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Apple’s next Ted Lasso-sized hit might be one of these new shows launching soon

Published May 31st, 2023 6:14PM EDT
Lessons in Chemistry on Apple TV+
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Those of you who are now bereft over the fact that Ted Lasso — up to this point the crown jewel in the Apple TV+ original content library — has released the final episode of its final season, fear not. There’s a greater than zero percent chance that Apple will move ahead with some sort of spinoff. Maybe fans will eventually get an actual, real-life version of Trent Crimm’s book about The Richmond Way.

In the meantime, Apple has wisely chosen this moment to release a new sizzle reel teasing a slew of upcoming films and series coming soon to Apple TV+. The slate includes everything from new seasons of existing favorites like The Morning Show and Foundation to all-new titles — like the 8-episode Lessons in Chemistry, starring Brie Larson.

Debuting this fall (on October 13) and based on the novel of the same name from Bonnie Garmus, the show is set in the 1950s and stars Larson as Elizabeth Zott. She puts her dream of being a scientist on hold after she’s fired from her lab, and takes a job as the host of a TV cooking show — where all of a sudden, both housewives as well as men are in the audience of this patriarchal society and now listening to her teach, well, a lot more than recipes.

Below, you can check out snippets for each of the new titles launching soon — starting with the ones that I’m most excited for, in addition to Lessons in Chemistry. They include:

Masters of the Air: Band of Brothers, set during World War II, is one of the greatest HBO miniseries of all time. It focused on the European theater of the war, while its follow-up, The Pacific, shifted to the fight against Japan that ranged from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Meanwhile, creators Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are bringing their third WWII-themed sequel to Apple TV+ rather than HBO. It’s based on Donald L. Miller‘s book Masters of the Air: America’s Bomber Boys Who Fought the Air War Against Nazi Germany. Release date: Sometime this year, but Apple is being annoyingly cagey about a specific date.

Hijack: I love a good thriller, and what’s especially great about the upcoming Hijack on Apple TV+ is not just the fantastic cast, led by Idris Elba. The story here, of a hijacked plane making its way to London over a seven-hour flight, is told in real-time. The trailer alone already had my blood pressure up. Release date: June 28.

As for what else we have to look forward to:

  • The Crowded Room: Tom Holland executive-produced and stars in this 10-episode limited series about a man who’s arrested following his involvement in a shooting in New York City in 1979. We learn about his mysterious past view interviews with an interrogator, played by Amanda Seyfried. Release date: June 9.
  • Stephen Curry: Underrated: Coming-of-age documentary about one of the most important professional basketball players of all time, Stephen Curry. Release date: July 21.
  • Sugar: Starring Colin Farrell, this drama tells the story of John Sugar, a private detective investigating the disappearance of a Hollywood producer’s granddaughter in modern-day Los Angeles. Release date: Sometime this year.
  • The Beanie Bubble: Remember the Beanie Baby crazy from the ‘90s? Directed by the husband-and-wife team of Kristin Gore and Ok Go’s Damian Kulash, this film stars Zach Galifianakis, Elizabeth Banks, Sarah Snook, and Geraldine Viswanathan and tells the story of the frustrated toy salesman who teamed up with three women to create the biggest toy craze ever. Release date: July 28.
  • Flora and Son: From Apple’s official description, “Written and directed by John Carney, Flora and Son follows Flora (Eve Hewson), a single mother who argues with her son Max (Orén Kinlan) in an attempt to find him a hobby, retrieves a guitar from a dumpster and discovers that one person’s rubble can be a family’s salvation.” Release date: Sometime this year.
  • Palm Royale: Per Apple, this one is a comedy about gorgeously impossible people and follows Maxine Simmons (played by Kristen Wiig) in her attempt to secure her seat at America’s most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society. Release date: Sometime this year.
  • The Apple TV+ sizzle reel above also includes glimpses of new seasons of hit series The Morning Show, Foundation, Swagger, The Afterparty, and Loot.
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Andy Meek is a reporter based in Memphis who has covered media, entertainment, and culture for over 20 years. His work has appeared in outlets including The Guardian, Forbes, and The Financial Times, and he’s written for BGR since 2015. Andy's coverage includes technology and entertainment, and he has a particular interest in all things streaming.

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