Following recent murmurs that the Cupertino firm may be looking to build out its Apple TV product with the launch of a fully fledged content streaming service, (ala Netflix), Hollywood Reporter is out with an exclusive in which claims that Apple is, in fact, working on its first original series for the service.
While it is currently thought that each episode of the series will last just a half-hour, (the seemingly favoured duration for comedy sitcoms in the U.S), writers O’Connell and Goldberg insist that the show “is not a comedy.”
“Instead, it is described as a dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex,” the publication claims.
According to the report filming on what will mark Apple’s first scripted and original television drama – Vital Signs – began on Monday, and continued on Tuesday with “an extended orgy scene.”
Sources tell THR naked extras simulated sex in a mansion in the Bird Streets neighborhood of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills. (Dre’s wife Nicole Threatt Young was on set to witness the shenanigans, one insider says.)
Exactly how accurate the report is surrounding the filming of the television series, is as yet unclear.
It is worth noting, however, that THR has been right on these things before – and based the amount of speculation surrounding the potential launch of an Apple TV content service that we’ve been hearing over the past few years, tonight’s exclusive could have more weight to it than most may be willing to admit.
“Vital Signs would mark the first concrete investment for the company in scripted television,” the report adds, as it points out that Apple itself has “no TV studio or real development team,” but some of its execs did make the Hollywood studio rounds during “summer 2015.”