Early in the process of adapting Cecelia Ahern’s story collection, Roar, into an Apple TV+ series, executive producers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch let Apple know that one episode would be about a woman who becomes acquainted with a talking duck. And the duck is kind of a jerk.
“Everybody was a little nervous,” Flahive recalls. “And then Nicole Kidman” — who stars in a different episode and is an executive producer on the show — “was on the call and said, ‘If we’re not doing this story, which is so bold and I’ve never seen it before, then why are we doing this show?'” She laughs. “Everybody was like, ‘Great, let’s do it!’ And then we had to figure out how, which was really, really, really complicated.”
The result is Episode 5 of Roar, an eight-installment, female-centric anthology from the minds behind GLOW. The season begins streaming today and features performances from well-known TV names like Issa Rae, Alison Brie, Cynthia Erivo and Betty Gilpin, as well as Alfred Molina, Daniel Dae Kim, Hugh Dancy and Chris Lowell.
TVLine talked with Flahive about the making of the surreal season. Scroll through the list below as she (and we) take you through all eight eps.