This Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon TV Series Already Sounds Like A Hit
Add Jennifer Aniston to the list of actors making the leap from film back to television. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Aniston will co-star with Reese Witherspoon in a new series about TV morning shows and the "larger New York media scene that they inhabit." Both women will also executive produce, while Jay Carson (House of Cards) is set to pen the script.
The project marks Aniston's return to the small screen after a 13-year run in movies, but it also reunites her with longtime friend Witherspoon, who guest-starred on Friends back in 2000 as Aniston's younger sister, Jill. Aniston earned five Emmy nominations (and won one) for her decade-long turn as Rachel Green, but shifted to roles in feature efforts like The Break-Up, Horrible Bosses, and Office Christmas Party after the series went off-air in 2004. She later earned career-high reviews for 2014 drama Cake, for which she was also nominated for a Golden Globe. It's worth noting that she has gone back to television for episodic stints in Dirt, 30 Rock, and Cougar Town, but the new role will be her first recurring TV part since Friends.
She's following the lead from Witherspoon, who had done little more than TV one-offs before starring in Big Little Lies last spring. (The buzzy murder-mystery, initially a miniseries, was recently confirmed to be in early development for Season 2).
As for what the pair's still-untitled series will entail, details are sparse, but THR expects it to land at a premium cable outlet like HBO (also home to Big Little Lies) or a streaming service like Netflix, which makes sense — those outlets aren't regulated by broadcast agencies like the FCC, allowing Aniston and Witherspoon the freedom film grants, just in a different format.
Wherever the show ends up, one things is clear: It'll draw some major attention, and with such a stacked team behind it, it's a fair bet that it will be a massive hit.