'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery and 'IT' Actor Jaeden Martell Join Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Michelle Dockery, best know for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in PBS's "Downton Abbey," has signed on to star in "Defending Jacob," one of the TV shows Apple has ordered.

    "Defending Jacob" is a thriller based on William Landay's bestselling novel of the same title. The book covers the murder of a 14-year-old boy and his friend Jacob, who may have committed the crime.

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    Described as a character-driven thriller, the show will star Chris Evans and also Jaeden Martell, who starred in the recent remake of Stephen King's "IT."

    Evans will be playing Andy Barber, the father of a 14 year old (played by Martell) accused of murder. Dockery will be playing Laurie Barber, Andy's wife and Jacob's mother.

    Apple has more than a dozen television shows in the works, and the company is set to give us a first look at its upcoming streaming service on Monday, March 25 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

    Article Link: 'Downton Abbey' Star Michelle Dockery and 'IT' Actor Jaeden Martell Join Apple Series 'Defending Jacob'
  2. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Will have to see the first set of shows on Apple TV to figure out their brand but right now Hulu is killing it with Pen15 & Shrill for a clear audience definition.

    Which audience demographic is Apple TV targeting?
  3. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Why are they spending their money on stars ?

    People will still watch it and I think that Apple can get good actors without breaking the bank.
  4. Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
  5. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Appears to be ‘safe’ movies... Disney for adults. ;)
  6. BuddyTronic macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    Hey Apple.

    Pony up some of that big money and invest in these awesome series’s that were sadly not renewed:

    1. People of Earth - so funny! Please make more!

    2. The Detectorists - such a great tv series from BBC. Money can bring it back I think!

    Please add to the list! This is my petition to Apple. Money probably could bring us more seasons of these great shows!
  7. Music Ambulance macrumors regular

    Music Ambulance

    Oct 31, 2008
    Yep, Apple’s safe content is in the same category as their monoemojimania, and watch bands for little old me.
  8. clayj macrumors 604


    Jan 14, 2005
    visiting from downstream
    Interesting that he has stopped using his father's surname (Lieberher) and started using his mother's surname (Martell).
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I think they’re targeting me specifically. So far I’ve liked almost everything I’ve read about their planned lineup. And I’m one who gave up on tv several years ago.

    So...grumpy moms. But that’s not a bad idea as 90% of the grumpy moms I know have iPhones and other Apple products.
  10. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    Because stars get more press and attention.
  11. JTBing macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2015
    Curious: what about this synopsis suggests "safe"?
  12. paul4339, Mar 21, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2019

    paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    I'm joking: ;) The book version is about legal drama (most legal dramas are relatively 'safe', IMO, so that what suggests it).

    Also from previous news (and rumors) we have, Apple is heavily curating (or interfering, depending how you look at it) with the creative process of the writers/directors/creators to the point of driving them away. The theme around the curation has been about making it more safe and suitable for family viewing.

    When I think a popular curated collection of content suitable for families, I think of Disney.

    When I think of the most popular content on HBO & Netflix in recent times, I don't think of safe for family viewing. Especially with Netflix, there's something for everyone. It appears that Apple is aiming for a more 'Disney' slant.
  13. ELman macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2017
    Lady Mary was a bit less ladylike in Godless.
  14. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    The above just goes to show one persons must have shows may be another persons HLL-NO.
    Rough guesstimate based on the two shows you listed, probably not you.:D
    Don't let your Hulu sub expire. :p
  15. BuddyTronic macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008

    I do not comprehend your potato. What does HLL- NO mean?

    You should go and watch those shows because they are awesome and you will enjoy them I guarantee it or your money back

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