Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon TV series picked up by Apple

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Welcome back to television, Jennifer Aniston!

Apple Inc has ordered two seasons of a drama series that stars Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston and looks at the lives of people working on a morning television show, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

Apple has been all-but-officially interested in the show since it hit the market this summer (so, reportedly, was Netflix).

Jennifer Aniston is coming back to television, almost 14 years after the actress wrapped up her star-launching role on NBC's "Friends". Now its executives politely chalk up those efforts as experiments, and say they're ready to get into TV for real.

Media Res will produce the series for Apple, with founder Michael Ellenberg billed as an executive producer.

Apple is believed to be employing a model similar to Netflix's, with straight-to-series orders and premiums over cost, which vary from show to show. Jay Carson (House of Cards) is penning the pilot and will serve as the series showrunner. The show is based on the book "Top of the Morning" by CNN reporter Brian Stelter. Aniston and Witherspoon will produce via their respective production companies, Echo Films and Hello Sunshine. Witherspoon, who memorably guest starred as Aniston's younger sister on Friends, have remained friends over the years with the morning show drama serving as an on-screen reunion.

Reimagining the original anthology, Amazing Stories, executive produced by Spielberg in partnership with Bryan Fuller, "will transport the audience to worlds of wonder through the lens of today's most imaginative filmmakers, directors and writers".

Aniston, who earned five Emmy nominations and won one for her role as Rachel Green on NBC's Friends, is repped by CAA, Lighthouse Management and Hansen Jacobson.

Neither show has a premiere date, and it's yet to be seen how Apple's original programming will be available for customers to stream.

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