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Little Voice has a mechanical heart and an auto-tuned soul [Apple TV+ review]


Sean Teale and Brittany O'Grady star in the contrived musical romance Little Voice.
Sean Teale and Brittany O'Grady star in musical romance Little Voice.
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The latest lightweight Apple TV+ crowdpleaser comes from producer J.J. Abrams, songwriter Sara Bareilles and writer Jessie Nelson. Little Voice, which debuts on Apple’s streaming service on July 10, hits every single beat you expect — and none you don’t.

There’s little chance you won’t experience precisely the emotional journey and reaction you’re anticipating just from looking at the show’s promotional materials.

If you wanna watch a scrappy, model-beautiful singer finally find her voice with help from a supportive and kooky family of zany outsiders, and then live her dream of being a star, then yeah, come on in.

Apple loses out on securing future J.J. Abrams projects


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Sadly, Abrams won't play a major role in the immediate future of Apple TV+.
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Apple may have a bigger cash pile than just about anyone, but it doesn’t always get what it wants.

According to a new report, Apple is among the companies that lost out to WarnerMedia in a bidding war to secure the future development slate of Bad Robot. This is the well-known production company run by J.J. Abrams and wife and co-CEO Katie McGrath.

Apple’s original TV shows will get a sneak preview at March 25 event


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Don't expect them to officially debut until later in 2019, however.
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Apple’s March 25 media event will be dedicated to services — and that will include the first glimpses of video content from Apple’s original TV series.

While we’ll get a look at some video clips, however, customers shouldn’t expect the series to debut immediately after the event.

Hollywood stars tapped to attend Apple’s March event


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Reese Witherspoon is playing a huge role in Apple's original content creation.
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Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are coming to Silicon Valley for Apple’s first big event of 2019.

Apple is rumored to be planning a late March keynote where a slew of new services will be unveiled. To help with its pitch to customers, Apple reportedly asked some of the stars from its original TV shows to join the festivities.

Jennifer Garner will star in new J.J. Abrams series for Apple


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Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow in the show Alias
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Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams are finally getting back together to create an all-new TV show.

The duo rose to stardom in the early 2000s with Abram’s TV show Alias that starred Garner as a double agent for the Central Intelligence Agency. Now they’re set to make a TV show for Apple, only it won’t be quite as action-packed as their last endeavor together.

J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles team up Apple musical dramedy


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Jony Ive's buddy J.J. Abrams is going to make a TV show for Apple.
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Apple has tapped J.J. Abrams to executive produce its latest straight-to-series order for the half-hour dramedy show called Little Voices.

Abrams’ and Apple have reportedly discussed working together on a number of his projects in the past. This is the first Apple has been able to ink a deal with J.J., but considering his close ties to Jony Ive, we’re surprised it took this long.

Apple loses out to HBO on bid for J.J. Abrams’ new sci-fi series


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Abrams went with the established HBO over newcomer Apple.
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Apple may have $268.9 billion in cash on hand, but it doesn’t get everything it wants. According to a new report, Apple lost out to HBO on acquiring a new original TV series written by J.J. Abrams, his first since 2008’s Fringe.

Called Demimonde the series is about a family whose mom winds up in a coma following a car crash, after which her daughter and husband are transported to another world to fight a monstrous, oppressive force. HBO is describing the series as, “an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama.”

Apple battles HBO to acquire new J.J. Abrams sci-fi show


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J.J. Abrams' latest show would be a big coup for Apple.
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Apple and HBO are vying for a new sci-fi drama series written by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams. The untitled show is the first bit of TV writing Abrams has done since working on Fringe a decade ago in 2008.

In addition to Fringe, Abrams co-created the popular TV show Lost, as well as creating both Felicity and Alias. He has also executive-produced multiple shows in the past few years, including HBO’s Westworld, Showtime’s Roadies and Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock.