Little America is developed by Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily V. Gordon (The Big Sick) and it’s billed as an “immigrant anthology series”. The show will be based on pieces pulled from Epic Magazine, all of which are true, and aim to tell the heartfelt, romantic, and funny stories told by immigrants in America.
According to Variety, Apple has already renewed the anthology series for a second season before the first season even debuts.
Lee Eisenberg (The Office) will be writing and serving as executive producer alongside Gordon and Nanjiani. Eisenberg will also be the show runner. Alan Yang (Master of None) will be another EP on the project.
“Star Trek” alum Zachary Quinto is set to star in episode 4 of the first season titled “The Silence,” playing a character named Leonard. Apple has also revealed that Jearnest Corchado, John Ortiz, Angela Lin, Kai To, Sophia Xu, Shaun Toub, Shila Vosough Ommi, Eshan Inamdar, Priyanka Bose and Conphidance will all play parts in various episodes.
And we now know that Little America will debut on Apple TV+ on Friday, January 17, of next year. There will be eight episodes in the first season, each of which will be a half hour in length. Every episode will have a unique perspective and story, hence the anthology theme. It stands to reason the second season will follow suit.
Interestingly, the original report from Variety includes full breakdowns and episode title names for the first season:
“The Manager” – At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India.
“The Jaguar” – Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big — on and off the court.
“The Cowboy” – Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma ,but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys.
“The Silence” – Sylviane’s ten-day silent meditation retreat takes an unexpected turn when she develops feelings for a man with whom she’s shared everything but words.
“The Son” – When Rafiq escapes from his home in Syria after his father discovers he is gay, he’s forced to go on the run until he finds his “home” in the unlikeliest of places.
“The Baker” – Beatrice, the only one of her 22 siblings to be sent from Uganda to college in the US, tries to achieve her own version of the American Dream by selling her chocolate chip cookies from a basket on her head.
“The Grand Prize Expo Winners” – A Singaporean single mother wins an all-inclusive Alaskan cruise— allowing her and her two children to experience a taste of the good life on an emotionally cathartic trip.
Little America sounds like another promising venture for Apple TV+, and it sounds like Apple is already fully on board with the idea. Are you looking forward to this one?