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Apple has been outbid for the next TV series from sci-fi supremo JJ Abrams. The man behind the recent 'Star Wars' and 'Star Trek' cinematic reboots has sold the series to US network HBO instead.

'Demimonde' is the first TV show written by Abrams since 'Fringe' in 2008. It's described as "an epic and intimate sci-fi fantasy drama."

According to reports, HBO's existing relationship with Abrams helped seal the deal. Abrams was apparently impressed with what HBO did with 'Westworld'.

While Apple has some major creative talent onboard, its original content is a little lacking compared to rivals like Netflix. Upcoming productions include a drama series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston set in a morning news show, and a 10-episode comedy series starring Kristen Wiig ('Ghostbusters').

It's also rebooting 'Amazing Stories' with legendary director Steven Spielberg.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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