Apple TV+ orders a drama series based on Ann Napolitano’s “Dear Edward” novel

A new Apple TV+ drama series from “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims is coming, based on a bestselling novel by Ann Napolitano, titled “Dear Edward”.

An image showing actress Taylor Schilling, at left, and actor Colin O’Brien, at right, who star in an Apple TV+ drama series based on Ann Napolitano's bestelling novel titled Dear Edward
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  • Apple TV+ will adapt Ann Napolitano’s “Dear Edward” novel as a ten-episode series
  • Connie Britton, Taylor Schilling, Colin O’Brien and others will star in the show
  • A premiere date for the upcoming drama series is yet to be announced

A new Apple TV+ drama series “Dear Edward” is in the works

The drama series is being co-executive produced by “Friday Night Lights” creator Jason Katims, who is writing the script, and Connie Britton, who also stars in “Dear Edward”.

Apple’s announced the series in a post on the Apple TV+ Press website.

Based on Ann Napolitano’s “Dear Edward” novel, the series will star Colin O’Brien (“Mr. Harrigan’s Phone,” “Wonka”) who plays Edward Adler, a 12-year-old boy. According to Apple’s synopsis of the upcoming series, he survives “a devastating commercial plane crash that kills every other passenger on the flight, including his family.”

As Edward and a diverse ensemble of others affected by the tragedy try to make sense of life after the crash, unexpected friendships, romances and communities are formed. The new series is a heartbreaking, life-affirming and uplifting story about survival, resilience, connection and the examination of what makes us human.

Connie Britton (“The White Lotus,” “Friday Night Lights”) and Taylor Schilling (“Pam and Tommy,” “Orange Is the New Black”) will co-star in the ten-part series.

Fisher Stevens (“Palmer”) will direct the first episode. Apple has yet to announce a premiere date for “Dear Edward.” A production date is unknown as of yet. “Dear Edward” is the first series order to hail from Katmis’ overall deal with Apple TV+, the details of which are slim. Read: How to adjust streaming and download quality in the TV app

Apple TV+ has been increasing its output lately in a bid to help make the service more enticing to would-be subscribers. The video-streaming service will soon premiere “WeCrashed,” a new limited series based on the rise and fall of WeWork and starring Jared Leto and Anne Hathaway.