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Apple’s Morning Show Drama Series Adds Nestor Carbonell and Mark Duplass

Series starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston to begin production next week

Apple’s untitled morning-show drama series has added two more names to its cast.

Nestor Carbonell (“Bates Motel,” “Lost”) and Mark Duplass (“The Mindy Project,” “The League”) have joined the cast of the series, which also includes executive producers Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell in his first TV role since “The Office,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Billy Crudup.

The series, based partly on CNN media reporter Brian Stelter’s book “Top of the Morning,” provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.

Carbonell will play Yanko Flores, the charming weatherman, who has an artist’s soul and thinks meteorology is poetry, while Duplass will play Chip Black, the show’s executive producer.

Aniston and Kristin Hahn executive produce for Echo Films, with Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter executive producing under their Hello Sunshine banner and Michael Ellenberg for Media Res, which also serves as the studio. Mimi Leder (“On the Basis of Sex,” “ER,” “Deep Impact”), will direct and executive produce.

The drama is written and executive produced by Kerry Ehrin (“Bates Motel,” “Friday Night Lights”), who will serve as showrunner. Brian Stelter consults on the project, with his book “Top of the Morning” providing additional background material.