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