Aniston, who also executive produces, pointed out that although the show is "of course" about #MeToo, its messages are more widespread than that. "Gender dynamics, power dynamics, abuse of power — and not just sexual abuse of power but just power struggles in general," are all story areas "The Morning Show" endeavors to explore.
Leder was also asked whether she thought there were fewer Apple haters in the world than she previously publicly said there were — to which she said she did, reiterating comments similar to what she previously told Variety. "There was a lot of expectation from this Apple streaming service from the beginning. We welcome all input, and of course some people are rooting you on and some people are wanting you to fail. It's just the nature of the beast," she said.
Although the first season of "The Morning Show" ended on Steve Carell's former news anchor character, Mitch Kessler, who was fired at the top of the season amid sexual misconduct allegations, finally feeling the weight of what he did, there is no guarantee the second season will see him learn, grow or be around at all.
It takes the death of Hannah (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), who Mitch assaulted on a work trip and who numbed her pain with drugs and alcohol, to shake Alex into action to go rogue on-air as she does in the first season finale, and it was Hannah's death that also made Mitch finally start to realize how alone he was.
What is the new normal?"” /> What are the new dynamics? No one knows who's in charge," she explained. It's chaos. "I feel like the end of this 10 episodes, there's a whole new world order. "I think that's what we're exploring in the culture right now.
Witherspoon stressed the importance of the audience watching all 10 episodes of the first season to fully understand the characters' relationships. Witherspoon cited the show's Rotten Tomatoes score as proof, while Aniston said, "word of mouth has been quite lovely." Although the team behind the show said Apple has not shared data with them about who or how many people have been watching, they feel people are not only watching, but also loving it based on the responses they receive in person and online.
However, Witherspoon, who also executive produces, added that they "try to be very thoughtful" about the way people of color, and women of color, specifically, "walk through this world," which includes having "a writing team that tries to be very thoughtful of that [and to] deal with those characters with truth and authenticity." Although she didn't want to get into second season spoilers, she noted that Karen Pittman's character will walk "through some of the things that Gugu's character walked through" in terms of both interactions with Mitch, as well as the way the media responds to her.
… Ellenberg added that everyone who works on the show is "passionate" about the work they do, so when they do receive negative responses, "it's emotional." He acknowledged there was "a moment. We made the show, we're proud of the show," he said. Certainly no one holds anything against the press for engaging with us.
The team is already working on the second season of "The Morning Show," and Witherspoon said they feel like they're "just beginning.
Previously, executive producer and director Mimi Leder told Variety that of course her death was a "defining moment" but she wanted the audience to decide whether or not the character had to die. "Her casualty is something that we’re acknowledging happens to people who are victimized and assaulted," she said in December 2019, right after the finale streamed on the service.
Witherspoon and Aniston both added that they welcome criticism when it is constructive. "Every show, we put it out there," Aniston pointed out. The criticism or backlash she is not OK with is when "they're annihilating people's character."
There are such varying degrees of these people, we wanted to allow perspective of that character to be explored and also to have the conversations that were going on behind closed doors that people were afraid to have out in the world because it's too dangerous." … For the first season, she continued, "it was important to get inside the head of a gentle, charismatic narcissist — to be at the hand of the abuse of power and not actually know it.
"What we were trying to do was take a very realistic and human look at his situation that we have all as a society allowed to happen unconsciously," she said.
We weren't playing it as the black woman as a victim." So this person represented the fallout of many of these events that happen to women. When asked at the TCA panel if they were more concerned, specifically, with the fact that Hannah was a black woman who died in order for white characters to learn lessons, Leder replied, "That character was written as a character, not as a person of color.
press tour panel for the Apple TV Plus drama "certainly picks up where we ended" in terms of the fallout that will have to come after anchors Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) outed their network for knowing more about the allegations against Mitch earlier than they had led on, when it comes to Mitch himself, Ellenberg said they are still discussing if he will be back onscreen, as Carell's original deal was only for the first season and they do not have a new one in place. Although executive producer Michael Ellenberg said at the Television Critics Assn.

Rob McElhenney of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has ignited a turf feud with Steve Carell after posting an Instagram video taunting "The Office" star from the Dunder Mifflin set. In response, Carell offered the olive branch of a crossover episode.
Carell tweeted a potential solution to the "blood feud": a crossover episode titled "It's Always Sunny in Scranton."
"Apparently this is Dunder Mifflin, I guess, where they shot 'The Office,'" he said. "I wasn't 100% sure of that. They're off the air." But they're gone now.
"Sorry, Carell." He captioned the post, "The bar inside Dunder Mifflin is now called Paddy's." "And now you got…" McElhenney said as he panned to "It's Always Sunny" co-stars Charlie Day and Danny DeVito.
McElhenney posted an Instagram video from the parking lot famous as the set of "The Office."
"The Office" will be leaving Netflix to find a new streaming home with NBC starting in 2021.” /> The turf loss extends further than just the set of Dunder Mifflin.

As iPhone sales have slowed, Apple is looking for new growth areas, including from its new foray into the entertainment biz.
Wall Street analysts' consensus estimates had projected Apple to report revenue of $57.37 billion and EPS of $2.36. Apple's stock rose over 5% in after-hours trading.
At the same event, it announced Apple News+, a $10-per-month service with access to over 300 publications; Apple Arcade, a new game-subscription service to hit in the fall; and Apple TV channels, a storefront for subscriptions to third-party streaming services including HBO, Showtime, Starz and CBS All Access set to debut in May.
For the quarter ended March 30, which is Apple's fiscal year 2019 second quarter, the company reported revenue of $58.0 billion, down 5% from the year-ago quarter, and earnings per diluted share of $2.46, down 10%.
Apple expects revenue to continue to shrink: For the June 2019 quarter, it expects revenue between $52.5 billion and $54.5 billion — down 11%-14% compared with $61.1 billion in the year-earlier period.
Apple posted better earnings and revenue than Wall Street expected for the March 2019 quarter — even as sales of its flagship iPhones were $6.5 billion lighter in the period, down 17%.
While iPhone revenue fell, to $31.05 billion, Apple's Services segment — which includes the App Store, Apple Music, iCloud, Apple Care and Apple Pay — generated quarterly record revenue of $11.5 billion, up 16%. According to CEO Tim Cook, Apple had 390 million paid subscriptions at the end of March, up 30 million in the last quarter.
Cook said Apple will share more information on the company's initiatives at its 30th annual Worldwide Developers Conference, set for June 3-7 in San Jose, Calif.
“Our March quarter results show the continued strength of our installed base of over 1.4 billion active devices, as we set an all-time record for Services, and the strong momentum of our Wearables, Home and Accessories category, which set a new March quarter record,” Cook said in announcing the earnings.
As in the 2018 holiday quarter, Apple's sales in Greater China declined, dropping 21% year-over-year, to $10.22 billion. The tech giant had warned of weaker sales in China earlier this year.
Other bright spots: Revenue in the company's Wearables, Home and Accessories segment jumped 30%, to $5.13 billion, and iPad sales hit a six-year high of $4.87 billion (up 22% year over year).
In announcing earnings, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said the company's board has authorized an additional $75 billion for share repurchases. To that end, the company declared a cash dividend of 77 cents per share, an increase of 5%, payable to shareholders on May 16, 2019.” />
In March, the company announced Apple TV+, a subscription-streaming service with a slate of content from Hollywood partners, including Oprah, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and J.J. Abrams, who talked about their projects for the forthcoming streaming service. But Apple didn't announce pricing, saying only that Apple TV+ is set to debut in the fall of 2019 in over 100 countries.

Apple has made its 3/25 event official: The company sent out invites to media for its long-rumored event Monday, asking media to join the company at its Cupertino headquarters in 2 weeks.
In addition to its video service, Apple will likely also use the event to highlight and announce other services, including a revamped news subscription service based on Texture, a magazine subscription app acquired by the company a year ago.” />
Instead, Apple will likely use the event to preview the service to media, and then launch it to the public later this year. However, it is expected that the service won't actually launch this month. Apple has been producing these shows for its upcoming video service, details of which have been closely guarded.
The company is widely expected to unveil its subscription video service that day, and is likely also going to announce a revamped news subscription service.
Buzzfeed first reported about a planned March 25 event a month ago. Variety subsequently reported that the company was going to use the event to show off first clips for some of its original content, including the first glimpse of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell in the untitled drama set behind the scenes of a network news morning show.

Chalamet is also known for his roles in "Lady Bird" and "Call Me by Your Name," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nom last year for best supporting actor. He will also appear in Wes Anderson's upcoming "The French Dispatch" as well as Woody Allen's "A Rainy Day in New York."” />
The Golden Globe nominee can be seen in theaters now in “Beautiful Boy,” which also stars Steve Carell. The pair play a son and father who struggle with Chalamet's character's meth addiction.
Timothee Chalamet will join Variety for a live chat Saturday at 12 p.m. PT on Facebook.
The Q&A can be streamed on Variety‘s Facebook page at the link here or below.