‘Foundation’ Trailer Reveals How Apple Will Turn Isaac Asimov’s Book Series Into a TV Show (TV News Roundup)

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Apple TV Plus released a trailer for and some new images from its upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation.”

Asimov’s stories were first published in the 1940s as short stories and later (in the 1950s) turned into a trilogy. But in 1981 he returned to the world, adding both sequels and prequels. Now, the saga gets a new life as dramatic television, the first season of which premieres on Sept. 24 with its first two (of 10) episodes and then drops a new episode weekly on Fridays up to and including Nov. 19.

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The story follows a band of exiles who learn that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it. How they know this is because Dr. Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) predicts the fall of the Empire and he and his followers establish the titular Foundation to attempt to provide civilization a future.

The currently ruling Cleons (including Brother Day, played by Lee Pace; Brother Dusk, played by Terrance Mann; and Brother Dawn, played by Cassian Bilton) are enraged by what Dr. Seldon claims he knows will happen, concerned their reign will be weakened and therefore are forced to reckon with losing their powerful legacy. But while they may be able to murder the man, the trailer points out, that may not kill the movement.

Additional cast members include Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn and Alfred Enoch.

Robyn Asimov, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Bill Bost and David S. Goyer, who also serves as showrunner, executive produces the series, which is produced by Skydance Television.

Watch the trailer and see several first look photos below.

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The Circle” Season 3 will premiere Sept. 8 on Netflix, just five months after the second season of the social media competition programed dropped. New episodes will drop in weekly chunks for four weeks, concluding with the finale on Sept. 29. As in previous seasons, the series will welcome eight contestants who enter the titular Circle to compete for $100,000 with some players choosing to enter as themselves and others adopting different identities and therefore being catfish. “The Circle” is produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group. Stephen Lambert and Tim Harcourt, Lauren Hicks, Charlotte Smith, Sarah Fay, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster executive produce. Michelle Buteau hosts.


Hulu released a trailer for the “Pen15” animated special, launching on Aug. 27. The episode, titled “Jacuzzi,” follows Anna (Anna Konkle) and Maya (Maya Erskine) as they grapple with new insecurities while on vacation with Curtis (Taylor Nichols). From the Awesomeness studio, “Pen15” is created, written and executive produced by Erskine, Konkle and Sam Zvibleman. Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Becky Sloviter of The Lonely Island, Marc Provissiero and Brooke Pobjoy from Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and Debbie Liebling also serve as executive producers. Watch the trailer below.

Netflix released a teaser for “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission To Space,” premiering on Sept. 6. The docuseries brings viewers behind the scenes of the first all-civilian mission into orbit, with episodes titled “Meet the Crew,” “Prepare for Launch” and “The Return Home.” Viewers can watch the live launch on Netflix’s YouTube channel on Sept. 15, with the feature-length finale debuting just says after the mission is completed. Director Jason Hehir executive produces alongside Connor Schell, Libby Geist, Aaron Cohen, Ian Orefice, Alexa Conway, Rebecca Hitlitz, Ross Martin, Brad Roth and Mark Feldstein. From TIME Studios, Known and Words & Pictures, “Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space” is produced by Jonathan D. Woods and Jake Rogal and centers around crewmates Jared Isaacman, Hayley Arcenaux, Sian Proctor and Chris Sembroski. Watch the teaser below.

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