Apple orders Witherspoon, Aniston drama in TV push

FILE PHOTO: A man is reflected in a Apple store logo in San Francisco
FILE PHOTO: A man is reflected in a Apple store logo in San Francisco, California, U.S., August 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs/File Photo

November 8, 2017

By Lisa Richwine

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple Inc <AAPL.O> has ordered two seasons of a dramatic series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The series is among the first projects the iPhone maker has acquired for its plunge into original television programming, where it aims to compete with established players such as Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> and Time Warner Inc’s <TWX.N> HBO.

The untitled project taps top-level Hollywood talent at a time when deep-pocketed technology companies are jockeying with traditional networks to land A-list stars.

It marks Aniston’s first TV show since her famous role on the hit comedy “Friends” ended in 2004. Witherspoon, who appeared on “Friends” as Aniston’s younger sister, recently starred in and served as a producer of the Emmy-winning HBO series “Big Little Lies.”

Apple spokeswoman Rita Cooper Lee also confirmed the company had ordered a remake of Steven Spielberg’s 1980s science fiction anthology series “Amazing Stories.” News of a potential deal for the Spielberg show had emerged in October.

It is unclear when the shows will be released or where viewers will be able to see them. Apple has not divulged if it will put its own TV series in the iTunes Store, where it sells shows made by other companies, or on another platform.

Aniston and Witherspoon will among be the show’s executive producers. It will be produced by Media Res, a studio founded by former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine)

  • Letmesay

    Apple inc, good I dodged that whatever show, definitely will be liberal to the core, yuk

  • Expat47

    Well, they’re going to have to remember to have:
    * one openly gay couple having sex each & every episode
    * one mix race couple and/or/with an adopted kid from some 3rd world country
    * make openly snide remarks about our president
    * condemn Christianity
    * promote the muslem cult, best done with a tame e-mam
    * and have, at least, one musical interlude per episode, preferable with a guest star attempting to jump start a singing career

    • Scott Henke

      You could combine all those criteria into one character. A gay Muslim refugee married to a liberal white atheist man who has a transgendered “son” from his marriage before he realized he was gay who dreams of a career on Broadway.

      • Expat47

        Scotty, if you’re not working in Hollywood you REALLY need to add this to your resume. The only drawback that I can see is that you’d have to live in CA.

  • anotherday

    I don’t have the Apple channel.

  • Hope

    OAN Please don’t do hollywood anything. It’s nothing but a vile disgusting cult of perverts.

  • TomSJr

    Good thing I cut the cord! Don’t care about satellite or network TV and never will again.