Friends star David Schwimmer has signed on for a starring role in Morning Has Broken, Channel 4’s new six episode comedy series from Hunderby creator Julia Davis and Drifters star Nick Mohammed .
Morning Has Broken follows Gail Sinclair, the ‘Queen of Daytime’ and star of Good Morning. After eight glorious years of high ratings and winning awards, things begin to go wrong for Sinclair when the programme begins to lose viewers and tensions break out within the production team.
Schwimmer, who is coming off of a starring role in FX’s eagerly anticipated American Crime Story: The People Vs. O.J. Simpson, will play an American producer brought in to try and save the floundering show. “I’ve been a massive fan of Julia’s for years, and I’m thrilled to be able to finally work with her and Nick on this fantastic comedy”, Schwimmer said in a statement.
He is the latest Friends actor to book a major role on a British comedy production. Last year, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing on the iconic NBC sitcom, fronted a one-off comedy drama for Sky Arts. That project, titled The Dog Thrower, starrer Perry as a “charismatic man” who changes a man’s life when he is seen throwing his dog in the air, enchanting a crowd.
David Schwimmer joins previously announced Morning Has Broked cast members Julia Davis, who is playing Gail Sinclair, and Nick Mohammed, who plays one of Gail’s fellow breakfast anchors. Series star and co-creator Julia Davis said she is “looking forward to experimenting with friends whose work I love.”
Originally picked up ahead of last year’s upfront, Morning Has Broken was commissioned by Channel 4’s Head of Comedy Phil Clarke and Commissioning Editor Rachel Springett and is being produced by Brown Eyed Boy in association with Sony Pictures Television. Gary Reich is set as the series producer, while Dan Clark is attached to direct.
“Julia is undoubtedly one of our most talented comedic writers and actresses and it’s a testament to the quality of her writing that she can attract such a big star”, said Rachel Springett, Channel 4’s Commissioning Editor for Comedy. “We are thrilled to have David Schwimmer star alongside Julia in this exciting new series for the channel.”