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Apple's star-studded 'The Morning Show' joins #MeToo conversation

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Apple's star-studded 'The Morning Show' joins #MeToo conversation
Apple's star-studded 'The Morning Show' joins #MeToo conversation

Stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and showrunner Kerry Ehrin "lean into the cultural shift" of the #MeToo movement.

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Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show" stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon hit the red carpet in New York on Monday (October 28).

The series explores accusations of sexual misconduct at a fictional morning television news show, a story that tackles issues brought to life over the past two years of the #MeToo movement.

"It's really hard.

There's not only the work itself, but the dynamics, the relationships, everything that men and women have had to put up with, women, for crying out loud.

It's just a lot," Aniston said, on what she learned while working on the show.

"It was just important for us to lean into this cultural shift.

It's important that women's roles were changing within media.

Our show is primarily focused on how women were treated in this format.

So we had to rethink it," Witherspoon said.

"The Morning Show" starring Aniston, Witherspoon and Steve Carell is one of eight original shows that will be available starting Nov.

1 through Apple TV+, a new subscription video service.

Aniston, in her first TV role since rising to fame on "Friends," plays Alex Levy, a veteran journalist who learns her male co-anchor (Carell) has been fired amid accusations of sexual harassment.

"It's a very grounded show, and (Carell) is feeling sorry for himself a lot.

And it's Steve Carell and Steve Carell is charming.

But the truth is, a lot of people who get powerful in the world and in businesses and in Hollywood in particular, are charming people, and that's how they manage to do all the stuff they do," writer and executive producer Kerry Ehrin said.

It echoes the real-life cases of powerful men who lost their jobs following misconduct allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein, who denies any non-consensual sex.

The show looks at "how there are people inside of it that are searching for how to do the right thing," Ehrin said.

Witherspoon and Aniston both served as executive producers on the 10-episode series that debuts Friday (November 1).

"The Morning Show" also explores issues of ageism and ethics in the news business.

Witherspoon portrays a younger reporter navigating the world of TV journalism as the older Aniston is worrying about whether she will be dropped from her anchor job.

(Production by Hussein Al Waaile and Roselle Chen)


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