After launching its streaming service in November Apple TV has a hit on its hands with The Morning Show.
Starring our very own Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Beyond the Lights) as Hannah, head talent booker, The Morning Show takes ‘an inside look at the people who help Americans wake up each day, exploring the challenges faced by the people who work in morning television.’
The series focuses on central characters Alex Levy (Jennifer Anniston) and her on-air partner of 15 years, Mitch Kessler (Steve Carrell) who are anchors of The Morning Show a popular news program broadcast from Manhattan on the UBA network. The show has excellent ratings and is championed as the show to have changed the face of American television.
However, we join the series just as Mitch has been fired for sexual misconduct, leaving his co-host Alex fighting to retain her job as top news anchor. Pulling back the lens on what possibly goes on behind the scenes of the popular breakfast shows we all know and love (I do wonder how similar it is to the UK) The Morning Show, seems to be quite believable in its portrayal of the competition, the stress about numbers and ratings, sexism, patriarchy and the power struggle between anyone who wants to be successful in showbiz.
Anniston shines as the maturing celeb desperate to hold her many facades together – television star, woman, mother, colleague and best friend to a man she’s worked with for 15 years who’s now joined ranks with Weinstein and co. Carrell as Mitch works well as the man you couldn’t possibly believe would be a predator… but here we are. Reese Witherspoon, who comes in as titsy (I’m trying titsy out instead of ballsy… does it work?) field reporter Bradley Jackson, also gives great performance. For most of the series, Mbatha-Raw is a quiet presence that as the story unfolds, you begin to realise has more to say.
No spoilers, but episode 8, belongs to her. Round of applause.
The Morning Show airs via the Apple TV UK subscription service.