Everything We Know About The Morning Show

Jennifer Aniston stars in The Morning Show.
Jennifer Aniston stars in The Morning Show.
Apple

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations being made against her co-host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), Jennifer Aniston’s Alex Levy fights to keep her morning show relevant, successful, and honest as she navigates conflicting motives from the producers, the public, and—above all—her scrappy new co-worker Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon). Aniston and Witherspoon also serve as executive producers on the series.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

TV Facts

  • When Matt Lauer was fired from The Today Show in November 2017, the producers of The Morning Show scrapped their original script and started from scratch with new showrunner Kerry Ehrin in order to factor a sexual harassment angle into the story and make it more topical. (The previous writer, House of Cards’ Jay Carson, apparently left amicably.)
  • The series draws source material from CNN correspondent Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, which reveals behind-the-scenes secrets of top programs like Good Morning America and The Today Show. Stelter is credited as a consulting writer.
  • Aniston and Witherspoon, who are both executive producing and starring in the series, have both signed on for two 10-episode seasons.
  • The Morning Show is not the first time Aniston and Witherspoon are sharing the small screen; Witherspoon previously guest-starred as Rachel Green’s sister Jill on Friends. According to Witherspoon, they’ve been friends ever since.
  • Real-life news anchors including Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Meredith Vieira shared insight and advice with the show’s stars to help them form their characters. Aniston also spent time with Diane Sawyer, who was one of her main character inspirations.
  • At this point, it’s unclear if the series will continue after Season 2. When asked in an interview if there’d be more, Aniston said “If there’s stuff to talk about and if we’re not dead tired from it.”

The first three episodes of The Morning Show will be available to stream on Apple TV+ beginning on November 1, 2019, with weekly episode releases after that.

Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary Is Coming to Theaters

Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell in Galaxy Quest (1999).
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen, Tony Shalhoub, Sam Rockwell, and Daryl Mitchell in Galaxy Quest (1999).
Paramount Home Entertainment

On November 26, Galaxy Quest—the beloved sci-fi satire that ended up being voted the seventh greatest Star Trek film ever made—will celebrate its 20th anniversary with Never Surrender, a brand-new documentary about the making of the movie.

Back in 2014, E! News celebrated the movie’s 15th anniversary with a mockumentary starring the actors from the show-within-the-show, but don’t worry—this documentary is totally real. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary will include behind-the-scenes interviews and footage featuring the film's stars, including Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Tony Shalhoub, and Rainn Wilson. The documentary examines how fandom shaped the creation of Galaxy Quest and also ensured the film’s enduring legacy.

“Fandom is powered by fans who deeply care about the movies, shows, and games they love,” Michael Chiang, the senior vice president of programming for Fandom (which produced the documentary with Screen Junkies), said in a press release. "Galaxy Quest was the first film that put fans at the center of the action and really foretold the era we’re in now, where fans are the most powerful force in entertainment.”

The documentary will be shown for one night only in about 600 movie theaters across the United States, courtesy of Fathom Events. The full list of theaters is available on the Fathom Events website. Tickets cost about $15 to $18, depending on your location.

Thousands of Disney+ Accounts Are Being Cracked and Sold. Here's How to Protect Yourself

Disney+
Disney+

With an estimated 10 million sign-ups during its debut last week and positive reviews for its marquee original Star Wars series The Mandalorian, Disney’s new Disney+ streaming service has been a resounding success. But making such a high-profile splash is apparently coming at a price. According to CNBC, thousands of consumer accounts are being hijacked and their login information is being shared illicitly online. 

The report, published by ZDNet, alleges that hackers were able to breach usernames and passwords for the service within hours of launch and began distributing them for free or for a fee of $3 to $11—the economy of the black market making a one-time purchase cheaper than paying the standard $6.99 monthly for access to the Disney+ library.

The idea wasn’t to co-opt the accounts but to seize them entirely, using the login to change the email and password associated with the account and locking the consumer out.

A spokesperson for Disney told CNBC that they weren’t aware of any security breach. It’s possible that accounts from unrelated sites were compromised and hackers were able to cull from a database of existing passwords to see if consumers used them for their Disney+ account.

The best way to secure your account for Disney+ or any other service requiring a log-in is to use a unique password for each and avoid obvious parallels to the content. If you’re using “mickeymouse” as part of your login, don’t be shocked if you find yourself locked out of your account one day. Ideally, experts say, the service will eventually incorporate a multi-factor authentication process to make compromising logins—and watching Freaky Friday for free—more difficult.

[h/t CNBC]

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