The Morning Show halts production amid coronavirus concerns
The hits just keep on coming. Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus, Apple’s The Morning Show Season 2 has joined the growing number list of shows to halt production, according to The Hollywood Reporter. None of the cast of the second season has been sick, or tested positive, so the shutdown is likely just a precaution.
“In concert with our dedicated partners at Apple, we have concluded it would be prudent to take a two-week hiatus to assess the situation and ensure the safety of the incredible people who make this show,” said producer Michael Ellenberg, founder and CEO of MediaRes.
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic after the amount of cases around the world continued to grow. Currently, there are more than 1,000 confirmed cases in the U.S. and 38 confirmed deaths.
The Morning Show, which has already received a two-season and 20-episode order and created by Michael Ellenberg (The Leftovers) with Kerry Ehrin serving as the series’ writer. The untitled project follows the lives of the people who wake up before dawn and deliver the morning talk shows on TV.
The Morning Show stars Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy, Welcome to Marwen), Jennifer Aniston (Murder Mystery), Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Billy Crudup (Titanic), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror), Nestor Carbonell (The Dark Knight) and Mark Duplass (Big Mouth).
The series also marks Carell’s first foray back into the small screen after seven seasons starring on The Office. It also marks Aniston’s return to television for the first time in 15 years since starring in one of the main roles on the hit NBC sitcom Friends, with the actress also choosing to focus on film roles. While she’s had bit-parts on TV in years past, (including Friends), Witherspoon made her debut in a starring TV role in last year’s Big Little Lies, which she also executive produced.
The Morning Show Season 1 is now available on Apple TV Plus.