanse
Some of the recent episodes of The Expanse were kind of boring... just people wandering around and nothing really happening.

Now that I think about it... I suspect I switched to another show and forgot to finish the most recent season of The Expanse. Releasing a single episode per week is dumb - they really need to release more frequently lest they risk I just switch to another service mid-season.
 
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This is for all those who say Apple does not interfere with the shows' content. They definitely do, and you can see that in the social undertones they have.

I do wish Apple TV+ succeeds, I hope they find that one show people would rave or die to watch, and hopefully they give creators the liberty to produce something appealing without measures or political correctness.
what's weird is Network/HBO does the same thing... Netflix does not ( which is why they have more duds than studs) But I agree ... Apple TV+ is probably 2-4 "must see tv" shows away from a (rocket) explosion. Ted Lasso would have been a HUGE hit for Netflix ... glad ATV+ got it.
 

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This is for all those who say Apple does not interfere with the shows' content. They definitely do, and you can see that in the social undertones they have.

I do wish Apple TV+ succeeds, I hope they find that one show people would rave or die to watch, and hopefully they give creators the liberty to produce something appealing without measures or political correctness.
I'm just glad that rumor of Apple only making family friendly G rated content went out the window.
 
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