How to Get Cast on ‘The Morning Show’

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Much like your favorite morning program, Apple TV+’s flagship scripted series “The Morning Show” has become a small-screen staple. The award-winning newsroom drama not only features a star-studded cast—including Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon—but it also covers pop-culture touchstones. Apple won the show during a bidding war in 2017 and ordered it straight to series. The first season of its initial two-season order debuted alongside the streaming service itself in 2019. 

With the hit series preparing to return for a third season, we’ve put together this go-to resource for those interested in joining the all-star cast. From audition advice from the series’ casting director to updates on calls, here’s everything you need to know about “The Morning Show.”


What is “The Morning Show” about?

The series tackles hot-button issues through its unique blend of comedy and drama. Season 1 was inspired by the #MeToo Movement, culminating in co-anchors Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) exposing the sexual misconduct of their colleague Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) live on air. Season 2 focused on an array of prescient subjects—chief among them, a world on the cusp of the coronavirus outbreak. With elements of racial and sexual reckoning in the mix, “The Morning Show” mirrors our chaotic reality.

Who is in the cast of “The Morning Show”?

“The Morning Show” ensemble features some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including:

  • Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy
  • Reese Witherspoon as Bradley Jackson
  • Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison
  • Mark Duplass as Chip Black
  • Nestor Carbonell as Yanko Flores
  • Karen Pittman as Mia Jordan
  • Desean Terry as Daniel Henderson
  • Victoria Tate as Rena Robinson
  • Shari Belafonte as Julia
  • Steve Carell as Mitch Kessler
  • Joe Marinelli as Donny Spagnoli
  • Eli Bildner as Joel Rapkin
  • Janina Gavankar as Alison Namazi
  • Tom Irwin as Fred Micklen
  • Hannah Leder as Isabella
  • Amber Friendly as Layla Bell
  • Joe Pacheco as Bart Daley
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Hannah Shoenfeld
  • Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson

When does filming for “The Morning Show” Season 3 start?

Production hasn’t announced a start date yet, but the Apple TV+ drama will be returning. In January, the Hollywood Reporter announced that the streamer has been renewed for another season. 

It seems likely that Season 3 won’t be the show’s last. Developer Kerry Ehrin told THR that “The Morning Show” has endless potential to continue taking on society’s hottest topics. "You could [jump into the future]. You could go backwards,” Ehrin said. “It’s such an interesting little universe. You really can put it anywhere in time, and I think the challenge of the show is coming up with that big subject.”

Where can you find “The Morning Show” casting calls and auditions?

Currently, there are no open casting calls for the upcoming season of “The Morning Show.” However, this will likely change when filming for Season 3 picks up. To stay up to date on future opportunities, bookmark our casting section, or sift through these Apple TV+ casting calls.

You can also check out these nationwide and network casting calls looking for talent now. And if you’re hoping to join a similar project now, these gigs may be of interest. 

Who is the casting director for “The Morning Show”?

With nearly four decades of experience in Hollywood, CD Victoria Thomas has cast some of the biggest TV shows and movies, such as “Insecure,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” and “Straight Outta Compton.” She’s also responsible for casting the late Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in his breakout role in “42.”

Thomas knows what it’s like to work with the industry’s heavy hitters—but she doesn’t want that to intimidate anyone. She recommends that, if given the opportunity, actors should dip their toe into the casting field to get an idea of what goes into the decision-making process. 

“When actors work in a casting office, they learn a lot and are surprised by being on the other side. They have a better sense of how to come into a room, or that when you’re coming into the room, we want you to be good; we’re not against you,” Thomas said. “They also have a better sense of why somebody gets picked over someone else, and that it doesn’t have to do with a bad audition. Actors are [often] surprised at what they learn from casting.”

How does the casting process work for “The Morning Show”?

Thomas looks for actors who can balance the show’s specific tone. She told Gold Derby’s Meet the BTL Experts panel that “because a lot of people are acting opposite Reese and Jen, who are funny as well as dramatic themselves, you have to cast actors that have the facility for both those things.” 

As executive producers, Witherspoon and Aniston have a hand in who makes it to viewers’ screens. “It’s good to work with people who know talent and who have high standards,” Thomas said. She added that she must always be conscious of casting people who can “hold their own” opposite such powerhouse stars. 

Thomas had a clear vision of who she wanted to cast right from the start. Karen Pittman, who plays Mia Jordan, can attest. “I was one of those actors who made self-tapes. I’d send out thousands and thousands of self-tapes. This was one self-tape that ended up coming back,” she told Backstage. “My callback [for ‘The Morning Show’] was with [director and executive producer] Mimi Leder, [showrunner] Kerry Ehrin, [and executive producer] Michael Ellenberg, and it was a Skype callback. I’d never done that before. 

“I was cast on this TV show without ever having sat in a room with the people who were creating and producing the show—but they knew my work,” she continued. “Michael knew me from ‘Disgraced’ [on Broadway]. He knows [playwright] Ayad Akhtar quite well. I certainly knew Mimi Leder from ‘The Leftovers,’ and I was very familiar with Kerry Ehrin from ‘Bates Motel.’ I felt super lucky and tried to bring my A-game on Skype, and that’s how I got cast in the part.”

What are the best industry tips from the cast of the “The Morning Show”?

The cast of “The Morning Show” has a few tips for building your acting career:

  • Establish a support system that nurtures your aspirations. While Aniston acknowledges that competition can be fierce, she found a group of girlfriends who, by talking freely and openly, helped her navigate the mental health toll Hollywood can take on those just starting out. “I fell into those girls who are still sitting around [my dining room] table today. They were on a different path. I’d never had a circle of women who got together and talked forever,” Aniston told Interview. “I was like, ‘God, these California people don’t shut up. They talk about their feelings and cry in front of each other.’

    “But I really think it was something that saved me,” she continued. “This is a really tough business that we’re in that is not always kind or inclusive or supportive. A lot of the time, it’s the opposite. I remember going to auditions, and girls would never want to share anything. Or they would talk to you during your auditions to distract you when they knew you were trying to work on your stuff.” 
  • Observe those you know and love to aid your character development. Witherspoon has been acting since she was a child, but without formal training, the “Legally Blonde” star claims she “taped [her process] together with duct tape.” On In the Envelope: The Actor’s Podcast, she said it’s hard for her to describe how she prepares because it’s “deeply personal.” But Witherspoon did note that she draws inspiration from what she’s observed, which can come in handy during the audition phase.

    “It’s a deep, deep understanding of where the character comes from, what their upbringing was, who loved them, who didn’t love them. How do they walk through the world? Do they diminish themselves? Do they take up space? And so much of it comes from knowing people and watching people,” she told Backstage. “Every actor you know is probably watching you, and you don’t even know it. So many of my performances have been based on my friends, and I’ve never told them. You pick pieces of human behavior that really work for each character.”
  • Take any chance you can to learn and grow within the industry: As someone who began their acting journey on the stage, Pittman knows a thing or two about transitioning to television. She notes that it’s critical to embrace the opportunities that come your way—big or small—as they all provide a lesson in what it takes to succeed. So when it comes to auditioning, there’s no harm in pursuing parts that may not exactly seem glamorous.

    “As far as breaking into TV is concerned, I would say: Say yes to every single opportunity,” Pittman told us. “It doesn’t matter if it’s not the biggest guest star [role] or the biggest recurring role. Take all the opportunities you can to figure out what it feels like to have the experience of being on set, because that really is part of the technique of working in television: being able to focus and concentrate with a bunch of things going on around you.”