Apple TV+ has announced a series order for Wool, a world-building drama series based on Hugh Howey’s New York Times bestselling trilogy of dystopian novels (check price at Amazon) that will star Rebecca Ferguson (Dune, Mission: Impossible films), who will also serve as executive producer.
Wool will be written by Emmy-nominated screenwriter Graham Yost (Band of Brothers, Justified) and directed by Academy Award nominee Morten Tyldum (Defending Jacob, The Imitation Game).
Wool is a set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them.
Rebecca Ferguson will star as Juliette, an independent and hardworking engineer.
The series is executive produced by Rebecca Ferguson, Graham Yost and Morten Tyldum, alongside author Hugh Howey.
Remi Aubuchon, Nina Jack and Ingrid Escajeda will also serve as executive producers on the drama, produced by AMC Studios.
Apple TV+ is also expanding its offering of premium Apple Originals for kids and families with Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show.
The new live-action series comes from creators Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Phineas and Ferb, Wreck-It Ralph franchise) and Angela C. Santomero (Blue’s Clues, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood), author of Radical Kindness that aims to ignite kindness through exploring empathy, humor, playfulness and imagination.
Anchored around Emmy Award winner Jack McBrayer’s infectious positivity and playful humor, Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show invites preschoolers into a world where a little act of kindness can change the world. Alongside special guest stars, Jack inspires kids to solve problems with kindness and heart.
The series showcases stories where acts of kindness are shown through “The Three C’s” – caring, connecting and cascading – from one person to another. The series also features original songs from the Grammy Award-winning band, OK Go.
Hello, Jack! The Kindness Show is co-created and executive produced by McBrayer and Santomero. The series is produced by Emmy Award-winning 9 Story Media Group (Blue’s Clues & You!, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Karma’s World) and animated by its Oscar-nominated studio Brown Bag Films (Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Ada Twist, Scientist).
Jax Media also produces. Wendy Harris and Vince Commisso serve as executive producers alongside Emmy Award winner Guy Toubes will serve as showrunner. Junlei Li, the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, serves as the kindness and human connection expert on the series.