Reese Witherspoon & Mila Kunis Could Produce Their Own ABC Shows & That's Not Even The Best Part
It can be really tough to make a name for yourself in Hollywood, especially as a woman. For every actress that makes it, there are about 500 more behind her working their butts off and just praying for the same break. Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis are two of the lucky ones, having forged out successful careers in the industry and starring in some pretty great projects. And while we're used to seeing them kill it on screen, both women are now ready to step behind the camera and try something new. That's right: Witherspoon and Kunis have separate shows in development at ABC that they'll produce if picked up. I don't know about you, but this is pretty much the best news I've heard all week.
According to Variety, both series are dramas that Witherspoon and Kunis are attached to as executive producers. Kunis' show is called Black Stiletto, which is based on the book series of the same name by Raymond Benson. As for Witherspoon, she could be teaming up with Cheers executive producer Rob Long on what's been described as an "untitled romantic mystery". Sounds perfect for her, doesn't it? And while we don't know too much about either show thus far, something tells me they'll have no problem being picked up by the network.
Kunis has been interested in producing for a while now, having formed her own company, Orchard Farm Productions, and locked down a first-look deal with ABC back in late 2014. Black Stiletto will be her first time producing something for TV, though she did a great job behind-the-scenes on the film The Angriest Man In Brooklyn last year.
As for Witherspoon, she too has a production company called Pacific Standard with her partner Brauna Papandrea. It's Witherspoon's first dip into the TV world, as Pacific Standard was previously behind hit movies like Gone Girl and Wild. Her potential show, which was written by Rob Long, is about a billionaire who was somehow acquitted for the murder of his wife, the man she was having an affair with, and the detective that almost put him in jail. Yikes!
While it may seem like a strange move for Witherspoon and Kunis to make the move to TV, it isn't, really. After all, Kunis got her start on the small screen — albeit in front of the camera — on That '70s Show. It's a new medium for Witherspoon, but it makes just as much sense. Getting behind the camera on a TV series is likely a much more immersive experience than doing so for a movie, which is typically completed within a few months. If your TV series is successful, showrunners could potentially have years to really delve into their respective roles, so it's a great thing to sink their teeth into.
At the same time, they're following plenty of their fellow stars making the move from movies to TV. Everyone from Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey to Zooey Deschanel and Anna Farris have taken TV roles after spending much of their career in film — and that's just to name a few. Whatever happens, I'm sure Witherspoon and Kunis will fit right in on our TV screens, and I'll be tuning in to see what they come up with, for sure.