In a brand new tell-all interview with Deadline, Billy Crudup and Jennifer Aniston talk about The Morning Show following its historic Emmy nominations. During the interview, the characters who equally are executive producers of the show talking about their character development, season 1, and shed light on season 2 of the show.
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
Billy, your face in that scene where Alex publicly announces Bradley as her new co-anchor. There’s rage, but Cory also seems almost thrilled to find a worthy adversary.
Crudup: Yeah, precisely.
Aniston: Cory is absolutely like, “Whoa.” And then also, “Well played.” He’s totally enamored with that because it’s such a Cory move as well.
Crudup: It’s a great conceit for this story as well, which is that people who have enormous gifts, not just their talent, their intellect, and their capability in the workplace, but who have enormous gifts for navigating the social structure of powerful hierarchy—so many people who are in that place imagine that the only people who can also operate the same way look exactly like them. So, Cory doesn’t take that for granted. Cory accepts that anybody who is capable of playing a complex chess game in a power struggle for something with billions of dollars at stake, could be anybody at any time. And he is thrilled to find people who he didn’t expect to be on the top of their game in charge of everything. That makes him reorganize his entire social calculus. So, when she does that, it’s an exciting moment for him.
Mark Duplass told me Season 2 is in rewrites right now, and he reminded me how this first season was also rewritten to keep it super current. Can you say anything about Season 2?
Aniston: Well, here’s what I think we can say: There is something about how the show works and it’s now been made very clear, at least for the first two seasons. We had a good portion of Season 1 outlined-ish. And you know, we were still dealing with the human ills, racism, inequality, ageism, and the feuds that go on behind the scenes of these mom and pops that we see every morning, but then #MeToo happened. So, then that was another layer to the cake that had to be added into the whole story, and it just made it that much more exciting and current. So, for Season 2, the same thing. We had a good six or maybe seven outlines already done, and we were in the middle of shooting [episodes] one and two. And then there was just this feeling, and I couldn’t put my finger on it, and the producers couldn’t put their finger on it, but it was like something’s missing and I don’t know what it is. And then the COVID crisis happened.
Now, again, Kerry is back to the drawing board, and we are incorporating COVID in a way that is so exciting. I mean, I’m not calling COVID exciting by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of where Season 1 ended, because the covers were being pulled on the network. Alex has a breakdown/ breakthrough on live television, and for whatever reason, it’s like complete awareness, like she just popped into reality and was like, “What the fuck?” And this vomit of guilt and everything, this confession on live television happens. So, we’re entering Season 2 with, okay, this enormous seismic shift has just taken place, and we went to black, and we’re out. Now what?
It’s really interesting to see the direction that this pandemic has taken her with Season 2, because I believe what we all have taken away from these months in quarantine, and the state of the world as it exists right now, is a lot of contemplation, and a lot of excavation, and a lot of inward work. And, what’s excess? And the covers are being pulled on our government—that entire shitshow—and just everything that’s getting exposed. It feels like there’s an upgrade that’s taking place. So, I believe that that’s what we couldn’t put our finger on that we were missing in these first couple shows, was that humanity, it was that level of what’s happening currently in our society. If there a silver lining of COVID, it is the level of awareness that I think has been taking place with people.