Little Voice
Genre
Created by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
DistributorApple Inc.
Release
Original networkApple TV+
Original releaseJuly 10 (2020-07-10) –
August 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)

Little Voice (also known as Her Voice in Europe[1]) is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson[2] for Apple TV+. The series premiered on July 10, 2020.[3] In August 2021, the series was canceled after one season.[4]

Premise

Little Voice explores "the universal journey of finding your authentic voice in your early 20s. It is described as a fresh, intensely romantic tale of the search to find your true voice...and then the courage to use it."[5]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [6]Directed byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
1"I Don't Know"Jessie NelsonStory by : Sara Bareilles & Jessie Nelson
Teleplay by : Jessie Nelson
July 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
2"I Will Survive"Christopher StorerDaniel GoldfarbJuly 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
3"Dear Hope"Cherien DabisSuzanne HeathcoteJuly 10, 2020 (2020-07-10)
4"Love Hurts"Jessie NelsonStory by : Sara Bareilles & Jessica Lamour & Jessie Nelson
Teleplay by : Jessica Lamour & Jessie Nelson
July 17, 2020 (2020-07-17)
5"Quick, Quick Slow"Emma WestenbergMeghan KennedyJuly 24, 2020 (2020-07-24)
6"Tell Her"Jessie NelsonKaren Leigh Hopkins & Jessie NelsonJuly 31, 2020 (2020-07-31)
7"Ghost Light"Jessie NelsonMeghan Kennedy & Cirocco DunlapAugust 7, 2020 (2020-08-07)
8"Sea Change"Bart FreundlichMeghan Kennedy & Jessie NelsonAugust 14, 2020 (2020-08-14)
9"Sing What I Can't Say"Jessie NelsonKaren Leigh Hopkins, Jessie Nelson & Meghan KennedyAugust 21, 2020 (2020-08-21)

Production

Development

On June 6, 2018, it was announced that Apple had given the production a straight-to-series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes. The pilot episode was written and directed by Jessie Nelson, who would also executive produce alongside Sara Bareilles, J. J. Abrams, and Ben Stephenson. Along with Nelson, other directors for the series include Cherien Dabis, Bart Freundlich, Christopher Storer, and Emma Westenberg.[7] Nelson was also expected to act as the series' showrunner, and Bareilles wrote original songs for the series. Production companies involved with the series include Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot Productions.[5][8][9][10] On August 4, 2021, Apple canceled the series after one season.[4]

Casting

In October 2019, it was announced Brittany O'Grady, Shalini Bathina, Sean Teale, and Colton Ryan had joined the cast of the series as main cast members. At the same time, it was announced that Samrat Chakrabarti, Gopal Divan, Sakina Jaffrey, and Emma Hong would also be joining the cast.[7] On May 21, 2020, it was announced that Kevin Valdez, Phillip Johnson Richardson, and Chuck Cooper would also star in the series.[11]

Release

On May 21, 2020, it was announced that the series would premiere on July 10, 2020.[3] On June 12, 2020, the official trailer for the series was released.[12]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Little Voice holds a 77% approval rating based on 30 reviews, with an average rating of 5.88/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Little Voice's earnest tune is a little too familiar, but a winsome cast led by Brittany O'Grady and catchy music from Sara Bareilles make for a breezy summer binge."[13] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on 18 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

Carolyn Siede of The A.V. Club gave the first season a B− for some good and uplifting performances but a scattered performance by Brittany O'Grady and excessive storylines.[15]

More Love: Songs from Little Voice Season One

More Love: Songs from Little Voice Season One is an album by American pop artist Sara Bareilles released on Epic Records on September 4, 2020. The release is also a soundtrack to the first season of Little Voice. The album is made up of recordings by Bareilles of the songs she recorded for the cast of the series.[16] The album reached 32 in its one-week on Billboard's Album Sales chart on September 19.[17]

Track listing

  1. "I Don't Know Anything" (Bareilles) – 3:13
  2. "More Love" (Jack Antonoff and Bareilles) – 3:50
  3. "King of the Lost Boys" (Bareilles, Jason Blynn, Earl the Squirrel, and Peter William Harper) – 4:34
  4. "Dear Hope" (Bareilles) – 4:22
  5. "Ghost Light" (Bareilles) – 4:18
  6. "Simple and True" (Bareilles) – 3:39
  7. "Coming Back to You" (Bareilles) – 3:56
  8. "In July" (Jack DeBose and Samora Pinderhughes) – 4:04
  9. "Tell Her" (Bareilles, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Justin Trantor) – 4:58
  10. "Little Voice" (Bareilles) – 4:24

References

  1. ^ "Her Voice | Apple TV+". 9 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Little Voice". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Apple's "Little Voice" from Emmy Award Winner J.J. Abrams, Grammy-Winning Singer-Songwriter Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson to Debut Globally Friday, July 10 on Apple TV+". The Futon Critic. May 21, 2020. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 4, 2021). "'Little Voice' Canceled By Apple After One Season". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (June 6, 2018). "Apple Orders Music Dramedy Series 'Little Voice' From J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles & Jessie Nelson". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 14, 2018. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Little Voice – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (October 24, 2019). "'Little Voice': JJ Abrams & Sara Bareilles Apple Music Series Sets Cast With Brittany O'Grady, Shalini Bathina, Sean Teale & Colton Ryan". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (June 6, 2018). "J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles Team for Apple Series From 'I Am Sam' Writer". Variety. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (June 6, 2018). "Sara Bareilles-J.J. Abrams Musical Dramedy Gets Apple Series Pickup". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  10. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (June 6, 2018). "Apple picks up J.J. Abrams dramedy 'Little Voice' featuring original Sara Bareilles music". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Pederson, Erik (21 May 2020). "'Little Voice': Premiere Date & First Photo For J.J. Abrams-Sara Bareilles Musical Drama For Apple TV+". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  12. ^ Lenker, Maureen Lee (June 12, 2020). "Exclusive: Watch teaser trailer for Sara Bareilles' new TV drama Little Voice". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  13. ^ "Little Voice: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  14. ^ "Little Voice". Metacritic. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  15. ^ Siede, Carolyn (July 8, 2020). "Sara Bareilles' Melodic Apple TV+ Series Little Voice Is Still Finding Itself". The A.V. Club. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Willman, Chris (September 3, 2020). "Sara Bareilles Does Her Own Versions of Little Voice Songs in Surprise More Love Release". Variety. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2020.
  17. ^ "Sara Bareilles". Billboard. Archived from the original on November 16, 2020. Retrieved November 9, 2020.