With Apple attempting to become major players in the streaming game with their own slew of TV and film projects, getting off to a good start is paramount if they want to have any chance of competing with the likes of Netflix. Unfortunately for them, their first comedy series has hit a bit of a snag.
Kristen Wiig was set to star in the upcoming series based on You Think It, I’ll Say It, Curtis Sittenfeld‘s short story collection, but she has now dropped out, as the production schedule overlaps with her work on the DC sequel, Wonder Woman 1984. The film is currently shooting with Wiig playing the villain, Cheetah.
It’s a tough blow for Apple, as Wiig was the the main anchor holding the project together. Producers are now reportedly regrouping and have temporarily put the series on hold as they consider their options. Recasting reportedly remains an option.
Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and will serve as showrunner, with Reese Witherspoon executive producing. The series, currently untitled, was the first comedy greenlit by Apple, who gave it a ten episode straight-to-series order. This is on top of their announcements for new TV shows by the likes of Damien Chazelle and Kumail Nanjiani.
Those are just a few of the 12 series that Apple have officially announced, without really letting anyone know much about them, nor when they will be available. It seems they may be planning some sort of large streaming roll out, but Wiig’s scheduling issues will put a dent in that. We’ll wait and see whether the show quickly regroups and casts a new lead.