Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon To Headline New Apple Original Series

Calvin Saunders
November 9, 2017

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

In addition to reuniting Witherspoon and Aniston (Recode resident "Friends" expert Johana Bhuiyan reminds me that Witherspoon guest-starred as Aniston's sister on that show), the show is important because it illustrates Apple's focus on landing Very Big Names as it prepares to dive deeply into the TV business.

After previously focusing on music-related programs like "Carpool Karaoke: The Series", the news continues to show that Apple is looking to branch out with other content to take on big players like Netflix and Amazon. The company's first announced project was the Steven Spielberg anthology series "Amazing Stories", from the Oscar-winning director and also "Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple nabbed the rights to the coveted project after it sparked intense interest from multiple outlets over the summer, and has already given the show a two-season order.

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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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. Witherspoon, fresh off the success of HBO's Big Little Lies, will exec produce via her Hello Sunshine company. Aniston and Witherspoon will star, executive produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg's Media Res company, which produces the show for Apple.

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 morning-TV project marks Aniston's first regular role on a TV series since NBC's hit Friends exited in 2004.

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.

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