“All I did was give the truth some oxygen.” So says Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup) at the top of the highly-anticipated season two opener of “The Morning Show,” which Apple TV+ dropped last week. And give life to the production he does! One episode in and the storyline is already packed full of drama, tension and strife, largely at the hands of the deliciously devilish UBA network head Ellison, who is still tirelessly working behind the scenes of the series’ eponymous show-within-a-show, pulling strings like a gleeful puppetmaster in a bespoke suit.
Titled “My Least Favorite Year,” the season premiere sees big changes for “Morning Show” co-hosts Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), who are both dealing with the fallout from their rogue reporting on the sexual harassment scandal of former anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell). While Bradley is attempting to make do with a new co-host and low ratings, Alex has left both New York and the show and is now living a quiet life in an idyllically cozy cabin said to be in Maine where she is working on a memoir.
Despite what its snowy surroundings would have you believe, though, Alex’s new digs can actually be found in sunny Southern California. (As was the case with season one, while set on the East Coast, filming largely takes place in Los Angeles.) And it is a spot executive producer Witherspoon is very familiar with! Located at 636 Crater Camp Dr. in Calabasas, Alex’s cabin was also utilized as the residence of Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) and Nathan Carlson (James Tupper) on the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies.”
The house belonging to Alex’s supposed Pine Tree State neighbor, Aria Bloom (Molly McNearney), where the retired anchor attends a snowy New Year’s Eve party, has her tarot cards unsuccessfully read and finally decides to return to “The Morning Show,” can also be found in Southern California. Known as the Milbank Mansion, the Mission Revival/Beaux-Arts masterpiece is one of Los Angeles’ most historic properties.
Located on an elevated corner at 3340 Country Club Dr. in Los Angeles’ Country Club Park, the two-story estate was originally built for Isaac Milbank, the wealthy businessman who developed the prestigious neighborhood, and his wife, Virginia. (Please remember this is a private home. Do not trespass or bother the residents or the property in any way.) To design the dwelling, the couple commissioned architect G. Lawrence Stimson, who was also behind Pasadena’s Wrigley Mansion (now the Tournament House and Wrigley Gardens).