Kristen Wiig Drops Out of Apple Comedy Due to Scheduling Conflicts

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UPDATED (6/20/18):

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Kristen Wiig will no longer star in the Apple comedy based on Curtis Sittenfeld’s short stories. The actress, who was cast as the villain in the upcoming film Wonder Woman 1984, had too many scheduling conflicts.

As of now, the producers behind the comedy have put the project on hold as they prepare to recast.


Nearly 6 years after signing off fromSaturday Night Live, Kristen Wiig is returning to TV!

The actress teaming up with Apple and Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine, to create an untitled half-hour comedy series. The project is based on “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” a collection of short stories by Curtis Sittenfeld, and is joining the ranks of a number of original Apple shows currently in development.

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The currently untitled project revolves around a fictional morning TV show.

Wiig and Witherspoon are set to executive produce the untitled comedy series. Also on board as showrunner is Colleen McGuinness, whose producing credits include 30 Rock, Friends From College, and About A Boy. Hello Sunshine’s Lauren Neustadter and Sittenfeld himself will also work as consulting producers on the project.

Some of the other series currently under production for Apple include Amazing Stories, Steven Spielberg’s reboot of his ’80s sci-fi cult classic anthology. There’s also Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s untitled drama, centering around a cutthroat morning talk show, à la Today or Good Morning America. Don’t forget Octavia Spencer’s Are You Sleeping, based on the novel of the same name that spotlights the dangers of true crime obsession.

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With so much original content in the works, many are wondering if Apple is about to announce their own streaming platform. If this lineup is any indication, the viewers are sure to come—even if they have to spare a few extra dollars.