A scene from “The Big Door Prize.” (Courtesy of Apple TV+) The small town of Deerfield is a comfortably ordinary place until a mysterious machine called the Blue Morpho arrives. In exchange for a few quarters – and providing one's Social Security number and fingerprints – the machine promises to reveal a person's life potential. Soon the town is in a tizzy as people learn what their future could, or should, hold – a person might be a magician, storyteller, hero, liar or royalty. In some cases, this information, which is dispensed by the machine onto a card, can rapidly upend a person's entire life. That's the starting point for “The Big Door Prize,” a new comedy series based on M. O. Walsh's book of the same name. Premiering on Apple TV+ on March 29, the show follows Dusty Hubbard (Chris O'Dowd), a local teacher, his extended family and neighbors. Each episode dives deeper into the story of a new character, like Jacob (Sammy Fourlas), a high school student whose twin brother – the local superstar athlete – recently died, or Father Reuben (Damon Gupton), the new priest in town. Chris O'Dowd, Gabrielle Dennis, Josh Segarra and Mary Holland in “The Big Door Prize.” (Courtesy of Apple TV+) The series was created by David West Read, who spoke recently by video about creating the show. Read previously wrote for “Schittt's Creek,” and some characters, like Jacob's dad, the widowed Beau (Aaron Roman Weiner) or Giorgio (Josh Segarra), are over-the-top […]
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