Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Tech | By Dwayne Harmon

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

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

After rebooting a beloved 80s anthology series, Apple has added another entry to its scripted series lineup with an untitled morning show drama series project that will star and executive produced by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

The tech giant has picked up the untitled project with a straight-to-series, two-season order (20 episodes total).

This will mark Aniston's return to television, nearly 14 years since her hugely popular series "Friends" ended. The company has hired Sony TV execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg for the show. Witherspoon and Aniston will not only star in the series, which will mark Aniston's first recurring TV role since she wrapped Friends back in 2004, but they'll also co-own and executive produce it. The distribution platform for the series is still unknown. It will also be a TV reunion of sorts between the two actresses, as Witherspoon also appeared briefly in "Friends", portraying Aniston's younger sister.

The book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV", written by CNN reporter Brian Stelter will serve as background and research material for the series. Instead of the nudity, raw language, and violence that have become staples of many TV shows on cable or streaming services, Apple wants comedies and emotional dramas with broad appeal, such as the NBC hit This Is Us, and family shows like Amazing Stories.

Jay Carson, Hillary Clinton's former press secretary and a supervising producer of House Of Cards, will be the series' showrunner.

Jennifer Aniston is coming back to television, almost 14 years after the actress wrapped up her star-launching role on NBC's "Friends".

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