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With mere hours before the premiere of Apple original drama ‘SEE’ on Apple TV+, we’re celebrating by sharing a spoiler-free transcription of an exclusive cast and creator panel held as part of MCM Comic Con following a screening of the shows first episode in London last week.

Series Creator Steven Knight and Director Francis Lawrence were joined by Alfre Woodard (Paris), Archie Madekwe (Kofun) and Jason Momoa (Baba Voss) as they opened up about budget rumours, acting blind and the productions creative freedom.

 
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More ‘Helpsters’ details have been shared by puppeteer Tim Lagasse just a few days before the shows launch on Apple TV+. In a feature-length edition of the Puppet Tears Podcast the first puppeteer to receive the Jim Henson Memorial Prize in puppetry talked about changes in the industry and the new TV+ original.

Details for ‘Helpsters’ have been scarce since lead character Cody was introduced on stage by Big Bird at Apple’s media event in March. Secrecy through production was so key that those involved had some fun with it:

“The show before it was called ‘Helpsters’ was called ‘Untitled Puppet Show’. All of our emails would come in ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ which would come in abbreviated as ‘UPS’. I’d get an email thinking it was a package and then be like oh it’s work.

We’d call it the ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ and it just made us laugh so much that Stephanie D’Abruzzo (who plays Cody) turned to me and said that she wanted all the swag to say ‘Untitled Puppet Show’. I went down the street to lids and had a hat made.

Everyone got a little worried. It became a thing and everyone went down the street and made their own version of the ‘Untitled Puppet Show’ hat. It’s very hipster!”.

The first big news is that ‘Helpsters’ will comprise of twenty six half-hour episodes with six to ten episodes available on Nov 1st.

All episodes were shot over the course of seven months on what Tim Lagasse described as a relatively low budget production…

 
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In a surprise announcement made by ‘Dickinson’ star Hailee Steinfeld, students subscribed to Apple Music’s student tier will gain access to Apple TV+ at no additional cost.

The details of this new offer – including its terms – have not yet been shared by Apple at the time of writing. Much like the student subscription to Apple Music, it is unlikely that the bundled access to the company’s new TV+ streaming service will support Family Sharing.

Despite that, this offer is a fantastic deal for students and one that in comparison reduces the bundle to just a 3rd of the price when comparing it to a single person $9.99/month and $4.99/month subscription to both Apple Music and Apple TV+. This announcement could well be the precursor to a much rumoured service bundle which has been said to be in the works for some time.

Apple TV+ launches this Friday for $4.99/month with purchasers of Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, Mac or iPod Touch hardware granting one full year of service.

 
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On November 1st, Apple TV+ will release ‘Snoopy in Space’, one of a slew of originals coming to the company’s new streaming service. To coincide with the shows launch, iconic Peanut characters from Charles M. Schulz will soon be part of a new Design Lab session for Today at Apple where attendees in Apple retail stores across the world will learn how to create their own astronaut in the iconic Peanuts style using the Procreate app on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil. 

It’s unknown at this point whether clips of the show will make up some part of the session, however attendees will draw facial expressions to show emotion and mood, customise a colourful spacesuit and make their astronaut come alive in a share-worthy GIF. 

This is the first widely distributed Today at Apple session to leverage Apple TV+ original content following the sessions debut as a one-off on Sep 28th.

 
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Swiftly following its official premier last week, Apple TV+ original comedy Dickinson was the subject of an exclusive cast and creator panel as part of Today at Apple in London’s Regent Street.
Screen Times were in attendance for the panel which followed a brief glimpse of the shows first gorgeous, playful episode. Series creator Alena Smith, star and executive producer Hailee Steinfeld and Tony Award-winning actor Jane Krakowski sat down with Sunday Times Entertainment editor Scarlett Russell for a brief chat about the show, Emily Dickinson and plucking chickens for David Gordon Green.

Q: Congratulations on this amazing programme. Alena, I know this is something of a passion project for you, so tell me how the idea for the show came about.

AS: Well, I actually used to write poetry in high-school and I always liked Emily Dickinsons poems. When I was in my early 20’s I read a biography of hers and was so surprised at how much the story of her coming of age and her early twenties resonated with me and where I was in that point in my life. I guess she was sort of trapped in her circumstances, yearning for something bigger and finding ways to express the infinite in the very very small. That really appealed to me and just stuck with me. About a decade later I had the weird idea to make a half hour TV show about Emily Dickinson.

Q: For anyone who might not be that familiar with Emily Dickinson’s poetry can you explain why its so prominent today and yet so radical at that time as well?

AS: Emily Dickinson wrote almost 2000 poems. It’s one of the greatest bodies of work in the English language – certainly in American literature. The irony is that almost none of that work was ever published or recognised or even seen whilst she was alive. She wrote her poems and sowed them into little books and hid them. They were discovered after she died.

What’s so incredible about her work is that she reinvented the rules of poetry in private. She was sort of an outsider artist I think and she had these poems that on the surface seemed simple – sometimes like nursery rhymes – but have these dark paradox’s embedded in them with these incredible images that we take from in the show and use as jumping off points for storylines and plot as much as we use the facts of her life.

Q: Hailee, If I can come to you. How do you get involved in this project and was it something you instantly knew you wanted to do?

HS: Yes. I read the first two scripts and after the first one I knew. It was so special and so different. I was mainly incredibly intrigued as to how they were going to pull it off. Because its so different  and it is this period piece driven by non-other than her incredible poetry and complimented with her modern sense of thinking and this contemporary urban soundtrack. There were so many elements about that I was in love with. Having conversations with Alena shortly after I read the first two scripts any feeling was just completely reinforced. She had such a clear vision for this project and knew exactly what she wanted it to be and we did it.

AS: We were so incredibly lucky to get Hailee who is in almost every scene of this five hour long first season. [Hailee] is the anchor and the engine of the whole show. She just has gifts that go so far beyond what you would imagine someone of her age of possessing. Of course also her whole musical side is so important to this show where we use our contemporary soundtrack to show Emily’s inner-life doesn’t fit in with the confinement’s of her time. When Hailee wrote a song for us we were just blown away by how exciting it was for us all to be responding as artists to the work of Emily Dickinson.

 
 

Apple has today released the full trailer for TV+ original ‘For All Mankind’.

Following on from June’s first look trailer – unveiled on-stage at this years WWDC – the new trailer offers more of a backstory for the show’s alternate-reality space race plot.

Launching with Apple TV+ on November 1st, the Ronald D.Moore executive produced original – set between 1969 and 1972 – sees the Soviet Union beat NASA’s Apollo program to becoming the first humans to successfully land on the Moon.