The cast and crew of “The Morning Show” are fine with critics expressing their opinions.
Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour, stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, along with executive producer and director Mimi Leder, were asked about the negative reviews of the show.
“When those reviews came in, I didn’t know what show they were watching. And I just kind of thought they were nuts,” Leder had said in an interview two weeks after the series premiere. “I just felt there were a lot of Apple haters and wanting Apple to fail.”
Asked now whether she still agrees with that sentiment about critics being anti-Apple, the director walked her comments back.
“No, I don’t,” Leder said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “You know, I think we were a new show. I think people didn’t know what to expect. There were a lot of expectations on the show. And I’m really glad and happy people have responded to the show so powerfully and with great vigor.”
She added of the backlash narrative, “That was really blown out of proportion.”
Witherspoon then jumped in to comment, “Look, we make product and then it is up to you guys. You have to decide how you feel about it. That’s how it works. I have no problem hearing very real opinions about material. It actually helps us make it better and work harder about parts that don’t make sense. I welcome the criticism.”
Aniston added, “Especially constructive criticism.”
The panel were also asked whether they felt any responsibility to avoid accusations of “fake news” given the subject matter of “The Morning Show”.
“I think that journalists and obviously everyone has a right to their opinion. And I think there was a lot of expectations for this series, for this Apple streaming service from the beginning,” Leder said. “We welcome all input and I think, of course, some people are rooting you on and some people are wanting you to fail. It’s just kind of the nature of the beast. But I don’t feel we had any backlash on our end.”
Executive producer Michael Ellenberg said, “Everyone on this panel engages with the press and respects the press. We’re also all passionate. No one here said fake news. You’re happy when things are positive; when it’s negative, it’s emotional. So there was a moment but certainly, no one holds anything against the press for engaging with us.”
Ellenberg also addressed the show’s upcoming second season and whether fans can expect to see star Steve Carell return to the show.
“We’re exploring it,” he said. “No update yet.”