A list of Apple's original TV shows and series: Bryan Fuller leaves Amazing Stories

Updated 02/07/18: Bryan Fuller has reportedly left his position as showrunner for Amazing Stories, citing creative differences.

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That’s a lot of TV! It’s not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it’s still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we’re not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

The bulk of Apple’s TV content is likely to be in production throughout 2018, with actual release dates in 2019. We’ll probably see a mix of show types, from reality TV to dramas, and even a few films and miniseries, too. Currently, Apple’s TV efforts are accessed through Apple Music, but that’s not really an optimal experience. We don’t know if the company will simply release content through iTunes, the TV app, or a new channel, but access is likely to be tied to Apple Music subscriptions—at least in the near term.

While most of Apple’s TV projects are shrouded in secrecy, what little we know confirms that Apple is spending big bucks on top-tier talent. The two projects released in 2017 (Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke) were uninspiring, but prospects seem far better for the future.

Here’s a list of all the exclusive TV content we know Apple is working on, along with expected release dates.

Planet of the Apps

It’s like Shark Tank for app developers! Celebrity judges Will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba, and Gary Vaynerchuk sit through pitches by app developers who go on to try to earn big VC money.

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Famous entrepreneurs judge apps, with the winners scoring big VC money.

It’s…not great. There’s nothing inherently wrong with Planet of the Apps, really. It’s just sort of boring. Each of the 10 episodes is nearly an hour long, and doesn’t manage to capture much drama about the developers or the challenges they face in bringing their ideas to market. It all moves too slowly, and feels crammed with “celebrity factor” where the developers should really be the stars.

The whole exercise feels like it was made for Apple (because Apple = Apps!) instead of for viewers who want to watch an entertaining show.

Planet of the Apps has 10 episodes in its first season, which premiered on June 6, 2017. No second season has been announced.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series

James Corden has this great bit on The Late Late Show where he hops into a car with celebrities and they sing along with the radio. See? Celebrities do the things we do!

It’s usually a short six- or seven-minute segment that can be quite entertaining. You know, just the right thing to go viral on YouTube (as several segments have done).

What better thing to turn into a TV show that plays only on a music service, right?

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James Corden hosts the first episode with actor/rapper Will Smith, as well as the final episode, but none of the others.

Unfortunately, the tight, breezy pace of The Late Late Show segment doesn’t translate well to a series where each episode is about three times as long. Perhaps it only works as a “break” from the in-studio talk show. Perhaps the whole concept is just a bit old and boring. Maybe it’s Corden who makes the magic—he only hosts the first episode and the 19th and final one. For whatever reason, the hit segment simply doesn’t translate into a hit show.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series premiered on August 9, 2017. It ran one episode per week for 19 episodes, with the last one posting on October 31. There has been no announcement of the series’ return.

Amazing Stories

Okay, so Apple’s first two experiments with original programming weren’t exactly Game of Thrones breakout hits. We can consider those to be toeing the water, with more exciting announcements to come. The first of which is a revival of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories

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