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

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

Apple has announced its entry into the scripted-series arena with a splashy announcement Wednesday: The company has ordered two seasons of a drama about a morning TV show starring, executive produced and co-owned (more on that in a few paragraphs) by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.

It is described as an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.

CNN's Brian Stelter will consult on the project, with his 2013 book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV" serving as background material for the writers.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the deal is for a straight-to-series, two-season order of 20 episodes for the untitled drama.

Jennifer and Reese are also slated to executive produce the series. Under the model employed by Media Res, Witherspoon and Aniston will have ownership in the series alongside the company.

After nearly 15 years away from the small screen, the Friends star is joining her former on-screen sister Reese Witherspoon in an Apple drama about the inner workings of a network morning show. It marks Aniston's return to television more than 10 years after Friends ended, and the onscreen reunion of the pair after Witherspoon guest starred as Rachel Green's sister on the hit sitcom. Witherspoon, fresh off the success of HBO's Big Little Lies, will exec produce via her Hello Sunshine company.

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.

Separately, Apple also confirmed widely reported plans to revive Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories, a 1980s NBC anthology series, with Spielberg and Bryan Fuller (American Gods) as producers. To date, Apple's original projects Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke have been released on the subscription-based Apple Music platform, but tech analysts expect Apple to broaden that strategy.