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Physical serves up a second season of bouncy self-loathing [Apple TV+ recap]


Physical recap on Apple TV+: Sheila (played by Rose Byrne) is up to her same old tricks in season two.
Sheila (played by Rose Byrne) is up to her same old tricks in season two of Physical.
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Apple TV+ just fired up another season of Physical, its antisocial character study about a would-be aerobics instructor/grifter/star. Let’s see if the show learned anything from season one’s imbalances and split-personality disorder.

Sheila Rubin, the wannabe workout queen played by Rose Byrne, is still talking to herself about the filth that is humanity, and everyone’s outfits are still ugly. Let’s do this thing!

Survival of the fittest at stake in Apple TV+ Physical season 2 trailer


Rose Byrne plays fitness entrepreneur Sheila Rubin in
Rose Byrne plays fitness entrepreneur Sheila Rubin in "Physical."
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Apple TV+ offered up a new trailer Wednesday for season two of the darkish comedy Physical, starring Rose Byrne as a pioneering entrepreneur in the 1980s fitness boom in Los Angeles.

But Byrne’s character, Sheila Rubin, faces daunting competition as her husband continues to struggle with his political career.

Apple TV+ video takes viewers behind the scenes of new show Physical


Exercise your eyes with trailer for Apple TV+ dramedy ‘Physical’
Rose Bryne stars in Physical, a new dark comedy that debuted this month on Apple TV+.
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A new Apple TV+ video gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the creation of new perm- and leotard-filled dark comedy Physical. The retro series follows the 1980s transformation of a timid housewife into an aerobics influencer extraordinaire.

The four-and-a-half-minute “making of” video features input from Physical stars Rose Byrne, Rory Scovel, Della Saba and Dierdre Friel, along with series showrunner Annie Weisman. It includes discussions of the show’s themes, including central character Sheila Rubin’s eating disorder.

Physical’s endless cliches won’t get your blood pumping [Apple TV+ review]


Rose Byrne gets Physical
Even the talented Rose Byrne can't save this mishmash of cliches and misfires.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ went fishing for its own Glow but instead landed the transparent, overcooked and overdetermined Physical, which debuts today.

Star Rose Byrne tries as hard as she can to enliven this mishmash of cliches. However, its grotesque, fetishistic anti-nostalgia goes nowhere fast.

Get your first glimpse at Apple TV+ shows Mosquito Coast and Physical


‘Physical’ will debut Summer 2021 exclusively on Apple TV+
Rose Bryne stars in Physical, a new dramedy premiering summer 2021 on Apple TV+.
Photo: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will premiere a drama based on the classic book The Mosquito Coast this April. The first trailer for the series dropped Friday, and it looks like an adventure. (At least that’s what the lead character keeps telling us.)

In addition, Apple’s streaming service also revealed that ’80s comedy/drama Physical will debut this summer.

Rose Byrne will star in new ’80s aerobics comedy for Apple TV+


Rose Byrne
Rose Byrne starred in comedy movie Bridesmaids.
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Apple TV+ is adding Damages and Bridesmaids star Rose Byrne to its growing stable of stars. The streaming service is reportedly “preparing to give a series order” to a new series titled Physical, starring Byrne.

The show, which will blend comedic and drama elements, is set in a 1980s SoCal beach community. Rose Byrne plays a housewife who finds new fulfilment in the world of aerobics.