Steve Carell has joined Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in the cast of Apple’s forthcoming, still-untitled morning show drama, per Variety. The role marks Carell’s first as a series regular since his star-making turn as Michael Scott in The Office.
Carell will play male lead Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor struggling to keep his relevance in a changing media landscape.
Based on an idea spearheaded by former HBO drama head Michael Ellenberg, the series will draw background material from CNN correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book Top of the Morning, which recounts the ratings battle between rival morning shows Today and Good Morning America. The drama series is the first to be ordered by Apple, where it has landed a two-season order, with 10 episodes per season.
The series hails from Ellenberg’s Media Res studio, and is executive produced by Ellenberg; Aniston and Kristin Hahn through Echo Films; and Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine. Bates Motel exec producer Kerry Ehrin will serve as showrunner, replacing The Front Runner writer Jay Carson.
The series does not yet have a premiere date, as with the rest of Apple’s original content slate.