‘Morning Show’ Producer Says ‘No Update’ on Steve Carell Returning for Season 2, But They’re ‘Exploring’ It

TCA 2020: “We’ll see about Mitch,” Michael Ellenberg says of Carell’s disgraced character

Last Updated: January 19, 2020 @ 1:37 PM

“Morning Show” executive producer Michael Ellenberg said he has “no update” on the possibility of Steve Carell returning to the series for Season 2, but that they are “exploring” it.

“Season 2 certainly picks up where we ended and you’ll have to watch it to see. But we’ve read the first two scripts, which are pretty awesome, and stay tuned — we’ll see about Mitch,” Ellenberg said Sunday at Apple TV+’s first appearance at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour. “We’re exploring that… no update yet.”

Stars and executive producers Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon were also on hand to discuss the series, which was ordered for two seasons from the start, along with fellow cast member Billy Crudup and director Mimi Leder.

All of them remained tight-lipped about where the storyline will go next season.

“We can’t really discuss what we’re doing except that it’s going to be quite a ride, as much as the first season was,” said Leder.

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. Stelter is a consultant on the series, with his 2013 book serving as additional background material for the writers.

Carell plays Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is ousted from his job as co-host alongside Aniston’s Alex Levy after he is accused of sexual assault.

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