A first look at Apple’s upcoming comedy-drama series The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon has been released.
In a short clip, Friends actress Jennifer, 50, makes her return to TV as frustrated journalist Karen Kessler alongside Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon in the new comedy-drama – expected to debut exclusively on Apple TV+ this fall.
In a cryptic voiceover, the award-winning screen star states: ‘Good morning, I’m here to bring you some sad and upsetting news…’, as the camera pans across a newsroom.
Hotly-anticipated: A first look at Apple’s upcoming comedy-drama series The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon has been released
Hinting chaos in the workplace is present, Jennifer’s character Karen, her husband and co-host Mitch (Steve, 56), and Bradley Jackson (Reese, 43) can be heard speaking over each other.
News anchor Mitch pleads: ‘I am a journalist, I can feel when the world needs me… I feel people are screaming for an honest conversation’, before his wife Karen interjects: ‘Because guess what? America loves me.
Don’t you ever question my integrity in my own house again. I can guarantee you are underestimating me’, she frustratingly adds.
Their co-worker Bradley attempts to make her voice heard as she says: ‘I’m just here to deliver the news to America.
Exciting stint: In a short clip, Friends actress Jennifer, 50, makes her return to TV as frustrated journalist Karen Kessler alongside Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon (pictured in March)
More to follow: In a cryptic voiceover, the award-winning screen star states: ‘Good morning, I’m here to bring you some sad and upsetting news…’, as the camera pans across a newsroom
‘That’s all I ever wanted to do. I think they want to know the person behind the facade.
Mitch and Karen appear to tease tension between maintaining a healthy work-life balance as she argues: ‘You’re not listening! You are part of this family. I don’t need to justify anything. We are doing this my way.’
The clip ends with Bradley stating: ‘I think they want to trust the person who is telling them the truth about the world is an honest person’.
While the leading stars fail to make appearances in the teaser, the couple are pictured together in photo frames, which are positioned in their dressing rooms alongside their selection of news trophies.
What’s going on? While the leading stars fail to make appearances in the teaser, Jennifer’s character Karen and husband and co-host Mitch (Steve) are pictured together in a photo frame
The Morning Show follows the journalists’ struggle to stay relevant in the changing landscape of media.
The series marks the Horrible Bosses star’s return to TV following her portrayal as Dana in Ben Stiller’s Burning Love in 2012, and 15 years after famous TV sitcom Friends ended.
Arguably the actress’ biggest role, Jennifer portrayed the role of Central Perk waitress Rachel Green from 1994 till 2004.
The Office star Steve, 56, and Jennifer previously co-starred in Universal Pictures’ 2003 comedy Bruce Almighty.
The actor played TV reporter Evan Baxter, while Friends star Jennifer played Grace, the girlfriend of Jim Carrey’s titular character Bruce.
The line-up also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Néstor Carbonell, Mark Duplass, Bel Powley, Karen Pittman and Desean Terry.
Filming for the series wrapped up in May in New York City after seven months. Apple’s new project – which is one of the network’s first two original series along with Steven Spielburg’s Amazing Stories – has secured a straight-to-series, two-season order.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Morning Show is a comedy-drama that ‘offers an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.’
The series premieres in fall and has already been given the green light for a total of 20 episodes.
As well as serving as the leading characters in the show, Jennifer and Reese also produced the forthcoming Apple drama.
It will reportedly take inspiration from 2013 book Top Of The Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, written by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter.
The series is also expected to draw on the rivalry between NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America.
Apple’s latest series has been executive produced by Media Res founder Michael Ellenberg and House Of Cards’ political consultant Jay Carson.
At an Apple event in Cupertino earlier this year, Reese revealed the drama ‘is seen through the eyes of two ambitious, aspirational female characters’.
The screen star described the upcoming series as a ‘high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers and shine a light on the fault lines in our society at this very complicated cultural moment.’
Jennifer added: ‘Through the prism of those under-slept, over-adrenalized people in front of and behind the camera, we take an honest look at the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace.
‘We engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they’re behind closed doors.’
Apple’s new original video subscription service, will feature original shows, movies and documentaries, coming to the Apple TV app this fall.
Apple TV+ subscribers will enjoy authentic stories with emotional depth and compelling characters from all walks of life, ad-free and on demand.