Fortunately, they’re not going to call it “Emily!” Or “The Thing With Feathers.”
Apple, which is spending lots of money to create a slate of original TV shows, has just ordered “Dickinson,” a series about Emily Dickinson. In her first regular TV role, Hailee Steinfeld — who broke through with her Oscar-nominated performance in “True Grit,” will play the poet from Amherst, who was born in 1830. The show is being described as a comedic look at Dickinson as a budding writer who doesn’t feel as though she fits in. Alena Smith, from “The Affair,” will write and David Gordon Green, of “Stronger” and “Pineapple Express,” will direct.
By the way, if you already think there’s too much TV with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, pay cable, basic cable, and the networks, brace yourself. Apple has made more than a dozen deals for TV shows since last October, many of them, like “Dickinson,” given straight-to-series orders that skip over the pilot stage of development.
Among the other Apple series on the way: A drama about a TV morning show starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, a reboot of the anthology series “Amazing Stories” by Bryan Fuller, dramas from Damien Chazelle and M. Night Shyamalan, and a comedy starring Kristin Wiig.Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.