×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Apple Gives Series Order to Octavia Spencer Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’

Apple has given a series pickup to the Octavia Spencer starrer “Are You Sleeping,” from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content.

The drama will examine the nation’s long-held obsession with true-crime stories and the recent boom in podcasts dedicated to probing unsolved and disputed cases. Nichelle Tramble Spellman (“The Good Wife”) created the show and will serve as showrunner. Apple has ordered 10 episodes.

Are You Sleeping” is based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber, which questions the consequences when crime-solving plays out on a public stage.

Spencer is a three-time Oscar nominee who won the supporting actress trophy for 2011’s “The Help.”

Spencer, Spellman, Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo are exec producers of “Are You Sleeping.” There’s no word yet from Apple on a premiere date.

“Are You Sleeping” marks the latest series order for Hello Sunshine, which has been on a hot streak in landing projects at Hulu (“Little Fires Everywhere,” produced with Kerry Washington) and Apple (the untitled morning TV show drama to star Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston). The company also has feature films in the pipeline at TriStar Pictures and Fox 2000.

Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine and Hansen Jacobson. Spencer and Spellman are with WME.

More TV

  • BBC Studios Names Anna Cronin Digital

    BBC Studios Names Anna Cronin Digital Content Director (EXCLUSIVE)

    Anna Cronin has been upped to director of digital content at BBC Studios, a new role at the production and distribution arm of the U.K. pubcaster. The position is within BBC Studios’ content partnerships division, which oversees the company’s programming and IP partnerships. Cronin will work with U.K. and international partners, and notably those in [...]

  • HBO Europe,The Mediapro Studio Lacoproductora Team

    HBO Europe, The Mediapro Studio, Lacoproductora Team On Comedy Series 'Whatever'

    MADRID — HBO Europe is adding to its growing Spanish slate with “Por H o por B,” a comedy series original produced by Globomedia, part of TV giant The Mediapro Studio and new Madrid-based company Lacoproductora. Written and directed by Manuela Burló Moreno, the 10-episode half-hour takes the characters from her Goya-nominated short film “Pipas,” [...]

  • Zombie Comedy ‘Zomboat!’ Sets Sail for

    Zombie Comedy ‘Zomboat!’ Sets Sail for ITV and Hulu

    The zombie apocalypse is coming to the U.K. and will be seen on British and U.S. TV after ITV and Hulu greenlit “Zomboat!” The upcoming comedy will star Leah Brotherhead (“White Gold”), Hamza Jeetooa (“Doctor Who”), Ryan McKen (“White Dragon”), and Cara Theobold (“Downton Abbey”). It will bow on the ITV2 channel this fall and [...]

  • Busy Philipps

    ACLU, Busy Philipps Take on Abortion Bans With #YouKnowMe Ad Campaign

    In the wake of revealing to “Busy Tonight” viewers that she had had an abortion — and creating the #YouKnowMe hashtag on social media — Busy Philipps is teaming up with the ACLU on a “You Know Me” ad campaign meant to rebut recent legislation in several states that restrict access to abortion. “You know [...]

  • LIVE IN FRONT OF A STUDIO

    TV Review: ABC's Live 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'

    In retrospect, it was only a matter of time before reboot and revival fever manifested as verbatim repeats — but if TV’s gonna go there, bringing back eerily timely shows like “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” is the way to do it. That Norman Lear’s comedies are timely, or at least prescient, is [...]

  • WGA Agents Packaging Fight Placeholder

    Judge in Writers Guild Suit Against Agencies Replaced Again

    Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elaine W. Mandel has replaced Craig D. Karlan to handle the Writers Guild of America’s lawsuit against Hollywood’s four major talent agencies. Mandel was appointed Wednesday. She is the third judge assigned to the case, which was filed April 17 by the WGA against CAA, WME, UTA and ICM Partners [...]

  • Andy Cohen Desperate Housewives E

    TV News Roundup: Bravo Announces First Ever BravoCon

    In today’s roundup, Bravo announces its first ever BravoCon and the trailer for the fourth season of “Queen Sugar” dropped.  DATES The buddy comedy “Partners in Wine,” starring Lauren White and Jasmine Curry, will be available for streaming on Amazon Tuesday, May 28. It follows best friends Mia and Anne, who support, challenge, and judge [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content