5 things to know about Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon's The Morning Show
If you thought Game of Thrones was the biggest show of the year, we’ve got news for you. The most anticipated small screen outing is yet to be released and is set to mark the TV comeback of two of the most prolific actors who have basically defined modern pop culture. We’re talking about Jennifer Aniston and Academy Award nominee Steve Carell, who will star alongside none other than Reese Witherspoon in the Apple TV drama ‘The Morning Show.’
As the name suggests the show will be a fictional take on the very relevant talk show circuit in New York, which has seen a huge boost in popularity after the 2016 Presidential Elections. Witherspoon has revealed that the show has the potential to be a very important cultural milestone, as it navigates through gender dynamics in the work spaces. The first teaser for the show dropped a week back, and has already crossed 2.3 million views on YouTube, while the full-length trailer was released today. Here’s all you need to know about the drama before it releases this winter:
This is Aniston’s first small screen outing after 'Friends', and if you haven’t been living under a rock, you know how big of a deal that is. Aniston plays an acclaimed talk show host named Alex Kessler, who has to come to terms with the departure of her on-screen and off-screen partner Mitch Kessler (Carell) from the show which was co-hosted by them both. “Through the prism of those underslept people behind and in front of the camera we take an honest look between the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace and we engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they are behind closed doors,” Jennifer revealed during the unveiling of the show’s title.
The talking point
American talk shows have emerged as some of the most popular and engaging sources of information in the last couple of years, and 'The Morning Show' will attempt to explore the thriving scene by focusing on behind-the-scenes action and unraveling exactly how your favourite shows are curated on a daily basis. The show is interestingly being pegged as a comedy-drama, so we know Aniston and Carell’s comic potential won’t go completely untapped. “In The Morning Show, we pull back the curtain between the power dynamic between men and women in the high-stakes world of morning news shows. It’s a real insider’s view into the lives of people who help America wake up every day,” Witherspoon informed the crowd at the unveiling.
The Kesslers have been dominating morning television for years now, until one day Mitch is fired amid a sexual misconduct scandal. Alex, who's well in her '40s has to survive in an ageist and cut-throat world of broadcasting. Enter: Bradley (Reese), a younger, aspiring journalist who threatens Alex's relevancy as the mainstay of the show. Both Reese and Jennifer have said that the show has a huge focus on how women handle professional tensions at the workplace.
'The Morning Show' is also Steve Carell’s first recurring role on the small screen after his iconic 9-season stint in the famous comedy 'The Office', which is till date, considered to be his breakout role. Carell, who has explored a range of roles over the years, plays a disgraced talk show host, who’s thwarted from his position at a leading TV show, and has to see his career take a wrong turn, without the possibility of a comeback. In the trailer, Carell depicts an extraordinary sense of anguish, as he breaks a TV when Alex announces the news of his departure.
Reese and Jen - a throwback
You may not remember this, but Jennifer and Reese appeared together on 'Friends', where Reese had a one-episode stint as Rachel’s (Jennifer) younger sister Jill. Reese, who has raked in quite a lot of screen cred in female ensemble dramas like 'Big Little Lies', plays a spunky journalist in 'The Morning Show', who replaces Mitch to join Alex as the co-host of the show, and eventually overshadows her in popularity.
The Morning Show also stars Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass and will be out on Apple TV sometime this winter.