The untitled Apple series is reportedly paying each of its two leads $1.55 million per episode, which drove up the price that HBO had to pay to secure their services for season two.
Part of the reason for the bump could be Witherspoon's recent role in an TV show produced by Apple. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Apple has given a 10-episode series order to a half-hour comedy starring Wiig and produced by Reese Witherspoon based on Chris Sittenfeld's short story collection You Think It, I'll Say It, which is slated to hit bookstores in April. Colleen McGuinness ("30 Rock") created the series and will be the showrunner. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. It will be the first time Wiig has returned to series television since her stint on "Saturday Night Live" from 2005 to 2012. After leaving SNL, Wiig has seen a fruitful career including an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for "Bridesmaids".
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The most interesting paycheck news, though, is what Big Little Lies' biggest stars - Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman - are being paid.
Actress Octavia Spencer speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Wiig is scheduled to appear in Richard Linklater's film Where'd You Go, Bernadette, alongside Cate Blanchett and Billy Crudup. The sources also told THR that because of Witherspoon's Apple deal, the per episode pay for Witherspoon and Kidman for season two is about a million dollars, almost tripling their season one pay. The first is an untitled morning show drama, starring herself and Jennifer Aniston.