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Lessons in Chemistry, High Desert & Christmas Special Reveals

Apple TV+ this week revealed trailers for the series High Desert and Lessons in Chemistry, as well as announced the musical holiday special Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas.

You can watch the trailers for High Desert and Lessons in Chemistry below and read on to learn more about all three projects.

Lessons in Chemistry, High Desert & Christmas Special Reveals


High Desert is the new eight-episode dark comedy starring Patricia Arquette, who also serves as executive producer, Matt Dillon, Christine Taylor, Weruche Opia, Brad Garrett, Bernadette Peters, Rupert Friend and Keir O’Donnell.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Jay Roach, created by Nancy Fichman, Katie Ford and Jennifer Hoppe, and executive produced by Ben Stiller, the half-hour series will make its global debut on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, followed by new episodes weekly, every Wednesday.

Lessons in Chemistry

High Desert follows Peggy (Arquette), an on-again-off-again addict who decides to make a new start after the death of her beloved mother, with whom she lived in the small desert town of Yucca Valley, California, and makes a life-changing decision to become a private investigator.

Hailing from Apple Studios, the series is created and written by Fichman, Ford and Hoppe, who also serve as executive producers. High Desert is produced by Stiller through Red Hour Films, 3 Arts Entertainment and Delirious Media.

Patricia Arquette in Severance.

High Desert reunites Stiller with Arquette following the AFI and WGA Award-winning, and Peabody Award-nominated hit Apple Original series Severance, as well as Escape at Dannemora, and the comedy classic Flirting with Disaster.

Stiller and Roach also previously collaborated on the legendary comedy trilogy Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.


Drama series Lessons in Chemistry, starring and executive produced by Academy Award winner Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Room), is based on the bestselling, debut novel from author, science editor and copywriter Bonnie Garmus. Lessons in Chemistry is set to make its global debut on Apple TV+ this fall.

Set in the early 1950s, Lessons in Chemistry follows Elizabeth Zott (played by Larson), whose dream of being a scientist is put on hold in a patriarchal society. When Elizabeth finds herself fired from her lab, she accepts a job as a host on a TV cooking show, and sets out to teach a nation of overlooked housewives — and the men who are suddenly listening — a lot more than recipes.

Starring alongside Larson in the drama is Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick, Outer Range), NAACP Image Award winner Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder, The Birth of a Nation), and Stephanie Koenig (The Flight Attendant, The Offer).

The cast is rounded out by Kevin Sussman (The Big Bang Theory, The Dropout), Patrick Walker (Gaslit, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey) and Thomas Mann (Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl).

Lessons in Chemistry

Hailing from Apple Studios, Lessons in Chemistry is produced by Aggregate Films. Six-time Emmy Award nominee Lee Eisenberg (WeCrashed, Little America) serves as showrunner. The series is executive produced by Academy Award nominee Susannah Grant (Unbelievable, Erin Brockovich) alongside Larson.

Jason Bateman and Michael Costigan (Ozark, A Teacher) executive produce for Aggregate Films. Natalie Sandy executive produces through Piece of Work Entertainment alongside Eisenberg. Louise Shore also serves as executive producer.


Apple TV+ is set to bring the holiday spirit to global audiences later this year with Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas, a new, musical holiday special starring Emmy Award-winning Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham.

The special is produced by Done + Dusted, the same team behind Apple’s hit Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special. This marks the first holiday special for the multiple award-winning actress Waddingham.

Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso.

Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas will deliver a captivating night to remember, featuring dazzling performances and musical numbers from the Olivier-nominated actress Hannah Waddingham, as well as special surprise guests.

The special will be recorded live in front of an audience at the London Coliseum, and audiences around the world will be able to join Waddingham in celebrating her favorite time of year on Apple TV+ as she performs festive classics accompanied by her spectacular big band.

Hannah Waddingham in Ted Lasso.

The new holiday special will be directed by BAFTA Award winner Hamish Hamilton, and executive produced by Waddingham, Katy Mullan, Moira Ross, Raj Kapoor and Nick Todisco.

Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas marks the latest collaboration for Apple TV+ and Done + Dusted’s Katy Mullan, which includes My Kind of Country. Apple TV+ also previously collaborated with director Hamish Hamilton and Done + Dusted on its first holiday special, the Emmy Award-nominated Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special.

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