Apple shares an inside look at a 'Little America' episode

in General Discussion edited February 2020
The latest behind-the-scenes look at the Apple TV+ show 'Little America' aims to show how a lack of dialogue can highlight personal connections between characters.

The new minute-and-a-half long trailer takes a look at an episode titled "Silence," which tells the tale of a foreign woman who travels to America to go on a two year long silent retreat.

Sian Heder, known for her writing on the first three seasons of "Orange is the New Black" discusses the choices that were made when writing the episode. She discusses the importance of visual cues in an episode where there is no dialogue between characters.

"It started to feel like a metaphor for the whole experience of coming to America," says Heder. "The weirdness of a silent retreat-- you're looking to pick up on human behaviors."

"I think the cool thing about this episode is that it shows how we're all more alike than we are more different," said Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto, who stars as the retreat instructor.

Apple TV+'s "Little America" is a series packed with personal tales of immigrants in the United States based off of true stories from Epic Magazine. The series had been renewed for a second season before the series has even officially debuted in January.

AppleInsider had reviewed the episode in early January, noting that the episode has a wonderful punchline that ties the narrative together.

The series is being headed up by Lee Eisenberg, who has written for "The Office," and "The Big Sick" writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

Alan Yang, known for his work on "Parks and Recreation" serves as one executive producer, working through Universal Television. Other executive producers include Joshua Bearman ("Argo"), Joshua Davis ("Spare Parts"), and Arthur Spector ("The Shack").

Anyone interested in watching the series will need a subscription to Apple TV+. Customers who purchased an iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and iPod touch after Sept. 10, 2019, are for a limited time eligible for a year of free Apple TV+.

For those who aren't eligible, they can get a seven day free trial. After the trial, the service will cost a user $4.99 per month to access the Apple TV+ catalog.


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    Sa great series.
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    On Point (syndicated on NPR stations) had a good conversation about this today, too, interviewing the series creators, including the guy from Silicon Valley. Have watched the first couple and enjoyed them.
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