Apple Adds to its Lineup of Original Content with "Are You Sleeping"

Octavia Spencer Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’ in the Works at Apple HBR Media Team

The show will be a collaboration with a joint venture forged in October between Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content to develop premium television dramas.

Are You Sleeping is based on a novel written by Kathleen Barber, which was published last summer and focuses on what happens to a murder victim's daughter when a hit podcast sheds new light on her father's murder.

The series joins the growing list of projects set for Apple's streaming service along with the straight-to-series morning show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

Are You Sleeping? will pry into our societal obsession with true crime media like podcast Serial and show American Crime Story. Spellman will also write the series, and Serial producer Sarah Koenig will consult to make sure the true crime podcast elements have that real, true crime feel.

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Apple is developing a new TV project, Are You Sleeping, produced by Reese Witherspoon's production company Hello Sunshine and the studio Chernin Entertainment/Endeavor Content. Hello Sunshine is repped by CAA.

Spencer, repped by WME, is now onscreen in Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water. She is repped by WME. Spellman, also with WME and Industry Entertainment, is working on HBO's controversial slavery drama Confederate with the Game of Thrones creators and her husband, writer Malcolm Spellman.

Apple is slowly gathering up a solid slate of dramas for its upcoming TV launch.

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