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Dear Edward Trailer Promises Tears, Catharsis, and a Friday Night Lights Reunion

Jason Katims and Connie Britton are together again in the upcoming Apple TV+ drama series.
  • Connie Britton and Audrey Corsa in Dear Edward (Apple TV+)
    Connie Britton and Audrey Corsa in Dear Edward (Apple TV+)

    In just over two minutes, the trailer for the upcoming Apple TV+ series Dear Edward makes you one solemn promise: it's going to make you cry. Apple debuted a handful of trailers at its presentation for the Television Critics Association on Wednesday, but Dear Edward definitely packed the biggest emotional wallop. Based on Ann Napolitano's best-selling novel, Dear Edward comes to Apple from  Jason Katims, who previously cracked the code on delivering sentimental-yet-substantive TV with Friday Night Lights and Parenthood. And when it came to casting the show, it seems he didn't fool around, choosing to reunite with FNL star Connie Britton.

    The series follows the aftermath of a plane crash that killed most of the passengers onboard. One of the survivors is 12-year-old Edward (Colin O'Brien), who loses his mother in the crash and is taken in by his aunt, played by Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling. The series looks to be a sprawling character drama that follows the offshoots of the crash victims and their surviving loved ones. Britton plays a woman coping with the loss of her husband and also her best friend, while learning a lot that she didn't know about the man to whom she was married.

    Dear Edward debuts the first three episodes of its 10-episode first season on Friday, February 3. Episodes drop weekly thereafter on Fridays, through March 24.

    Apple also debuted the trailer for Hello Tomorrow!, the retro-futurist half-hour series starring Emmy-winner Billy Crudup, who also serves as executive producer. Crudup plays one of a group of traveling salesman who are selling timeshare accommodations on the moon. The tone of the trailer is a mix of high-concept comedy and intriguing mystery. Is this all a scam? Is there something else going on that we don't know about? Alongside Crudup, the supporting cast includes Haneefah Wood, Alison Pill, Nicholas Podany, Dewshane Williams, Matthew Maher, Hank Azaria, and Jacki Weaver.

    The series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes, three of which will premiere on February 17, with new episodes dropping Fridays thereafter.

    Finally, we got a full-length trailer for the Jason Segel and Harrison Ford-led comedy Shrinking, which premieres on January 27th. Segel plays a psychiatrist working for Ford's practice who ends up going off the deep end after his wife dies. He begins giving his patients more bold and direct advice, telling them exactly what he thinks in a way that is blurring the lines of ethics. But it works! He thinks!

    The series comes from Ted Lasso creator Bill Lawrence, who's co-executive producing alongside Segel and Ted Lasso Emmy winner Brett Goldstein. Along with Harrison Ford, the show co-stars Jessica Williams, Christa Miller, Michael Urie, Luke Tennie, and Lukita Maxwell. The series will premiere with two half-hour episodes on January 27, with new episodes dropping on Fridays thereafter.

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

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