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Apple Gives Series Order to Octavia Spencer Drama ‘Are You Sleeping’

Ten Episodes Ordered

Apple has issued a 10-episode series order to “Are You Sleeping,” a psychological thriller starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer (“Hidden Figures,” “The Help”). It comes from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine and the scripted venture of Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and Endeavor Content.

“Are You Sleeping” is based on the novel of the same name by Kathleen Barber, which questions the consequences when crime-solving plays out on a public stage. Spencer, Spellman, Hello Sunshine’s Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and Kristen Campo will executive produce “Are You Sleeping.” There’s no word yet from Apple on a premiere date.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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