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Posted Wednesday 5/02/18 at 4:40PM EDT
Apple gives a series order to Octavia Spencer's Are You Sleeping true-crime podcast drama series
Based on Kathleen Barber's true-crime novel of the same name, Are You Sleeping will delve into America's obsession with true-crime podcasts, with Serial's Sarah Koenig serving as a consultant and Reese Witherspoon on board as executive producer. According to Deadline, the 10-episode pickup "is the first project bought by Apple to be developed for straight-to-series consideration to get a green light."
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 1:02PM EDT
Here's your first look at Reese Witherspoon and Meryl Streep together on the Big Little Lies set
Paparazzi spotted Streep, Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman filming a scene this week in Monterey.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 6:11PM EDT
HBO went back and corrected any gender-based pay disparities in response to the Time's Up movement
HBO programming chief Casey Bloys was asked about HBO salaries, particularly with regard to one of his executives' recent gaffe of using the word "raped" to describe the contract negotiations with the Big Little Lies cast for Season 2. Bloys says the pay raise "was 100 percent earned and well worth it." He also described one of the affects of working with Reese Witherspoon: "One of the things that’s come out of thinking about the movement and some conversations with Reese, who’s really at the forefront, is something we’ve done recently," he says. "We’ve proactively gone through all of our shows — in fact, we just finished our process where we went through and made sure that there were no inappropriate disparities in pay; and where there were, if we found any, we corrected it going forward. And that’s is a direct result of the Time's Up movement."
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 5:25PM EDT
Reese Witherspoon congratulates Jeopardy! contestant who swept a category about her movies
The actress posted a clip from Monday's episode, which also featured Alex Trebek booing a contestant for not knowing any of her movies.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Apple's Reese Witherspoon-Jennifer Aniston drama replaces its showrunner
The morning news show drama has become the second Apple show to make a showrunner change following Bryan Fuller and Hart Hanson's exit from Amazing Stories. Bates Motel executive producer Kerry Ehrin will take over for Jay Carson, who is departing over "creative differences." ALSO: The first script came in last week, suggesting it didn't go over well.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
Big Little Lies begins Season 2 production
Laura Dern posted an Instagram picture of her and Reese Witherspoon on set this afternoon. "Madeline and Renata are back," she wrote.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 12:23PM EDT
HBO drama chief regrets saying Big Little Lies cast "raped" the network with Season 2 salary demands
“From a budget standpoint, going into Season 2 of Big Little Lies without any options in place, we’ve been… um… short of raped,” Deadline quoted HBO drama chief Francesca Orsi as saying at the INTV conference in Jerusalem. After her words were picked up, Orsi walked back her comments. “Obviously, I am embarrassed by my poor choice of words,” she said on Tuesday in a statement to TVLine. “We are extremely proud of Big Little Lies and excited for the second season.”
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 10:04PM EDT
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington's Little Fires Everywhere limited series lands at Hulu
The project, based on author Celeste Ng's book of the same name, reunites Hulu with Liz Tigelaar, who recently netted Hulu's first Golden Globe nomination for Casual. Tigelaar will write and serve as showrunner on the limited series.
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 2:13PM EST
Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington team up to star in limited series Little Fires Everywhere
Networks are bidding to land the star-studded limited series based on author Celeste Ng's book that was a Witherspoon book club pick just a few months ago. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "a parade of network execs took meetings Wednesday at Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine offices this week in a bid to land the series." Life Unexpected creator Liz Tigelaar, who is currently working on Witherspoon's Apple morning show drama, will pen the script and serve as showrunner in the limited series revolving around the controversial adoption of a Chinese-American baby, which divides the wealthy city of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Washington will also join Witherspoon in executive producing the series, which will be her follow-up to Scandal.
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.