Real-life friends to star in new small-screen se­ries

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Reese

JEN­NIFER Anis­ton and Reese Wither­spoon are set to star to­gether in a new TV se­ries.

The project, yet to be ti­tled, will see the two ac­tresses star, ex­ec­u­tive pro­duce and co-own the straightto-se­ries show along­side Michael El­len­berg’s Me­dia Res com­pany.

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.

Brian Stel­ter’s book Top of the Morn­ing: In­side the Cut-throat World of Morn­ing TV will pro­vide more back­ground for the se­ries, which is based on an orig­i­nal con­cept by El­len­berg.

Writ­ten by Emmy-nom­i­nated House of Cards scribe Jay Car­son, it marks the first time in more than a decade that Jen­nifer, 48, will re­turn to a TV se­ries af­ter shoot­ing to fame in the hit 1990sWither­spoon. show Friends.

The new drama also marks Ap­ple’s sec­ond straight-to-se­ries or­der and joins Steven Spiel­berg’s Amazing Sto­ries, which was the first project picked up by the tech gi­ant.

Jen­nifer and Reese, 41, worked to­gether on Friends when Reese starred as Jen­nifer’s on-screen sis­ter and have since re­mained close friends.

Both ac­tresses have gone on to star in a num­ber of hit movies and TV shows, with Reese just com­ing off the suc­cess of drama Big Little Lies, where she starred along­side Nicole Kid­man.

Mean­while, Jen­nifer – who starred as Rachel Green in Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004 – re­cently said the in­flux of younger peo­ple dis­cov­er­ing the sit­com for the first time through stream­ing ser­vices such as Net­flix is “so nice”; but hopes it will en­cour­age them to get to­gether with their loved ones more of­ten.

She told Peo­ple magazine: “A ‘Friends’-as­sance? That’s so nice.

“What I kind of feel is quite com­fort­ing is that it’s ac­tu­ally speak­ing to peo­ple to­day, when so much has changed in terms of tech­nol­ogy and how far we’ve come – that Friends is still re­lat­able in the sense that there were no cell­phones, it was just friends sit­ting, com­muning to­gether.

“I hope that it ac­tu­ally will in­spire peo­ple to remember that con­nec­tion and speak with each other. Peo­ple spend a lot of time on their phones and miss out on a lot (these days).” – Bang Show­biz

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