Apple TV+ has launched a new series dubbed “Oprah Talks COVID-19” starring Oprah Winfrey. The series will be covering the ongoing coronavirus pandemic through discussions with experts and people affected by the globally-spread virus.
According to Apple Insider, the show aims to help people who may be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, or are worried by the virus’ effect on society. The show will examine how the virus is being fought.
Apple already introduced the first two episodes of the series for free viewing. In the first episode, Winfrey interviews actor Idris Elba, who recently tested positive for coronavirus, as well as his wife, Sabrina Dhowre, who is also positive.
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In the second episode, Oprah talks to longtime friend and supporter Reverend Wintley Phipps about the pandemic.
The new show was put together in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and reportedly using lower-production values, is the first show of its kind on Apple TV+, where the content is typically highly produced and made available in 4K. The interviews are conducted over FaceTime video calls with guests and are meant to offer hope.
“Like millions of people all over the world, I’ve been staying safer at home for over a week now. I know a lot of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, & uncertain,” Oprah wrote in a tweet. “[Because] of that, I want to offer some hope & gather thought leaders & people going through it to add some perspective,” she added.
Like millions of people all over the world, I’ve been staying safer at home for over a week now. I know a lot of people are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, & uncertain. Bc of that, I want to offer some hope & gather thought leaders & people going through it to add some perspective— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 22, 2020
It can be watched across platforms, including the Apple TV app for Mac, iPad, iPhone, tv.apple.com and Apple TV, as well as through the Apple TV+ app for streaming platforms or via AirPlay-enabled TVs.
Oprah is engaged in other programmes with Apple TV+. In 2018, Oprah and Apple announced a multi-year partnership on original content for the Apple TV+ streaming service.