Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are headed to Apple. The tech giant has landed a new show starring actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon that will deal with the drama that goes into making morning television happen.
In mid-October, Apple announced an agreement with NBC Universal and director Steven Spielberg's production house to work on ten new episodes of "Amazing Stories", a five-time Emmy Award winning show broadcast on the American channel NBC between 1985 and 1987. Now its executives politely chalk up those efforts as experiments, and say they're ready to get into TV for real. Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV - which was previously in development at Lifetime as a TV movie - will provide additional background for the show, which is based on an original concept by Ellenberg.
Few details have been released about Apple's new untitled series, but we do know the drama comes from Michael Ellenberg and will follow "the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual".
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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.
Apple is believed to be employing a model similar to Netflix's, with straight-to-series orders and premiums over cost, which vary from show to show. Jay Carson (House of Cards) will serve as head writer and showrunner.
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 as-yet unnamed show, the first recurring TV role for Aniston since "Friends", is set in the world of morning television, Apple said Wednesday.