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Jennifer Aniston And Reese Witherspoon's New TV Series Is Going To Make Us Happy Cry

Breakfast television ladies are killing it.

What do you get when you combine Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and breakfast television? Potentially lots of happy crying and women absolutely killing it. 

Today, the trailer for Aniston and Witherspoon’s new Apple TV+ series Morning Wars hit the Internet and after just 2 minutes and 50 seconds, I’m sold.

According to Apple, the show was executive produced by the two female powerhouses and “explores the high-stakes world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning.”

The show is told through the lens of “two complicated women working to navigate the minefield of high-powered jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives.”

Aniston and Witherspoon star alongside Steve Carell, who appears to be at the centre of a #MeToo-esque scandal in the show, requiring the two women to join forces and hopefully build each other up, rather than tear each other down. 

Cue the happy crying.

A bit like this. Credit: Giphy

Morning Wars looks as though it mirrors the real life breakfast television scandal of Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC’s Today in 2017 after an unidentified female employee accused him of sexual harassment. A year later, he was permanently replaced by Hoda Kotb, making her and Savannah Guthrie the first all-female anchor duo in Today’s history. 

Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Hoda Kotb.
Credit: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

I’m not the only one excited for Morning Wars. Twitter has been blowing up with equally-as-stoked fans who are keen to see Aniston and Witherspoon kick butt on screen:

Credit: Twitter
Credit: Twitter

This is Aniston’s first TV role since 2010’s Cougar Town, and Witherspoon’s continued foray into television following on from the massive success of Big Little Lies.

Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston.
Credit: NOAH BERGER/AFP/Getty Images

Whether it ends up being a hit, or a miss, what a pleasure it is to see two powerful women executive directing a huge TV show like Morning Wars  together.

YES LADIES. Morning Wars is coming soon to Apple TV+

George RR Martin Really Doesn't Want To Talk About The Final Ep Of Game Of Thrones

"We shouldn't talk about that."

If you’re in two minds about the last episode of Game of Thrones, you’re not alone. The bestselling author behind the TV series isn’t keen on re-hashing the controversial finale, either.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, George RR Martin was asked whether he’d watched the episode, and firmly said, “We shouldn’t talk about that.”

He did, however, admit that the end of Game of Thrones was a massive relief and that the show itself wasn’t “good” for him. 

“There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous,” he said. “I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down.”

Tell us how you really feel, George. Credit: Giphy

“Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day – and a good day for me is three or four pages – I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.’”

“Having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now. I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less, although it’s still there…I’m sure that when I finish A Dream of Spring you’ll have to tether to the Earth.”

George RR Martin. Credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

As for whether public opinion has affected his response to the show, Martin said it doesn’t. “As Rick Nelson says in ‘Garden Party,’ one of my favourite songs, you can’t please everybody, so you’ve got to please yourself.”

Later, he added that all the reactions to the show – good and bad – should be celebrated. “I’m glad of the emotional reactions, whether to the books or the television show, because that’s what fiction is all about – emotion.”

You’ve got to laugh. Credit: Giphy

“If you want to make an intellectual argument or persuade someone, then write an essay or piece of journalism, write nonfiction. Fiction…should feel as though you’re living these things when you read or watch them. If you’re so distanced by it that a character dies and you don’t care, then to an extent the author has failed.”

Whether you love or hate Game of Thrones, you’ve got to give it to George RR Martin. He’s the brains behind the books that spawned a TV show that had the world captivated for eight years. That’s no easy feat.

Sexual Assault Accusers Are Suing Scientology And Danny Masterson From That 70s Show For Stalking

Things have gone from bad to worse for That 70s Show star and Scientologist Danny Masterson.

According to TMZ, Masterson is being sued by four women who have accused him of sexual assault and claim they’ve been “mercilessly stalked” by the Church of Scientology.

Danny Masterson as Hyde in That 70s Show. Credit: Fox

Chrissie Bixler, who is one of the women accusing Masterson of sexual assault, claims in the lawsuit that her dog mysteriously died after she spoke out about being allegedly raped by the TV star. Bixler said an autopsy revealed the dog died from “unexplained traumatic injuries to its trachea and esophagus.” She also claimed that in June, she was run off the road by a vehicle that was following her – the same month a friend of Masterson’s threatened to release nude, underage photos of her. 

Bixler describing a related experience in July. Credit: Twitter

To add insult to injury, when Bixler told a Scientology employee about the alleged rape, they told her “you can’t be raped by someone you are in a consensual relationship with.” They also reportedly told her the Church of Scientology would consider it a “High Crime” to report Masterson to authorities, and she would be labelled an SP AKA a Suppressive Person. 

Bobette Riales, who accused Masterson of drugging and sexually assaulting her during the period they dated from 2002 to 2004, claims she has also been stalked. TMZ reports that Riales said “neighbours observed a man snapping pictures from her driveway, and then later that night, someone broke a window at her home.”

Danny Masterson and Bobette Riales.
Credit: Jim Spellman/WireImage for Entertainment Weekly Magazine

The two other women suing Masterson are Jane Does and have made similar claims to Bixler and Riales. 

Masterson has since responded to the lawsuit, writing in a statement, “I’m not going to fight my ex-girlfriend in the media like she’s been baiting me to do for more than two years.”

“I will beat her in court – and look forward to it because the public will finally be able to learn the truth and see how I’ve been railroaded by this woman. And once her lawsuit is thrown out, I intend to sue her, and others who jumped on the bandwagon, for the damage they caused me and my family.”

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If you, or anyone you know is a victim of sexual assault, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or 1800 RESPECT for support services.

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