Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw Join Apple's Upcoming Morning News Drama

Apple's morning show drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston is in the casting stage, and Billy Crudup and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are the show's latest additions, reports Variety.

Crudup will play Cory Ellison, a "forward-thinking president of the network news division," while Mbatha-Raw will play Hannah Shoenfield, a "whip-smart and charming" booker of talent.

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Mbatha-Raw is known for "Black Mirror," "A Wrinkle in Time," "Irreplaceable You," and "The Cloverfield Paradox," while Crudup is known for his roles in "Spotlight," "Jackie," "Alien: Covenant," and "Justice League."

The as of yet unnamed morning show drama will also feature Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and, as announced earlier this week, Steve Carell, best known for "The Office."

The upcoming show is based on Brian Stelter's non-fiction book "Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV." It will explore the drama-filled lives of the men and women who star on morning talk shows.

Apple has already signed on to air two 10-episode seasons of the show, which is being produced by Witherspoon and Aniston.

Apple has more than a dozen original television shows in the works, the first of which could debut in March 2019 through a rumored video service that Apple is planning to launch. At least some of the content included in the upcoming video service could be free to watch through the Apple TV app.

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26 months ago
"It will explore the drama-filled lives of the men and women who star on morning talk shows."

Sounds very very boring...
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26 months ago

wtf is a gugu? she get named after the first sound she made :D

"Her first name is the shortened version of "Gugulethu", a contraction of [I]igugu lethu, which means "our treasure" in Zulu"

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I don't watch Tv of any kind anyway so am indifferent other than it being a new business for Apple.

Says the shareholder with Dr. Phil as their avatar...
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26 months ago

"It will explore the drama-filled lives of the men and women who star on morning talk shows."

Sounds very very boring...

Never watched The Newsroom on HBO?
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26 months ago

I'm sure this will be a smash... right up there with Keeping Up With the Kardashians. :rolleyes:

I think I understand the point you're trying to make... I'm not really a fan of "reality" television either.

But you could have picked an example that hasn't been on TV for the last 11 years... :p
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26 months ago
Won't be any politics in that! .../s
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26 months ago
Not sure what Apple is thinking with this show. Are people really interested in a show about a show? Does anybody care how "cutthroat" morning shows are? Seems really out of touch for normal everyday folks.
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