Apple TV+ to Bow First Korean-Language Series ‘Dr. Brain’

“Dr. Brain,” a new six-episode Korean-language Apple Original series will premiere globally on Nov. 4 (Nov. 3 in the United States) on Apple TV+.

Based on the popular Korean webtoon of the same name by Hongjacga, “Dr. Brain” marks the first Korean-language series to debut on Apple TV+.

The sci-fi drama series, written, directed and executive produced by Kim Jee-woon, will premiere with the first episode, followed by one new episode weekly through Dec. 10, 2021.

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The series follows a brilliant brain scientist Sewon (Lee Sun-kyun, Parasite) who suffers a horrific personal tragedy when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident. Desperate to uncover what happened, he goes to extraordinary lengths to solve the tragic mystery by conducting “brain syncs” with the dead to access their memories for clues.

The series also stars Lee You-young, Park Hee-soon, Seo Ji-hye and Lee Jae-won.

Apple TV+ Picks Up Two More Seasons of Sitcom ‘Mythic Quest’

Apple TV+ has announced a season three and four pickup of the sitcom “Mythic Quest,” from creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Megan Ganz.

“Mythic Quest” follows the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all time. In addition to McElhenney, who stars as the fictional company’s creative director, Ian Grimm, the ensemble cast includes Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, Danny Pudi, Imani Hakim, Charlotte Nicdao, Ashly Burch, Jessie Ennis and David Hornsby, who also executive produces. Additional cast includes Naomi Ekperigin, Caitlin McGee, Humphrey Ker, Chris Naoki Lee and Jonathan Wiggs.

The series is produced for Apple TV+ by Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment and Ubisoft Film & Television.

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“Just like critics and audiences all over the world, we fell in love with Rob and his team’s sharp writing and full of heart, relatable characters that make up the world of ‘Mythic Quest,’” said Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, in a statement. “We can’t wait for viewers to see what’s in store in the upcoming seasons of this brilliant workplace comedy.”

Bing Crosby Bio, ‘The First Silent Night’ Among Titles Streaming on PBS Living Channel in November

Bing Crosby: Rediscovered from American Masters and The First Silent Night, a documentary on the Christmas carol, are coming to the PBS Living streaming channel in November.

The subscription rate for PBS Living is $2.99 per month with an Amazon Prime or Prime Video subscription. The channel is also available on Apple TV Channels in the Apple TV app at $2.99 per month with no additional fees.

American Masters: Bing Crosby: Rediscovered, which starts streaming Nov. 26, explores one of the most popular and influential multi-media stars of the first half of the 2oth century. For over three decades, through radio, film, television and records he reigned supreme. A brilliant entrepreneur, Crosby played an important role in the development of the postwar recording industry. Crosby recorded nearly 400 hit singles, an achievement only Sinatra, Elvis or the Beatles have matched. Almost 40 years after his death, he remains the most recorded performer in history. Narrated by Stanley Tucci and directed by Robert Trachtenberg, the film explores the life and legend of the iconic performer, revealing a personality far more complex than the image the public had known.

Actor Simon Callow discovers the hidden meaning of one of the most popular Christmas carols in The First Silent Night, which begins streaming Nov. 30. Callow journeys to the Austrian village of Oberndorf as well as the city of Salzburg, where the story of the world’s favorite carol originated. The First Silent Night introduces us to two impoverished children — Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber — who grew up in Austria’s cobbled streets and wooded villages. The hard years that shaped them also destined them to meet one day in a poor country church, where they united Gruber’s music and Mohr’s text into this classic carol about the birth of a third poor boy on a quiet night in ancient Palestine.

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Also coming to the channel Nov. 30 is Ken Burns: Seeing, Searching, Being, which explores the life William Segal, the great philosopher, publisher, writer and painter. Segal searched relentlessly and compassionately for meaning in the 2oth century. He helped bring Eastern and Western spiritual traditions together, always stressing what connected humanity rather than what differentiated it. In the last decade of his life, Segal befriended the documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, and the two collaborated on this film, which focuses on Segal as he paints and discusses the creative process and the intimate personal and spiritual relationship between the artist and the work of art. This documentary also visits the painter in his studio and in a gallery as he prepares an exhibition of his lithographs. In his on-camera interviews, Segal talks about his life and the practices he uses to live in the moment, embracing all that is around him.

Also coming to the PBS Living channel in November are The Oratorio: A Documentary with Martin Scorsese, Da Ponte’s Oratorio: A Concert for New York, Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America, Independent Lens: Storm Lake and Road Food.

‘Ted Lasso’ Concludes Second Season Atop Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

The Emmy-winning Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” remained No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Oct. 15. With the final episode of the soccer comedy’s second season released Oct. 8, the series had 41.6 times the demand of an average show, and a 2% rise in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “Ted Lasso” was No. 6 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

HBO Max’s “Titans” climbed to No. 2 on the digital originals chart as its third season wraps up. The superhero series had a 2.5% rise in demand expressions to give it 41.2 times the demand of an average show. “Titans” was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s South Korean import “Squid Game” dropped to No. 3 on the digital originals chart. The survival drama had 40.9 times the average series demand and was up 0.8% in demand expressions. “Squid Game” was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” remained No. 4 on the originals chart. The series had a 1.2% rise in demand expressions to give it 38.6 times the demand of an average show. “Stranger Things” was No. 9 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” stayed No. 5 with 29.6 times average demand and a 6.4% drop in demand expressions.

Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” a mystery series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as a podcasting trio, continues to make a space in the top 10, rising to No. 6 with 28 times average demand and a 3.4% rise in demand expressions.

Netflix’s “You” had the biggest jump into the top 10, up 11 spots to No. 7 with 27.1 times average demand after a 32.7% rise in demand expressions. following the Oct. 15 release of its third season.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 71.2 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

Apple TV+ Orders Comedy Series Starring Jason Segel

Apple TV+ has announced a series order for “Shrinking,” a 10-episode comedy series that will star Jason Segel, who also serves as writer and executive producer alongside Emmy Award winners Bill Lawrence and Brett Goldstein.

“Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives, including his own.

The new series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television, where Lawrence is under an overall deal, and Lawrence’s Doozer Productions. Segel, Lawrence and Goldstein all serve as writers and executive producers, Jeff Ingold is an executive producer, and Liza Katzer is a co-executive producer.

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“Shrinking” marks the second Apple Original starring Segel, who is next set to star in Apple Original Films’ The Sky Is Everywhere, based on the best-selling young-adult novel of the same name. It also marks the third partnership for Apple, Lawrence and Warner Bros. Television, alongside “Ted Lasso” and the recently announced series order for “Bad Monkey.” Goldstein currently stars and serves as writer and co-executive producer on the Emmy-winning “Ted Lasso.”

Apple TV+ Animated Series ‘Harriet the Spy’ to Debut Nov. 19

The Apple TV+ animated series “Harriet the Spy” will premiere Nov. 19 with five episodes.

More episodes will debut in spring 2022.

The animated adaptation of the iconic children’s novel is produced by The Jim Henson Company and features Beanie Feldstein as the voice of 11-year-old Harriet alongside Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as the voice of Ole Golly, Harriet’s nanny.

Set in 1960s New York when the original book was published, “Harriet the Spy” follows the outspoken and perpetually curious 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch. More than anything, Harriet wants to be a writer, and in order to be a good writer, she think she needs to know everything. And to know everything she decides to become a spy.

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Joining Feldstein and Lynch are Lacey Chabert as Marion Hawthorne, the ringleader of a group of popular girls at Harriet’s school; Kimberly Brooks; Crispin Freeman; Grey Griffin; Bumper Robinson; and Charlie Schlatter.

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett wrote and performs the original theme song for the series, which she released as a single Oct. 13 under her Mom + Pop record label and is now available on Apple Music.

The Apple Original series is  written and executive produced by Will McRobb (“The Adventures of Pete & Pete”) with Sidney Clifton (“Black Panther” animated series, “Me, Eloise”) as producer.

‘Ted Lasso,’ ‘Squid Game’ Top Parrot’s Digital Originals Chart

The Emmy-winning Apple TV+ comedy “Ted Lasso” returned to the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals U.S. chart the week ended Oct. 8. With the final episodes of the soccer comedy’s second season, the series had 41.2 times the demand of an average show, though it have a weekly dip of 0.85% in demand expressions, the proprietary metric Parrot uses to gauge a show’s popularity. “Ted Lasso” was No. 7 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

Netflix’s South Korean import “Squid Game” climbed another two spots to land at No. 2 for the week on the digital originals chart. The survival drama had 40.9 times the average series demand and was up 22.7% in demand expressions. “Squid Game” was No. 8 on Parrot’s list of all TV shows.

HBO Max’s “Titans” remained No. 3 on the digital originals chart. The superhero series had a 1.4% drop in demand expressions to give it 40.5 times the demand of an average show.

Netflix’s perennially popular “Stranger Things” slipped three spots on the originals chart to No. 4, after topping the chart the previous week. The series had a 15.1% drop in demand expressions, to give it 38.5 times the demand of an average show.

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” climbed back into the top five with 31.9 times average demand and a 1.1% rise in demand expressions.

Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building,” a mystery series starring Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as a podcasting trio, continues to make a space in the top 10, rising to No. 7 with 27.3 times average demand.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The No. 1 overall TV series in terms of online demand was “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 74.6 times average demand.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

 

‘Squid Game’ Top Streaming Original on Weekly Whip Watch Chart

Netflix’s “Squid Game” led the Whip Watch chart of top streaming originals among U.S. consumers the week ended Oct. 3.

The South Korean series follows a group of desperate and cash-strapped people competing in a blood-thirsty survival game. It started streaming Sept. 17.

Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” which garnered four Emmys Sept. 19 including Outstanding Comedy Series, jumped to No. 2 from No. 3 on the streaming originals chart. Jason Sudeikis won an Emmy for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series about a U.S. football coach leading a soccer team in the United Kingdom. Season two of the series began streaming July 23.

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Taking the bronze on the chart was Disney+’s “What If…?,”  a Marvel Universe animated anthology series that debuted Aug. 11. It explores major Marvel moments had they gone differently.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users.  The Whip Watch streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Oct. 3:

  1. “Squid Game” — Netflix
  2. “Ted Lasso” — Apple TV+
  3. “What If…?” — Disney+
  4. “Only Murders in the Building” — Hulu
  5. “Midnight Mass” (2021) — Netflix
  6. “Lucifer” — Netflix
  7. “Sex Education” — Netflix
  8. “Titans” (2018) — HBO Max
  9. “Doom Patrol” — HBO Max
  10. “The Circle” (U.S.) — Netflix

Analyst: Apple TV+ Subs Binge-View More Than Others

Since its launch a week before Disney+ in 2019, Apple’s subscription streaming platform, Apple TV+, has had its share of naysayers complaining about a lack of content and subscribers, among other issues.

That mindset got a reality check this week from London-based research giant Kantar, which contends the service, however many subscribers Apple TV+ has, they are loyal when it comes to binge-viewing content. About 78% of Apple TV+ subs watch multiple episodes in one sitting of programs such as “Ted Lasso” and “The Morning Show,” compared to the industrywide binge-viewing adoption rate of 61%.

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The data, based on responses from 20,000 U.S. consumers and 12,000 in the U.K., found that Apple TV+ subs either go all in binge-viewing — or not at all.

“In June, Apple had more heavy users of the service than Netflix, but few medium intensity users — they‘re binging, or not using it much at all,” read the report.

Apple has never disclosed subscriber numbers, despite offering the $4.99 monthly service free for 12 months to anyone who purchases an Apple device. Company officials recently admitted to an industry event that the platform had less than 20 million paid subs — compared with 103 million for Disney+ and 210 million for Netflix. Apple TV+ users (including promotional) reportedly top 40 million.

The report also found that subscriber approval of Apple TV+ content has increased — a finding that mirrors the critical acclaim afforded the aforementioned “Ted Lasso,” “The Morning Show,” and the new “The Problem With Jon Stewart” show.

‘Sex Education’ Top Streaming Original, ‘Shang-Chi’ Top Movie on Weekly TV Time Charts

Netflix’s “Sex Education” led the TV Time chart of top streaming originals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings the TV Time chart of top movies among U.S. consumers for the week ended Sept. 26.

The British dramedy “Sex Education” follows a socially awkward teen who lives with his sex therapist mom and offers sex advice to his peers. Season three started streaming Sept. 17.

The latest Marvel feature Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is only showing in theaters and has earned nearly $200 million at the box office domestically.

The charts replace TV Time’s weekly binge and rising show charts.

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TV Time, a Whip Media company, is a free TV and movie viewership tracking app with 18 million global users. The streaming originals chart rankings are determined by streaming original TV series with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app. The movie rankings are determined by theatrical or streaming movies with the greatest share of views in the given week, among a balanced panel of U.S. users of the TV Time app.

“Lucifer,” the sixth and final season of which debuted on Netflix Sept. 10, fell to No. 2 on the streaming originals chart. It follows Lucifer’s exploits on Earth.

Apple TV+’s “Ted Lasso,” which garnered four Emmys Sept. 19 including Outstanding Comedy Series, remained at No. 3 on the streaming originals chart. Jason Sudeikis won an Emmy for Lead Actor, Hannah Waddingham for Supporting Actress, and Brett Goldstein for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the series, season two of which began streaming July 23.

At No. 2 on the movies chart was 20th Century Studios’ Free Guy, starring Ryan Reynolds as a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game.

Malignant, which debuted in theaters and on HBO Max Sept. 10, fell from No. 1 to No. 3. It’s a possession thriller from director James Wan (The ConjuringInsidious).

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Top Streaming Originals Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. “Sex Education” — Netflix
  2. “Lucifer” — Netflix
  3. “Ted Lasso” — Apple TV+
  4. “What If …” — Disney+
  5. “Star Wars: Visions” — Disney+ (Season Premiere)
  6. “The Circle” (U.S.) — Netflix
  7. “Only Murders in the Building” — Hulu
  8. “Squid Game” — Netflix
  9. “Titans” (2018) — HBO Max
  10. “Nine Perfect Strangers” — Hulu

 

Top Movies Among U.S. Consumers for the Week Ended Sept. 26:

  1. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — Disney
  2. Free Guy — 20th Century Studios
  3. Malignant — Warner Bros.
  4. Kate — Netflix
  5. Black Widow — Disney
  6. Candyman — MGM
  7. Old — Universal
  8. Cruella — Disney
  9. The Suicide Squad — Warner Bros.
  10. Cinderella — Amazon Prime Video