How would you feel if Legally Blonde's Elle Woods and Friends' Rachel Berry co-anchored a morning show? Odds are it would be pretty awesome — and fortunately for those of us who'd love to see it, it's happening ... well, sorta.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, #JenniferAniston is starring alongside #ReeseWitherspoon (who's hot off her Emmy nomination for her role in Big Little Lies) in an hourlong drama centered around the world of morning talk shows and the larger New York media scene. Details on the project are scarce, but it will be an original story with a script by Jay Carson (#HouseOfCards).
This is a pretty big step for Aniston, as it will be her first starring role in television in more than 10 years after her critically-praised, trend-starting Friends role as Rachel. The project is executive produced by Witherspoon, Aniston, former HBO head of drama Michael Ellenberg and Steve Kloves, who wrote screenplays for several installments of the Harry Potter franchise and 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man.
It's also worth noting that isn't the first time the actresses have shared screen time. Witherspoon appeared as Aniston's younger sister in the #Friends Season 6 episode, "The One With Rachel's Sister." Both of them had great chemistry in the episode, so it's great to know they're coming together once again.
The Cutthroat Environment Of Talk Shows
Even though morning talk shows have millions of fans, the industry seems to be plagued with rivalries, feuds and controversies that sometimes make it seem as hostile as politics. We've gotten glimpses from cases such as Rosie O'Donnell vs. Elisabeth Hasselback on The View (Hasselback was ultimately fired), Ann Curry vs. Matt Lauer on Today and Leah Remini vs. Sharon Osbourne, which began when Remini alleged that Osbourne had gotten her fired from The Talk. The list goes on.
Aside from the premise, there's no more story information available about the talk show-centered series, but I'm really interested since, as mentioned, the script is being written by Jay Carson, who worked on the hit Netflix political drama House of Cards, a backstage look at the world of politics. I would love to see this new show approached through that same realistic lens, especially with all of the material already available.
The series is currently being shopped around with hopes of being picked up by either HBO or Netflix, but according to THR, the popularity of the two stars is expected to encourage multiple bidders.
How do you feel about Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston's new TV series? Let me know in the comments!