Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon morning-TV drama heads to Apple

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon morning-TV drama heads to Apple

Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon morning-TV drama heads to Apple

Apple Inc. has struck a deal for a new drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and set in the world of television morning-news shows.

The series, as yet untitled, will follow the lives of the morning show hosts there to wake America up each day, and the "unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual".

Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning had been optioned to provide additional background material, and Stelter will serve as a consultant on the series.

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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the spokesperson said Apple had given the go-ahead for two seasons totaling 20 episodes - a rarity in the world of television series production, and the latest hint at the California tech giant's content production ambitions.

The untitled Aniston-Witherspoon drama is executive-produced by Media Res' Michael Ellenberg, who previously worked on The Leftovers, with Jay Carson (House of Cards) serving as writer and showrunner.

Now untitled, the series will look at the look of morning show personalities.

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The Oscar victor comes off of HBO's Emmy-award winning series Big Little Lies where Witherspoon also produced and starred with Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman. It's also her on-screen reunion with Witherspoon, who guest-starred in Friends as the younger sister of Aniston's Rachel Green.

Since leaving his position as head of drama at HBO, Ellenberg has focused on development and has teamed with Bron Studios to launch Media Res.

This will mark Aniston's first return to a regular series role since "Friends" signed off on NBC back in 2004.

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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 company's first project in the works is Scenes From a Marriage, a limited-series take based on the five-hour 1973 film, with In Treatment's Hagai Levi and playwright Amy Herzog attached.

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