‘Little America’ Producers on TV’s Potential to Change People’s Minds

IndieWire | 1/21/2020 | Staff
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Inspired by the photo essay of the same name from Epic Magazine, “Little America” tells the stories of real-life immigrants. The latest original series from Apple TV+ follows their struggles, triumphs, and everything in between in their attempts to live the American dream.

The critical reception has been unanimous so far; in his review of the series, IndieWire’s Ben Travers called “Little America” the “first unconditionally good show” of Apple TV+’s original offerings. However, given the current political climate in which it’s been released, the focus now shifts to reach and impact: Will the anthology drama be able to connect with a politically diverse audience and shift narrow perspectives, or will it merely be preaching to a choir of people already accepting of immigrants?

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IndieWire spoke to the executive producers of “Little America” — showrunner Lee Eisenberg, Alan Yang, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily V. Gordon, and Epic Magazine co-founder Joshuah Bearman — about that specific question.

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“First and foremost we set out to make something that was entertaining,” Eisenberg said, adding “that there were stories we were excited to tell and that we wanted our friends to see and hopefully feel something. When we were writing the show, we talked about how the show is kind of not political, but I think the very fact that it exists and the fact that Apple ordered it to a second season [makes] it part of the political conversation. And that excites us.”

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As Eisenberg noted, Apple renewed the anthology series for a second season, prior to its first season release.

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