Reese Witherspoon is entering the unscripted territory with a new interview show for AT&T, the company announced on Tuesday.
Witherspoon is the host of “Shine on With Reese,” a weekly interview show examining the stories of trailblazing women. Among the guests set to appear are singers Dolly Parton, Pink and Kacey Musgraves; Sprinkles founder Candace Nelson; poet Cleo Wade; “Superstore” actress America Ferrara; and author/activist Glennon Doyle.
The show will premiere new episodes weekly, beginning July 17 on a new women-centric on-demand channel Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner is set to launch on DirecTV and AT&T U-Verse.
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Hello Sunshine’s on-demand channel will also debut the comedic home design show “Master the Mess,” starring Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of the decluttering business The Home Edit. It is set to premiere on Sept. 4.
“I am thrilled to have such like-minded, creative collaborators at AT&T to help Hello Sunshine pursue our mission of elevating and showcasing the voices of women that we have such admiration and respect for,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “I am so excited for the world to experience the stories from our partnership with AT&T, which are set to be equal parts entertaining, inspiring, thought-provoking and unabashedly real.”
“AT&T was one of our first partners in the quest to bring female-centric storytelling to the forefront and we are especially proud of how these original series push that mission ahead,” said Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden. “We’re looking forward to working with AT&T to develop more opportunities for women to see themselves and their stories reflected in entertainment.”
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The new show comes at an especially busy time for Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine, which currently has a number of TV projects in the works including a second season of the HBO drama “Big Little Lies” and the limited series adaptation of Celeste Ng’s novel “Little Fires Everywhere” with Kerry Washington at Hulu.
At Apple alone, Witherspoon is executive producing a thriller series about true crime podcasts starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan called “Are You Sleeping”; a currently untitled morning show drama that she’s both producing and starring in with Jennifer Aniston; and a comedy based on Curtis Sittenfield’s short stories, which was put after lead Kristen Wiig exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with “Wonder Woman: 1984.”
Witherspoon is also set to star in and produce “Legally Blonde 3,” which is slated for a February 2020 premiere.
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