Jennifer Aniston Is Set To Star In A Special Live Adaption Of An Iconic Show

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  • Jennifer Aniston
    Jennifer Aniston
    American actress
  • Jimmy Kimmel
    Jimmy Kimmel
    American talk show host and comedian
  • Norman Lear
    Norman Lear
    American television writer and producer
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston is set to star in the live adaption family comedy sitcom The Facts of Life, as part of Jimmy Kimmel and Norman Lear’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience series, which first aired in 2019.

She's going to be joined by the likes of Gabrielle Union, Allison Tolman and Kathryn Hahn, who play fellow students Dorothy 'Tootie' Ramsey, Natalie Green and Jo Polniaczek respectively, for the one-off show, which airs on American network ABC on December 7.

The original series of The Facts of Life, which ran for just short of a decade, centres around a housemother at an all-girls school in New York, who teaches students how to address issues throughout their teenage years and adulthood.

Kimmel and Lear have cast Ann Dowd from The Handmaid’s Tale as the housemother Mrs (Edna) Garrett.

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Photo credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez - Getty Images

What’s more, acting heavyweights Kerry Washington and Will Ferrell are co-executive producers, amongst others, of the Live in Front of a Studio Audience show.

Aniston recently won a Screen Actors Guild award for 'Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor' in a Drama Series at the 26th annual event in 2020, thanks to her portrayal of Alex Levy on American Drama, The Morning Show.

The award-winning show, which Aniston stars in alongside Reese Witherspoon, portrays the inside daily lives of people in the modern workplace.

In the upcoming live special of The Facts of Life, the Friends star plays the role of rich and rebellious student Blair Warner, who was barely a teen at the beginning of the original series, created by Dick Clair, Howard Leeds and Jerry Mayer.

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By the end of the original series, Warner was in her early twenties.

As for what age Aniston will portray in the revived special live show, we’ll wait in anticipation.

Diff’rent Strokes, another show based on a wealthy Manhattan family, starring Kevin Hart as protagonist Arnold Jackson, will be shown on the same night, as part of Kimmel and Lear's TV series.

During his announcement of both the live shows on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the TV host said: ‘I cannot imagine a better group… and I can’t wait to do their hair.’

As for what else is next for the Hollywood star, she’s set to star in the Murder Mystery sequel and a currently untitled comedy about a suburban couple, written by Sophie Goodhart, who also wrote British comedy drama Sex Education.

And that's not all, Aniston, who will receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast gala, is set to play America’s first female president in political Netflix series First Ladies.

There's no stopping her, clearly.

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