Dr. Dre is creating something new, and it’s not a new album. The hip-hop legend will be partnering with Apple, again, for the tech giant’s first scripted TV show, to be titled Vital Signs.
Set to be six episodes in length, Vital Signs will also be produced by Dr. Dre, and be billed as semi-autobiographical according to those who have seen descriptions of the show. Each episode is said to focus on a different emotion, and how Dre’s character deals with it. Additional cast is slated to include Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae, sources say. Paul Hunter, veteran music video director (he directed Pharrell’s “Freedom”, Justin Timberlake’s “My Love”, Mariah Carrey’s “Honey”, and the 2010 remake of “Lady Marmalade”), is directing the series, and lending his production company’s name to the banner.
Vital Signs is described as a “dark drama with no shortage of violence and sex” with an episode filming Monday and Tuesday of this coming week featuring an extended orgy seen. Much like original programming on Netflix and Amazon, Apple will premiere the first season simultaneously despite having no TV studio or development team in place. While Apple has experimented with video in the past by live streaming a Taylor Swift concert and a visual version of DJ Khaled’s radio show, Vital Signs would mark the first investment by the company into scripted television. It’s the only Apple original series on deck; however, given the success of Netflix and Amazon’s platforms, it won’t be the company’s last offering.
It is yet to be announced when the show will air and if it will be included with an Apple Music subscription, or if it will be something new with Apple TV.