Over the past week or so, reviews for director M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming Apple TV+ psychological horror series Servant starring Toby Kebbell, Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free, and Rupert Grint have been leaking out and, boy, have they been some stellar reviews. In fact, many people have been saying that the show is the best thing Shyamalan has produced since The Sixth Sense back in 1999. Bold statements, I know. And as we wait to find out if the series lives up to the hype, today we can pass along word that Apple seems to love the show as well, and they have just given the series the green light for a second season.
More impressive than the reviews and the second season renewal though is the obvious fact that Apple TV+ has given the go-ahead for season two before season one has aired a single episode. And while that seems to happen quite a bit more these days - with Netflix's The Witcher adaptation and Amazon's The Lord of the Rings prequel series snagging similar second season renewals in the past few weeks - make no mistake, it is still impressive.
Not to mention the show currently sports an impressive 89% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads, "Though Servant's slithering mystery often wanders into dark, crowded corners, its claustrophobic atmosphere, and powerful performances build enough tension to keep viewers hooked." Sounds good to me!
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and created by Tony Basgallop, Servant follows a young well-to-do Philadelphia couple, Dorothy and Sean Turner, who is in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home. Now while the trailers for the series have gone further into the plot specifics of the show, I'm not going to do that here because why bother? I'm pretty sure by this point in time, we're all committed to watching at least the pilot episode of this Shyamalan series. So we'll find out more at that time.
And speaking of just when the hell we'll be able to sit down and enjoy this new series, Apple TV+ will be unleashing the first three episodes (count them out - first three episodes) in over 100 countries and regions on November 28, with new episodes rolling out weekly, every Friday. Servant stars Toby Kebbell (War for the Planet of the Apes, Black Mirror) as Sean Turner, Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under}, The X-Files) as Dorothy Turner, Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones, Too Old To Die Young) as Leanne Grayson, and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The ABC Murders) as Julian Pearce.
Shyamalan and Basgallop executive produce with Ashwin Rajan, Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, and Steve Tisch. Taylor Latham and Patrick Markey serve as co-executive producers. Once again, the first three episodes of M. Night Shyamalan's Servant will be available on Apple TV+ in over 100 countries and regions on November 28, with new episodes rolling out weekly, every Friday. In the meantime, this update on Servant season two comes to us from a recent interview Shyamalan conducted over on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.