Apple Gets Drama Series Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon
Nov 09 2017
After nearly 15 years away from the small screen, the Friends star is joining her former on-screen sister Reese Witherspoon in an Apple drama about the inner workings of a network morning show. It is one of the first two original scripted series at Apple, along with Amazing Stories, a reimagining the anthology from Steven Spielberg and Bryan Fuller, which has closed a deal for a straight-to-series order.
The now untitled Aniston-Witherspoon drama received a straight to series, two season order with ten episodes per season, and we're Madeline Martha Mackenzie-level excited.
The show will boast 10 episodes per season and draw from the book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter. Witherspoon, Aniston and Michael Ellenberg, a former HBO executive whose company is producing the show, shopped it around starting in the summer, and Apple won the rights to it. Aniston's and Witherspoon's respective production companies will have ownership in the series as well, giving the duo a bigger stake in the project. Jay Carson (House of Cards) is penning the pilot and will serve as the series showrunner. Witherspoon memorably played Aniston's sister on the NBC sitcom, making this upcoming project a reunion of sorts.
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. The drama will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.
The news is thrilling for fans of the two talented women.
While Witherspoon just starred in Big Little Lies, the show marks Aniston's first regular TV role since Friends concluded in 2004.
Both actresses were nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category, which Kidman took home.