Chris O’Dowd Discovers A Mysterious Machine That May Unlock True Potential In New Apple Series
Mar 8, 2023
What is true happiness? What is your true potential? And can a mystery machine with seemingly unlimited potential upend life when everyone second guesses and reevaluates their life and ambitions upon the arrival of said mystery machine called the Morpho? Based on M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name, “The Big Door Prize” tells the story of a small town that is forever changed upon the arrival of this enigmatic technology.
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Today, Apple TV+ unveiled the trailer for “The Big Door Prize,” the character-driven comedy created by Emmy Award-winning creator David West Read (“Schitt’s Creek”)and starring an ensemble cast led by Chris O’Dowd. The new 10-episode half-hour comedy, set for its premiere this month at SXSW, will debut globally with the first three episodes on Wednesday, March 29, followed by one new episode weekly every Wednesday through May 17 on Apple TV+.
“The Big Door Prize” also co-stars Gabrielle Dennis, Ally Maki, Josh Segarra, Damon Gupton, Crystal Fox, Djouliet Amara, and Sammy Fourlas.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Based on M.O. Walsh’s novel of the same name, “The Big Door Prize” tells the story of a small town that is forever changed when a mysterious machine appears in the general store, promising to reveal each resident’s true life potential. Dusty Hubbard (O’Dowd), a seemingly content, cheerful family man and high school teacher, watches everyone around him reevaluate their life choices and ambitions — based on the machine’s printouts — and is forced to question whether he is truly as happy as he once thought. While he remains skeptical of the machine, his wife, Cass (Gabrielle Dennis), indulges in the dream that there’s something bigger out there for her. Like many of Deerfield’s residents, the couple has lived a relatively safe, uncomplicated life until the arrival of the Morpho machine. However, all of that is about to change when the community is forced to reconcile with their unfulfilled achievements in pursuit of a better future. In addition to O’Dowd, the series stars include Gabrielle Dennis, Ally Maki, Josh Segarra, Damon Gupton, Crystal Fox, Djouliet Amara, and Sammy Fourlas
“The Big Door Prize” is produced by Skydance Television and CJ ENM/Studio Dragon. Read serves as showrunner and executive producer. David Ellison and Dana Goldberg serve as executive producers for Skydance Television; Miky Lee, Young Kyu Kim, and Hyun Park executive produce for CJ ENM/Studio Dragon; with Bill Bost and Sarah Walker. Anu Valia, Molly McGlynn, Todd Biermann, Jenée LaMarque, and Declan Lowney direct the series.
“The Big Door Prize” debuts on Apple TV+ on March 29. Watch the first trailer below.
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