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Apple TV+ reveals trailer for new Apple Original podcast “Magnificent Jerk”

Hosted by journalist Maya Lin Sugarman, “Magnificent Jerk” uncovers the real story of her eccentric uncle, actor and writer Galen Yuen
Press Release September 13, 2023
Apple Original podcast “Magnificent Jerk” will premiere globally with the first two episodes on September 18, 2023, followed by new episodes weekly on Apple TV+.

Today Apple TV+ revealed the trailer for the new Apple Original podcast, “Magnificent Jerk,” hosted by journalist Maya Lin Sugarman, formerly of The Washington Post. “Magnificent Jerk” follows Lin Sugarman on a journey that starts with a box of her late uncle's forgotten screenplays and leads to her discovering that he was a leader of a Chinese gang, that he went to jail, and, in a final twist, that he poured his incredible life story into a screenplay that was then turned into a low-budget action movie starring Rob Lowe, Burt Reynolds, and Ice-T.

The podcast will premiere globally on September 18, 2023 with the first two episodes, and new episodes will debut weekly, beginning on Apple Podcasts and via RSS at

“Magnificent Jerk” is an Apple Original podcast produced by Audacy’s Pineapple Street Studios. Executive producers are Maya Lin Sugarman, James Kim, Max Linsky and Jenna Weiss Berman. The senior producer for Pineapple Street is Eric Mennel.

“Magnificent Jerk'' joins a growing offering of Apple Original podcasts now streaming on Apple Podcasts, including the duPont Award-winning “The Line,” the Webby Award-winning “Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy” and Webby Award nominee “Hooked,” alongside “Project Unabom,” “Operation: Tradebom,” “Run Bambi Run,” “Missed Fortune” and “Under Cover of Knight.” Apple Original podcasts also include official companion podcasts for Apple TV+ series, including the Webby Award-winning “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” “Foundation,” “For All Mankind,” “Little America: The Official Podcast” and “The Big Conn.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with 376 wins and 1,569 award nominations and counting, including multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and historic Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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