Meanwhile, not sounding so great, here's Variety's chief TV critic, Maureen Ryan, on Apple's first foray into "television":
Apple’s first offering, “Planet of the Apps,” feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.
It’s not terrible, but essentially, it’s a bland, tepid, barely competent knock-off of “Shark Tank.” Apple made its name on game-changing innovations, but this show is decidedly not one of them.
Gizmodo's Bryan Menegus is decidedly less kind:
Last night, Apple premiered its first attempt at an original TV show, 'Planet of the Apps', a 'Shark Tank' meets 'American Idol' unscripted series where app developers appeal to a panel of celebrity judges for outside funding. The first episode is currently available for free on Apple Music. It is also very bad.
In fact, so much can be said of the show’s inanity that the most challenging aspect of watching it is arguably knowing which part to hate the most.
Hardly surprising, but still, ouch.Read more...