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One of the most highly-antipcated shows in Apple’s arsenal of original content is a morning show drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Variety reports today, however, that the show has undergone a leadership change due to creative differences…



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Apple Wins Original Drama Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon

Apple is hard at work at developing original TV content. And, out of the gate, one of those programs will be a “morning show drama” starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, according to a new report.

Reportedly, Apple was said to be in a “bidding war” for the untitled series back in September. Now, it seems that Apple has emerged the victor, beating out competitors like Netflix and Showtime. The company has inked a deal for two 10-episode seasons of the TV show, according to a story published Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter.

The two actors will start, executive produce, and co-own the upcoming series, along with production company Media Res. The program, which delves into the “cutthroat world” of morning TV, was written by Jay Carson, a screenwriter known for his work on Netflix’s own original series, “House of Cards.”

Aniston and Witherspoon will star as morning talk show hosts in the drama series, which is described as an “inside looking at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.”

The drama program is the second Apple series that’s reportedly in development. In October, Apple negotiated a deal with Amblin Television and NBC Universal to create new episodes of Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” which originally ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987.

The new shows will join Apple’s two existing original TV programs, “Planet of the Apps” and “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” — both of which air exclusively on Apple Music. At this point, it’s currently unknown whether Apple will keep its original intent limited to the music streaming platform in the future, or if it will make the content available via other outlets such as iTunes.

Apple’s ambitions in Hollywood have been well-known for some time. Back in June, the company hired former Sony executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht — known for their work on “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul” and “The Crown — to spearhead its aggressive push into original content. In September, a report that detailed Apple’s presence in Hollywood suggested that the company has since been “inundated” with potential shows and spec scripts, and was looking to produce high-end, “prestige” TV content.

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Apple’s first scripted TV show will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston

Apple has just ordered its first two original scripted series, Variety reports. The first is the Steven Spielberg anthology series Amazing Stories, the existence of which was reported last month by The Wall Street Journal. The second is a currently untitled drama about a network morning show, which will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

CNN reporter Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV will serve as research material and background for the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, which already has a two-season order from Apple, will be written and produced by Jay Carson (House of Cards), with both Witherspoon and Aniston executive producing.

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Apple is making a new TV show starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston

Friends stars, reunited! In 2019, probably.

Apple is already making a TV show with Steven Spielberg. Now it’s making another one with Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

The show doesn’t have a name or a proposed air date (though spring of 2019 is a decent bet). But it’s going to be about the morning TV show industry*, and Apple is going to make at least two seasons of it.

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

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.

In addition to reuniting Witherspoon and Aniston (Recode resident “Friends” expert Johana Bhuiyan reminds me that Witherspoon guest-starred as Aniston’s sister on that show), the show is important because it illustrates Apple’s focus on landing Very Big Names as it prepares to dive deeply into the TV business.

Apple already took a step into TV this year when it created “Planet of the Apps” and a spinoff of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” bit. Now its executives politely chalk up those efforts as experiments, and say they’re ready to get into TV for real. Hence the Sony guys.

It’s still unclear why Apple thinks it should make its own TV shows and what its distribution plans will be for the ones it does make. But for now it seems to view them as family-friendly brand-burnishing products it can use to highlight its video capabilities.

* If you remember that CNN’s Brian Stelter once wrote a book about the real-life stories behind the morning news, then you get a gold star. Stelter, meanwhile, gets something even better: The author of “Top of the Morning” will be a consultant on this project, which Aniston and Witherspoon are executive producing.

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