wnol.info July 19 2018

Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston to Star in Morning Show Drama Series

July 19 2018, 05:23 | Perry Erickson

Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are headed to Apple.

The show doesn't have a name or a proposed air date (though spring of 2019 is a decent bet).

A new drama set in the world of morning TV, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, has landed at Apple.

Apple has been all-but-officially interested in the show since it hit the market this summer (so, reportedly, was Netflix).

"Amazing Stories" follows an aspect of the Netflix playbook as well by updating a show with some nostalgia appeal: The original ran for two seasons on NBC in the mid-1980s, with Spielberg pretty heavily involved. Witherspoon once starred as the sister to Aniston's Rachel Green character on "Friends" back in 2000. Witherspoon, fresh off the success of HBO's Big Little Lies, will exec produce via her Hello Sunshine company.

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The morning show series, which will produce 10 episodes a season, comes from studio Media Res, with founder Michael Ellenberg also executive producing.

An Apple spokeswoman would only say the series is "an inside look at 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". Jay Carson (House of Cards) is penning the pilot and will serve as the series showrunner.

Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV will provide additional background for the original show. And the project will mark the big return to television of Ms. Aniston, the former "Friends" star.

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. In addition to Spielberg and Fuller, Amazing Stories is executive produced by Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Hart Hanson; and produced by Universal Television and Amblin Television.

Aniston has not appeared in a regular role on a TV series since "Friends" went off the air in 2004.

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