She was the biggest star of the biggest TV series of the 1990s, but when that comedy closed out actress Jennifer Aniston had already been laying the groundwork for a big screen career path and never really returned to regular television… until now.
Fifteen years later, Aniston is back for the Apple TV+ launch series “The Morning Show” alongside the likes of Steve Carell and Reese Witherspoon. Speaking to Variety this week, Aniston explains that it’s both the rise in the quality of the medium and the drying up of non-blockbuster opportunities that brought her back to television. In her answer, she also takes a brief shot at the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
“It wasn’t until the last couple of years when these streaming services were just sort of exploding with this amount of quality that I actually started to think, ‘Wow, that’s better than what I just did,’ and then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen.”
The actresses continues, saying it isn’t so much a specific brand like Marvel per se but rather the lack of mid-budget original films and other genres that she misses – including the rom-com genre in which she was a star:
“Its changed so much. I think we would so love to have the era of Meg Ryan come back. I just think it would be nice to go into a movie theater, sit cozy. I think we should have a resurgence. Let’s get the ‘Terms of Endearment’ back out there. You know, ‘Heaven Can Wait,’ ‘Young Frankenstein,’ ‘Blazing Saddles,’ ‘Goodbye Girl'”
Aniston also shot down the potential of a “Friends” feature, saying “[the] producers wouldn’t want it, wouldn’t let us”. The Aniston-led “The Morning Show” premieres with the launch of the Apple TV+ service on November 1st.