Apple TV+ picks up lovable sports comedy Ted Lasso for surprise third season


Jason Sudeikis plays a clueless college football coach in the Apple TV+ comedy series
Jason Sudeikis plays a clueless college football coach in the comedy series.
Photo: Apple TV+

AFC Richmond gets to keep its coach for years to come. Apple TV+ revealed Wednesday that it renewed its sports comedy Ted Lasso all the way through a third season.

The first season recently wrapped up, and received high marks from critics and audiences. And there’s plenty more to come

How to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free


How to watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ for free
Despite what you hear, it's possible to watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown for free in 2020. Here's how.
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There’s a huge furor currently, with people seemingly enraged about Apple buying the rights to beloved Peanuts holiday specials, including It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and locking them behind a paywall. But that’s not what happened. These beloved shows will still be available to watch for free.

Even so, a petition gathered more than 100,000 signatures from people who mistakenly think they’re unable to watch Charlie Brown get nothing but rocks while trick-or-treating this year. There’s no reason for this.

Admittedly, these specials won’t be on broadcast TV anymore. They must be watched through the Apple TV application. That’s not a big hurdle, though — anyone with the equipment to watch Netflix or Hulu has everything they need to watch Apple TV.

Jon Stewart returns to airwaves on Apple TV+


Jon Steward headed to Apple TV+
The untitled show is expected to land next year.
Photo: The White House

Jon Stewart, former star of The Daily Show, has signed a deal to host a current affairs series for Apple TV+, a new report claims.

The show is said to center on “the national conversation and [Stewart’s] own advocacy work,” and will run for multiple seasons. Stewart will produce it through his own company, Busboy Productions.

Young robot learns about being human in Doug Unplugs on Apple TV+


‘Doug Unplugs’ is an upcoming show based on ‘Doug Unplugged.’
Doug Unplugs shows children there’s more to life than what one gets from computers.
Photo: Apple

Preschoolers will soon be able to learn about life in a computer-animated Doug Unplugs show on Apple TV+. It’s based on a popular book series about a robot boy and his human friends, and makes the jump to TV in mid-November.

A trailer released Monday gives kids and their parents a peek at what to expect from this series developed by DreamWorks Animation.

Apple TV+ might save James Bond film No Time to Die [Updated]


Does Apple TV+ have James Bond film 'No Time to Die' in its sights?
Does Apple TV+ have James Bond in its sights?
Photo: MGM Studios

Rumors are swirling that Apple TV+ might scoop up No Time to Die, the James Bond film currently languishing in box office limbo. The movie — the 25th 007 flick, and the last to star Daniel Craig as the British spy — has seen its release date slip repeatedly as many cinemas remain closed due to COVID-19.

Now, MGM Studios reportedly might pull the trigger on a streaming debut rather than waiting out the pandemic. If Apple TV+ added No Time to Die to its growing library, it would be the streaming service’s biggest coup yet.

Becoming You’s epic toddlers will clobber you with cute


Apple TV+ Becoming You
This kid can surf better than I can.
Photo: Apple

Apple TV+ looks to continue building its sterling reputation with the upcoming six-part documentary series Becoming You. Narrated by Oscar-winner Olivia Coleman, the series will tell the story of the first 2,000 days of life for 100 kids from around the world.

It hits me, as the kids say, “right in the feels.” Check out the trailer below.

Hey, Apple … don’t be evil! [Cult of Mac Magazine 372]


Why Apple needs a
This is how Apple could avoid Google's fate.
Cover: Leander Kahney/Cult of Mac

As Apple faces increasing scrutiny from governments around the world, the company should take a lesson from Google. We think Apple really needs to implement its own “don’t be evil” policy — and stick with it.

Also, with the new iPhone 12 and 12 Pro arriving this week alongside iPad Air 4 it’s time to take a look at reviewers’ first impressions. (It’s also a good time to revisit best practices for setting up and optimizing a new iPhone).

Read it all — along with reviews of new Apple TV+ movies On the Rocks and Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You — in this week’s free issue of Cult of Mac Magazine.

Download it now to read on your iOS device.

On the Rocks is a warmhearted comedy about all kinds of infidelity [Apple TV+ review]


Rashida Jones and Bill Murray in On The Rocks
Rashida Jones and Bill Murray On The Rocks.
Photo: Apple TV+

On the Rocks, the first Apple TV+ arthouse film, is an extremely winning combination of midlife crisis, comedy of remarriage, and road-trip movie.

Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s charmingly cynical, shaggy-dog anti-romance — which stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones, and debuts today on Apple TV+ after a brief theatrical release — is a smart step toward filling out the streaming service’s growing library of original movies.

PSA: On the Rocks, Letter to You, more debut on Apple TV+


Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola reunite for On the Rocks.
Bill Murray and director Sofia Coppola reunite for On the Rocks.
Photo: Apple TV+

It’s a packed Friday for Apple TV+ with the debut of Sofia Coppola’s movie On The Rocks, plus a new episode of Tehran and Long Way Up. There’s also the new Bruce Springsteen documentary Letter to You, which was due to debut Friday, but wound up debuting Thursday after a tweet sent out by The Boss (and, no, we don’t mean Tim Cook).

Here’s what to expect from this week’s new arrivals.