AppleTV+ Announces Big News for Fans of 'The Morning Show'!
The newsroom drama The Morning Show, starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, will be returning this Fall for a third season—but with a few changes, including a new showrunner and added cast.
The Morning Show is a workplace drama about the lives of Alex Levy (Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon) who have been navigating the aftermath of sexual misconduct allegations against Alex’s former co-anchor Mitch (Steve Carell) at the morning news show where they are employed.
“If #MeToo was the center of Season 1 and Season 2 has so many issues but really tackles the impending pandemic, I would love to see how the world realigns post-quarantine,” Witherspoon told The Hollywood Reporter in 2021 about her thoughts on Season 3. "Even though that seems optimistic to say at this point, with people still dealing with the complexity of COVID and really what it’s doing to different industries. But just, how the whole world has culturally shifted in so many ways; the way we communicate and work, the way we talk to each other—there’s definitely a lot to talk about and tackle.”
As we get closer to the Fall premiere date, we're learning more about the changes coming for Season 3, including the addition of Mad Men star Jon Hamm, Nicole Beharie, Tig Notaro, and the return of Julianna Margulies in her role as Laura Peterson, an anchor at UBA News and Bradley Jackson's love interest.
Apple TV revealed the casting the news in a release saying Hamm will appear as Paul Marks, a corporate titan who sets his sights on UBA.
And Aniston shared the following with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show in March 2023 about Season 3: "Everybody has a secret. We’re revealing a lot of secrets. There’s definitely romance. Mr. Jon Hamm is a big one. We were excited to get him. Isn’t he the nicest guy? He’s this very handsome leading man and then he’s got this funny."
And Reese Witherspoon has shared four behind-the-scene photos of her from the set of The Morning Show Season 3, writing: "Office hours @morningshow ✨Sneak peek of Season 3."
Earlier, Reese had posted the following with the caption, "We are backkkkkkkk! 🎬 ✨ @TheMorningShow Season 3!"
Keep reading to find out everything we know so far about The Morning Show Season 3.
When is The Morning Show Season 3 release date?
No premiere date has yet been announced, but The Morning Show will return in Fall 2023, according to Deadline.
When is The Morning Show Season 3 filmed?
The series began production in August 2022 and wrapped on Feb. 11 per Jennifer Aniston and Mark Duplass' Instagrams, but producers still need time for post-production edits so we've got a bit of waiting before the new season arrives.
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Is The Morning Show ending after Season 3?
Nope! AppleTV+ renewed the series for Season 4 in late April 2023. According to Deadline, Aniston and Witherspoon's contracts expired at the end of Season 3, but both actresses are in talks and expected to sign new deals, which may include an option for Season 5.
Is The Morning Show coming back for Season 4?
Yes! Although scheduling Season 4 may be a challenge, AppleTV+ has renewed the series for Season 4—before Season 3 has even aired. Witherspoon is lining up other projects, including All Stars, a Ted Lasso-esque cheerleading series for Amazon's Prime Video and reprising her Election character, Tracy Flick, in a Paramount+ sequel.
What will The Morning Show Season 3 be about?
We don't know too much about the themes for The Morning Show Season 3, but Jennifer Aniston recently shared her thoughts on Alex's personal life: "I think it’s time to see Alex find some love and some passion,” Aniston told Variety. “She could put the controls down and go into the vulnerability of opening up her heart, which I don’t think she’s ever really quite done.”
She also noted that she'd like to get to know Alex more outside the office. In addition to her love life, she said she'd like to see her hanging with friends, having a girls night, shopping in the supermarket or generally getting "out of her ivory tower a little bit." We can definitely get behind that!
While Aniston clearly has ideas about her character's development, she remained mum on the overarching theme for Season 3.
“I can’t say much. It’s a great opportunity to be able to shine a light on areas that are very frustrating and a fear of where we’re going as a society,” she the mag. “We try to shed some sort of light on it, and comment on it a little bit. It’s a deep well at this point.”
While Kerry Ehrin will be a consultant on Season 3, rather than the showrunner, she did tease what might happen on Season 3 before turning over the reins.
She told The Hollywood Reporter that there might be a time jump between Seasons 2 and 3, rather than picking up where they ended.
"You could [jump into the future],” she said, not interested in exploring the COVID-19 pandemic, which is where Season 2 ended. “I think it’s going to have been done, done, done. You could go backwards. It's such an interesting little universe. You really can put it anywhere in time, and I think the challenge of the show is coming up with that big subject.”
Ehrin also told Deadline, "I definitely want to see more of Bradley and Laura. I feel like Alex has come to a place for the first time since the pilot of accepting who she is and facing her worst fears, and I want to see how the phoenix rises from the ashes for her and learning how to have a full life and be present and loving."
Also, Ehrin says we might also see more of Paola Lambruschini (Valerina Golino). Paola was the woman who interviewed Mitch before his death and brought the footage to America.
Who will be in The Morning Show Season 3 cast?
As details on The Morning Show cast are slim, here are our best guesses:
Reese Witherspoon as Bradley Jackson
Jennifer Aniston as Alex Levy
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Billy Crudup as UBA CEO Cory Ellison
Mark Duplass as The Morning Show producer Chip Black
Nestor Carbonell as The Morning Show weatherman Yanko Flores
“I hope I get in a world of trouble, selfishly, because I always have fun being in the middle of a storm,” the actor told TV Insider.
Julianna Margulies as newswoman Laura Peterson
Karen Pittman as The Morning Show producer Mia Jordan
Desean Terry as newsman Daniel Henderson
Janina Gavankar as newswoman Alison Namazi
Greta Lee as UBA president Stella Bak
Holland Taylor as UBA chairman Cybil Richards
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What we know about Jon Hamm's new character on The Morning Show
Jon Hamm will appear as Paul Marks, a corporate titan who sets his sights on UBA. His influence will have major effects on Cory, Alex and Bradley in Season 3.
In an interview with Deadline, Witherspoon shared more details about Hamm's character, saying, "It’s such a good part. You’re just going to get the full Hamm. Wait, that didn’t sound right... He is a very complex character. He’s a media mogul and he gives Billy Crudup a run for his money, which I think is the most fun part, too, because Billy could eat a scene like I’ve never seen somebody eat a scene, and Hamm gets to come in and give him a great foil. It’s Alien vs. Predator," she jokes.
The news comes on the heels of The Morning Show landing multiple Emmy Award nominations and two wins (lead actress and supporting actor) in 2022, as well as Apple TV+ landing an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Commercial for its “Everyone but Jon Hamm” spot.
Good morning to #TheMorningShow Season 3, the cast, and its new show runner, #CharlotteStoudt. 🎉https://t.co/N11JRyF6fF pic.twitter.com/0hAdEv0dDq
— The Morning Show (@TheMorningShow) January 11, 2022
What we know about Nicole Beharie's new character on The Morning Show
Nicole Beharie will star as Christina Hunter, a grounded, competitive and charismatic Millennial who is a new anchor on The Morning Show. Christina works hard, plays hard and navigates the Teacup with good-humored irreverence.
What we know about Tig Notaro's new character on The Morning Show
According to Deadline, Tig Notaro will play Amanda Robinson, the chief of staff to corporate titan Paul Marks (Hamm).
Who is the new showrunner of The Morning Show?
Charlotte Stoudt, who has previously written for Fosse/Verdon and Homeland, will serve as showrunner for Season 3. She will take over from Kerry Ehrin, who developed the show and will serve as a consultant on the new season, as well as continue developing new series for Apple TV under a previously announced overall deal.
“I’m excited to be joining forces with Apple TV and The Morning Show,” said Stoudt.
"One of the fun things about The Morning Show is the humor," Stoudt told The Hollywood Reporter. "You can write slightly looser scenes, and it can be a little bit of a West Wing-Mad Men chatty vibe. Thrillers tend to be rather narrow. The beauty and the limitation to them is they’re very narrow. You can have a little gallows humor along the way, but you’ve kind of got to keep turning that screw. I try to pick things where I’m like, 'Can I do that? I’m not sure. So let me try.' I think all writers do that."
Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV, added, “It has been thrilling to watch The Morning Show go from strength to strength over the past two seasons, exploring topical storylines that have resonated with audiences around the world while also being incredibly addictive and entertaining. We’re excited to see where Charlotte takes these extraordinary characters in Season 3 and to watch the magic that Jennifer, Reese and our awe-inspiring cast continue to bring to the captivating world of morning television.”
What happened in Season 2 of The Morning Show?
Season 2 of The Morning Show was quite a rollercoaster ride for Alex. She revealed her part in the #MeToo situation at the show; as a result, she, along with Bradley, tried to shake things up at The Morning Show; she got her divorce; she was worried that she would be “canceled” when Maggie Brener’s book came out; and she completely fell apart when she learned of Mitch’s (Steve Carell) death; and then she contracted COVID-19.
“It was relentless! Honestly, I did think at one point the writers were trying to kill me!” Aniston told The Hollywood Reporter. “I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. You guys! Literally crawling to the finish line here.'”
Bradley also had her share of ups and downs with her relationship with girlfriend Laura Peterson. First not wanting to come out, and then having to deal with Cory Ellison declaring his love for her. Laura headed to Montana to quarantine, so when Bradley’s brother came to town and had a mental breakdown and disappeared, Cory was there for her.
“I’m really interested in their love triangle between Laura and Cory, the complexity of the chemistry she has with Cory,” Witherspoon told The Hollywood Reporter. “But, again, it’s a person she works with, so I’m really curious how it all plays out.”
Season 2 of the series also tackled the COVID-19 pandemic, ending in March 2020 just before the first shutdowns in New York City. In fact, Season 2 ended like Season 1 with The Morning Show going black after a broadcast in which Alex’s final words were: “Stay safe and stay sane.”
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Are Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon friends in real life?
You bet! The two formed a close bond on the set of Friends, where Aniston played Rachel Green and Witherspoon portrayed Rachel's younger sister Jill in Season 6. To celebrate Witherspoon's birthday in March 2022, Aniston took to Instagram to share a throwback pic of the two in character on the set of Friends.
How many episodes will there be in The Morning Show Season 3?
It hasn't been announced yet, but there will probably be 10, like Seasons 1 and 2.
Where can I watch and stream The Morning Show Season 3?
Season 3 of The Morning Show will be exclusively available to stream on Apple TV+. The first two seasons are also available to stream there now.
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