Apple Orders ‘Little America’ Straight-to-Series From Creators Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon

Apple continues to nail down some big talent and creations for its original TV programming.

Today, Deadline reports that Apple has ordered Little America straight-to-series. The new anthology series will run with 30-minute episodes, and it was created by Kumail Nanjiana and Emily V. Gordon, the pair who wrote the popular film The Big Sick last year. It will be produced by Lee Eisberg (SMILF), Alan Yang (Master of None), and Universal Television.

Eisenberg will be serving as showrunner for Little America, and will be writing the series as well. As far as the show itself, it will detail “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.”

“Nanjiani and Yang, who likely will tap into their families’ immigrant experiences for the project, executive produce alongside Eisenberg and Gordon. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will executive produce for Epic Magazine; Arthur Spector will co-executive produce. Uni TV, where Yang is under an overall deal, is the studio.”

Apple will move ahead with the series, and it joins a growing number of high-profile treatments being developed at Apple.

The company was recently left without a showrunner for its upcoming Amazing Stories, as Bryan Fuller stepped away from the project. Meanwhile, Apple has already moved forward with straight-to-series orders for a morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, and Apple is also working with Kristen Wiig for an upcoming comedy series.

Apple’s Eddy Cue said the company will be talking about its original TV content at some point in the near future, where we might finally find out how the company plans on distributing all of this content to waiting viewers.

Our Take

Apple continues to nab huge talent with its original programming initiative. The fact it continues to secure these deals, especially when most of these actors/writers/producers/directors have been working with the likes of Netflix, and, at least in this case, Amazon, goes to show that Apple is at least taking a serious approach behind the camera.

Will that translate to worthwhile content in front of the camera? We will have to wait and see.

[via Deadline]

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