Everything to know about 'The Morning Show' on Apple TV+

Actors Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston speak during an event launching Apple tv+ at Apple headquarters on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)        (Photo credit should read NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Actors Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston speak during an event launching Apple tv+ at Apple headquarters on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California. (Photo: NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Jennifer Aniston is ready to make some new friends in her return to television.

When Apple TV+ launches on Nov. 1, the streaming service will feature nine original series.

The crown jewel of Apple TV+’s debut is The Morning Show, a drama starring Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. With those big names, the series is already generating a ton of buzz.

Here’s what you need to know about The Morning Show on Apple TV+:

When does The Morning Show premiere?

On Nov. 1, the day that the Apple TV+ streaming service launches.

The subscription costs $4.99 a month, though customers who purchase a new Apple device can get a free year.

What’s The Morning Show about?

Apple’s official synopsis says, “What happens when the people you trust to tell the truth prove themselves to be dishonest? The Morning Show follows the free fall of an early morning newscast in the wake of a scandal, and its struggle to survive in an era when news arrives in the palm of your hand.”

The drama takes place on a morning show much like NBC’s Today. Carell is a Matt Lauer-type anchor named Mitch Kessler (Carell insists The Morning Show is not a direct take on Lauer), who is fired over sexual misconduct allegations. Aniston is his longtime co-host, Alex Levy.

Meanwhile, Witherspoon is a West Virginia reporter named Bradley Jackson who is known for her hair-trigger temper. When Bradley ends up starring in a viral video, she is invited to the set of The Morning Show to be interviewed by Aniston’s Levy.

Who is in it?

Besides the A-list trio of stars, Mark Duplass plays executive producer Chip Black and Billy Crudup is Cory Ellison, the president of the network’s news division.

Bel Powley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw also appear as a production assistant and head talent booker, respectively.

What else is there to know?

Aniston and Witherspoon are reuniting on screen for the first time since the latter guest starred as Rachel’s sister on Friends in 2000.

Both did a lot of research ahead of playing their characters. “I was at Good Morning America at 5 a.m. to do some shadow work,” Aniston told Entertainment Weekly. “What a crazy world! From 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. it’s like a ghost town, and then slowly all the lights start turning on and all the sounds start getting louder and louder and louder, and then all of a sudden it’s this mad, insane, well-oiled machine and everyone’s somehow calm.”

Witherspoon added, “I was astounded by how honest a lot of female anchors were with myself and Jen. I think most people would find it shocking that women in that position, of what we perceive as power, are looked at as expendable. One thing that I thought was really demoralizing was how much they’re analyzed: Their wardrobe, their faces, their smile, their laugh are all tested, and they are put on notice if they are not appealing to an audience.”

Is there a trailer?

Yes, watch it here:

Here’s everything else you need to know about Apple TV+:

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