The first teaser trailer for Apple TV+’s The Morning Show has arrived, and it hints at conflicts of integrity and battling egos behind-the-scenes from central characters played by Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carrell.

The clip follows an empty and dimly-lit corridor of a TV studio as Aniston’s famed news anchor can be heard reporting: “Good morning, I’m bringing you some sad and upsetting news…” Her announcement leads to the professional downfall of her long-standing co-host, played by Steve Carell. Reese Witherspoon is then introduced as his replacement, bringing new energy to the show that threatens Aniston’s character.

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston on set
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The series is based around a daily news programme, inspired by Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning about The Today Show.

Aniston – who makes her first return to TV since Friends ended in 2004 – said the show will include conversations that people would normally only have “behind closed doors. Through the prism of those under-slept and over-adrenalined people behind and in front of the camera, we take an honest look at relationships between women and men in the workplace.”

Both she and Witherspoon – who are executive producers on the project – play “aspirational women” in the series, and last appeared together on the NBC sitcom, when the Big Little Lies star played the spoiled younger sister, Jill to Aniston’s Rachel.

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Witherspoon described The Morning Show as “a high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers”, exploring the power dynamics between the men and women who work on a highly-pressurised TV programme. Carell is a news anchor struggling with his own relevancy in a changing media landscape. The series has already been commissioned for two seasons.

The cast also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, Nestor Carbonell, and Mark Duplass, while Mimi Leder – known for On the Basis of Sex – will direct.

The Morning Show will launch in autumn 2019.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.

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