Apple TV+ has announced the new comedy Mrs. American Pie, starring Academy Award nominee Kristen Wiig, as well as dark comedy Sunny, starring Rashida Jones.
Mrs. American Pie is a new 10-episode comedy from creator Abe Sylvia (The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Dead to Me) that will star Kristen Wiig (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar, Bridesmaids). Laura Dern (Big Little Lies, Marriage Story) is eyeing a key role as well.
A story about gorgeously impossible people, Mrs. American Pie follows Maxine Simmons’ (played by Wiig) attempt to secure her seat at America’s most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society.
As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, “Mrs. American Pie” asks the same questions that still baffle us today: “Who gets a seat at the table?” “How do you get a seat at the table?” “What will you sacrifice to get there?”
Set during the powderkeg era of the early 1970s, Mrs. American Pie is a testament to every outsider fighting for their chance at superficial greatness.
Based on a novel (check price at Amazon) by Juliet McDaniel, the project was developed and will be executive produced by Academy Award winner Laura Dern and her producing partner Jayme Lemons, under their Jaywalker Pictures banner.
Hailing from Apple Studios, Mrs. American Pie will be written, executive produced and showrun by Abe Sylvia, and directed and executive produced by Academy Award nominee Tate Taylor (Breaking News in Yuba County, The Help).
Taylor and John Norris also serve as executive producers under their Wyolah Entertainment banner. Katie O’Connell Marsh executive produces for Boat Rocker.
Sunny is a new, 10-episode darkly comedic half-hour drama from A24 created by Katie Robbins (The Affair, The Last Tycoon) that will star Emmy Award nominee, multi-hyphenate Rashida Jones (On the Rocks), who also serves as executive producer.
Sunny is a darkly comedic drama starring Rashida Jones as Suzie, an American woman living in Kyoto, Japan, whose life is upended when her husband and son disappear in a mysterious plane crash. As “consolation” she’s given Sunny, one of a new class of domestic robots made by her husband’s electronics company.
Though at first Suzie resents Sunny’s attempts to fill the void in her life, gradually they develop an unexpected friendship, as together they uncover the dark truth of what really happened to Suzie’s family, becoming dangerously enmeshed in a world Suzie never knew existed.
Produced for Apple TV+ by A24, Sunny will be written and executive produced by Robbins, Ravi Nandan and Jess Lubben from A24, and directed and executive produced by Lucy Tcherniak (Station Eleven, The End of the F***ing World).
The series is based on the book Dark Manual (check price at Amazon) by Japan-based award-winning Irish writer Colin O’Sullivan.
Sunny marks the second collaboration for Apple, A24 and Jones following the global premiere of Sofia Coppola’s acclaimed film On the Rocks. Jones will also next be seen in Wool, Apple’s upcoming, world building drama series based on Hugh Howey’s New York Times best-selling trilogy of dystopian novels.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype and ShockTillYouDrop.