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Report: Apple developing first original TV series, with Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre to star in the scripted show

Apple is currently developing an original scripted drama set to star musician, mogul and actor Dr. Dre, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The project, called Vital Signs, stands as the tech company's first foray into TV programming.

The six-episode series will be semi-autobiographical, according to The Hollywood Reporter's sources, and will recount Dr. Dre's life amid a heavy dose of sex and violence. Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae are also attached to the half-hour drama.

Whether the series will be exclusive to Apple's streaming device, Apple's streaming set-top box, is not yet known, but Apple will likely release Vital Signs through its Apple Music platform. The company will also make the entire season available at the same time, similar to Netflix's release methods.

Apple bought Beats, the music hardware company that Dr. Dre founded and lent his name to, in 2014; Dr. Dre now works at the company. In November, Apple shut down Beats Music in favor of its own music streaming service.

Apple's shown an interest in television in the past, even if it has yet to delve into the programming sphere. The Apple TV hardware currently offers a plethora of streaming services, including Apple Music. We looked into the latest iteration of the Apple TV's various streaming options when it launched last fall.

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