Apple TV+ preps medical drama and a dark comedy for late-summer thrills

Apple TV+ preps medical drama and a dark comedy for late-summer thrills

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'Five Days at Memorial' is not the usual bed-hopping medical drama
Vera Farmiga stars in Five Days at Memorial, premiering globally on Apple TV+ in August.

Apple TV+ today revealed the premiere date for Five Days at Memorial, a harrowing medical drama set amidst the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Its global launch is August 12

And the dark comedy/murder mystery Bad Sisters will hit Apple’s streaming service a week later.

Five Days at Memorial is not the usual bed-hopping medical drama

The book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2014. The Apple TV+ adaptation is an eight-episode limited series.

“When the floodwaters rose, power failed and heat soared, exhausted caregivers at a New Orleans hospital were forced to make decisions that would follow them for years to come,” says Apple about the show.

The adaptation is by Oscar winner John Ridley and Emmy winner Carlton Cuse. Ridley wrote the screenplays for 12 Years a Slave and all the episodes of American Crime and Guerrilla. Cuse wrote many episodes of Lost, Locke & Key and Jack Ryan.

Five Days at Memorial will debut globally on Friday, August 12 with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode every Friday through September 16.

Darkly comedic Bad Sisters also coming to Apple TV+ in August

After all that drama, viewers might want to turn their eyes to Bad Sisters. Apple calls it “a delicious blend of both dark comedy and thriller.” It follows the lives of the Garvey sisters who are bound together by the premature death of their parents and a promise to always protect one another.

The 10-episode series comes from Irish actress, writer and producer Sharon Horgan, who is known for darkly funny shows like Catastrophe and Pulling.  She, along with Brett Baer and Dave Finkel (New Girl, United States of Tara), adapted it from the Belgian version of the series Clan.

Bad Sisters will debut globally on Friday, August 19 with the first two episodes, followed by one new episode every Friday through October 14.

Watching the dark comedy and Five Days at Memorial comes with a $4.99-per-month subscription to Apple TV+. For those who like a mix of comedy and murder, the streaming service already has The Afterparty. There are plenty of dramas too, like Defending Jacob.

Apple TV+ is available on Roku, Amazon Fire, Windows, Android and, of course, Apple devices.

David Snow contributed to this article.

Source: Apple