The Morning Show
- By Michael Jacobo
- Photo Courtesy of Apple TV
It has been two years since Ronan Farrow’s reporting in The New Yorker helped initiate the #MeToo movement. Its ramifications are still being felt in the entertainment industry, and its influence is most definitely being milked. It was only a matter of time before television — or streaming, in this case — jumped on the train. With the launch of Apple’s streaming platform, Apple+, comes the premiere of their most anticipated series, The Morning Show.
It’s not at all in bad taste; not when you have a strong cast and a sensitive, yet cautiously forward, narrative Jennifer Aniston, stars as Alex Levy, host of the popular news program The Morning Show. After Alex’s co-host of 15 years (Steve Carell) is fired by the network amid allegations of sexual misconduct (and there are hints of some deception by Alex, a trusted source in news) she faces her biggest challenge yet when her producers hire newcomer Bradley Jackson (played by Reese Witherspoon, of whom I’ve run out of words to describe. Can we just give her the Emmy?). Also starring are Billy Crudup (Spotlight), Mark Duplass (Zero Dark Thirty), and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (A Wrinkle in Time). Jay Carson, actual political adviser and consulting producer on House of Cards, wrote the pilot while Mimi Leder (On the Basis of Sex) directed.
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