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Grab your spandex, some leg warmers, and a whole lot of attitude because a trailer for the Apple TV+ dramedy Physical is here to help you break a sweat. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Rose Byrne and created by Annie Weisman, Physical is set to premiere on Friday, June 18, 2021, on Apple TV+ with the first three episodes, followed by one new episode weekly, every Friday. The first season will consist of 10 episodes.
Set in the idyllic but fragile beach paradise of sunny 1980s San Diego, Physical is a half-hour dark comedy following Sheila Rubin (Byrne), a quietly tortured, seemingly dutiful housewife supporting her smart but controversial husband’s bid for state assembly. But behind closed doors, Sheila has her own darkly funny take on life she rarely lets the world see. She’s also battling a complex set of personal demons relating to her self-image…. that is until she finds release through the unlikeliest source: the world of aerobics.
At first, hooked on the exercise itself, Sheila’s real road to empowerment comes when she discovers a way to merge this newfound passion with the burgeoning technology of videotape to start a revolutionary business. The series tracks her epic journey from a stifled, overlooked enabler to a powerful, confident economic force, as Sheila transforms into someone we take for granted today (but was entirely radical at the time) — the female lifestyle guru.
Feeling the burn alongside Byrne in Physical are Rory Scovel, Dierdre Friel, Della Saba, Lou Taylor Pucci, Paul Sparks, and Ashley Liao.
Physical is produced for Apple TV+ by Tomorrow Studios (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios). Created, written and executive produced by Annie Weisman, who also serves as showrunner, Physical is directed by Craig Gillespie, Liza Johnson, and Stephanie Laing, who also serve as executive producers along with Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements for Tomorrow Studios, Alexandra Cunningham, John McNamara, Sera Gamble, and Byrne.
Holy crap! The trailer for Physical is giving me flashbacks. You see, my mom is a personal trainer, and so I grew up in gyms spread out across the Long Island, New York area. If I concentrate, I can still remember the smell of soiled mats, the sight of sweat-stained leotards, and oh my, the teased, high hairstyles. It was quite the scene, and I’ll be damned if Physical isn’t capturing that ear of exercise exactly. Let’s get physical!