Apple adds new actors to cast of morning TV news show

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Steve Carell will play a news caster that's becoming irrelevant.
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The full cast of Apple’s morning TV show comedy is starting to take shape after two more actors have signed onto the project.

Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw have joined the cast for the untitled Apple TV series that lists Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston as both executive producers and stars of the show.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Steve Carell joined the cast of the show to play one of the lead male anchors. Kerry Ehrin has been tapped as the showrunner with Mimi Leder working as the director-producer.

Crudup, most known for his role in Almost Famous and Big Fish, has been cast as Cory Ellison, a forward-thinking network news division president, according to a report from Variety. Mbatha-Raw, who appeared in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live action film, will play Hannah Shoenfeld, a “whip-smart and charming” head booker of talent for the morning news show.

The morning news show project is further into production than most of the other TV shows Apple has in the works. Over 20 TV shows are currently in development with big names attached to them such as Steven Spielberg, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durrant, Ronald D. Moore, M. Night Shyamalan, Damien Chazelle and more.

Apple hasn’t revealed a release date for any of its TV shows yet. Recent rumors have claimed that the company plans to give away its original TV content for free to iPad, iPhone and Apple TV owners.