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In its endless mission for world domination, Apple has expanded its reach far beyond the world of personal computers. The company has moved into the realm of handheld technology, music streaming, and now even television. With Netflix, Hulu and Amazon currently dominating the original streaming content front, Apple has decided that it wants a piece of the pie – an Apple pie, so to speak. Rumors have begun to surface concerning its first original series and the series' unorthodox lead: the Grammy-winning rapper and music producer Dr. Dre.
A new report from THR indicates that Apple and Dr. Dre have teamed up for the tech company's first original scripted series: Vital Signs. Described as “semi-autobiographical,” the show will center upon Dre’s character, with each episode focusing on a specific emotion and how the aging rapper deals with said emotion. In terms of style and tone, the project won’t pull any punches. The reports indicate that – unlike most half hour programs, which tend to be comedic in nature – the six-episode series will unapologetically delve into a dark world of sex, drugs, and violence. In addition to the rap god himself, the series has also reportedly looked into enlisting the acting talents of Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae.
Considering the whole “semi-autobiographical” aspect of the upcoming series, we are left wondering whether or not Vital Signs could somehow focus on Dre’s establishment of the Aftermath record label – an event alluded to towards the conclusion of Straight Outta Compton. We'll just have to wait and see.
Inspiration for this project apparently originated with Dr. Dre, who reached out to the tech giant to get the ball rolling. This seems logical enough; Apple already has a working relationship with the 50-year-old rapper because of his wildly popular Beats by Dre headphones, and his recent biopic Straight Outta Compton proved itself as one of 2015’s most surprisingly successful summer blockbusters – even if the Academy didn’t quite think so. Everything Dre touches seems to have turned to gold recently, so Apple understandably wants to burst from the gate on their original TV content with a reliable commodity.
All of the ducks are lined up for this to be a hit, but Apple is still treading lightly. Right now Vital Signs is the only original series they have in development, although the company has come out and stated that they are open to similar deals with other artists in the future. But with no track record for Apple to speak of in the TV-sphere, it's hard to say just where this project will end up.
We will bring you more information related to Vital Signs as it becomes available to us. If the show proves successful then it could be the first in a long line of hit Apple series to come.