Apple TV+ has debuted all 10 episodes of Home Before Dark, its new drama inspired by the real-life reporting of 9-year-old journalist Hilde Lysiak.
Hilde Lysiak, now 13, is the youngest member of the Society of Professional Journalists. The daughter of a journalist, she publishes the Orange Street News, a local newspaper originally based in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, and now from Patagonia, Arizona.
Home Before Dark was developed for Apple TV+ by screenwriters Dana Fox and Dara Resnik. The show has been in development since 2016, with Apple giving it a first season order in mid-2018. Principal photography for the series ran from November 2018 through April 2019. It has already been renewed for a second season.
Apple’s official preview reads as follows:
“A mystery inspired by the reporting of a real nine-year-old journalist. When a young girl and her family back to the small town her father left behind, her pursuit of the truth leads to the unearthing of a long-buried cold case.”
Apple TV+ release schedule is oddly inconsistent
All 10 episodes of the show are now available to watch on Apple TV+. This adds more inconsistency to the way that Apple TV+ rolls out its content. In some cases, it has dropped single new episodes of shows one week at a time. It did this for the likes of The Morning Show, See and Servant. In other cases, such as with Dickinson and Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Apple dropped entire seasons at the same time for maximum binge-watching.
The idea of releasing one episode per week was, theoretically, that it would reduce customer churn. Rather than subscribing to watch every episode of a show, then unsubbing, drip-feeding episodes would keep customers coming back. It also would wean them off the binge-watching Netflix model. But that seems like it’s undone by releasing every episode of some shows at once.
On the one-episode-at-a-time end of the spectrum, Apple TV+ also introduced a new episode of Amazing Stories Friday. The fifth episode of the show, titled “The Rift,” is the season finale. It involves a World War II pilot who crashes in modern-day Ohio.
Check it out on Apple TV+
Apple TV+ costs $4.99 for a monthly subscription. It is also available for free for anyone who recently purchased a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac. You can find out more information here.
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