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 already in the works. While many storyline and air date details are still TBD, here's everything we know about the upcoming season.
When will season 2 of The Morning Show be released?
Just one week after its debut, Apple confirmed that The Morning Show will come back for another season. While an exact date isn't set yet, initial reports said that the show would return in November 2020. "We’re writing the show now; we’ll film it this summer; and we’ll be on next November," showrunner Kerry Ehrin told Variety. However, The Morning Show shut down production after filming two episodes in mid-March as COVID-19 cases were ramping up, ultimately delaying the show's release. According to Deadline, the show is set to resume production on October 19, which means that an early 2021 release date is possible as long as everything goes to plan.
What will The Morning Show season 2 be about?
Since The Morning Show's projected release date aligns with the 2020 election, it's fair to assume that the second season might draw its storyline from the current political climate. But 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. Jennifer Aniston, who recently 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."
Other than that, it's assumed that the new season will pick up right where the first season left off. It's "a lot about transition," according to Ehrin, which means we'll see Alex Levy (played by Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (played by Reese Witherspoon) continue to anchor The Morning Show even though the last episode saw them speaking out against the network's president on air. Mitch Kessler (played by Steve Carell), the former co-anchor accused of sexual misconduct, will continue to face the consequences from his wrongful actions, whether he's accepted them or not.
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." Given the tumultuous way that season 1 ended, the new season is gearing up to be just as (if not, more) dramatic.
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. Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass may even return as 2020 Emmy winners — all of four of them, along with guest actor Martin Short, are nominated this year. 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.
Zach Braff, an actor widely known for his role as J.D. on Scrubs, revealed that he was set to star in a season 2 episode — and then coronavirus hit. " I hope they ask me to direct but this was to guest star," he told The Hollywood Reporter. At the end of April, Braff was still unsure when the show would resume filming, and if his character would make the cut.
How can I watch The Morning Show?
The show airs exclusively on AppleTV+, the streaming platform from Apple. Since you might not want to invest in another streaming service, 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. 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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