After appearing as the lovable goof that is Michael Scott on The Office from 2005-2011, Steve Carell is finally heading back to the small screen to star in Apple’s new drama series with Hollywood powerhouses Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. It marks Carell’s first series-regular role since The Office (although he did return for the 2013 series finale.)
The highly-anticipated series, which has yet to be named, will follow the lives of people who work in the morning talk show world and the different and unique challenges they face in the industry. According to TVLine, Carell will be playing the series’ male lead – “Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.” This won’t be the first time Carell has been behind a news desk for a role – Bruce Almighty anyone? Anchorman? He’ll be right at home!
In addition to starring in the show, Witherspoon and Aniston will also executive produce and co-own the series alongside HBO alum Michael Ellenberg. Much like Carell, the series marks a huge return to television for Aniston who has not had a starring role on the small screen since her 10-season run as Rachel Green on Friends. In that same realm, Friends originally put Witherspoon and Aniston on screen together when Witherspoon guest starred as Rachel’s sister Jill in two episodes.
Despite not having any official launch information, Apple’s original programming lineup is one of the most impressive and star-studded to date. Captain America star Chris Evans just signed on for a new series titled Defending Jacob, which is based on William Landay’s 2012 best-selling novel. That series joins the already announced catalog including Jason Momoa’s See, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer’s Are You Sleeping?, Joel Kinnaman’s untitled space race drama and It’s Always Sunny’s Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney’s new comedy.
Since departing The Office, Carell has made a huge splash in film with critically acclaimed roles in movies such as Foxcatcher, for which he received an Oscar nomination, The Big Short, and Battle of the Sexes. He is currently in theaters now starring in Beautiful Boy alongside Timothee Chalamet.
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