Steve Carell returning to TV in Apple series opposite Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston


Steve Carell, beloved for his Golden Globe-winning role as Michael Scott on the American version of The Office, is set to return to TV as the male lead in Apple’s upcoming Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston-starring morning show drama.

The untitled series centers on the lives of the people who make America’s morning shows, including the challenges they face to bring these daily television shows to the masses. According to Deadline, Steve Carell will portray morning show anchor Mitch Kessler, who is struggling to hang on to his relevance in the ever-evolving media landscape.

The series is based on an idea by Michael Ellenberg (The Leftovers) from Media Res and will be written by Kerry Ehrin (Parenthood, Bates Motel), who will also showrun the series. Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex) will serve as director and will also be an executive producer. Aniston, Witherspoon, and Ellenberg will also executive produce.

Filming is set to begin next week in Los Angeles, so hopefully, we won’t have too much longer to wait before the series gets a title and release date.

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Carell has a great deal of experience portraying television news reporters. He served as a correspondent on The Daily Show between 1999 and 2005. He also played dim-witted weatherman Brick Tamland in the Anchorman movies as well as anchorman Evan Baxter in Bruce Almighty.

Since The Office, Carell has shown his considerable range by taking on both comedic and dramatic roles in numerous films. He was nominated for an Oscar for Foxcatcher. He can currently be seen in the Oscar-contender Beautiful Boy, and later this year he’ll star in Welcome to Marwen and in Vice as Donald Rumsfeld.

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Carell’s name will be an added draw, in addition to Witherspoon and Aniston, for Apple’s untitled drama, and for its new streaming service in general. Content like this that has big names both in front of and behind the camera could help the new service become a success.

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