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Severance thrills with a sci-fi descent into workplace hell [Apple TV+ recap]


Adam Scott in Severance
Who said maintaining a work-life balance should be easy? Or nonsurgical?
Photo: Apple TV+

New Apple TV+ dark comedy/thriller Severance centers on a company man with an unusual relationship to himself and his job. Every day he goes to work, and his brain stays behind.

At work Mark’s a new man — one who doesn’t have to think about his grief or his petty social problems. At home, he’s a sad sack who doesn’t know he’s about to stumble into a conspiracy.

Comedy veteran Ben Stiller and first-time showrunner/writer Dan Erickson collaborated on Severance, which premieres Friday. The unconventional show takes pointed satirical swipes at modern workplace culture, but ultimately offers a deeper look at the meaning of life.

Patricia Arquette becomes a wisecracking private eye in High Desert on Apple TV+


Arquette bagged an Oscar for her role in Boyhood.
Photo: Universal Pictures

Apple TV+ on Tuesday unveiled High Desert, an upcoming half-hour comedy series to star Patricia Arquette, winner of several Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy awards.

Fellow comedian Ben Stiller will direct the first episode. Both Arquette and Stiller will serve as executive producers, too.

Tramell Tillman joins cast of Apple TV+ thriller series Severance


Tramell Tillman will join Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette in Severance.
Photo: Peter Hurley

Ben Stiller’s directorial TV series debut for Apple TV+, Severance, added another male lead to its roster today after striking a deal with Tramell Tillman.

Tramell, who can currently be seen in the Amazon series Hunters with Al Pacino, will play alongside Adam Scott in the thriller written and created by Dan Erickson.