Apple TV+ releases mystery series Home Before Dark, season finale of Amazing Stories

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All 10 episodes of new Apple TV+ mystery show debuted today.
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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.

The mystery series stars child actress Brooklynn Prince, best known for The Florida Project, alongside Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas) and Abby Miller (Justified).

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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