Published on November 8th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson0
Apple lands TV show starring Witherspoon, Aniston
Apple has struck a deal developing a new drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, according to multiple sources.
The concept is described as a “morning show drama” with Witherspoon and Aniston playing morning talk show hosts in the “cutthroat world” of morning TV.
Apple has agreed to buy two seasons of 10 episodes each beating out Netflix, Showtime and other contenders for the show, according to multiple reports.
The Wall Street Journal reports the cost of the show “could reach beyond $10 million an episode.” According to a person who was pursuing the show for a competitor, the salaries for either actress are expected to be over $1 million an episode.
The news follows revelations of the first big Apple production development that was announced last month with renowned entertainment producer Steven Spielberg to make new episodes of the science fiction and horror anthology series “Amazing Stories,” which originally ran on the NBC network from 1985 to 1987.
The show will be co-executive produced by Ms. Aniston and her Echo Films production company, as well as with Ms. Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine company. Michael Ellenberg, the former head of drama at HBO, will also be an executive producer.
The show does not have a title, and no scripts have yet been completed.
Apple’s push into original content is being led by former Sony executives Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, who both joined Apple in June of this year.
The Witherspoon/Aniston deal is another indicator that Apple is prepared to spend heavily on its television venture and get into bidding wars with more established players.
Apple has yet to disclose how it plans to distribute its content, but various sources tell BESTAppleTV.com it would make little sense not to offer exclusive Apple-produced content through its Apple TV set-top box.