The Morning Show On Apple TV + SPOILERS

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  1. Nov 2, 2019 #1 of 38
    Gunnyman

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    Anyone watching? I’m enjoying it. I’ve binged the first 3 episodes. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston are great. Not sure how Steve Carrell ’s character’s story will play out but it’s got me interested. I’ll keep watching.
     
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    SoupMan

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    Watched the first episode and liked it well enough. What’s the release schedule after these three? Weekly?
     
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    cmontyburns

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    Yep, weekly.
     
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    EWiser

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    Enjoyed it good behind the camera show.
     
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    Amnesia

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    Yeah, I enjoyed the first 3 episodes, though I don't think the writing is necessarily all that great with characters making these big long speeches out of nowhere for no reason...
     
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    LoadStar

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    Was the show written by Aaron Sorkin?
     
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    gossamer88

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    Da boogie...
    Not sure but it definitely has that vibe.

    I'm in as well. Enjoyed the first three.
     
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    Gunnyman

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    It was not written by Sorkin but it feels like a Sorkin show for sure.
     
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    I watched all three episodes, and was surprised at how much I disliked it.

    The superstar casting works to the show's detriment IMO, particularly in the case of Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who have zero on-screen chemistry, and I think Apple would've been much better served casting unknowns (or at least lesser-knowns) for both roles. While the writing finally evens out a bit in the third episode, the first two are chock full of clumsy exposition, and the show is clearly trying to display all the wit of an Aaron Sorkin show with none of the writing talent to back it up.

    The whole thing felt like an inferior combination of The Newsroom and Brian Stelter's book about morning TV (written just after Today fired Ann Curry). This makes sense, given that Stelter was a consulting producer on the show. It tried so hard to be "woke" with regard to the #MeToo movement, but in the end is essentially a carbon copy of Matt Lauer's scandal - down to the scene showing the switch that closed and locked Mitch's dressing room door from the inside, which Lauer is alleged to have had.

    After teasing the show for two years, to be left with this dull, "going through the motions" exercise (at a reported cost of $15M per episode, for some reason) is super disappointing.
     
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  11. Amnesia

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    To be fair, they've hardly been on-screen together for very many scenes and those where they have appeared together have been mostly antagonistic. I plan to wait until they appear as co-hosts before making any decisions about their chemistry...
     
  12. Neenahboy

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    But an "Eventually it gets better. Really. We promise." approach clearly isn't what Apple was going for here - nor will it suffice for a flagship show on a new service amid a glut of other streaming options.
     
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    Presumably, the $2M per episode for each of Witherspoon and Aniston is a contributing factor. :cool: But that still leaves a cool $11M . . . .

    I gather that you prefer (at least, thus far) "The Newsroom"? If only that series had had a "The West Wing" length of a run (Sorkin had to leave for a pre-existing commitment).
     
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    I just finished the first three episodes and I have to say, I'm quite liking this! One question, I get who Steve Carell is but who was Martin Short? It just says "The Director" on IMDB and there are so many men in Hollywood that were booted at this point, I can't keep them straight.
     
  15. Gunnyman

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    Possibly Weinstein
     
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    Da boogie...
    No subtlety with that button under the desk in the dressing room.
     
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    That was my initial guess but them giving his character title just "the director" I thought maybe I was wrong.
     
  18. Gunnyman

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    Probably a composite for all of the men caught up in #metoo
     
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    I sure hope Steve Carell's closet is squeaky clean. Playing a character like this, if there is anyone hiding in the shadows on him, they just may be inclined to come out with it.
     
  20. DevdogAZ

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    Sorkin would be so offended to be associated with the writing on this show. I've watched all four episodes and I'm enjoying the show quite a bit, but the dialogue is often clunky or expository. If they had someone like Sorkin on staff, the show would be significantly better.

    Whoever does the hair for Aniston and Witherspoon needs to be fired. Why are they given hairstyles where they are constantly having to push strands of hair out of their face?
     

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