Jennifer Aniston returning to TV in Apple original series with Reese Witherspoon

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The two actresses are set to co-star in an upcoming series that gives an inside look at the lives and unique challenges of morning talk show hosts.

The show will boast 10 episodes per season and draw from the book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, by Brian Stelter. Aniston and Witherspoon will star, executive produce and co-own the show alongside Michael Ellenberg's Media Res company, which produces the show for Apple. Witherspoon played "Jill Green, ' sister to Aniston's 'Rachel Green" on two episodes of Friends.

Jay Carson (House of Cards) is writing, executive producing, and serving as showrunner for the series. Ms. Witherspoon is coming off a major success with the HBO limited series "Big Little Lies", for which she was a star and an executive producer.

Since leaving his position as head of drama at HBO, Ellenberg has focused on development and has teamed with Bron Studios to launch Media Res.

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For Apple, which has yet to disclose how it plans to distribute its content, the deal for the Witherspoon-Aniston project is the second big programming bet it has made in the last several weeks. Between Aniston's TV legacy and Witherspoon's recent small-screen awards buzz, thanks to Big Little Lies, we're guessing plenty of viewers will be interested-but will they be willing to pony up for yet another streaming service just to watch this drama, or the Steven Spielberg anthology series Amazing Stories? Amblin Television's Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Hart Hanson exec produce the drama from Universal Television.

The morning-TV project marks Aniston's first regular role on a TV series since NBC's hit Friends exited in 2004.

It's a huge acquisition for Apple as it attempts to rival streamers like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu in the original programming space.

The news is thrilling for fans of the two talented women.

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