The Morning Show Halts Production After Crew Member Tests Positive for Coronavirus

E! News has learned new details after Apple TV+'s The Morning Show paused filming due to a crew member's positive COVID-19 test.

By Ryan Gajewski Dec 18, 2020 6:07 AMTags
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UPDATE: E! News has learned that the crew employee took their second coronavirus test, which came back negative. The first test is believed to have been a false positive and production is scheduled as planned.


Production on The Morning Show is taking another break due to the ongoing pandemic.

Sources tell E! News exclusively that the Apple TV+ series that stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon has canceled a night shoot planned for Thursday, Dec. 17 in Culver City, Calif. after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19.

Anyone who was in contact with the individual is now self-isolating, and there will be a second round of testing on Friday to rule out the possibility of a false positive. 

The Emmy-winning series had begun filming its second season in March but was forced to pause amid restrictions surrounding Hollywood shoots. Production on the show had resumed in October. 

A number of projects have had to shut down production of late due to positive testing, including films such as The Batman and Don't Worry Darling, and TV series including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Bravo's Family Karma

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The first season of Apple TV+'s timely series centered on a morning-news program dealing with the aftermath of a co-anchor being fired for sexual misconduct. The show has been an awards darling and landed seven 2020 Emmy nods, including a win for Billy Crudup as TV exec Cory Ellison. Aniston also earned a nomination for her role as co-host Alex Levy.


The cast of The Morning Show's star-studded first season included Steve CarellMark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Bel Powley, Karen Pittman and Desean Terry, who will all return for season 2.

The upcoming batch of episodes will also see the addition of new cast members Julianna Margulies, Greta Lee, Ruairi O'Connor and guest star Hasan Minhaj.