With two LGBTQ+ actresses in the cast and the return of the lesbian character, find out what awaits in the third season of "The Morning Show," nearly two years after the season 2 finale.
The series dives into the lives of people working on 'The Morning Show,' a fictional morning news program. At its core, a major scandal unfolds, leading to Mitch Kessler's (Steve Carell) firing over sexual misconduct allegations. This event triggers a chain of surprising developments, including Alex Levy's (Jennifer Aniston) fierce battle to keep her job as host. Additionally, Bradley Jackson's (Reese Witherspoon) arrival as a spontaneous field journalist adds an intriguing twist to the story.
"The Morning Show" quickly won over audiences, becoming a beloved series from its first episode. The show handles complex topics with care, including power struggles, personal aspirations, and ethical dilemmas prevalent in the competitive world of television. It also addresses relevant issues like workplace dynamics, gender politics, media ethics, and the #MeToo movement. The series provides a thoughtful portrayal of the challenges women face in the media industry.
Initially, "The Morning Show"'s future was uncertain. After two seasons, it wasn't clear if it would return with more episodes, mainly due to the complexity of handling a star-studded cast. However, in January 2022, Charlotte Stoudt, the newly appointed showrunner, announced the beloved show's return.
"I'm excited to be joining forces with Apple TV Plus and 'The Morning Show,'" Stoudt said in an official statement. "The cast, led by the phenomenal Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, are truly to die for. Kerry, Mimi, and Michael, and the teams at Media Res, Hello Sunshine, and Echo Films have created an irresistible world that is equally delicious and provocative."
Matt Cherniss, head of programming for Apple TV+, shared his excitement about "The Morning Show" as it gained momentum over the two first seasons.
"It has been thrilling to watch 'The Morning Show' go from strength to strength over the past two seasons, exploring topical storylines that have resonated with audiences around the world while also being incredibly addictive and entertaining," he said in a statement. "We're excited to see where Charlotte takes these extraordinary characters in season three and to watch the magic that Jennifer, Reese, and our awe-inspiring cast continue to bring to the captivating world of morning television."
The second season of "The Morning Show" ended with dramatic events that deeply affected its characters. Notably, Alex getting COVID-19 and her passionate on-air outburst led to Daniel leaving the show and Cory's streaming service launch failing. However, the most surprising twist was Cory revealing his love for Bradley, but Bradley kissed Laura, adding complexity to the story.
Throughout the new season, you can expect an emotional journey with Bradley as she deals with Cory's confession and the fallout from Alex's explicit show. In fact, Reese Witherspoon, who plays Bradley, hinted at the interesting dynamic between her character and Cory in an interview with Deadline.
"I think they have a certain trust. I think some things might have happened. I almost don't know too, I always ask the writer, 'Has something happened [between them]?' and she's like, 'Hmm, something might have happened.' Season 3 will be really interesting."
Jennifer Aniston, who portrays Alex, mentioned that this season will focus more on her character's personal story, bringing to light unexplored aspects of her past.
"I think it's time to see Alex find some love and some passion," Aniston told Variety. "She could put the controls down and go into the vulnerability of opening up her heart, which I don't think she's ever really quite done."
Aniston also described "The Morning Show" season 3 as "a good, juicy one" with plenty of secrets and romance.
"Everybody's getting in trouble. Everybody has a secret. And everyone's just walking the line. It's a lot more sensual this year," she told People.
In summary, the third season of "The Morning Show" is set to be intense, with plenty of tension, hidden secrets, and moral dilemmas. As the official synopsis suggests, "the stakes are high as the future of the network is thrown into question and loyalties are pushed to the brink when a tech titan takes an interest in UBA. Unexpected alliances form, private truths are weaponized, and everyone is forced to confront their core values both in and out of the newsroom."
This season, look forward to Laura's return, played by Julianna Margulies. The relationship between Bradley and Laura might evolve - remember they kissed last season - and the love triangle with Cory will be a central focus from the beginning of the upcoming season.
Additionally, season 3 brings in guest stars like lesbian actress Tig Notaro, known for the anticipated lesbian film "Am I OK?," who plays Amanda Robinson, the chief of staff to Paul Marks. Also joining is out actress Natalie Morales, recently seen alongside Jennifer Lawrence in "No Hard Feelings," playing Kate Danton.
The cast for the upcoming season of "The Morning Show" features a mix of familiar faces and newcomers.
Here's the returning cast for the upcoming season:
It's worth mentioning that Steve Carell won't return this season, given the fate of his character, Mitch Kessler, in the previous season.
Now, here's the list of actors joining the series:
These new cast members will certainly add an exciting dimension to the already captivating world of "The Morning Show."
The trailer for season 3 below hints at an array of exciting twists, like a cyber-attack on UBA headquarters, that will keep you engaged and eager for more.
The first two episodes of "The Morning Show" season 3 will be released on Apple TV+ starting September 13, 2023. This season will include ten episodes, with one episode released each week, concluding with the finale on November 8.
Apple TV+ has approved season 4. However, the planning for this season may be complicated due to concerns about Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon's contracts, as their agreements are set to expire at the end of season 3. Nevertheless, discussions are currently underway, and it seems likely that both actresses will renew their contracts. This could potentially include an option for season 5.