It was back in 2011 when Steve Carell was last seen regularly on network television. As Michael Scott on NBC’s hit comedy series The Office, Carell gave a tearful farewell to his cast mates and devoted fans before his character boared a plane for Colorado. Since then, Carell has had a steady career in both comedic and dramatic films on the big screen. His works have included the Despicable Me franchise, an Oscar nomination for his role in Foxcatcher and a stellar performance in Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning film The Big Short.
Now, Carell will be making a return to television… sort of. Carell will be joining Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in the yet untitield drama series about a network’s morning show. Carell will play Mitch Kessler, a morning talk show host struggling to remain relevant in the changing landscape of media. The series is written by Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Bates Motel), based off an original idea by Michael Ellenberg (Prometheus), and directed by Mimi Leder (ER, Deep Impact, The Leftovers).
Leder will also act as executive producer along with Aniston and Witherspoon for their respective companies, Echo Films and Hello Sunshine. Filming for the series will begin next week in Los Angeles and the series will be set to premiere in 2019. As for his film work, Carell will next be seen alongside Timothée Chalamet in Beautiful Boy and portraying Donald Rumsfeld in Adam McKay’s Vice.
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