Though there are a few bright lights premiering in August (hello Season 2 of Succession) for the most part this is truly the doldrums when it comes to quality television (I mean if you don’t count the hundreds of shows premiering on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime each week.) But it is a good month for getting excited for things to come as fall is right around the corner which means the kids go back to school and adults get good TV. And boy are we in store for some good workplace drama as the highly anticipated trailer for The Morning Show just dropped.
Starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell (ever heard of them?), this will be the show everyone will gather around the office kitchen to discuss (and think of all the memes!) One of the first new shows to come from Apple TV, the limited series, clearly ripped from the headlines, takes place at a morning show where Carell’s character has just been ousted after sexual harassment allegations and his co-anchor Alex Levy, played by Aniston, now has to carry the load.
Though because she isn’t 25-years-old she is considered a dinosaur and therefore a problem. “Her sell-by date expired years ago,” Billy Crudup’s character, Cory Ellison, says. Clearly, Aniston starts to unravel under the pressure as she traipses around the set in a bathrobe at one point (which is how movies and TV like to package mental breakdowns in a cute, funny way) and so Witherspoon’s younger, fresher model is brought in to mix it up.“You stole my life. You left me in the woods with a pack of wolves,” she tells Carell’s Mitch at one point in the trailer.
With a supporting cast that includes Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley and Janina Gavankar this show has a good chance of being a hit (or if it goes the way of Newsroom, a hate-watch hit.) Plus, both Witherspoon and Aniston will be serving as producers which means it may have a shot at some award-season love since Big Little Lies won about 500 Emmys.