The upcoming series is meant to show a dramatic, albeit behind-the-scenes look at the busy world of early morning news shows. The upcoming series will tackle several different issues along the way, but will primarily focus on a major scandal that impacts the employees on a regular basis.
The series, which stars Jennifer Aniston (Friends), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), and Steve Carell (The Office), has already been ordered for two seasons by Apple, and it’s seen as the premiere series for Apple TV+ when it launches in early November.
Aniston recently sat down with Variety to discuss, well, a variety of topics, which included a little bit more information about the upcoming series for Apple TV+. The legendary actress discusses selling the series to Apple, nostalgia for the days before streaming became so popular, and much more.
Interestingly, it turns out that most of The Morning Show was shot out of order, which led to a very interesting shooting schedule for Aniston and the others working on the series, something quite different from her time on Friends.
Because it was shot like a movie?
A series of movies out of order and the most dense material.
Were all the episodes done out of order?
Most of them were. We’d shoot this and then we’d say, “Well, we’ll throw in some of Episode 104.” And while we’re adding a scene from 107, you have to go, “Where was I and where will I have gone by then?”
“Friends” must have been so different.
“Friends” was like going to see a play for three or four hours. And it was just laughing and wonderful fun. And this is fun. It’s just a lot harder. My bandwidth had to expand so that I could take in all the information.
Variety asks Aniston, point blank, if she has any reservations about selling the series to Apple, to which she states, “Yes and no”.
Did you have any reservations selling “The Morning Show” to Apple?
Yes and no. But I have to say the “no” outweighed the “yes,” because we knew what we were doing — even though they didn’t have walls yet or telephones.
Aniston does call out Apple for its “comical secrecy”, which is funny all by itself. She also says, “Who doesn’t want to be part of the Wild Wild West?” in referring to the fact that Apple is new to this whole streaming effort, and that The Morning Show is basically headlining the service right out of the gate.
How did you meet with them if they didn’t have walls?
They came to CAA. There was really something exciting about being the first at Apple. Apple is pretty awesome. They make cool stuff. Why wouldn’t they maybe make cool television? And they are all about quality, not quantity, so that was really appealing. And in spite of their comical secrecy, it’s been worth it. Who doesn’t want to be part of the Wild Wild West?
And, just because, let’s hear what Aniston had to say about a Friends movie that obviously never came to be:
Why didn’t you ever do a “Friends” movie?
Because our producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us. Look, it’s not been without our desire to, because our fans have wanted it so much.
So there were points when the six of you would have done it?
It depends. I mean, we haven’t all sat in a room. But would we have loved to have done something together? Yeah. It would have been fun. We could have redesigned it for a couple episodes. But whatever. Maybe it’s better this way, but we’ll never know.
The full interview is available now and it’s absolutely worth a read. It’s also part of Variety‘s “Power of Women” piece, which includes interviews with other women like Brie Larson (Captain Marvel, Room), Awkwafina (The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians), and others.
When Apple TV+ launches in November it will have For All Mankind, The Morning Show, The Elephant Queen, The Helpsters, Ghostwriter, and more.