Everything We Know About The Morning Show

Jennifer Aniston stars in The Morning Show.
Jennifer Aniston stars in The Morning Show.
Apple

In the wake of sexual harassment allegations being made against her co-host Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell), Jennifer Aniston’s Alex Levy fights to keep her morning show relevant, successful, and honest as she navigates conflicting motives from the producers, the public, and—above all—her scrappy new co-worker Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon). Aniston and Witherspoon also serve as executive producers on the series.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw

TV Facts

  • When Matt Lauer was fired from The Today Show in November 2017, the producers of The Morning Show scrapped their original script and started from scratch with new showrunner Kerry Ehrin in order to factor a sexual harassment angle into the story and make it more topical. (The previous writer, House of Cards’ Jay Carson, apparently left amicably.)
  • The series draws source material from CNN correspondent Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, which reveals behind-the-scenes secrets of top programs like Good Morning America and The Today Show. Stelter is credited as a consulting writer.
  • Aniston and Witherspoon, who are both executive producing and starring in the series, have both signed on for two 10-episode seasons.
  • The Morning Show is not the first time Aniston and Witherspoon are sharing the small screen; Witherspoon previously guest-starred as Rachel Green’s sister Jill on Friends. According to Witherspoon, they’ve been friends ever since.
  • Real-life news anchors including Katie Couric, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Meredith Vieira shared insight and advice with the show’s stars to help them form their characters. Aniston also spent time with Diane Sawyer, who was one of her main character inspirations.
  • At this point, it’s unclear if the series will continue after Season 2. When asked in an interview if there’d be more, Aniston said “If there’s stuff to talk about and if we’re not dead tired from it.”

The first three episodes of The Morning Show will be available to stream on Apple TV+ beginning on November 1, 2019, with weekly episode releases after that.

Warning: Your Roku or Samsung Device Could Lose Access to Netflix Next Month

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tcerovski/iStock via Getty Images

Owners of older Samsung TVs and Roku sticks may need to find a new way to binge-watch their favorite shows on Netflix next month. Starting December 1, the streaming service will no longer be compatible with the Roku 2100x, Roku 2050x, some Samsung smart TVs from 2010 and 2011, and other devices that don't support autoplay, Lifehacker reports.

Netflix hasn't shared many details about the reasons behind the change—just that they will result from "technical limitations." The issue seems to only impact devices that have trouble autoplaying episodes, so if you haven't noticed any content playing on its own while watching Netflix on your television, you may be affected.

Autoplay is one of the Netflix's least popular features. While the service allows you to customize many aspects of your user experience, there's no way to disable autoplay on the homepage. This latest news suggests that Netflix is choosing to ignore the complaints and double-down on the autoplay feature—a decision that will likely frustrate many subscribers who can no longer watch Stranger Things on their otherwise perfectly-working devices.

Netflix has yet to release an official list of the devices that will no longer support the app—just a warning that some users may see an error message that reads "Due to technical limitations, Netflix will no longer be available on this device after December 1, 2019." Fortunately, Samsung and Roku have been more forthcoming with details. Here's a list of some of the devices that will no longer be able to stream Netflix starting next month:

Roku 2000C
Roku 2050X
Roku 2100X
Roku HD
Roku SD
Roku XD
Roku XR
2010 and 2011 Samsung TVs with a C or D in the model code

[h/t Lifehacker]

Trailer Trivia: Doctor Sleep

Ewan McGregor stars in Doctor Sleep (2019).
Ewan McGregor stars in Doctor Sleep (2019).
Warner Bros.

How would you like a few fun facts with your movie trailer? Mental Floss's new "Trailer Trivia" feature takes you behind-the-scenes of your favorite movies.

This week's film: Mike Flanagan's Doctor Sleep, the long-awaited sequel to The Shining.

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