Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and ‘The Morning Show’ return with an out-of-this-world new storyline and viewers are feeling it

The Morning Show returned after nearly two years this week with a spacey new adventure that viewers are pretty much feeling, and one that

highlights a different feel and direction for the series under new showrunner, Charlotte Stoudt.

The events of season 2 ended as the pandemic began in 2020, with Jennifer Aniston’s Alex contracting COVID-19 after traveling to Italy to visit Steve Carell’s Mitch — who is since deceased — and Reese Witherspoon’s Bradley searching for her missing brother.

The third season, which began with two episodes Wednesday on AppleTV+, jumped ahead two years to 2022 with COVID in the rearview mirror. The first episode introduced the latest A-list member of the cast, Jon Hamm, who is playing a billionaire named Paul Marks who resembles a real-life Elon Musk in some ways.

One of those ways is an obsession with going into space. And since the show’s central news organization — UBA — is going through financial troubles and Paul has put up a $40-billion offer to buy it, Alex has agreed to go into space on his rocket ship to help seal the deal.

But as the episode unfolds, Alex runs off to cover a big story, leaving Bradley as the lucky fill-in on the rocket ride. So she straps herself in along with Billy Crudup’s Cory and Paul, and up they go.