Reese WitherspoonLatest News and Opinion
Posted Sunday 1/28/18 at 3:52AM EST
Reese Witherspoon has become a big-time TV producer thanks to the massive Emmy success of Big Little Lies
Since Big Little Lies won eight Emmy Awards last September, Witherspoon has made deals to produce three TV series for Apple — including one she’s starring in with Jennifer Aniston — and her Hello Sunshine production company has potential series in the running at ABC and NBC. “It opened a lot of doors for me,” Witherspoon says of the massive Emmy victory in an interview with the New York Times. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.” The Times’ John Koblin says Witherspoon’s TV producing work “puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.” “Reese has been very smart about what she wants to do," says Rhimes. "She has leveraged her power in a very smart way to get big projects done. She knows what she’s doing.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
Vanity Fair digitally removed James Franco from its Hollywood issue cover following sexual misconduct allegations
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," a Vanity Fair spokespesrson says of scrubbing The Deuce star from the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Big Little Lies received the biggest bump from the Golden Globes
A study of “increase in average demand” also found that The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Master of None also got a post-Globes boost. PLUS: Reese Witherspoon says actors are personally calling her to get on Big Little Lies.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
How Paramount Network plans to compete with Netflix
The successor to Spike TV “went in hard” to lure Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s TV show that went to Apple, but those A-listers didn’t want to have anything to do with a cable network with commercials. Still, Paramount Network’s president of development, Keith Cox, says his cable network could offer more attention and care than places like Netflix. “You know, Netflix, they drop a show a week — Naomi Watts had a show,” he said, referring to Gypsy, “and I was thinking, oh my God, if I had Naomi Watts, that would be huge for us. For them, it came and went. Poof, gone.” Cox added: “We’re going to curate our shows like a museum. We are going to pick really beautiful pieces, but we’re not going to just pile all kinds of stuff in here.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Kristen Wiig to star in Apple's first scripted comedy series, from producer Reese Witherspoon
Apple beat other outlets for the project inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It. The comedy series will mark Wiig’s first return to series TV since Saturday Night Live, and will be the third show Witherspoon is making with Apple.
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Thanks to Apple, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will each make about $1 million per episode for Big Little Lies Season 2
Witherspoon and Kidman made between $250,000 and $350,000 an episode for Season 1, but they weren’t signed on for Season 2 since Big Little Lies was originally a limited series. But since Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are making “upward of $1.25 million per episode” for their new Apple television show, Kidman and Witherspoon’s have scored a big pay raise — “$1 million-an-episode ballpark” — to sign on for Season 2 of their HBO series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Those numbers skyrocketed for season two not only because of the show's success, but also because of the precedent of the massive payday Witherspoon scored from Apple,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Oprah to interview Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, Shonda Rhimes and more on their Time’s Up initiative
Natalie Portman and Tracee Ellis Ross will also be part of Oprah Winfrey’s discussion on sexual harassment in Hollywood this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning.
Posted Wednesday 1/03/18 at 1:26PM EST
Octavia Spencer is set to star in Apple’s true-crime podcast TV drama Are You Sleeping, from producer Reese Witherspoon
Are You Sleeping, based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, delves into the obsession Americans have with true-crime podcasts. Serial podcaster Sarah Koenig will serve as a consultant. The proposed series expands Witherspoon’s relationship with Apple, where she’s starring in a morning news drama with Jennifer Aniston.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 10:03PM EST
Reese Witherspoon on Amber Ruffin: “Why doesn’t this woman have her own talk show?!”
Witherspoon tweeted a link to the Late Night writer/performer’s piece from last night hailing black women for voting for Roy Moore's opponent and “saving America,” calling her “amazing.” Ruffin responded: “I take your tweet as a proposal of lifelong friendship!”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Reese Witherspoon: I can’t stop watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
“It is so smart and funny and gorgeous and delightful,” the Big Little Lies star tweeted Sunday, adding that she especially loves Midge and her wardrobe. “Thank you AmyShermanPalladino for making another great show with complex female characters front and center,” Witherspoon added in another tweet.
Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 9:21PM EST
HBO boss: We went to great lengths to make sure Big Little Lies Season 2 could and should be done
“Everybody approached it from a place of love and care (for) these characters and this property, and again, with a little dose of skepticism along the way,” says HBO programming chief Casey Bloys. He emphasized that Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are too busy to do another season if it wasn’t worth it. “It was done, in my mind, for the right reason,” says Bloys. “They set a really high bar, and I think everybody involved believes it’s either going to hit that bar and exceed it, or we wouldn’t do it. We didn’t start with, ‘We must do this.’”
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Posted Friday 12/08/17 at 3:02PM EST
Big Little Lies is officially returning for Season 2, with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman aboard
Shailene Woodley is not confirmed to return for the seven-episode second season, but HBO says that “most of the cast is expected to return, and negotiations are underway.” HBO programming president Casey Bloys added: “I’m excited to announce the return of Big Little Lies. David Kelley wrote beautiful scripts and Reese and Nicole were, once again, a force to be reckoned with, reuniting the cast and recruiting the talented Andrea Arnold to direct. We look forward to working with this amazing group of artists.”
Posted Friday 11/10/17 at 2:47AM EST
Why the Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston TV show for Apple is a bad idea
Would the Witherspoon and Aniston really be willing to pay $9.99 a month to watch their new TV show on Apple Music? As Inkoo Kang points out, “the app-ification of TV is real. But the app-ification of prestige TV probably hasn’t happened yet because, in a hypercompetitive field like television, creators don’t want to make it harder for audiences to find or watch their shows. And in the still-revving era of Peak TV, Witherspoon and Aniston’s drama would have to be truly exceptional for audiences to seek it out on a newfangled service many people haven’t heard of. Just ask Seeso, PlayStation, or Spotify how their attempts at original programming turned out.”
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 2:25PM EST
Big Little Lies may begin filming Season 2 in Spring 2018
Word of a potential second season comes as Reese Witherspoon has dropped out of the movie Pale Blue Dot, which clears her schedule for the HBO series.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 2:45PM EST
Apple lands Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning news show drama series with a two-season order
Apple emerged as the victor of a bidding war over the TV series based on CNN host Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, which primarily focused on the behind-the-scenes drama at the Today show. Aniston, signing on for her first regular TV role since Friends, will serve as an executive producer, as will her Friends sister Witherspoon. Also, they will both co-own the show. The untitled series, which originally was envisioned as a Lifetime movie, is slated for two 10-episode seasons.