Nestor Carbonell may not know what’s coming up in The Morning Show Season 3, but he does know what he wants for his character and the trajectory of the show after what we’ve seen so far.
“I hope I get in a world of trouble, selfishly, because I always have fun being in the middle of a storm,” the actor, who plays weatherman Yanko Flores, told TV Insider recently while discussing his second turn in the director’s chair for New Amsterdam.
In general, he hopes to see more of the show tackling topical issues, as it has in the past. “Kerry Ehrin in the first two seasons did such a phenomenal job of exploring the gray areas of controversial issues and not necessarily commenting on them or excusing them, but certainly giving them a voice so that the audience can sort of make up their own mind,” he said of the former showrunner, who will continue to work on the Apple TV+ drama as a consultant, while Charlotte Stoudt takes over.
Carbonell acknowledged that he doesn’t know what’s coming up thematically, but reminded us, “Kerry in that second season had to rewrite the entire season after the pandemic hit because she couldn’t ignore obviously what was going on in the world and given that the show is so topical. Charlotte is our new showrunner this year. I hope she continues — and I’m sure she will — in that vein, exploring very topical issues.”
Could he step behind the camera for The Morning Show or for New Amsterdam again? “Nothing would make me happier than to direct on both shows,” Carbonell, who has also directed episodes of The Good Doctor, Rise, and Bates Motel, said.
“It’s been such a joy to direct on New Amsterdam. The cast is so, so talented, but also so kind, as is the crew, phenomenal crew, and the writers. It is a dream job to work on, and it was a dream job the first time I got to do it and certainly the second, and I hope there is a third time for me because it’s just such a beautiful experience to work on with such a collaborative and such a genial and kind group,” he continued. “And I feel the same way about The Morning Show. I hope I get that opportunity, but yeah, certainly grateful for having the opportunities on New Amsterdam so far.”
“Nestor Carbonell (The Morning Show, Lost) stops by New Amsterdam for the second time in Season 4 to direct, but this time, it’s a very different type of medical drama episode.
In “All Night Long,” the team goes out for a night of karaoke and drinking … and then must face the consequences. While it is a departure, we do see them at work, like Dr. Iggy Frome (Tyler Labine) helping a patient confront a past trauma, and dealing with personal problems, like Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) and Dr. Lyn Malvo (Frances Turner) discussing their future.
Carbonell takes us inside directing the hour.
You directed an episode earlier in the season, but that one was a bit more straightforward. This one is a bit of a departure from the typical medical drama episode. Preview what we’ll see from the doctors.
Nestor Carbonell: You’re absolutely right. It definitely was a departure from the norm. Like you mentioned, I’d shot one episode, “Seed Money,” in the summer, and there were some fun exteriors there that were sort of atypical as well of the show, but nothing to the extent of what we did on this episode. It was so much fun to get to sort of explore all of the characters — our main characters and also some of our supporting casts, like Gladys [Megan Byrne] — in a way that we hadn’t seen them before and in an environment we hadn’t seen them before, doing things like karaoke that we had never seen them do and really letting loose and then dealing with the repercussions of that the next day. So that was really fun sort of to get out of the hospital in such a big way and to do so many great locations in and around New York, some in Brooklyn, a lot of them in Midtown Manhattan.”
Carbonell told us that, personally, he had no knowledge “whatsoever” that the term Yanko uses could be offensive, saying he thinks The Morning Show’s writers are “trying to come up with something as innocent as possible to drive the point home.”
That point, Carbonell says, is that “cancel culture has run amok,” saying “You can insult one person and it can mean that they would start a campaign to not just criticize you, but to destroy you.”
While Carbonell acknowledges that there’s “absolutely a validity in criticizing someone for something they might say that might be offensive,” he thinks “this notion of dragging [someone] through the mud, through a campaign of destruction is another thing altogether.”
No surprise that Nestor is #TeamYanko during his Season 2 cancel culture storyline!
“He also talks about what fans would be surprised to learn about the making of the series.
With The Morning Show now streaming new episodes on Apple TV+, I recently spoke with Nestor Carbonell about what fans can look forward to on Season 2 of the Emmy-winning drama series. During the interview, he talked about the many things Season 2 deals with, how his character (Yanko Flores) is the subject of cancel culture, if he views Billy Crudup’s character (Cory Ellison) as a good or bad person, or does it depend on the day of the week, what fans would be surprised to learn about the making of the series, and more.”
The Morning Show star Néstor Carbonell teases his weatherman character Yanko Flores spiraling into his dark side in Season 2.
As Apple TV+ continues to explore the dark side of television news media in Season 2 of its acclaimed drama series The Morning Show, things are poised to get even rockier for UBA news’s weatherman, Yanko Flores. Portrayed by Néstor Carbonell (The Dark Knight), Yanko has gone through the emotional wringer — from a recent breakup to a professional incident that will send him into a spiral while UBA faces both internal and external pressures.
In an exclusive interview with CBR, Carbonell discussed the joys of delving into his character’s emotional struggle, reflected on his character’s darkly tinged monologue closing out Season 1, and teased what viewers can expect for his character in The Morning Show Season 2.
When we last saw Yanko at the end of Season 1, even apart from the catastrophic events at UBA, he was at a personal crossroads going through a big breakup and facing an existential crisis. How was it picking that back up going into Season 2?
Néstor Carbonell: It was six months in the timeline between Season 1 and Season 2 when we find everybody and we still find Yanko a mess. He still hasn’t recovered from Claire breaking up with him and he’s sort of in a puddle of sadness only for things to get worse for him when he unwittingly says something that offends someone in one of his weather broadcasts. And now he’s embroiled in potentially being canceled from his work. Things only get worse for Yanko in the best possible way for me as an actor. [laughs] His misery is my joy because, as an actor, that’s all you wish for, conflict and high stakes.
‘The Morning Show’ star Nestor Carbonell spoke with HL EXCLUSIVELY revealed Yanko and Claire’s relationship will be ‘addressed’ in a way he ‘didn’t see coming’ in season 2.
When The Morning Show returns for season 2 on September 17, UBA weatherman Yanko Flores still hasn’t moved on from his breakup with Claire. HollywoodLife got EXCLUSIVE scoop from Nestor Carbonell about Yanko and Claire’s relationship in season 2 and whether or not these two will end up back together.
“In the first episode, we see Yanko still heartbroken,” Nestor told HollywoodLife during The Morning Show’s season 2 press junket. “It’s been six months, but it hasn’t been enough time. He deeply fell in love with this girl, and I don’t want to spoil it for the rest… for those who haven’t seen the season, but it will be addressed. That relationship is addressed, and it’s addressed in a way that I didn’t see coming.”
Nestor added that Yanko and Claire’s relationship continues to evolve in season 2 as the writers “bring up other issues between them that have nothing to do with the power dynamics of work or the age gap, for that matter. And I love that and I love that those issues come into play.”
In Nestor’s point of view, Yanko still has so much hope about being with Claire, going out on that romantic date, and making all the dad jokes. “Oh, Yanko is never going to stop seeing a future with Claire,” Nestor told HollywoodLife. “He’s always going to love her and whether or not they’ll have that relationship, we’ll see. Time will tell. But no, he’s got tremendous love for her. They were very compatible in many ways, even with that enormous… I’m sorry, slight age difference.”
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