Nearly a decade after retiring his beloved Michael Scott character from NBC’s The Office, Steve Carell is returning to television. The Golden Globe winner is back, this time courtesy of Apple. He’ll star opposite Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon in a currently untitled drama that gives a behind-the-scenes look at the competitive landscape of morning television.
Carell joins the series inspired by CNN anchor Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. The Daily Show alum will play Mitch Kessler, “a morning show anchor struggling to stay relevant in a changing media landscape,” according to a release. The comedy legend returns to television after converting a prolific small-screen career into reliable returns at the box office. He’s appeared in recent critically-acclaimed films such as The Big Short, Foxcatcher, Battle of the Sexes, and Beautiful Boy, which is currently in theaters.
Aniston and Witherspoon will also be on the executive production team alongside their respective production companies Echo Films and Hello Sunshine. The series also marks Aniston’s first return to television after the season finale of Friends in 2004. Production of the drama begins next week on a two-season, 20-episode order. The untitled project is the latest addition to Apple’s push for original content and Hollywood domination. The New York Times reported earlier this year that the tech giant is planning a rollout of original programming sometime between March 2019 and summer 2019 at a projected cost of more than $1 billion.
One can only wonder if that original programming will include stand-up specials that Netflix allegedly ‘overpays’ for.