Breaking up is difficult. After going on-air to protest the poisonous working atmosphere at their network, UBA, Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) of The Morning Show are parting ways. During the first trailer for The Morning Show’s second season, the aftermath from that season-ending cliffhanger is in full effect.
This fall, Apple’s first major series returns to follow characters such as Steve Carell’s disgraced anchor Mitch Kessler and Billy Crudup’s enterprising network president Cory Ellison, as well as newcomers Greta Lee as techie executive Stella Bak and Julianna Margulies as UBA’s newest anchor, Laura Peterson.
The first season featured UBA’s (kind of) reckoning when Mitch Kessler was fired from The Morning Show for suspected sexual harassment. Alex Levy, his longstanding co-host, is left to pick up the pieces, finally appointing Bradley Jackson as her own co-host. In the season 1 conclusion, the unexpected duo joins forces, exposing their network’s sexist atmosphere only seconds before the transmission goes black. Season two sees the Morning Show team rising from the ruins of Alex and Bradley’s acts to a new UBA and a world in flux, where identity is everything and the divide between who we present as and who we truly are comes into play, according to AppleTV+.
Alex has opted to leave her co-anchor role, as hinted in the first teaser, a choice that appears to surprise Bradley. She tells Alex, “Everything changed in a minute.” “It seemed as though the entire universe had transformed. I was under the impression that we were a team.” “Honestly, Bradley, a relationship with you feels like a wonderful journey,” the leaving co-host responds. The reporting team at UBA, which includes Bel Powley, Karen Pittman, Nestor Carbonell, Desean Terry, Janina Gavankar, and Tom Irwin, is shaken by Alex’s departure. Although executive producer Charlie Black (Mark Duplass) of The Morning Show was dismissed at the end of season 1, he is slated to return for season 2.
Alex is forced to confront her intentions for both disclosing UBA and contributing to its inequitable culture towards the end of the teaser. Margulies’ Laura inquires, “There’s been a lot written about The Morning Show and a thirst for numbers that made even the worst conduct tolerable.” “Do you believe the major concerns have been addressed?” Ruairi O’Connor as Ty Fitzgerald, a prominent YouTube celebrity; Hasan Minhaj as Eric Nomani, a new Morning Show recruit; Holland Taylor as Cybil Richards, the smart UBA board chairperson; Tara Karsian as Gayle Berman, a news producer; and Valeria Golino as Paola Lambruschini, a documentary film.
Season 2 of Apple’s The Morning Show debuts on September 17, with new episodes released every week after that.
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