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Plot, cast, everything we know

Plot, cast, everything we know

The next season of Apple TV+ The Morning Show will likely premiere long after the 2024 presidential election has ended, and that democratic process only scratches the surface of the real-world events the drama could respond to with the time it has in production before release.

The Morning Show was given an early renewal for a fourth season before season 3 even premiered. At the time of this announcement, a fifth season was also being considered.

Read on for everything we know The Morning Show Season 4 so far.

Has The Morning Show Season 4 has already started production?

Mark Duplass, who plays Charlie “Chip” Black, revealed that season 4 would begin filming a month after his appearance on Deadline’s 20 Questions on Deadline Podcast on June 13. The goal is for season 4 to be released in 2025.

Who is in the cast of The Morning Show Season 4?

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston return as the leads in the Apple TV+ drama series.

In June 2024, Marion Cotillard joined the ensemble cast, which included Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman and Greta Lee. As if season 3 had Nicole Beharie, Jon Hamm, Stephen Fry, Tig Notaro and more joining the mix.

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Cotillard will play ‘Celine Dumont’, a smart telephone operator from a legendary European family. Julianna Margulies will not return for season 4. She previously played Laura Peterson, a veteran journalist and love interest for Witherspoon’s Bradley Jackson.

What’s The Morning Show Season 4 over?

There were a lot of questions surrounding the season 3 finale. While Apple TV+ hasn’t released a plot synopsis yet, the cast and those behind the cameras have already hinted at where it could go.

Bradley’s fate as a journalist hangs in the balance, and Witherspoon couldn’t confirm whether her character is definitely in jail.

“Everyone keeps asking me if Bradley is in jail,” Reese Witherspoon said Thursday during a press conference conducted by Deadline, “but I don’t know if I’m in trouble.”

Jennifer Anniston’s Alex Levy will deal with the results of the UBA-YDA merger that she also initiated last season.

“It’s looking at this big step that Alex made at the end of season 3 and how does that work for you? That position and that huge merger that’s happening, and to see how gracefully she walks through it.

Showrunner Charlotte Stoudt teased DeepFakes and AI next season.

“Last year we blew everything up with the biggest bomb we could build,” she said during Deadline’s Contender TV event. “So we have to ask ourselves how does the band get back together and what will that look like? We’re getting into the world of DeepFakes and AI and the disinformation in the fog of war that we’re seeing now in the Middle East and all that. We look at who can be trusted. And can you trust what you see? Can you trust yourself? Can you trust your news channel?

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Stoudt also seemed eager to learn more about the relationship between Charlie “Chip” Black and Alex.

“I don’t know how Chip and Alex got started, so I’d love to hear that story,” she told Deadline. “I think because it’s so fast and breathless, you can always turn over an emotional card. And that is something I really want to do this season.”

Mark Duplass, who plays Chip, agrees that “there is something” beyond the workman-workwife dynamic that Kristin Hahn called “the platonic love story.”

Duplass also commented on the possibility of an election being incorporated into the show’s fourth episode, as it is more likely to reflect real-life historical events in the United States.

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“My assumption is that we will air the show long after the election has happened,” Duplass told Deadline. “So my instinct is that while The Morning Show is chasing current events, and historically in the past, with the #MeToo movement and Covid, and everything that happened with women’s rights in season 3, we don’t even have the opportunity to chase the elections, just with the logistics timeline of it.”

What happened in The Morning Show Season 3?

Cory Ellison (Billy Cruddup) wooed Jon Hamm’s newcomer Paul Marks in an attempt to soften UBA with a takeover by the space technology-based billionaire, who also struck up a romance with Jennifer Aniston’s Alex.

However, Alex caught wind of Paul’s true intentions to rob the media conglomerate of parts, as well as his cover-up of some glitches with the Hyperion rocket launch in the first episode, as well as his surveillance technology installed on the phones of UBA employees. Stella’s (Greta Lee) old friend Kate (Natalie Morales) helped lead the whistleblowing movement to expose the tech titan.

Bradley’s journalistic integrity was compromised because she chose not to reveal that her brother Hal (Joe Tippett) had participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and that she had captured it on tape. Paul threatened to blackmail Bradley with this secret, which was also known to Cory and eventually Laura Peterson (Julianna Margulies).

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