It's time to rise, shine, and fight — at least, it is behind the scenes of this highly-anticipated Apple TV+ series. On Monday, August 12, the streaming service released the first Morning Show trailer starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, and while the clip is designed to be mysterious, it's clear that there will be plenty of infighting and behind the scenes drama on the set of this fictional morning show.
Opening with a long shot of an empty studio hallway — with a poster featuring The Morning Show anchors, played by Aniston and Steve Carrell — the clip guides viewers throughout the studio, as the show's trio of stars argue in voiceover. "Don't you ever question my integrity in my own house again," Aniston says at one point, later yelling above the overlapping dialogue to declare, "We are doing this my way!" Clearly, the news isn't the only thing that's breaking on this morning show.
Described as a "high-stakes drama that pulls back the curtain on early morning TV," in the official synopsis, the stars revealed at an Apple Event back in March that The Morning Show will be focused on Aniston and Witherspoon's characters, with the latter adding that the series will showcase the drama of morning news programs as "seen through the eyes of two ambitious, aspirational female characters."
"Through the prism of those under-slept, over-adrenalized people behind and in front of the camera, we take an honest look at 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’re behind closed doors," Aniston told reporters at the event.
However, as the Friends alumnus noted, "you can’t have an honest look at complex relationships between men and women with just women," — which is where Carrell's character, Mitch Kessler comes in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will make his return to TV playing "a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape," which implies that major TV events like Megyn Kelly's firing and the #MeToo movement will play some kind of role in The Morning Show.
Witherspoon seemed to echo that statement at the Apple Event, describing the 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." And based on the quotes in the trailer, it seems as if both Aniston's anchor and Witherspoon's new character will be navigating those fault lines by fighting for truth and their reputations against the powers that be.
In addition to giving fans a look at what goes on behind the scenes of a major national talk show, The Morning Show is also a reunion for Aniston and Witherspoon, who famously played Rachel Green's sister, Jill, on Friends. "I just keep pinching myself ... I just don't know what to say," Aniston gushed to Entertainment Tonight in December about working with Witherspoon again. "We started shooting about a month ago and it has been just so much fun. It is hard, it is dense, but it is so fulfilling."
While the first trailer for The Morning Show keeps its cards close to the chest, based on the few teases that the clip drops, it seems as if the show will be exactly as "dense" and "fulfilling" as Aniston has promised. Drama, morning news anchors and iconic actors returning to TV — what's not to be excited about?