Apple streaming services announced on Wednesday the two actresses will co-star and produce a new untitled scripted series that goes behind-the scenes of a television morning show.
The series, as yet untitled, will follow the lives of the morning show hosts there to wake America up each day, and the "unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual". The drama will take cues from the 2013 book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter.
Apple has agreed to two seasons of 10 episodes each, a hefty commitment, and beat out other contenders like Netflix and Showtime that were vying for the show.
Stars Aniston and Witherspoon are also co-owners and co-executive producers, alongside production company Media Res, which will lead the project, according to the Reporter. Witherspoon, who memorably guest starred as Aniston's younger sister on Friends, have remained friends over the years with the morning show drama serving as an on-screen reunion. The series is written and executive produced by Emmy-nominated Jay Carson (House of Cards), who also serves as showrunner.
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It's the second show Apple has officially committed to since it hired Sony TV execs Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg in June; a month ago, Apple said it would reboot Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" show from the 1980s.
Aniston, who earned five Emmy nominations and won one for her role as Rachel Green on NBC's Friends, is repped by CAA, Lighthouse Management and Hansen Jacobson. To date, Apple's original projects Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke have been released on the subscription-based Apple Music platform, but tech analysts expect Apple to broaden that strategy.
The company has now signed up Steven Spielberg and two award-winning actresses for its foray into television programming.