The show’s release date is set for Thursday, November 28, 2019, when the first three episodes will premiere.
Shyamalan spoke of working on a TV series, “The great thing about the format is it’s character-driven,” he told the audience at New York Comic-Con last month when the first teaser debuted.
“But the amount of content you have to deliver for the amount of time and resources, the math just doesn’t work—which is why we can count on two hands every show that has gone from beginning to end with the same quality.”
Series creator Tony Basgallop convinced him otherwise. It helped that Servant’s 10 episodes are a bingeable 30 minutes each and everything takes place in a single location (the grieving couple’s home), giving the series a “play-like quality,” according to Shyamalan. Like much of his work, the series is set in Philadelphia and was shot there, with Shyamalan doing the editing in his own home.
Per the official synopsis:
“Servant follows a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.” Toby Kebbell and Lauren Ambrose play Sean and Dorothy Turner, who are struggling to cope with the loss of their baby, Jericho. Sean agrees to try “fringe therapy”: using a doll as a replacement for their dead baby as they work through their grief. But it seems Dorothy starts to believe the doll actually is her baby. And when she decides to hire a complete stranger named Leanne Grayson (Nell Tiger Free) as a nanny, things really start to get weird, in fine Shyamalan fashion.
Watch Servant November 28 on the Apple TV app.