Apple TV+ has released the first Physical teaser for their newest comedy-drama series, starring Golden Globe nominee Rose Byrne (Damages, Bridesmaids). The retro video features an ’80s housewife as she discovers the power of aerobics that leads her to become a fitness instructor. The half-hour dark comedy is scheduled to make its debut on Friday, June 18.
Byrne was recently seen in last year’s limited series Mrs. America, portraying the role of Gloria Steinem. She gained recognition for her roles as Ellen Parsons in FX’s legal thriller series Damages which earned her two Golden Globe nominations and two Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, Physical centers around a quietly tortured and seemingly dutiful housewife named Sheila Rubin, who does her best in supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image… that is until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.
At first hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila’s real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) — the female lifestyle guru.
Joining Byrne are Rory Scovel (Robbie) as Danny Rubin, Dierdre Friel, Della Saba as Bunny, Lou Taylor Pucci (American Horror Story: 1984) as Tyler, Paul Sparks (Boardwalk Empire) as John Breem and Ashley Liao (Fuller House) as Simone.
Physical is created and executive produced by Annie Weisman, who also serves as the showrunner. It is directed by Craig Gillespie (I Tonya, Cruella), Liza Johnson and Stephanie Laing. Executive producers are Gillespie, Johnson, Laing, Byrne, Alexandra Cunningham, John McNamara, Sera Gamble, along with Tomorrow Studios’ Becky Clements.
Check out the Physical teaser below: