‘The Morning Show’ is a drama series about a morning television talk show that’s shaken up when one of the hosts stands accused of sexual misconduct and is fired. Following this, the layers of illusions and power dynamics between men and women at the workplace are peeled back as we get an inside look at the cutthroat world of morning news through the lens of the people who help America wake up.
The show marks Jennifer Aniston’s return to the small screen following her breakout role in ‘Friends’ as Rachel. It opened up to fairly positive reviews from the viewers and critics alike and received a whopping eight nods at the Emmys 2020, and securing a Screen Actors Guild win for Aniston as the lead actress. For fans eagerly awaiting its sophomore installment, here’s everything we know about ‘The Morning Show’ season 2!
The Morning Show Season 2 Release Date
‘The Morning Show’ season 1 released on November 1, 2019, on Apple TV+, and wrapped up with its explosive tenth episode on December 20, 2019. A mere week after its premiere, the streamer confirmed that the show would return for a second season. Initially slated for a November 2020 release, the show’s schedule was derailed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The filming on season 2 started at the beginning of March 2020, and only two episodes of the new season had been shot before the world-wide production shutdown was enforced.
The good news is the show has reportedly resumed principal photography in mid-October 2020 under stringent health and safety measures. So if all goes well, we can expect ‘The Morning Show’ season 2 to premiere sometime in 2021.
— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) October 7, 2020
The Morning Show Season 2 Cast: Who is in it?
The pivotal cast members are expected to return for season 2 of ‘The Morning Show.’ This includes the co-hosting duo of Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as Alex Levy and Bradley Jackson, respectively. Other actors you can count on to grace the screen include Billy Crudup as Cory Ellison, Nestor Carbonell as Yanko Flores, Karen Pittman as Mia Jordan, Bel Powley as Claire Conway, Desean Terry as Daniel Henderson, and Mark Duplass as Chip Black. Apple has confirmed that Steve Carell is officially reprising his role as Mitch Kessler.
Following the unfortunate events of season 1, Gugu Mbatha-Raw will not be back as head booker Hannah Shoenfeld, unless the writers show her in flashbacks. As far as new additions go, Greta Lee and Ruairi O’Connor will also be part of season 2. Lee will play the role of Stella Bak, a young, go-getter leader of an online media company that caters to a millennial and Gen Z audience, while O’Connor will star as Ty Fitzgerald, a charming and savvy YouTube star.
The Morning Show Season 2 Plot: What can it be About?
Toward the end of season 1, co-hosts Alex and Bradley decide to band together to expose network boss Fred Mickland (Tom Irwin) and implicate Alex’s ex, Mitch, for their active roles in a toxic work environment. The final moments of season 1 see the duo, Alex and Bradley, dive into a spontaneous on-air speech, moments after the pair learn that producer Hannah, whom Mitch sexually assaulted, died of drug overuse. They both candidly reveal the complicit attitudes of their station and how the top brass of their company lied to the public.
Season 2 will likely begin with the fallout from the on-the-spot decision made by Alex and Bradley in the season 1 finale. The effect it would have on the world remains unknown as of yet. Reese Witherspoon discussed the possibilities that lie ahead going into season 2 at the TCA press tour that was held in January 2020 saying, “I feel like at the end of these ten episodes, there’s a whole new world order. It’s chaos.” She continued, “No one knows who is in charge and what leadership means at this point. I think that’s what we’re exploring in the culture right now as it goes topsy turvy, what is the new normal?”
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, ‘The Morning Show’ showrunner Kerry Ehrin opened up about the upcoming season. She teased that several changes will occur at the workplace in light of the disclosure of sexual misconduct cases. “So it’s really just examining the transition period more but with the same themes of: What is real? And people having this desire to have control over their own lives, which they perceive as being through power,” she added.
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