Apple finally lifted the curtains on its much-anticipated reunion of Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, revealing the first footage from their new TV series Monday.
The Friends alums appeared at Apple’s special event to introduce The Morning Show as a series that would examine the people and politics of the morning news world.
“Through the prism of those under-slept, over-adrenalized people in front of and behind the camera, we take an honest look at the complex relationships between women and men in the workplace, and we engage in the conversation people are a little too afraid to have unless they’re behind closed doors,” Aniston said.
But of course as Aniston pointed out, “You can’t have an honest look at complex relationships between men and women with just women.” Cue Steve Carell, who bumbled onto stage promising to bring “the manliness” to the show, teasing that his character is “bold and dynamic, with a lot of gravitas. He’s a great listener and relatable and extremely handsome.”
“The Morning Show is seen through the eyes of two ambitious, aspirational female characters,” Witherspoon said, as Carell interjected, “and a prominent male.”
Witherspoon added that the show is a “high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers and shine a light on the fault lines in our society at this very complicated cultural moment.”
Apple did not reveal a Morning Show trailer, but footage from the show was featured in a teaser for Apple TV+, featuring scenes with a brunette Witherspoon and Aniston in her on-air anchor role.
Mimi Leder, who is directing The Morning Show, told EW last year that the series will center on women in power and the politics of the environment. Alongside Aniston, Carell also makes his return to television with this series, playing Mitch Kessler, an anchor struggling to stay relevant in a fast-shifting media landscape. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Bel Powley, Karen Pittman, Desean Terry, and Mark Duplass will also star.
The series is loosely based the book Top of the Morning, by CNN correspondent Brian Stelter (who is a consultant for the show), and penned by Kerry Ehrin, with whom Apple has an overall content deal. Ehrin, Witherspoon, and Aniston are all executive producers.