After dropping a teaser last week, on Monday, Apple TV+ finally released the first full trailer for its hotly anticipated series “The Morning Show,” starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, and well, you better make some room in your drama Emmy predictions next year.
Set at a morning news show, the series follows three journalists at different crossroads in their careers. Alex Levy (Aniston) opens a broadcast by announcing that her co-anchor, Mitch Kessler (Carell), has been fired due to sexual harassment allegations against him, but as a woman of a certain age, Alex is, as Billy Crudup‘s Cory Ellison puts it, past her “sell-by date.” Enter Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon), a reporter who doesn’t “fit the mold” and is brought in to revamp the show.
And that’s when the drama really begins. Bradley tells Alex she doesn’t want her job, which Alex dismisses as “bullsh–.” “Watching a beloved woman’s breakdown is timeless American entertainment,” Corey sneers. There’s a montage of everyone screaming, and it’s truly hard not to think of Michael Scott whenever Steve Carell screams (also, did they purposely choose “Goodbye Stranger” for the trailer? Because…).
The final moments feature Alex reading all the men a new one: “The part you guys never seem to realize is that you don’t have the power anymore. And frankly, I’ve let you bozos handle this long enough. We are doing this my way.”
So, yeah, not very subtle, but it all kinda works within the melodrama. And Aniston, Witherspoon and Carell look great. Maybe this is finally Carell’s ticket to an Emmy. Maybe Aniston can snatch that drama lead actress Emmy to go with her comedy one. But drama actress next year is a doozy, what with all the “Big Little Lies” gals, including Witherspoon, “The Crown’s” Olivia Colman and “The Handmaid’s Tale’s” Elisabeth Moss. And that’s just half of the eligible contenders.
“The Morning Show,” which also stars Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Desean K. Terry, Jack Davenport and Janina Gavankar, was one of the first series ordered by Apple TV+, which picked it up for two 10-episode seasons. It will premiere in the fall. A launch date for the service and the show have not been announced.