Reese Witherspoon is an Academy Award-winning actress, but in a few short years, she has transformed herself into an Emmy-winning mega TV producer with no fewer than five series in the works. She won’t star in all of them — she’s only one woman! — but they will feature some A-list talent and she will produce them all, so she could have a whole bunch of Emmys coming her way. And frankly, we’d watch all of these. But which one are you most excited for? Let’s break them down.
“Big Little Lies” Season 2
You can debate whether or not we need a second season, but you can’t deny what a boon the eight-time Emmy-winning series has been for producers/stars Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and HBO as well. The whole star-studded cast — yes, even Alexander Skarsgaard, in flashbacks — and writer David E. Kelley are back, but director Jean-Marc Vallee will be replaced by “Transparent”‘s Andrea Arnold. In arguably one of Witherspoon’s biggest gets as a producer, Meryl Streep will join as Mary Louise Wright, the mother of Perry (Skarsgard), who visits Monterey after her son’s death. Production began Friday with an eye on a premiere in 2019, when the show will have to compete in drama at the Emmys.
Untitled morning show drama series with Jennifer Aniston
The only person who could lure Aniston back to TV for her first series regular role since “Friends” is her TV sister. Witherspoon, who played Rachel’s younger sister Jill on “Friends,” will produce and star alongside Aniston in this drama about the behind-the-scenes workings of a morning TV show (think “Morning Glory,” but you know, better). Apple has shelled out a buttload of money and given it a two-season straight-to-series order. No production timeline or premiere has been announced.
“Little Fires Everywhere” limited series with Kerry Washington
Witherspoon can’t get enough of books with “little” in the title! Witherspoon and Washington — in her first post-“Scandal” gig — will produce and star in this adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel about a custody battle over a Chinese-American baby in a town in Ohio. “Casual”’s Liz Tigelaar is writing the eight-episode series. After an intense bidding war, Hulu won the project last week and gave it a straight-to-series order.
“Are You Sleeping” starring Octavia Spencer
Witherspoon probably isn’t sleeping as she continues her world domination of the premium TV space! She is only producing this drama based Kathleen Barber’s novel about the obsession over true crime podcasts. Fresh off her third Oscar nomination, for “The Shape of Water,” Spencer will star and “Serial”’s Sarah Koenig will serve as a consultant. The project is currently in development at Apple.
Untitled comedy series starring Kristen Wiig
Her third project at Apple, this as-yet-untitled comedy series will be produced by Witherspoon and star Wiig in her first series regular role since she “Saturday Night Live” in 2012. Created by Colleen McGuinness, the 10-episode show is inspired by Curtis Sittenfield’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It.” Wiig, who will also executive-produce, just joined the “Wonder Woman” sequel as the villain Cheetah, so this will probably come into fruition after that.
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