TCA: Apple TV Plus Scores Magic Johnson Docuseries

They Call Me Magic
Earvin "Magic" Johnson in Apple TV Plus's 'They Call Me Magic' (Image credit: Apple TV Plus )

Apple TV Plus will chronicle the life of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson as part of a new four-part documentary debuting April 22, the streamer announced during its Television Critics Association tour presentation Friday. 

The docuseries, The Call Me Magic, follows Johnson’s journey from being the face of the Los Angeles Lakers to changing the conversation around HIV and transforming into a successful entrepreneur and community activist, said network officials. 

Johnson will also be featured as part of HBO's upcoming scripted series Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty. 

The streaming service also released premiere dates and video trailers for several of its upcoming original shows during its presentation.

Apple TV Plus on March 11 will debut its limited series The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, starring Samuel L. Jackson as an ailing elderly man forgotten by his family who learns of a treatment that can temporarily restore his dementia-addled memories, said the service.

Apple TV Plus also announced the premiere its comic anthology series Roar on April 15. Based on a book of short stories by Cecelia Ahern, the series stars Cynthia Erivo, Issa Rae, Merritt Wever, Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.