Thanks to purchasing a new iPhone, I was granted a year-long free subscription to Apple TV+ (a trick for all of you out there). I had heard rave reviews about “The Morning Show”, one of the original shows on there starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carrell. It was at the top of my list, and I considered subscribing to Apple TV just to watch the show!
The moment I subscribed I turned on the first episode and I was hooked. I had watched “The Newsroom” on HBO and have a general interest in journalism shows, so I knew I was going to like this one.
The plot is pretty simple: One of the anchors for the show Mitch Kessler (Carrell) is accused of sexual misconduct and is fired from the show. They then need to find a new anchor to replace him so they hire brash, yet honest Bradley Jackson (Witherspoon). As the season goes on, Mitch brings attention to the fact that the network president was covering up these misconducts, to which the team chooses to expose on air.
Since the show is an original, the episodes clock in at about an hour. They are full of drama and in my opinion, really reflect what it is out there for organizations who turn a blind eye to sexual misconduct in the workplace. For years, the news industry has been male-dominated, and still can be in terms of the leadership in charge. Aniston as Alex Levy does an amazing job in the show of asserting her dominance as a female news anchor and stakeholder in the operations of the organization.
As a team, Alex and Bradley have great chemistry, and I think really act as foils of one another; Bradley, coming from a smaller news network is thrown into the world of national TV news and leans on Alex as she learns to navigate the world of what you can say and what you can’t. Bradley, on the other hand, reminds Alex about the integrity and honestly that journalists are supposed to bring to the the people.
The season left off on such a cliffhanger, so I’m excited to see what will happen in season two (I’m not sure if one has been announced, but with all the recognition, I think there will be). It was a fresh drama, and it was refreshing to see Aniston, Carrell, and Witherspoon in more of a TV role as opposed to movies.
Have you seen “The Morning Show”? What are your thoughts?