Hard-hitting drama The Morning Show has a star-studded cast and has captivated much of the Cutline Crew. In this short post, Esther Hallmeyer shares why the show has caught her attention.
I have been fascinated by the inner-workings of the entertainment industry for most of my life. I always loved VH1's “Behind the Music,” am enthralled by award shows like the Academy Awards and the Grammys, and enjoy reading about casting and on-set news in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. I once dreamed about working in entertainment PR but heard many horror stories about shoes being thrown at entry-level PR people’s heads — hard pass. Anyway, my point is that I get a total kick out of anything entertainment-related. I also love journalism. These two passions are what drive my appreciation for the new Apple TV+ series The Morning Show.
If you have not heard of this wonderful show, here’s a quick synopsis. Loosely based on the book “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV,” the series centers around a fictional morning show on national network TV. It follows Jennifer Aniston as a veteran anchor, Steve Carrell as her disgraced former co-anchor, Reese Witherspoon as an up-and-coming anchor thrown into the chaos, and Billy Crudup as a network boss who lives for chaos.
Much of the series centers on the #MeToo movement and the boys’ club that controls network television. But the show also paints such a vivid and fascinating portrayal of working for broadcast media to an outsider. I’ve never worked in this industry so can’t say how accurate it is, but I find it highly entertaining to immerse myself into the world the show has created—the 3:30 am wakeup call every morning, the glitzy NYC townhouses, the network’s obsession over what they think America wants in a morning show, the conflicting opinions about what makes for good TV vs. good journalism.
If you love a good look into the entertainment and news industries, with some timely and topical flair, give The Morning Show a shot.