J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles team up Apple musical dramedy

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Jony Ive's buddy J.J. Abrams is going to make a TV show for Apple.
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Apple has tapped J.J. Abrams to executive produce its latest straight-to-series order for the half-hour dramedy show called Little Voices.

Abrams’ and Apple have reportedly discussed working together on a number of his projects in the past. This is the first Apple has been able to ink a deal with J.J., but considering his close ties to Jony Ive, we’re surprised it took this long.

Little Voices is being described as a love letter to the diverse musicality of New York, according to Variety. The show will explore the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s.

Apple’s first musical

Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles will executive produce alongside Abrams. She will also provide original music for the 10-episode first season. Jessie Nelson, whose screenwriting credits include I am Sam and Stepmom, will direct the first episode and serve as showrunner.

The show adds to Apple’s growing list of projects in the works with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Anniston, Ron Howard, Kristen Wiig, Damien Chazelle, M. Night Shyamalan and even Kevin Durrant are attached to Apple’s projects in some way.

Release dates for the iPhone-makers shows haven’t been revealed, though we likely won’t start seeing anything come out until 2019.