Apple TV+ Renews ‘For All Mankind’ for Season Five, Orders Spinoff

The Apple TV+ streaming service announced it has renewed the sci-fi drama “For All Mankind” for a fifth season, in addition to ordering a spinoff series called “Star City.”

“For All Mankind,” created by Ben Nedivi, Matt Wolpert and Ronald D. Moore, and produced by Sony Pictures Television, explores an alternate reality in which the Soviet Union landed on the moon before the United States, leading to an escalation of the space race. Within the timeline of the series, humanity established bases on the moon by the 1980s, and landed on Mars in the 1990s. The fourth season dealt with political strife between Mars and Earth in 2003, and teased a fifth season set in an alternate 2012.

“Star City,” which will be showrun by Nedivi and Wolpert, explores how the Soviets in the alternate reality were able to beat America in the race to the moon.

“Our fascination with the Soviet space program has grown with every season of ‘For All Mankind,’” said executive producers Wolpert and Nedivi. “The more we learned about this secret city in the forests outside Moscow where the Soviet cosmonauts and engineers worked and lived, the more we wanted to tell this story of the other side of the space race. We could not be more excited to continue building out the alternate history universe of ‘For All Mankind’ with our partners at Apple and Sony.”

For All Mankind: Season 4

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Stars Joel Kinnaman, Krys Marshall, Coral Peña, Cynthy Wu, Edi Gathegi, Toby Kebbell, Tyner Rushing, Daniel Stern, Svetlana Efremova, Wrenn Schmidt.

One fascinating aspect of the alternate history series “For All Mankind” is tracking how much more the show delves into its science-fiction elements as the stories move further away from the fictional timeline’s divergence from our own reality.

The original “what if” premise of the series was to explore what would have happened with the American space program had the Soviet Union somehow won the race to land on the moon. The first season, taking place primarily in the early 1970s, pushed forward an answer that we simply would have raised the stakes of the Space Race, to not just land on the moon, but establish permanent bases there. The result was a sort of “Mad Men” in space that featured a mixture of fictional characters and real historical figures, while providing subtle social commentary by using the speculated changes in world events and political attitudes to shine a light back upon our own reality. The depiction of technology wasn’t too far astray from what actually existed at the time.

Season two, set in the early 1980s, and season three, set in the mid 1990s, continued to put this formula to excellent dramatic effect. Season two transferred escalating Cold War tensions to each side expanding their presence on the lunar surface, leading into season three’s race to be the first to land on Mars. In the show’s timeline, advancements in space sped up technological innovation by years if not decades, while ship and space station designs reflected ideas that in our reality never made it past the drawing board due to funding cuts.

But with its space hotels and Martian landers, the “For All Mankind” reality began to resemble what sci-fi movies and TV shows from 50 years ago such as 2001: A Space Odyssey had imagined the future would look like.

Season four thus gives the show a chance to pay off not only three seasons’ worth of story and character development, but 30 years of in-universe historical advancement. Set in 2003, the season finds the various spacefaring nations of the world and the mega-corporation Helios involved in a cooperative effort to manage Happy Valley, the first human settlement on Mars. The discovery of a mineral-rich asteroid passing through the solar system spawns an objective to attempt to capture it, but the intricacies of planning the mission expose years of dormant tensions between numerous factions on both planets.

Culture on Mars has developed a social hierarchy separating the administrators and the labor force, giving the season something of a Metropolis vibe.

The strength of the show’s writing is how it presents a situation, and then throws its established characters into the room to bounce off each other to see how the plot finds a resolution. It makes for compelling drama that pays off in a number of unexpected ways.

The season finale, which becomes available Jan. 12, provides not only a satisfying capper to the first four seasons of the show, but sets up exciting possibilities for the series should it continue into season five and beyond.

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Apple TV+ Releases New ‘For All Mankind’ Season 4 Trailer

The Apple TV+ streaming service Oct. 12 released the official trailer for season four of “For All Mankind,” the sci-fi series that explores an alternate history of the space race had the Russians been the first to land a man on the moon.

The 10-episode fourth season will debut Nov. 10, with new episodes weekly through Jan. 12.

The new season begins in 2003, eight years after the conclusion of the third season. As the Happy Valley base on Mars expands into a viable colony, the space program turns its attention to the capture and mining of asteroids. But simmering tensions between the residents of the international base threaten to undo everything they are working toward.

The returning cast for season four includes Joel Kinnaman, Wrenn Schmidt, Krys Marshall, Edi Gathegi, Cynthy Wu and Coral Peña. New series regulars include Toby Kebbell, Tyner Rushing, Daniel Stern and Svetlana Efremova.

The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

Sony Pictures to Bring Season 1 of Apple TV+ Series ‘For All Mankind’ to Blu-ray Disc Nov. 14

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the entire first season of the series “For All Mankind” in a four-disc Blu-ray Disc set on Nov. 14.

The series, which airs on Apple TV+, presents an alternate history of the global space race based on the premise that the Soviet Union rather than the United States was the first to land a crew on the Moon.

“For All Mankind” was created by Ronald D. Moore (best known for “Battlestar Galactica”), Matt Wolpert, and Ben Nedivi.

The cast includes Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour and Wrenn Schmidt.

Apple TV+ Renews ‘For All Mankind’ for Season 4

SAN DIEGO — The Comic-Con panel for the Apple TV + series “For All Mankind” July 22 included the announcement that the sci-fi series has been renewed for a fourth season.

The show is set in an alternate reality in which the Soviet Union landed on the moon before Apollo 11, causing NASA to redefine the space race and the long-term goals of space exploration.

The third season, set in the 1990s, features the United States. USSR and a private firm in a race to land on Mars. The 10th and finale episode will be released on the streaming service Aug. 12.

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Apple TV+ Premiering ‘For All Mankind’ Season 3 June 10

The first episode of the third season of space drama “For All Mankind” will make its global debut on the Apple TV+ streaming service June 10. A new installment of the 10-episode season will follow every Friday.

The series explores an alternate reality in which the Soviet Union landed on the moon first, forcing NASA to seek a new path in establishing supremacy in space technology. The new season is set in 1995 and focuses on the race to land a person on Mars. Returning cast members include Joel Kinnaman, Shantel VanSanten, Jodi Balfour, Sonya Walger, Krys Marshall, Cynthy Wu, Casey Johnson, Coral Peña and Wrenn Schmidt. They will be joined by new series regular Edi Gathegi as a charismatic visionary.

“For All Mankind” was created by and is executive produced by Emmy Award-winner Ronald D. Moore, with Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert serving as showrunners. The show is produced by Sony Pictures Television.

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