Joseph Gordon-Levitt Developing 'Mr. Corman' TV Show for Apple

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Apple has inked a deal for an upcoming TV series called "Mr. Corman" written and executive produced by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, reports Variety.

The drama series follows an elementary school teacher "grappling with adulthood" in Los Angeles. It's not known if Gordon-Levitt also plans to star in the series.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt is known for the long-running TV series "3rd Rock from the Sun" along with movies like "500 Days of Summer," "Inception," "50/50," "Looper," "and "The Dark Knight Rises."

Apple has dozens of original films and television shows in the works for its upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service, which is set to launch this fall.

There's no specific launch date available yet, but rumors suggest Apple is aiming to debut the service in November. Pricing is also unclear, but there has been speculation that Apple will charge $9.99 per month for Apple TV+.

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In between a rock and a hard place
Show premise: Joseph Gordon Levitt and G. Gordon Liddy transmogrify in twin transporters teleporting television transmissions. The resulting character, originally named G. Joseph Gordon Levitt Liddy is an elementary school teacher grappling with the sudden loss of hair on his head and a massive mustache attached to his face. Character's name changed to Corman because G. Joseph Gordon Levitt Liddy wouldn't fit on the nameplate outside the classroom.

[crickets]

Well, you'd all be laughing if I had enough skill with Photoshop to remove Levitt's hair and put Liddy's bald head and mustache on Levitt's face. Dammit! Where's @AngerDanger when you need him.
 

fmcshan

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I'm pretty excited about "The Morning Show," but none of these other upcoming shows have caught my eye. Hopefully Apple TV+ is worth it.
 

Duane Martin

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So far, all these AppleTV+ shows sound really boring to me. I really hope they come up with something more worthwhile.
Really? So a reboot of Amazing Stories with Steven Spielberg producing doesn't appeal? Or See, a futuristic, post-apocalyptic drama? For All Mankind imagines the space race if the Soviets made it to the moon first? Servant, produced by M. Night Shamalan, no interest there either? How about Prehistoric Planet, imagining the earth in the final days of the dinosaurs?

Checking out the list of shows thought to be in production, which include thrillers, sci fi, action, comedy, lots of things that are so obviously not simply PG as the trolls keep claiming, there really isn't anything that appeals to you? Hey, everyone to their own tastes, but that's a whole variety of shows to find "really boring."

My biggest question is how many of these can possibly be completed in time for the expected fall launch of Apple TV +? I make films and television for a living and it takes a long time to get anything from concept to delivery (many, many months if not years) and I don't see how Apple can possible have more than a half dozen things ready in the timeline given. Would Apple really launch a streaming service for $9.99/month with so little programming, especially given the streaming service competition out there? I feel there is a big piece of the puzzle missing here. Hopefully we will know in a few days.
 

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All these AppleTV shows are sounding very bland and safe. Spielbergs time has passed, the original Amazing Stories was ordinary.
I wonder if they plan on having any shows with adult content (i.e. GoT like) ?

None of the original shows that Apple is announcing is making me want to subscribe to their service :(.
 
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I feel line one of his most underrated movies is “Premium Rush”, which is basically high speed chases through a city but on a bike. It’s pretty badass.
He was excellent in the Lookout, a crime triller. That was underrated, I guess. Premium Rush was OK.
 
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I sure hope they come up with some interesting content. They've got some pretty big productions by Netflix, Prime and now Disney to match up with.
 

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I wonder if they plan on having any shows with adult content (i.e. GoT like) ?
I hope they don't have any shows that do adult content quite the way Game of Thrones did.
It started with porn quality nudity. It finished with porn quality writing.

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Really? So a reboot of Amazing Stories with Steven Spielberg producing doesn't appeal? Or See, a futuristic, post-apocalyptic drama? For All Mankind imagines the space race if the Soviets made it to the moon first? Servant, produced by M. Night Shamalan, no interest there either? How about Prehistoric Planet, imagining the earth in the final days of the dinosaurs?
I absolutely will have a close look at Amazing Stories with an open mind and I'm certainly not discounting it now. But I think Spielberg's involvement is a huge strike out of the gate. When I hear Spielberg and SciFi in the same sentence, all I can think of is A.I. and Minority Report. He also brought us the Jurassic Park sequels, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, and he absolutely mutilated the fantastic book Ready Player One. Even looking up his good movies I don't think he's done anything good in terms of scifi/fantasy for the past 30 years. I was really wondering what Apple was thinking putting an otherwise excellent sounding SciFi property in his hands.

See sounds like a horrible idea that I have zero interest in. First, I don't think I can get past the fact that if civilization were wiped out and the survivors were all blind, those blind survivors would be nothing more than the dinner buffet for every predator species on the planet. Second, aside from that little plot hole, the whole premise is just too far beyond stupid. I love sci-fi and can suspend disbelief. I just can't suspend it past stupid plots and writing.

For all mankind, you're wrong, the basic premise is not "what if the soviets made it to the moon first". It's "what if the moon landing were't the end of the space race but the beginning of a much longer marathon." As a space junkie that premise sounds very interesting. The fact that they felt the need to swap it and make the soviets get there first is just annoying. Why discount the efforts of thousands of geniuses who achieved something. The fact that these writers/producers think that's a good direction gives me zero interest in anything else these writers/producers have to say. It just pisses me off and makes me wonder why modern media has to crap all over the achievements of Western culture. And the fact that you got the premise wrong is understandable given the way they spun the show at the announcement event. But that is just so much more of their crapping on Western Civilization. So, the Soviets knew when to throw in the towel and concede, but the Americans just keep moving the bar and changing it up until they can claim victory. That is not the premise of the show, but it's the way they portrayed the show at the event.


I'm also looking forward to learning more about their Foundation series. I loved those books. But I fear more of a "Ready Player One" adaptation than something that will do justice to the books.

My biggest question is how many of these can possibly be completed in time for the expected fall launch of Apple TV +?
I would assume most won't be ready by launch and that's by design. If Apple is spending $6 billion on this content and Apple releases it all at once, people will churn thought what's interesting to them in a few months and it will be a disaster for Apple. Netflix has 140 million customers. If Apple matched that (not very likely given they're going up against disney in November) but the customers only stuck around 2 months and blew though all the content, Apple would make $1.4 billion in gross revenue (after everyone's free month), and out of that they'd have to pay for overhead and bandwidth. They need to recoup $6 billion here.

I make films and television for a living and it takes a long time to get anything from concept to delivery (many, many months if not years) and I don't see how Apple can possible have more than a half dozen things ready in the timeline given.
Right, and I'm sure the list covers content in every stage of the process.

Would Apple really launch a streaming service for $9.99/month with so little programming, especially given the streaming service competition out there? I feel there is a big piece of the puzzle missing here. Hopefully we will know in a few days.
I'm looking forward to the answer to that one as well, because given what I've seen of the content, I can't imagine I'd sign up at any price.
 
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My biggest question is how many of these can possibly be completed in time for the expected fall launch of Apple TV +? I make films and television for a living and it takes a long time to get anything from concept to delivery (many, many months if not years) and I don't see how Apple can possible have more than a half dozen things ready in the timeline given. Would Apple really launch a streaming service for $9.99/month with so little programming, especially given the streaming service competition out there? I feel there is a big piece of the puzzle missing here. Hopefully we will know in a few days.
Agreed. There must be more to the story.

I predict TV+ will launch in 2019 free for Apple Music subscribers and/or people who purchase a new Apple TV. Only in 2020, when content output ramps up, will they require the $9.99/mo.

That way, they can push their existing services and hardware now and use it as an on-ramp for the TV+ full subscription.
 
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Apple TV+, and Netflix, and Disney, and HBO, and Hulu, and Amazon and....

Man, sure am glad I cut the cord from all of those bundled cable packages.
 

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He was excellent in the Lookout, a crime triller. That was underrated, I guess. Premium Rush was OK.
I watched The Walk recently (unfortunately, not in 3D). It’s very good with an upbeat air to it. Based on real events, it’s a nice homage to the Twin Towers and a great look at the madness of high wire acts! Young Joseph does a very fine job as a Frenchman, too.
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Agreed. There must be more to the story.

I predict TV+ will launch in 2019 free for Apple Music subscribers and/or people who purchase a new Apple TV. Only in 2020, when content output ramps up, will they require the $9.99/mo.

That way, they can push their existing services and hardware now and use it as an on-ramp for the TV+ full subscription.
Surely, Apple will include material from sources other than in-house, just as Netflix and others do. It makes no sense to have a service with only dozens of shows available. I’m expecting a broad service with documentaries, dramas, children’s stuff and much more. Count me in if they get the pricing right. Count me both shocked and disappointed if they don’t!