Reese and Jennifer Aniston attended the Variety x Apple TV+ Collaborations event on Friday to promote the launch of AppleTV+ and talk about The Morning Show. Find high quality photos in our Gallery, and video snippets from the conversation below:
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Apple TV+ Stars, Creators Preview New Series at Variety Collaborations Event
The casts and creative teams behind six of Apple’s forthcoming original series appeared at the Variety & Apple TV+ Collaborations event on Friday, offering behind-the-scenes info on the nascent streamer’s shows.
In a series of panels presented at Avra Beverly Hills, the audience of entertainment-industry awards voters learned firsthand how many of the shows came to be, how the stars felt diving into their complex roles, and a even a few plot tidbits ahead of the launch of Apple TV+ on Nov. 1.
Read details of each panel below.
“The Morning Show”
Stars and executive producers Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon both praised the quality of work being done on streaming platforms nowadays, which has allowed new types of stories to be told for the first time in years.
“The emergence of the streaming world has really opened up entertainment to different kinds of storytelling and perspectives and voices,” Witherspoon said. “We’ve been having the same people make movies for the last 40 years with the same actors and it’s just time for different faces and voices.”
Both women also said that Brian Stelter’s book “Top of the Morning” provided fascinating insight into the world in which the show takes place, including the fact that female anchors are often subject to significantly more scrutiny than their male counterparts.
Aniston said that she researched the role further by going to the set of “Good Morning America” for a day, speaking with people in front of and and behind the camera.
Finally, Aniston and Witherspoon praised the fact that the show does not skew toward the female or male perspective, saying that showrunner Kerry Ehrin worked hard to keep things balanced.
“One thing that I thought Kerry does so brilliantly is she doesn’t come at it with a judgment on either side,” Aniston said. “It’s up to interpretation for the most part. So you can follow each character and feel things and have empathy. It’s just beautiful, very operatic.”