Ahead of its forthcoming series debut, Deadline brings word that Apple TV+ has officially renewed Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s Little America for a second season. In addition, the streaming service has also announced the premiere date for the new anthology comedy series, revealing that all 8 hour-long episodes of season 1 will now be available for streaming on January 17, exclusively on Apple TV+.
“Little America episodes are meant to evoke emotions that are as unique as each immigrant’s experience in this country,” Gordon and Nanjiani said in a joint statement. “We’re so happy to have the opportunity to be the conduit for these stories, and to have the chance to tell more of them in a second season with Apple.”
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Little America is an immigration-themed anthology series based on the true stories featured in Epic Magazine, described as “a small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.” Little America will “go beyond the headlines” in order to view the funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring, and unexpected lives of immigrants in America, when their stories are more relevant than ever.
Here are the official synopses for the eight diverse stories that will be featured in the first season:
The Manager – “At 12 years old, Kabir must learn to run a Utah motel on his own when his parents are deported back to India.”
The Jaguar – “Marisol, an undocumented teenager from Mexico, navigates the rarefied world of competitive squash with the help of her coach who inspires her to dream big — on and off the court.”
The Cowboy – “Iwegbuna, an economic grad student from a small village in Nigeria, struggles to adjust to life in Oklahoma ,but he gains confidence and a connection to home by becoming a part of a culture he admired most as a child: cowboys.”
The Silence – “Sylviane’s ten-day silent meditation retreat takes an unexpected turn when she develops feelings for a man with whom she’s shared everything but words.”
The Son – “When Rafiq escapes from his home in Syria after his father discovers he is gay, he’s forced to go on the run until he finds his “home” in the unlikeliest of places.”
The Baker – BBeatrice, the only one of her 22 siblings to be sent from Uganda to college in the US, tries to achieve her own version of the American Dream by selling her chocolate chip cookies from a basket on her head.”
The Grand Prize Expo Winners – “A Singaporean single mother wins an all-inclusive Alaskan cruise— allowing her and her two children to experience a taste of the good life on an emotionally cathartic trip.
The Rock- “Faraz will stop at nothing to build a home for his Iranian family, including attempting to remove a massive rock from an otherwise perfect piece of real estate in Yonkers.”
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The series is written by Lee Eisenberg (SMILF), who will serve as showrunner and executive producer, and the husband-and-wife duo of Nanjiani and Gordon. Alan Yang (Master of None) will also executive produce alongside Nanjiani and Universal Television. Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis will act as executive producers for Epic Magazine alongside co-EP Arthur Spector.