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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

By Alicia Powell

 

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Actor Jennifer Aniston looks on as she attends Variety's 2019 Power of Women: Los Angeles, in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., October 11, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc is jumping into the streaming video wars with a series that 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.

 

"The Morning Show" starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese 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 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.

 

"Jumping into a cultural conversation is so rich," Witherspoon said in an interview with Reuters. "Television and movies help us synthesize the things we're seeing on TV, and give us a human perspective."

 

Witherspoon and Aniston both served as executive producers on the 10-episode series. Witherspoon said the series was put together by a "very gender-balanced creative team."

 

"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.

 

"It's a lot about lies people tell themselves when they wake up in the morning," writer and executive producer Kerry Ehrin said.

 

(Reporting by Alicia Powell; Writing by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Howard Goller)

 

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I don't get out much. What does "so woke" mean?

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23 hours ago, neeray said:

I don't get out much. What does "so woke" mean?

I don't know either, but it sounds so cool.

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14 minutes ago, klauskunkel said:
On 10/20/2019 at 9:27 AM, neeray said:

I don't get out much. What does "so woke" mean?

I don't know either, but it sounds so cool.

 

And I thought lots of people use that every morning.

 

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I wouldn't watch it even if it was on Netflix or Sling. I deplore the people who use their positions for sexual gratification and harassment, but I really hate TV & the movies making 'examples' of it for profit.  

 

There is nothing woke about being woke.

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