Apple is bringing Steve Carell back to TV

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Steve Carell is finally making his return back to the small screen after reportedly signing a deal to join one of Apple’s new TV shows.

Apple struck a deal with Carell to star alongside Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon for its comedy TV series about a struggling morning TV show. The role will be Carell’s first since starring in The Office.

The morning TV show drama still doesn’t have a name, despite boasting a star-studded cast. According to Variety, Carell will play Mitch Kessler, “a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape”.

This is just one of over 20 shows Apple currently has in development. It’s further along in the production process that most of Apple’s other projects though as it was one of the first series to be ordered by Apple.

Co-produced by Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res studio, along with Witherspoon and Aniston’s production companies, the idea for the series is based on CNN correspondent Brian Stetler’s book “Top of the Morning.” The book covered the rivalry between the popular American morning TV shows, Good Morning America, and Today.

Apple already ordered two seasons of 10 episodes of the show. A release date has not be announced, though recent rumors have speculated that Apple plans to give its TV shows away to iPhone, iPad and Apple TV owners.