How’s this for an excellent cast? Steve Carell, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon will have starring roles in a new drama about a morning show.
This series is part of Apple’s investment into original TV programming. Additionally, Aquaman star Jason Momoa and Captain America actor Chris Evans each have their own TV show as part of this huge new project from the late Steve Jobs’ tech company.
As for the as-yet-untitled morning show series, The Hollywood Reporter has offered some details. We know that twenty episodes have been ordered, which will be split across two seasons.
We also know that Carell’s character is named Mitch Kessler, and that he’s “a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.”
To bring Carell and Aniston back to TV after they conquered the landscape with The Office and Friends, respectively, is a major coup for Apple, and scoring the involvement of Witherspoon is no small feat either.
As a side note, fans of Friends will surely enjoy the fun little fact that Witherspoon previously played Rachel’s sister on Friends.
Aniston will executive produce the morning show series through Echo Films with her business partner Kristin Hahn. Witherspoon will do the same with Lauren Levy Neustadter and their company Hello Sunshine.
Michael Ellenberg, who previously produced Prometheus, Stoker, The Leftovers and Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood, came up with the original concept for this new series. Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV is being used for additional details.
The release date for the series is yet to be revealed, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more.