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The highly-anticipated first season of The Morning Show came to an end in the blink of an eye. Good news: If you've already binged all 10 episodes of the AppleTV+ drama, the show's second season is almost here. Keep reading to find out everything we know about The Morning Show season 2, including cast changes, storyline details and the highly-anticipated release date.
When will season 2 of The Morning Show be released?
The wait is almost over: The Morning Show will return for season 2 on September 17! Initial reports said that the show would return in November 2020, but that was before the show was forced to shut down production in March 2020 due to COVID-19. According to Deadline, the show eventually resumed production on October 19, pushing the release to September 2021.
What will The Morning Show season 2 be about?
The official trailer doesn't reveal too much about season 2, but it makes it pretty clear that Alex (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) are no longer morning television's dream team. In the trailer below, we see the fallout of their split, including a hint that Alex has been replaced by a new leading man (Hasan Minhaj).
Since The Morning Show's initial season 2 release date follows the 2020 election, it was fair to assume that the show might pull its storyline from the current political climate. But showrunner Kerry Ehrin assures Variety that she "doesn't write to the news." In fact, she has no interest in writing about what's going on in the White House. "My idea is that if you deal with politics, you deal with political themes. I call it 'current adjacent,' where you’re not historically aging yourself by dealing with a specific thing, but you can take the zeitgeist of what is happening in the world and do something with those themes."
But this won't stop Ehrin and her writing team from diving into the current coronavirus outbreak. The trailer doesn't call out COVID-19 by name, but the camera pans a light display spelling out "2020," leaving us to assume that the show takes place in the same year as the pandemic.
Aniston, who received an Emmy nomination for her work on the show, explained to Deadline how the show completely changed its focus once the pandemic started. "Kerry is back to the drawing board, and we are incorporating COVID in a way that is so exciting. I mean, I’m not calling COVID exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of where season 1 ended, because the covers were being pulled on the network. Alex has a breakdown/ breakthrough on live television, and for whatever reason, it’s like complete awareness, like she just popped into reality and was like, 'What the f--k?' ... So, we’re entering season 2 with, okay, this enormous seismic shift has just taken place, and we went to black, and we’re out. Now what?"
Director Mimi Leder sums it up best: "The writing will reflect the world we’re living in."
Ehrin hints that all characters — Alex, Bradley, Chip and Mitch, especially — are simply picking up the pieces in season 2: "It’s like a huge building fell on everybody and it’s about escaping from the wreckage."
Will the entire cast — Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, especially — return?
As of right now, the entire cast of The Morning Show is expected to return for a second season. including stars Aniston, Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup and Mark Duplass. Although some fans thought Mitch's last scene in the season 1 finale hinted that this might be the end of the road for him, Deadline confirmed that Carell signed on to return as a series regular in Season 2 just weeks before the show resumed production.
There are tons of big names joining the show:
Julianna Marguiles, who is known for her work on ER and The Good Wife, will play Laura Peterson, an anchor at UBA News, per Variety.
Hasan Minhaj joins as Eric,"a charismatic, rising star who joins The Morning Show," per Deadline.
Greta Lee will play "Stella Bak, an ambitious leader of an online media company that caters to a millennial and Gen Z audience," as announced by Deadline.
Ruairi O’Connor joins as "Ty Fitzgerald, a charismatic and savvy YouTube star," per Deadline.
How can I watch The Morning Show?
The show airs exclusively on AppleTV+, the streaming platform from Apple. If you're new to AppleTV+, you can try out a free seven-day trial of AppleTV+, which gives you plenty of time to binge all 10 episodes in The Morning Show's first season (along with the award-winning show, Ted Lasso). If you want to keep subscribing, you'll pay $4.99 a month to enjoy all that AppleTV+ has to offer before season 2 arrives.
Will the series ever be on Netflix?
Probably not. Because Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are its biggest competitors, it seems like the show will continue to be available exclusively on AppleTV+ ... but only time will tell.
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