Apple TV+ will premiere the new drama series “Severance” globally Feb. 18.
The first two episodes of the nine-episode season will debut Feb. 18 followed by weekly installments each Friday.
From director and executive producer Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora, Tropic Thunder) and creator Dan Erickson, “Severance” follows Mark Scout (Adam Scott), the leader of a team at Lumon Industries, whose employees have undergone a severance procedure, which surgically divides their memories between their work and personal lives. The daring experiment in “work-life balance” is called into question as Mark finds himself at the center of an unraveling mystery that will force him to confront the true nature of his work — and of himself.
“Severance” reunites Emmy and DGA Award winner Stiller with Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette (Escape at Dannemora, Boyhood), who stars alongside Scott (“Parks and Recreation,” Step Brothers), Emmy Award winner John Turturro (“The Plot Against America,” “The Night Of”), Britt Lower (“High Maintenance,” “Casual”), Zach Cherry (“You,” “Succession”), Dichen Lachman (Jurassic World: Dominion, “Altered Carbon”), Jen Tullock (Before You Know It, “Bless This Mess”), Tramell Tillman (“Hunters,” Dietland”), Michael Chernus (“Orange is the New Black,” “Patriot”) and Academy Award winner Christopher Walken.
Apple TV+ has ordered the half-hour comedy “High Desert,” produced by Apple Studios and starring Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood,” “Escape at Dannemora,” “The Act”), who will also executive produce.
The project reunites Arquette with Ben Stiller (Escape at Dannemora), who will direct the first episode and executive produce through Red Hour Films alongside Nicky Weinstock. Molly Madden and Tom Lassally executive produce on behalf of 3 Arts Entertainment.
“High Desert” follows Peggy (Arquette), a former addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, Calif., and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.
The series is created and written by Nancy Fichman (“Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), Katie Ford (Miss Congeniality) and Jennifer Hoppe (“Grace and Frankie,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages”), who will also serve as executive producers.
“High Desert” marks Apple’s second partnership with Arquette and Stiller following the series order for “Severance,” an upcoming workplace thriller starring and executive produced by Arquette and Adam Scott, and directed and executive produced by Stiller. Arquette and Stiller both received Emmy Award nominations for their most recent collaboration: the limited series Escape at Dannemora, for which Stiller won the DGA Award and Arquette won Golden Globe, SAG and Critics Choice Awards.
The comedy Friendsgiving arrives on Blu-ray (plus digital) and DVD Oct. 27 from Lionsgate. It will be available for digital sellthrough and VOD Oct. 23.
Produced by Ben Stiller, Friendsgiving stars Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, Wanda Sykes, Christine Taylor, Chelsea Peretti, Aisha Tyler and Jane Seymour.
In the film, Abby (Dennings) is looking forward to a laid-back Thanksgiving with her best friend Molly (Akerman). But plans for a quiet turkey dinner go up in smoke when they’re joined by Molly’s new boyfriend and her flamboyant mother (Seymour). Soon come party crashers, including Molly’s old flame, a wannabe shaman, and a trio of Fairy Gay Mothers (Sykes, Margaret Cho, and Fortune Feimster).
Paramount Home Media Distribution and CBS Home Entertainment will release Showtime’s award-winning limited series Escape at Dannemora on DVD April 16.
Escape at Dannemora follows the true story of two convicted murderers (played by Benicio Del Toro and Paul Dano) who escaped a correctional facility with the help of a female prison employee (played by Patricia Arquette, who won a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for best actress in a limited series).
The cast also includes Bonnie Hunt, Eric Lange and David Morse. The series was executive produced and directed by Ben Stiller.
The DVD features all seven episodes plus special features.