Hasan Minhaj Joins Apple’s The Morning Show Season 2
Apple TV’s upcoming second season of its Emmy-nominated drama The Morning Show is expanding its all-star cast with the addition of Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show alum Hasan Minhaj for a recurring role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Minhaj, who recently saw his award-winning Patriot Act cancelled at Netflix after six seasons, is set to star as Eric, a charismatic rising star who joins the Morning Show team. In addition to Minhaj, sources report that Emmy nominee Steve Carell has closed a new deal to return as recently fired Mitch Kessler after having only signed a one-year deal for the first season.
The Morning Show, which has already received a two-season and 20-episode order and created by Michael Ellenberg (The Leftovers) with Kerry Ehrin serving as the series’ writer. It follows the lives of the people who wake up before dawn and deliver the morning talk shows on TV.
The series stars Carell (Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen), Jennifer Aniston (Murder Mystery), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Billy Crudup (Titanic), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight) and Mark Duplass (Big Mouth).
The first season earned three Golden Globe nominations including Best Television Series – Drama and Best Actress for both Witherspoon and Aniston. It also received seven Emmy nominations with Billy Crudup winning Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for his performance as Cory Ellison.
The series also marks Carell’s first foray back into the small screen after seven seasons starring on The Office. It also marks Aniston’s return to television for the first time in 15 years since starring in one of the main roles on the hit NBC sitcom Friends, with the actress also choosing to focus on film roles. While she’s had bit-parts on TV in years past, (including Friends), Witherspoon made her debut in a starring TV role in last year’s Big Little Lies, which she also executive produced.
The Morning Show Season 1 is now available on Apple TV Plus.
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