The Sad Reason Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon’s New Show Is ‘Writing Itself’
With Apple TV Plus doing a one-up on Disney+ by debuting on Nov. 1, it’s high time to start looking seriously at the impact the Apple shows might bring. One of the most hyped is The Morning Show thanks to a golden cast of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell.
What makes this show potentially compelling is the themes explored in the world of morning network/cable news, despite being pitched before recent headlines became so overwhelming. Recently, Aniston said the show is writing itself based on how fast similar news stories break.
Will it truly reflect our pop culture reality, or will it become a victim of not being able to keep up with our real world?
‘The Morning Show’ is a true centerpiece for Apple TV Plus
While Apple TV Plus will have numerous new productions, they seem to have the most faith in The Morning Show based on the two starring leads alone. Then again, you can’t make a show successful strictly with star power. We all hold out hope the show is as good as it appears in previews, which all depends on the writing.
The promo itself makes us wonder how many rewrites the show has already done to reflect the top stories recently happening within cable news and other media.
According to Aniston, in a recent In-Style interview, the show is going to focus mostly on sexism and ageism with women in morning news shows. Her character alone (Alex Levy) is the real age Aniston is, meaning the usual problems of women facing bias at 50.
Can ‘The Morning Show’ keep up with the headlines?
Many topical shows taking on social issues are having trouble not looking like copycats of the news of late. You’ll even hear stories about last-second monologue rewrites on late-night shows because things happen so fast in the current times.
For shows like The Morning Show, we suspect there may be some eleventh-hour writing room sessions to keep the show fresh and relevant. After all, with Aniston saying she and Witherspoon initially pitched the show to Apple before the #MeToo Movement began, they don’t want to look like they’ve fallen behind.
With Apple always being ahead of the herd in tech, we’d expect their new streaming shows to do much the same. On the other hand, it might be a good idea for them to prognosticate on what more could happen in the headlines. This would make them one of those shows everyone talks about in how much they predicted everything (e.g. The Simpsons).
Other topical shows reflect and predict issues
A good example of a successful show both reflecting society and predicting future cases is Law & Order: SVU. They’re always taking from the latest sexual abuse headlines, yet also putting new twists of debauchery we never thought could happen in reality. Every time, they seem to predict what’s going to happen next. They did this with eerie clarity eight years ago in an episode related to the Jeffrey Epstein case.
Since Aniston admits to studying how morning news works on the set of ABC’s Good Morning America, she might have found some insights into things she can pass on to the writing team to delve deeper into unexplored territory.
Perhaps in another year, we’ll be pointing to The Morning Show almost blurring with reality, as much as the darkly satiric Veep did in covering D.C. politics.