Amazing Stories (2020 TV series)
|Based on||Amazing Stories|
by Steven Spielberg
|Theme music composer||John Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5 (list of episodes)|
|Original network||Apple TV+|
|Original release||March 6, 2020|
Amazing Stories is an American 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. A second season is currently in limbo, as the series has not been officially cancelled, nor has it officially been renewed.
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.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date |
|1||"The Cellar"||Chris Long||Jessica Sharzer||March 6, 2020|
|Micah Stock, Sasha Alexander|
|2||"The Heat"||Sylvain White||Chinaka Hodge||March 13, 2020|
|Shane Paul McGhie, Ezana Alem|
|3||"Dynoman and the Volt!"||Susanna Fogel||Peter Ackerman||March 20, 2020|
|Kyle Bornheimer. Dedicated to Forster, who died in October 2019.|
|4||"Signs of Life"||Michael Dinner||Leah Fong||March 27, 2020|
Sara (Michelle Wilson) awakens from a six-year coma with memory loss and other strange behaviors. Her adult daughter Alia (Sasha Lane), who struggles after dropping out of school, discovers that Sara is linked to other similar cases.Also starring: Josh Holloway
|5||"The Rift"||Mark Mylod||Don Handfield and Richard Rayner||April 3, 2020|
A World War II fighter plane crashes outside of Dayton, Ohio. Passerby Mary Ann (Kerry Bishé) rescues the pilot, Lt. Theodore Cole (Austin Stowell), and learns that he had been shot down over Burma. Mary Ann and her stepson Elijah (Duncan Joiner) protect Cole as he is pursued by federal agents who believe that his presence is a bad omen.Also starring: Edward Burns, Juliana Canfield. Adapted from the 2017 graphic novel of the same name.
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.
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.
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. Later that day, it was also reported that executive producer Hart Hanson was exiting the series as well. On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Once Upon a Time creators Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz had joined the production as executive producers and showrunners. On December 4, 2018, it was reported that Mark Mylod would direct an episode of the series executive produced by Edward Burns.
On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Edward Burns, Austin Stowell, and Kerry Bishé would guest star together in an episode. 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." On January 19, 2020, it was announced that Dylan O'Brien, Victoria Pedretti, Josh Holloway, and Sasha Alexander would also appear on the show.
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. In December 2018, the production was shooting in areas such as Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Kirkwood, and Flowery Branch. 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.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 40% based on 35 reviews, with an average rating of 5.07/10. The website's critical consensus states, "While Amazing Stories' aspirations are admirable, it feels more like a dated retread than a heartfelt reboot." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 51 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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