Apple Lands New Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston TV Show

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Apple, which has a $1 billion war chest to compete for TV projects, had already acquired the rights to revive Steven Spielberg's 1980s anthology series "Amazing Stories".

The Witherspoon-Aniston series is being produced through Media Res, a production company founded by former HBO programming executive Michael Ellenberg, who is an executive producer on the series.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the deal is for a straight-to-series, two-season order of 20 episodes for the untitled drama. Witherspoon recently made a big TV splash with Big Little Lies, which earlier this year netted her an Outstanding Limited Series Emmy for her work as a producer on the star-studded HBO miniseries, while Aniston won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her beloved turn as Rachel in Friends. The drama will take cues from the 2013 book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter.

Aniston and Witherspoon's series will offer an inside look at the lives of morning talk show hosts and the drama and challenges they face. Jay Carson (House of Cards) will serve as head writer and showrunner. The actresses previously shared the screen for an episode of the NBC sitcom in which Witherspoon guest starred as Aniston's sister. In addition to Spielberg and Fuller, Amazing Stories is executive produced by Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Hart Hanson; and produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.


The as-yet unnamed show, the first recurring TV role for Aniston since "Friends", is set in the world of morning television, Apple said Wednesday.

Neither show has a premiere date, and it's yet to be seen how Apple's original programming will be available for customers to stream.

The news is thrilling for fans of the two talented women. She is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.

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