After approaching producers of its Apple TV+ series last year pushing them to create companion podcasts to their television shows, a second combination of podcast and television has debuted. Apple has released a six-part narrative non-fiction audio podcast called The Line that will serve as a preview to a four-part limited documentary series premiering on Apple TV+ in the fall.
The Line podcast is a narrative non-fiction audio series hosted and executive produced by Dan Taberski (“Running from COPS,” “Missing Richard Simmons,” “Surviving Y2K”). It will tell the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher, who was charged in 2018 with committing war crimes before ultimately being acquitted on all but one count: for posing in a photo with a corpse. He was later pardoned by President Trump.
Apple says the documentary series, a Jigsaw Production, will feature “previously untold aspects” of the story, including the complicated realities involved with fighting a decades-long war. That includes exclusive investigative reporting and one-on-one interviews with Gallagher and his wife. Apple says the podcast producers also had extraordinary access to over 50 current and former special operators, giving listeners an inside understanding of the psychological toll on service members embroiled in ceaseless warfare, the secretive culture of the military’s most elite special operations units, and the struggle for justice in the fog of war.
It is the second such announcement since the start of the year. In February, Apple released the For All Mankind: The Official Podcast as a companion to the Apple TV+ science fiction television series “For All Mankind.” In that case the two were released on the same day.
The Line audio series is executive produced by Brad Hebert, Richard Perello, Stacey Offman, Joey Marra and Alex Gibney, in addition to Taberski. Lizzie Jacobs serves as producer.
In recent months, however, Apple has signaled it wants a piece of the podcast business. It also has struck deals for original programs that could eventually be adapted into shows for its Apple TV+ service. It is also creating companion shows to movies and series that are featured on the digital television service.