Apple TV+ scores rights to Andy Samberg, Ben Stiller sci-fi comedy series


Apple over the weekend finalized a deal for a sci-fi comedy-drama series produced by and starring Andy Samberg, with Ben Stiller attached as a producer.

Details of the upcoming Apple TV+ original are unknown, but The Hollywood Reporter notes the project is based on an idea from “BoJack Horseman” creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

Andy Siara, who worked with Samberg on Netflix’s “Palm Springs,” is set to write the script and executive produce. Recent awards show buzz over the comedy feature collaboration generated interest in the pair’s as-yet-untitled sci-fi series, the report said.

Stiller will produce alongside Nicky Weinstock through Red Hour, while Noah Hawley and Dan Seligmann will produce via 26 Keys. Bob-Waksberg is also produce. Hawley has written and produced a number of critically acclaimed projects including “Bones,” “Legion,” and “My Generation,” and won Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his work on “Fargo.”

Apple TV+ is slowly gaining steam after getting off to a rocky start in 2019. The streaming service has a core slate of shows like “The Morning Show,” “For All Mankind” and “Ted Lasso,” and is quickly building out its catalog with series commitments and one-off purchases.

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