Pioneering female director will helm Apple’s Jennifer Aniston TV series

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Producer/director Mimi Leder, center, worked on award-winning series The Leftovers.
Producer/director Mimi Leder, center, worked on award-winning series The Leftovers.
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A director known for ER, The West Wing and Shameless episodes, and even the Deep Impact disaster movie, will go behind the camera for one of the many TV shows Apple is producing. Mimi Leder reportedly agreed to take on the upcoming program starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

The drama, which doesn’t yet have a name, will be set behind the scenes at a fictional morning TV show.

Apple’s next TV series will take you inside India’s slums

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Shantaram has been published in 39 languages sold six million copies.
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Apple’s original TV content team is revving on all cylinders this week after ordering a second TV series this week.

Gregory David Robert’s novel “Shantaram” will be developed into an original drama series by Apple. The iPhone-maker reportedly had to beat out a number of competitive bidders on the project which has been kicking around Hollywood for a few years.

J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles team up Apple musical dramedy

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Jony Ive's buddy J.J. Abrams is going to make a TV show for Apple.
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Apple has tapped J.J. Abrams to executive produce its latest straight-to-series order for the half-hour dramedy show called Little Voices.

Abrams’ and Apple have reportedly discussed working together on a number of his projects in the past. This is the first Apple has been able to ink a deal with J.J., but considering his close ties to Jony Ive, we’re surprised it took this long.