Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up on a new TV show

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‘‘Friends’’ star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to TV and she’s partnering with Reese Witherspoon (left).

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LOS ANGELES — ‘‘Friends’’ star Jennifer Aniston is coming back to TV and she’s partnering with Reese Witherspoon.

The Apple streaming service said Wednesday the actresses will star in and produce a behind-the-scenes drama about a TV morning show.


The move is the clearest sign yet of Apple’s intent to make a big splash in Hollywood. The company outbid many of the TV industry’s biggest players, including Netflix, and committed to producing two seasons.

Apple hasn’t said where people will be able to watch its shows, though the company hopes to release its first slate in 2019, Bloomberg reported in October.

Aniston came to fame as Rachel on the hit NBC comedy ‘‘Friends,’’ which aired from 1994 to 2000. She then focused on films, including ‘‘Office Space,’’ ‘’Bruce Almighty’’ and ‘‘Marley Me.’’

The Oscar-winning Witherspoon made a TV splash last season with HBO’s Emmy-winning series ‘‘Big Little Lies,’’ which she starred in and produced with Nicole Kidman.

Landing the buzzed-about project represents a coup for Apple, which didn’t announce the show’s title or release date.


The series marks a TV reunion for its stars: Witherspoon and Aniston played sisters on an episode of ‘‘Friends.’’

The morning show project is being run by Jay Carson, producer of “House of Cards,” the political drama that put Netflix on the map as a home for premium original series. Witherspoon and Aniston are also producing the project with former HBO executive Michael Ellenberg. The show is based on the book “Top of the Morning” by CNN reporter Brian Stelter.

The company has now signed up Steven Spielberg and two award-winning actresses for its foray into television programming. Apple has also committed to making “Amazing Stories,” an anthology series produced by Spielberg and “Hannibal” creator Bryan Fuller.

Wire material from Bloomberg was used in this report.