New Apple TV+ comedy series 'Mrs. American Pie' signs 'The West Wing' star Allison Janney

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What you need to know

  • Allison Janney has reportedly signed on for the upcoming Apple TV+ comedy Mrs. American Pie.
  • Janney is best known for her long-running role on The West Wing.

Apple TV+ has reportedly signed former The West Wing star Allison Janney to play appear opposite Kristen Wiig in the upcoming comedy series Mrs. American Pie.

Janney, who previously played the popular C.J. Cregg in the political drama show The West Wing, will become part of a growing cast for a show that was announced in February but doesn't yet have a release window — but is already shaping up to be something of a winner.

Variety broke the news.

A story about gorgeously impossible people, "Mrs. American Pie" follows Maxine Simmons' (played by Wiig) attempt to secure her seat at America's most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society. As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, "Mrs. American Pie" asks the same questions that still baffle us today: "Who gets a seat at the table?" "How do you get a seat at the table?" "What will you sacrifice to get there?" Set during the powderkeg era of the early 1970s, "Mrs. American Pie" is a testament to every outsider fighting for their chance at superficial greatness.

When American Pie does arrive on Apple TV+ viewers will need to be subscribers to take it in. Priced at $4.99 per month Apple TV+ is among the best value in the streaming space right now, especially as the likes of Disney+ and Netflix continue to hike prices. The service is also available as part of the rather excellent Apple One subscription bundle, too.

Apple TV+ will be hoping that Mrs. American Pie can follow in the footsteps of Ted Lasso, a comedy show that has proven to be hugely popular among subscribers and is very much a hero show for the service.

If you want to enjoy Mrs. American Pie in style, be sure to check out our list of the best Apple TV deals on the market today.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.