5 TV series we hope succeed on Apple TV+ streaming service

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Apple TV+ streaming service debuted yesterday to much fanfare at the Steve Jobs Theater. The company has been attempting to do this for 13 years. Whether or not it is successful is anyone’s guess. Here are 5 TV series we hope succeed from the fledgling venture.

Apple TV+ has finally come to fruition. In 2006, they premiered their iTV streaming box. From there according to The Verge it has been an uphill battle fraught with differences, disappointments and failures. So, here we are 13 years later with a product that is supposed to knock the socks off the competition.

Steve Jobs’ legacy is coming for you Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Are you ready? I guess the more pertinent question is, Apple TV+ are you ready? The “Show Time” event yesterday opened with a slickly produced black and white video with Steven Spielberg explaining to us how he would set the scene for the “news.”

I won’t lie. It was thrilling to see Ron Howard, Octavia Spencer, M. Night Shyamalan, J.J. Abrams and Sofia Coppola discuss their craft. The entire scene was impeccably scored to make us feel that sense of appropriate wonderment. However, I couldn’t help but think that this entire spectacle was pure Hollywood illusion.

Spielberg’s involvement is interesting because at the beginning of the month, he came out swinging against Netflix. Granted that was about movies and this is television but still… Deadline reported that the event was so “tightly and overly scripted that there were no opportunities for questions.”

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Considering the players involved and what is at stake, here is our list of the 5 TV series we hope succeed on the new streaming service.

The Hot List of Apple TV + Series

The title information is courtesy of Deadline.

PARK CITY, UT – JANUARY 21: Octavia Spencer from the film ‘A Kid Like Jake’ poses for a portrait in the YouTube x Getty Images Portrait Studio at 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty Images)

5. Truth Be Told

This is the latest production from Reese Witherspoon. Boasting an impressive cast featuring Octavia Spencer, Michael Beach, Aaron Paul and Lizzie Caplan, this series looks at the phenomenon of podcasting.

It seems that everyone has a You Tube channel these days. From personal experience (because I was part of a great pop culture pod), I can tell you it can get mighty competitive. Only the strong survive and the fight for original content is real.

Truth Be Told is a true crime tale based on Kathleen Barber’s novel. Octavia Spencer is Poppy Parnell, who decides to pull a Nancy Grace and focus on a “questionable murder verdict” on her podcast. With the cast that is assembled, this has the makings of a genuine hit.

One can imagine that perhaps the storyline will deal with the quest for sensational streams to get views? The premise is intriguing and hopefully, the plot won’t become predictable.

As far as I am aware, there are shows that have been created from podcasts but few are about them. If executed properly this could become the type of series that will pry viewers away from the ID Channel. 10 episodes are ordered. Stay tuned for Apple TV+’s debut date which is coming up sometime in the fall.