Apple TV+ today announced a second-season renewal for its inspiring and acclaimed unscripted series Dear… from Emmy and Peabody Award winner R.J. Cutler. The streaming service has also ordered Dr. Brain, a series based on the Korean webtoon.
The Dear… announcement comes on the heels of the critically-acclaimed debut of Apple and Cutler’s global smash hit documentary Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry.
Set to debut globally on Apple TV+ later this year, the second season of Dear… will debut 10 new installments, with each episode spotlighting and profiling internationally recognized leaders, including:
Academy, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and producer Viola Davis.
Multi-platinum recording artist, actress and producer Selena Gomez.
Two-time Academy Award-winning actor, producer, New York Times best-selling author and activist Jane Fonda.
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay.
Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor and singer Billy Porter.
Former Vogue creative director and journalist Andre Leon Talley.
Golden Globe and SAG Award winner, and Emmy Award-nominated actress Sandra Oh.
Renowned waterman Laird Hamilton
And the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Inspired by Apple’s groundbreaking “Dear Apple” spots, Dear… takes an inventive and cinematic approach to biographies of the most iconic figures in society today by using letters written by those whose lives have been changed through their work.
The docuseries is executive produced by Cutler alongside Jane Cha, Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson and Donny Jackson. Matador Content, a Boat Rocker Company, produces the series for Apple.
The complete first season of Dear…, featuring Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Yara Shahidi, Stevie Wonder, Aly Raisman, Misty Copeland, Big Bird and more, is now streaming on Apple TV+.
Apple TV+ has also ordered the series Dr. Brain, a new sci-fi thriller based on the widely popular Korean webtoon that will be written and directed by visionary filmmaker Kim Jee-Woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, I Saw the Devil), and star SAG Award-winner Lee Sun-Kyun (Parasite). The series marks the first Korean-language project for Apple TV+.
Now in production in South Korea and set to debut later this year, Dr. Brain is an emotional journey that follows a brain scientist who is obsessive about figuring out new technologies to access the consciousness and memories of the brain.
His life goes sideways when his family falls victim to a mysterious accident, and he uses his skills to access memories from his wife’s brain to piece together the mystery of what actually happened to his family and why.
Dr. Brain is produced for Apple TV+ by Korea-based studio, Bound Entertainment, along with Kakao Entertainment, Studioplex and Dark Circle Pictures. Kim Jee-Woon serves as executive producer alongside Samuel Yeunju Ha. Ham Jung Yeub and Daniel Han executive produce for Studioplex, and Joy Jinsoo Lee and Min Young Hong serve as executive producers for Kakao Entertainment.