Dr. Dre's Apple Music Series 'Vital Signs' Dropped Over Sex Scenes And Violence
A Dr. Dre television series slated for release on Apple’s TV programming has reportedly been dropped.
Titled Vital Signs, the show was pulled by Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook over concerns about scenes involving sex, violence, and drug use.
According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, the show featured “characters doing lines of cocaine, an extended orgy in a mansion and drawn guns.” Upon viewing the show, Cook told Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine that it’s too violent.
The Journal then notes:
“Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.”
Apple has postponed the launch of its first slate of shows, moving it to March from late this year. Although Dr. Dre’s show isn’t happening, Apple has purchased more than a dozen shows including a drama about basketball star Kevin Durant. They’ve also signed partnerships with Oprah Winfrey.
Dr. Dre has been working on Anderson .Paak‘s forthcoming new album, Oxnard. Two weeks ago the former N.W.A. member announced that he was done mixing the album.
Earlier this year, .Paak spoke about Dre’s involvement with the album, saying he “had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done as well. Just going through the mixing phase.”
“It’s dope to be around like legends like that and you can feel the mutual respect,” he added. “That’s what I always did it for, I wasn’t really thinking about money or fame, I just wanted the respect from the people I look up to musically. It’s amazing.”
Source: Wall Street Journal