Amazing Stories (2020 TV series)

Amazing Stories is an American streaming television anthology series based on the 1985 television series of the same name created by Steven Spielberg. The series is produced for Apple TV+ and its executive producers for the series include Spielberg, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz, Darryl Frank, and Justin Falvey. It premiered on March 6, 2020.[1]

Amazing Stories
Genre
Based onAmazing Stories
by Steven Spielberg
Theme music composerJohn Williams
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes5
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06) –
present (present)
External links
Website

The name Amazing Stories is taken from the first science fiction magazine, which was launched in 1926 and has continued in various formats for decades.

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"The Cellar"Chris LongJessica SharzerMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Micah Stock, Sasha Alexander, Gabriel Olds, and Cullen Douglas.
2"The Heat"Sylvain WhiteChinaka HodgeMarch 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)
Hailey Kilgore, E'myri Crutchfield, and Shane Paul McGhie.
3"Dynoman and the Volt!"Susanna FogelPeter AckermanMarch 20, 2020 (2020-03-20)
Robert Forster, Tyler Crumley, Kyle Bornheimer, and Alison Bell.
4"Signs of Life"Michael DinnerLeah FongMarch 27, 2020 (2020-03-27)
Michelle Wilson, Sasha Lane, Josh Holloway and Linda Park
5"The Rift"Mark MylodDon Handfield and Richard RaynerApril 3, 2020 (2020-04-03)

Note: This episode is adapted from a 2017 graphic novel of the same title by Don Handfield, Richard Rayner and Leno Carvalho (illustrator).[3]

Edward Burns, Kerry Bishé and Austin Stowell

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

On October 23, 2015, it was announced that NBC was developing a reboot of the 1985 anthology television series Amazing Stories created by Steven Spielberg. Bryan Fuller was expected to write the pilot episode and executive produce alongside Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of Universal Television. At that time, Spielberg was not expected to be involved with the series.[4]

On October 10, 2017, it was announced that Apple Inc. had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. It was further announced that Amblin Television would serve as an additional production company for the series.[5]

On February 7, 2018, it was reported that Fuller had stepped down as showrunner of the series over creative differences. It was unclear as to whether Fuller would have a different role in the production going forward but it was clarified that he had not delivered a script to Apple before his departure.[6] Later that day, it was also reported that executive producer Hart Hanson was exiting the series as well.[7] On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz had joined the production as executive producers and showrunners.[8] On December 4, 2018, it was reported that Mark Mylod would direct an episode of the series executive produced by Edward Burns.[9]

CastingEdit

On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Edward Burns, Austin Stowell, and Kerry Bishé would guest star together in an episode.[9] On October 11, 2019, it was announced that Robert Forster would appear on the show and would be his final role after his death in the episode "Dynaman and the Volt."[10] On January 19, 2020, it was announced that Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, and Sasha Alexander would also appear on the show.[11]

FilmingEdit

Principal photography for the series began in November 2018 in Georgia, US. Filming took place in various locations around the state that month including Alto, Forsyth, Griffin, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, and Downtown Atlanta.[12][13] In December 2018, the production was shooting in areas such as Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Kirkwood, and Flowery Branch.[14] In January 2019, the series was working out of locations in Atlanta including the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, Emory University's Briarcliff campus and the Centennial Olympic Park.[15]

ReceptionEdit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 42% based on 31 reviews, with an average rating of 4.83/10. The website's critical consensus states, "While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot."[16] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 50 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Apple announces premiere date for Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" and unveils first look image" (Press release). January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Amazing Stories – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  3. ^ The Rift #1 (of 4) - comiXology
  4. ^ Hibberd, James (October 23, 2015). "'Amazing Stories' being revived at NBC with 'Hannibal' boss". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  5. ^ Koblin, John (2017-10-10). "Apple Joins Forces With Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 7, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Bryan Fuller Steps Down As Showrunner Of Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Patten, Dominic; Andreeva, Nellie (February 8, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Executive Producer Hart Hanson Exits Apple Series Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 22, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Set As Showrunners For Apple Series, Re-Up ABC Studios Overall Deal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  9. ^ a b Petski, Denise (December 4, 2018). "'Amazing Stories': Edward Burns To Star, Executive Produce Episode Of Steven Spielberg's Apple Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 24, 2019). "'Amazing Stories' Apple Series To Pay Tribute To Robert Forster". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  11. ^ Bennett, Anita (January 19, 2020). "'Amazing Stories': Apple Unveils First Look Photo & Premiere Date For Steven Spielberg's Anthology Series – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Tubb, Raymond (November 30, 2018). "Film extras needed in Forsyth for reboot of Spielberg's 'Amazing Stories'". WMAZ-TV. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ Walljasper, Matt (November 29, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Limited Partners, Watchmen, Stranger Things, plus unpacking the #BoycottGeorgia movement". Atlanta. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  14. ^ Walljasper, Matt (December 20, 2018). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Undercover Brother 2, Limited Partners, Watchmen, Dolly Parton's Heartstrings, and more". Atlanta. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Walljasper, Matt (January 31, 2019). "What's filming in Atlanta now? Bad Boys for Life, Noelle, Amazing Stories, plus Atlanta's award nods". Atlanta. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "Amazing Stories: Season 1 (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  17. ^ "Amazing Stories (2020): Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 13, 2020.

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