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 ^(https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/billy-crudup-gugu-mbatha-raw-join-aniston-witherspoon-morning-news-series-at-apple-exclusive-1202989017/).

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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/2018/10/23/steve-carrell-apple-morning-show-drama/), 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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/2018/03/26/apple-tv-movie-programming-launch-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 ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/2018/10/10/apple-tv-content-free-apple-device-owners/) through the Apple TV ^(https://www.appmarsh.com/roundup/apple-tv) app.

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