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Apple Inc has announced a major scripted series, winning a bidding war for an untitled drama that will have Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as its lead stars.
The show will concentrate on the lives of people that are working in the world of morning television. Apple has granted the go-ahead to a two-season order, having 20 episodes in total. Aniston and Witherspoon will also produce the show.
The new show is based on an original concept by Michael Ellenberg, who previously worked as the HBO’s head of drama, and will also take some inspiration from the book of Brian Stelter, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.
Apple has also given the go signal to a reboot of Amazing Stories, the mid-80s drama from Bryan Fuller and Steven Spielberg, whose credits include Star Trek: Discovery and Hannibal. The said show is an anthology of several stories from horror to science fiction.
Earlier in 2017, it was reported that Apple would be spending $1bn on original content over 2018, including movies and series. The budget is less than that of Netflix, which plans to spend $7bn over the next 12 months, and Amazon which also plans to spend $4.5bn. It is still not clear how Apple will roll out its scripted shows and on what platforms they will be available.
Its first show was Planet of the Apps, a reality competition featuring Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow, which has received largely negative reviews. Maureen Ryan of Variety wrote that it “feels like something that was developed at a cocktail party.” It was followed by an expansion of the Carpool Karaoke set-up of James Corden.
The untitled morning television drama marks the first small-screen follow-up of Reese Witherspoon to the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies of HBO, while it will be the first leading role of Jennifer Aniston in a TV series since Friends.