Apple Picks Up New Docuseries Featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Spike Lee, Oprah and More

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Apple has inked a deal for a docuseries called "Dear..." that profiles famous people using an "inventive and cinematic approach" that involves letters written by people whose lives the celebrities have touched, Apple announced today.

The 10-episode series, which is set to debut in the spring, will feature Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird, and more.

Image Credit: Getty Images, via The Hollywood Reporter

The show was inspired by Apple's "Dear Apple" marketing campaign, which saw Apple Watch users read letters sharing how the device has changed their lives. It was created by R.J. Cutler, known for "If I Stay, "The War Room," "American High," and "The September Issue."

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AppleHealth

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Hmmmm

There are SO many stories that need to be told from ‘everyday’ people, we hear celebritie stories everyday, everywhere.

Not against the idea of the show, just seems to be a lot of these ‘reality/doc’ style things coming to Apple TV+.

Side note, I hope they change the name of the service soon, it’s to long. Just call it Apple+ or just Apple TV
 

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Apple has not produced anything so far that excites me. Will give it time though, they have the financial resources to throw at it. If you are making 260 billion a year, who wouldn’t?
 

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Yes, what do people with the biggest egos need more of? Bigger egos!. We know by now, with all that leaks, many of these celebrities, behind closed doors, in private, hold very low views of people they feel beneath them, including fans. Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, indeed.
 

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I think the risk Is these celebrities feel the need to elevate any perceived struggle in their life story beyond reality. these days it seems every person that has made it has this weird compulsion to flag their humble (or perceived humble, or made up humble) origins, or somehow they wouldnt be worthy. Maybe it’s some kind of weird misplaced guilt over their success, or a defence mechanism against the Twitter sewer, but I’m over it.

On Apple TV+ though, it seems an endless list of these kinds of shows in the works. Once the free 12months is over, I doubt I will renew. I went though FAM, See etc very quickly, and TBH haven’t really gotten into any of its other shows. And apart from the Foundation series (and I fear that will be ruined), everything that gets announced seems Very Public Television. I won’t pay for that.
 
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I think the risk Is these celebrities feel the need to elevate any perceived struggle in their life story beyond reality. these days it seems every person that has made it has this weird compulsion to flag their humble (or perceived humble, or made up humble) origins, or somehow they wouldnt be worthy. Maybe it’s some kind of weird misplaced guilt over their success, or a defence mechanism against the Twitter sewer, but I’m over it.

On Apple TV+ though, it seems an endless list of these kinds of shows in the works. Once the free 12months is over, I doubt I will renew. I went though FAM, See etc very quickly, and TBH haven’t really gotten into any of its other shows. And apart from the Foundation series (and I fear that will be ruined), everything that gets announced seems Very Public Television. I won’t pay for that.
Not really following you on that first paragraph, but if you’re not going to get $5/month worth of value from the channel, you should absolutely cancel after your free trial. A couple can spend $50 on a night at the movies; others would rather have a year of Apple TV+ for that $50.

There’s no reason to think ATV+ will appeal to everyone; some will love it, others neutral and some will absolutely hate, loathe and despise it 🤷‍♂️

Did anyone expect anything different? I know I didn’t.
 
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Um, didn't they include a footage of this in their sizzle reel? Why is Apple acting like they just inked the deal?
It was in the promo trailer, but this is just a formal press announcement about it. The articles make it sound like the deal was just “inked” but it’s already been developed.
 
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PickUrPoison

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Tim Cooks obsession with celebrities (from the 80s and 90s) is absolutely... pedestrian.
Where did you get this “Tim Cook obsession with celebrities” talking point?

I’ve seen it quite a number of times around here, and I’d be interested to know what’s behind the spread of it. What does it even mean? o_O 🤣

It just seems like a really weird thing for MR posters to be obsessed about. I can’t quite figure you guys out, and as obsessions go, it seems to be rather... pedestrian 🤷‍♂️

PS Leave Big Bird alone!! 😂

btw he’s from the 60s, not the 80s or 90s
 
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Where did you get this “Tim Cook obsession with celebrities” talking point?

I’ve seen it quite a number of times around here, and I’d be interested to know what’s behind the spread of it. What does it even mean? o_O 🤣

It just seems like a really weird thing for MR posters to be obsessed about. I can’t quite figure you guys out, and as obsessions go, it seems to be rather... pedestrian 🤷‍♂️

PS Leave Big Bird alone!! 😂

btw he’s from the 60s, not the 80s or 90s
He cried when Oprah came on stage during Apple+ announcement. I don’t know if that means he obsessed with celebrity , but it is a glimpse into what he cares about.
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I am apparently just on a very different wavelength from whoever is green-lighting new appleTV+ projects. They have yet to announce a single thing that I’d want to see. Their content seems like the anti-HBO.
It’s certainly not cutting edge, and because of that it makes me see their brand in a different, non flattering way.
 

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He cried when Oprah came on stage during Apple+ announcement. I don’t know if that means he obsessed with celebrity , but it is a glimpse into what he cares about.
Yes, apparently nothing to do with an “obsession with celebrities”, but agreed, it is absolutely a glimpse into exactly what he cares about.

As someone who has committed to donating his entire personal fortune to charity upon his death, I’m sure his personal mission, and that of Steve Jobs—to change the world—resonates greatly with Oprah’s world view.

As she said at that Apple event: “There has never been a moment quite like this one," she said. "We have this unique opportunity to rise to our best selves in how we use and choose to use both our technology and our humanity. That's why I have joined forces with Apple.”

Kind of brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it 😭
 

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What happened to the Oprah Book Club? It launched with one episode and hasnt had any more releases. I thought this was supposed to be a weekly show.

I don’t really care for Oprah myself but her alliance with Apple has the most potential for growing the AppleTV+ brand, benefiting us all. She has a huge built in audience that will follow her anywhere.

The synergy between a book club TV show with Apple Books is a big bonus.

I’m glad to see her still committed to Apple, but what happened to her show? I’d love to know.
 

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I'm especially interested in the Big Bird episode.

I wonder if Apple could work with his estate to create a Dear... Mister Rogers episode.
 

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How about focusing on developing working computers and software and to make at least one job right, instead of reinventing Netflix?
 

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How about focusing on developing working computers and software and to make at least one job right, instead of reinventing Netflix?
Because those developing hardware and software are working on Apple TV+ instead? I don’t think that’s how it works.

When Samsung batteries were exploding, did anyone think they should stop building washing machines and container ships?