Jennifer Aniston explains how #MeToo shaped her new Apple TV+ show

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Early review calls The Morning Show ‘a painful bellyflop’
The show has a plotline ripped straight from the #MeToo era.
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Jennifer Aniston says production on Apple’s first TV show, The Morning Show, basically had to be completely rebooted once Matt Lauer got fired from Today.

The pilot for The Morning Show originally focused on the cutthroat world of morning TV. In a new interview, Jennifer Aniston explained that all of that had to be reshaped after the #MeToo movement took a head-on collision with one of the biggest male TV show hosts.

Although all of the characters on The Morning Show are meant to be fictional, Aniston told Variety that Steve Carell’s character, Mitch Kessler, is an archetype of all of the men that he’s representing. Early in the first season, Kessler is fired for sexual misconduct similar to what happened to Matt Lauer.

Aniston thinks that the #MeToo movement has led to permanent change in Hollywood, but there is still room for improvement.

“Everybody has this new playbook and everybody’s trying to figure out what the new rules are,” Aniston said. “But what’s so wonderful about doing this show is that it is so unapologetically honest in terms of topics and the situations. It’s basically showing all sides. It’s showing how things are said behind closed doors during Me Too, that no one else has the balls to say in front of the world.”

The Morning Show already got the green light for two seasons on Apple TV+. With a budget per episode that’s higher than the last season of Game of Thrones, it’s one of the most hyped shows on the streaming service that launches on November 1.

“Apple is pretty awesome. They make cool stuff,” said Aniston. “Why wouldn’t they maybe make cool television? And they are all about quality, not quantity, so that was really appealing. And in spite of their comical secrecy, it’s been worth it.”