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.

Save Up to 80 Percent on Furniture, Home Decor, and Appliances During Wayfair's Way Day 2020 Sale

Wayfair
Wayfair

From September 23 to September 24, customers can get as much as 80 percent off home decor, furniture, WFH essentials, kitchen appliances, and more during the Wayfair's Way Day 2020 sale. Additionally, when you buy a select Samsung appliance during the sale, you'll also get a $200 Wayfair gift card once the product ships. Make sure to see all that the Way Day 2020 sale has to offer. These prices won’t last long, so we've also compiled a list of the best deals for your home below.

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- Mistana Hillsby Power Loom Beige Saffron/Teal Rug $49 (save $97)

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Furniture

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- Alwyn Home 14-inch Medium Gel Memory Foam King Mattress $580 (save $1420)

- Andover Mills Pascal Upholstered King Bed Frame $318 (save $832)

- Sol 72 Outdoor 8-Piece Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $650 (save $1180)

- Langley Street Darren 68-Inch Tuxedo Arm Sofa $340 (save $1410)

- Three Posts Tyronza Coffee Table $147 (save $193)

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As Movie Theaters Struggle, Farmers Are Running Out of Room for Unsold Popcorn

Lynda Sanchez, Unsplash
Lynda Sanchez, Unsplash

People started eating popcorn at the movies during the Great Depression, and the snack has been a staple of cinemas ever since. After decades of reliable sales, popcorn farmers are now faced with a conundrum: What to do with tons of surplus kernels as movie theaters across the country remain shuttered.

As Food & Wine reports, how people get their popcorn has changed drastically since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the crisis, roughly 30 percent of all popcorn in the U.S. was consumed outside the home. The coronavirus lockdowns boosted sales of the microwave popcorn sold in grocery stores, while movie theater popcorn suddenly lost its main market.

Popcorn for cinemas and popcorn for the home don't come from the same suppliers. Movie theater popcorn farmers are used to selling their product directly to theaters, so they aren't equipped to provide the packaging necessary to get it into supermarkets. Preferred Popcorn is one of the largest movie theater popcorn growers, and it's reportedly installed seven new silos to store the surplus popcorn it has accumulated since the start of the pandemic. That's enough to fill about 80 million movie theater popcorn tubs.

Compared to some other crops, popcorn has a relatively long shelf life. Growers can hold onto their unsold kernels for about a year before the internal moisture necessary to make them pop dries out. Given the current state of the theater industry, the window may be too short. Though theaters in some parts of the country have started to reopen, attendance is still low.

One temporary solution is selling movie theater popcorn to consumers in bulk. Preferred Popcorn sell its kernels online in massive 30-pound and 50-pound bags. If you miss going out to the movies, buying enough popcorn to stock a concession stand may be a small consolation.

[h/t Food & Wine]