Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon Morning Show Drama Picked Up By Apple!

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, the spokesperson said Apple had given the go-ahead for two seasons totaling 20 episodes - a rarity in the world of television series production, and the latest hint at the California tech giant's content production ambitions. Aniston (Friends) and Witherspoon (Big Little Lies) will star, exec produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg's Media Res company, which produces the show for Apple.

THR did not report the cost, in which Apple outbid multiple suitors, but sources described the price tag as "comparable to other premium fare with big stars attached".

The drama marks the return to TV for former Friends star Aniston and a followup to the Emmy-winning first installment of HBO limited series Big Little Lies for Witherspoon.

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

Separately, Apple also confirmed widely reported plans to revive Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, a 1980s NBC anthology series, with Spielberg and Bryan Fuller (American Gods) as producers. 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.

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. The drama will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers.

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 new show will reunite the two actresses.

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

  • Jacqueline Ellis