The Morning Show is one of the best Apple TV+ shows. It features an all-star cast led by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. The series has won critical praise and many accolades, including an Emmy for Billy Crudup. The Morning Show Season 2 is only a few months away and we couldn’t be more excited to see how it unfolds. The Morning Show Season 1 finale ended in an explosive way and can only get more captivating from there.
In June 2021, Apple TV+ released a few important details about The Morning Show Season 2, including what cast members are returning, new character descriptions, and when we can expect the new season to launch. Let’s explore what we already know about The Morning Show Season 2.
The Morning Show Season 2 Premieres September 2021 on Apple TV+
The Morning Show returns to Apple TV+ on Friday, September 17, 2021. The first season of The Morning Show premiered on November 1, 2019, making the Season 2 premiere date almost two years after the original season’s premiere.
The late summer/early fall premiere of The Morning Show Season 2 makes sense because it’ll give the series an early advantage on the new and returning fall series. It also still falls in the 2021 summer TV schedule range, so it may benefit from the summer TV audiences who haven’t completely immersed themselves into their regular fall TV schedule yet. Either way, it’s a series that has built even more buzz over its hiatus, so it should perform well for Apple TV+, especially because of the star power of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, and others.
The Morning Show Season 2 Has Ten Episodes
The Morning Show Season 2 consists of ten episodes. Apple TV+ will release the first episode on September 17, then one will be released every Friday for the next nine weeks. The first season of The Morning Show released the first three episodes on November 1, 2019, then released the remaining seven episodes every Friday. The Morning Show Season 1 finale aired on December 20, 2019.
Each episode of The Morning Show Season 1 was about an hour long. The shortest episode was about 50 minutes and the longest was about one hour and eleven minutes. The Morning Show Season 2 should continue the pattern of approximately hour-long episodes.
Most Of The Morning Show’s Main Cast, Including Steve Carell, Will Return For Season 2
Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Billy Crudup will all return to The Morning Show Season 2. According to Deadline, Steve Carell, who originally only signed a one-year deal for The Morning Show, will also be back. Carell’s character, Mitch, was an important part of the first season, so it’ll be interesting to see how the writers integrate him into season 2.
The only main character from The Morning Show Season 1 who will not be returning is Gugu Mbatha-Raw, because of the way her Season 1 storyline concluded. Mark Duplass, Néstor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Desean Terry, Janina Gavankar, Tom Irwin, and Marcia Gay Harden will all be returning for The Morning Show Season 2.
The Morning Show Season 2 Adds Many New Faces, Including Julianna Margulies And Hasan Minhaj
Along with the familiar faces, The Morning Show Season 2 has plenty of new characters to love or loathe. Hasan Minhaj will have a recurring role as Eric Nomani. He’ll be a new member of the Morning Show team. We see a little glimpse of him in The Morning Show Season 2 teaser, and it seems like he may be one of the new co-hosts.
Julianna Margulies plays Laura Peterson, a UBA news anchor. We also see a glimpse of her role in Season 2 in the teaser, and it appears that she interviews Alex (Aniston) for a major piece on her time working on the Morning Show. Holland Taylor plays Cybil Richards. She’s described as a “savvy chairwoman” who works on the UBA board. Taylor is best known for her work on The Practice, Two and a Half Men, and Mr. Mercedes.
Greta Lee and Ruairi O’Connor will be joining The Morning Show Season 2 as series regulars. Lee plays Stella Bak, a tech wiz who becomes part of the UBA executive team. She also runs an online media company that caters to millennials and Gen Z audiences. O’Connor plays Ty Fitzgerald, who is described as a “smart and charismatic” YouTube star. O’Connor and Lee seem to be joining the cast to bring a younger demographic’s perspective to The Morning Show Season 2.
Tara Karsian and Valeria Golino are also joining The Morning Show Season 2. Karsian plays Gayle Berman, a news producer, and Golino plays Paola Lambruschini, a documentary filmmaker.
Kathy Najimy will appear as a guest on The Morning Show Season 2. Najimy is best known for her roles in Hocus Pocus, Veep, and Sister Act. Zach Braff told the Hollywood Reporter that he was also originally set to film a guest appearance on The Morning Show Season 2 but it didn’t happen because of COVID-19, though he hoped he’d still get to film it eventually. This interview was in April 2020, so we aren’t sure if he ever got to film a guest appearance.
The Morning Show Season 2 Trailer Has Been Released
Apple TV+ released The Morning Show Season 2 trailer. It doesn’t give too much away about the upcoming season, but we know that Alex leaves the Morning Show and Cory (Crudup) tries to get her to return. We also see quite a bit of Stella (Lee) working to move the show forward. We also see Laura (Margulies) interviewing Alex.
We also get many dramatic shots of various cast members.
The Morning Show Season 2 Will Include Storylines About The Coronavirus Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been such a huge topic over the last year that many shows have been incorporating it into their storylines. The Morning Show has been no stranger to addressing relevant and current topics, like the #MeToo Movement and inequality in the workplace. The events of 2020 will be another important topic that’s addressed in the upcoming season of The Morning Show.
The Morning Show Season 2 trailer showed a quick image of a bunch of people wearing masks. In an interview with Deadline, Crudup and Aniston talked about bringing pandemic related storylines into the second season. Aniston remarked that “we are incorporating COVID in a way that is so exciting.” She further went on to explain that while the pandemic itself isn't exciting, she is happy about how the show addressed it and changed some of the direction of the season.
The Morning Show Season 2 Starts Where Season 1 Left Off
The Morning Show Season 1 finale ended with Alex and Bradley (Witherspoon) taking major action against the Morning Show. Finally, Alex saw the error of her ways and put her ambition aside to take a stand.
This move left everyone involved spinning and scrambling, especially Mitch and Frank (Tom Irwin). It also ended with a major reveal from Charlie (Mark Duplass). Plus, we saw the reunion of Yanko (Néstor Carbonell) and Claire (Bel Powley). Alex’s actions against the Morning Show will definitely be a major catalyst for The Morning Show Season 2.
Catch Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and the rest of The Morning Show Season 2 cast when it premieres on September 17, exclusively on Apple TV+. You can catch up on the first season of The Morning Show here.