Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

Apple Scores Jennifer Anniston And Reese Witherspoon For Scripted Series

Apple Scores Jennifer Anniston And Reese Witherspoon For Scripted Series

The tech giant has picked up the series which will star the two actrsses, who will also executive produce it. Based on an original idea by Ellenberg, the series is written and executive produced by Jay Carson (House of Cards), who will serve as showrunner.

The series is being described as an inside look at the lives of people who help America wake up in the morning, and will explore the challenges faced by the women and men on television breakfast shows.

The Cupertino, Calif. -based maker of iPhones and iPads outbid numerous TV industry's biggest players, including Netflix Inc., and committed to producing two seasons.

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CNN reporter Brian Stelter, author of "Top of the Morning" is a consultant on the project and his book will provide background material.

This is Witherspoon's first series regular role since starring in the HBO limited series Big Little Lies in which she won an Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series as producer while this is Aniston's first series regular role since the hit sitcom Friends ended. Apple has not divulged if it will put its own TV series in the iTunes Store, where it sells shows made by other companies, or on another platform.

The untitled project taps top-level Hollywood talent at a time when deep-pocketed technology companies are jockeying with traditional networks to land A-list stars.

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The show and Steven Spielberg's reboot of his "Amazing Stories" 1980s anthology series are the first two original dramas ordered by Apple and follow the hiring earlier this year of Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht to oversee video content.

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