Apple TV+ has ordered new documentary series Big Man on Campus and comedy series Mr. Corman.
Big Man on Campus is a will tell the coming-of-age story of basketball phenom Makur Maker as he navigates the highs and lows of his freshman year college experience against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and the global pandemic.
The series is directed and executive produced by Seth Gordon, producer of Undefeated which won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and will be produced for Apple by Exhibit A, Boardwalk Pictures and Sony Pictures Television.
Big Man on Campus is the story of a historic moment in America told through the lens of a young athlete with the power to create change.
In 2020, a year marked by social unrest, basketball sensation, NBA prospect and top NCAA recruit, Makur Maker, made the groundbreaking decision to play college basketball for Howard University in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities rather than join one of the many top-tier programs offering him a full ride.
Balancing extraordinary pressures both on and off the court, and with the eyes of the nation focused on his every move, Maker’s journey — from fleeing war torn South Sudan as a child through to the movement he has sparked today — has put a face on the socio-political complexities of America during this unprecedented time.
Nikki Calabrese, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma and Jordan Wynn also serve as executive producers of Big Man on Campus alongside Gordon.
Mr. Corman is a 10-episode Apple Original comedy series created by, directed by and starring Emmy and SAG Award-winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also executive produces.
The series, set to premiere globally on Friday, August 6, 2021 on Apple TV+, will debut with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday.
Mr. Corman follows the days and nights of Josh Corman (played by Gordon-Levitt), an artist at heart but not by trade. A career in music hasn’t panned out, and he teaches fifth grade at a public school in the San Fernando Valley.
His ex-fiancé Megan has moved out, and his high school buddy Victor has moved in. He knows he has a lot to be thankful for, but finds himself struggling nevertheless through anxiety, loneliness, and a sinking suspicion that he sucks as a person.
Darkly funny, oddly beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this relatable dramedy speaks for our contemporary generation of 30-somethings: rich with good intentions, poor with student loans, and yearning to become real grown-ups sometime before they die.
The series marks a return to TV for Gordon-Levitt, who grew up on the small screen with roles on multiple series, most notably his co-starring turn on the long-running NBC comedy 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Produced for Apple TV+ by A24, Mr. Corman is created by, directed by and executive produced by Joseph Gordon Levitt along with Bruce Eric Kaplan, Ravi Nandan and Inman Young. Pamela Harvey-White serves as producer.
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