Steve Carell joins Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in new Apple series

Lewis Collier
October 24, 2018

The 56-year-old actor has focused more on his theatrical career since departing The Office in 2011, starring in against-type dramatic performances that have earned him critical acclaim, including his Oscar-nominated role in 2014's Foxcatcher, 2017's Last Flag Flying and this year's family drama Beautiful Boy starring alongside Oscar-nominated Timothée Chalamet, which just hit theaters earlier this month.

In the still;-untitled Apple series, Carell will play play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.

Steve Carell has no interest in an Office reunion (imagine the in-show explanation for how Michael Scott went from looking like this to * a href="https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/esq110118cover002news-1539179839.jpg?crop=1xw:1xh;center, top&resize=980:*" *this), but that doesn't mean he's done with TV altogether.

Announced a year ago, the project was the first drama series to be ordered by Apple as the tech giant began to execute on its designs to into the television-series space.

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Ehrin, who serves as showrunner, and Leder executive produce alongside Aniston and Kristin Hahn through Echo Films; Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine; and Ellenberg through Media Res, which serves as the studio.

Apple has already given a two-season, 20-episode order to the untitled series, which is Apple's most high-profile original series now in the works. Media Res, Aniston and Witherspoon are the principle owners of the show.

THR reports that the show, which uses background info from CNN anchor Brian Stelter's 2013 book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV", was preemptively picked up for a two-season, 20-episode order, but does not now have a name or release date.

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