The Morning Show is a new Apple TV+ series about the battle for Breakfast television in the US, where the trailer initially gave me the impression that New York show anchors Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) and Mitch Kessley (Steve Carell) are at loggerheads. However, by contrast, roving reporter for another network, Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) is at loggerheads with everyone, as she gets everyone’s backs up.
Yes, I’ve never heard of a woman with the name Bradley, either.
The premise is that Mitch has been fired at the start of the first episode, with him haing been accused of sexual misconduct. He maintains he’s just played away and hasn’t done anything that wasn’t wanted, but it’s 2019 and we’re in a “#MeToo” world where men are going to lose.
Despite the accusations, not all women are happy he’s off the air as Alex shows. She’s massively unhappy about it because “chemistry doesn’t just come in a bottle”.
Outside of work, Bradley has big-time family problems, but inside, she attends an environmental protest against coal, she shows she’s absolutely on Stress Farm, and inadvertently puts herself in a situtation that goes viral.
Back to New York, and Claire Conway (Bel Powley – Detour, Informer) works in the background on the team, but spots Bradley’s situation going viral, and they want to get her on the show because they’re doing a piece about strong women.
This is all just the initial setup, but all the key cast are on top form, and The Morning Show runs to ten episodes, beginning with this great opener, plus there’s good support from other behind-the-scenes colleagues Chip Black (Mark Duplass) and Cory Ellison (Billy Crudup) – the Network President, and I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes.
Plus, Jennifer Aniston looks amazing just waking up in the morning at 3.30am! 😉
The Morning Show is one of the new flagship series for Apple TV+ and all ten episodes stream in full from November 1st.
Episodes 1-2 Score: 8/10
Series Director: Mimi Leder, David Frankel, Roxann Dawson, Tucker Gates, Lynn Shelton
Producers: Jamie Vega Wheeler, Cherylanne Martin,Torrey Speer, Kristen Layden, Peter Barnett
Creator: Jay Carson
Writers: Kerry Ehrin, Brian Stelter, Jay Carson
Music: Carter Burwell
Alex Levy: Jennifer Aniston
Mitch Kessler: Steve Carell
Bradley Jackson: Reese Witherspoon
Cory Ellison: Billy Crudup
Chip Black: Mark Duplass
Yanko Flores: Nestor Carbonell
Alison: Janina Gavankar
Hannah Shoenfeld: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Mia Jordan: Karen Pittman
Claire Conway: Bel Powley
Rena Robinson: Victoria Tate
Daniel Henderson: Desean Terry
Stage Manager Julia: Shari Belafonte
Dhillon Reece-Smith: Katherine Ko
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