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.
However, while details about the morning-show project are vague, given the setting of New York City and the cutthroat world of television news, the show will likely be fairly adult in content. But Apple - armed with a $1 billion war chest for a big push into original programming - won, in part by committing to two seasons of the series, each 10 episodes, that will premiere as early as 2018. (Here's hoping that Christina Applegate, who played the other Green sister, books at least a quick cameo on this new series.) Both actresses will also executive produce the show alongside the Emmy-nominated Jay Carson, who will also serve as the series' scribe. The company's first announced project was the Steven Spielberg anthology series "Amazing Stories", from the Oscar-winning director and also "Hannibal" creator Bryan Fuller.
After nearly 15 years away from the small screen, the Friends star is joining her former on-screen sister Reese Witherspoon in an Apple drama about the inner workings of a network morning show. Ms. Witherspoon is coming off a major success with the HBO limited series "Big Little Lies", for which she was a star and an executive producer. Michael Ellenberg, the former head of drama at HBO, will also be an executive producer. Amblin Television's Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Hart Hanson exec produce the drama from Universal Television. 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.More news: Amazon Launches New Fire TV Stick For International Customers
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Aniston has not appeared in a regular role on a TV series since "Friends" went off the air in 2004.
The new show will reunite the two actresses.