HOLLYWOOD—Such great news. Looks like Jennifer Aniston is set to return to TV screens for her first series since “Friends” wrapped in 2004. She’s set to star alongside Reese Witherspoon in a new HBO drama about breakfast TV shows, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jennifer has been super busy appearing in films since Friends ended, but has made the occasional guest appearance in shows like “30 Rock” and “Cougar Town.”
The show is currently untitled and would be her first role in a full series. The project is at the very early stages and hasn’t starting filming yet, or even been purchased by a network. It is being led by Former HBO head of drama Michael Ellenberg and his newly launched film and TV production company Media Res. Olivia Munn starred in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” written by Aaron Sorkin. Reese and Jennifer will be credited as executive producers-but it’s not clear how much involvement that will actually involve behind the scenes. The pair have of course been seen on the small screen together before, when Reese played Rachel’s self-centered younger sister on “Friends.”
Aniston has been for many years focusing on her movie career- starring in films like “We’re the Millers,” “Cake,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Marley & Me.” just to name few. This new series is far from the fictionalized account of what goes on behind the scenes in TV studios. Recent movies to tackle the subject include “Morning Glory,” starring Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, while Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom” depicted a nightly cable news program. More recently, Vanessa Williams has been seen playing the creator and executive producer of the lunchtime talk show in VH1’s “Daytime Divas.”
Then “The Newsroom”- an HBO series written by Aaron Sorkin set in, well, a newsroom, starring Jeff Daniels and Dev Patel. Who remembers “30 Rock”- Tina Fey’s NBC comedy series set behind the scenes of a fictional live sketch comedy show, ran for 138 episodes before the series ended in 2013. “The Hour”- A BBC Two drama set in the 50s, written by Abi Morgan and starring Dominic West. “Episodes”- a BBC comedy starring Matt LeBlanc about two British TV writers who take their sitcom to the US. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and “Sports Night”- two more TV shows written by Sorkin, set on a Saturday night comedy sketch show and a cable sports program. If you really want to go retro, “The Mary Tyler Moore” show was so popular in the 70s it led to three spin-offs.
Speaking of popular, no pun intended. Rapper Kanye West has filed a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing several insurance companies of refusing to pay out at least $9.8 million in claims he sought after abruptly canceling the remainder of his 2016 tour. Very Good Touring, the company handling, Mr. West’s “Saint Pablo” tour, said in the suit that the insurance companies had delayed making a claim, which was filed in November while the musician was being treated for a “debilitating medical condition” at a Los Angeles hospital.
Rose’s Scoop: Tributes from all over the world have been pouring in for Sam Shepard. The actor and writer died at the age of 73.