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The Morning Show [Apple]

  • 12-08-2019 10:18pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 74,989 ✭✭✭✭ JP Liz V1


    Untitled morning show drama From Apple.

    Steve Carell To Star In Apple’s Morning Show Series With Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston
    Steve Carell has been tapped as a male lead opposite Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in Apple’s untitled morning show drama series. It makes his first TV series role since his Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning turn on NBC’s The Office.

    Written by Kerry Ehrin based on an original idea by Media Res’ Michael Ellenberg and directed by Mimi Leder, the yet untitled series provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women (and men) who carry out this daily televised ritual.

    Carell will play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape. This is a familiar territory for Carell who played local TV weatherman Brick Tamland in the Anchorman feature comedy franchise and news anchor Evan Baxter in Bruce Almighty.

    Ehrin, who serves as showrunner, and Leder executive produce alongside Aniston and Kristin Hahn through Echo Films; Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine; and Ellenberg through Media Res, which serves as the studio. Brian Stelter consults on the project, with his book Top of the Morning providing additional background material. Filming is slated to begin next week in Los Angeles.

    https://deadline.com/2018/10/steve-carell-star-apple-morning-show-series-reese-witherspoon-jennifer-aniston-1202487958/



    Apple TV+ has released the trailer for their upcoming drama series The Morning Show, which is set to premiere later this year.

    The Morning Show is described as a high stakes drama that pulls back the curtain on early morning TV. The all-star cast lined up for the series includes Reese Witherspoon (Big Little Lies), Jennifer Aniston (Friends) and Steve Carell (The Office).

    Kerry Ehrin created the series, which is based on an original idea by Michael Ellenberg. CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter is a consultant, with his book ‘Top Of The Morning’ providing additional background material. Media Res is producing. The executive producers are Kerry Ehrin, Michael Ellenberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Mimi Leder, Kristin Hahn and Lauren Levy Neustadter.

    https://www.tvwise.co.uk/2019/08/apple-tv-releases-trailer-for-the-morning-show/


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,321 Mod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil




    Trailer's up. I'll give it a go.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,477 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    Apple still haven't named the price of their streaming platform if it's anything over $5 a month it will be a joke since they have no real content or back catalogue to price it close to Netflix, Disney, HBO Max or Amazon.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,114 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    It's the era of signature "gimmick" or genre shows; that this is Apples first big trailer doesn't exactly scream of a station atuned to the market. Not that everything needs to be the next "Games or Thrones"'esque show but this felt incredibly pedestrian. Apple's pricing will want to be pretty keen...


  • Registered Users Posts: 930 ✭✭✭ Maz2016


    Apple still haven't named the price of their streaming platform if it's anything over $5 a month it will be a joke since they have no real content or back catalogue to price it close to Netflix, Disney, HBO Max or Amazon.
    Their saying it will be $9.99 per month.

    “According to reports this morning from Bloomberg, Apple wants the service to be live by November, potentially pipping Disney+ to the post, which is also scheduled for a November launch in some countries. The report says that the expected price will be $9.99 (or local equivalent) a month, with a free trial being offered as Apple builds up its programme library. The service is to launch in over 150 countries.”
    Quote taken from RxtvLog
    https://www.rxtvlog.com/2019/08/apple-tv-aims-to-launch-by-november.html?m=1


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,587 ✭✭✭✭ murpho999


    They should be offering this free to Apple Music subscribers imho. Would be a good package and boost their subscribers.


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  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,114 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    $9.99 is way too much IMO. It'll take a jaw-dropping schedule of programming to make me put my hand in my e-wallet.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators Posts: 27,114 Mod ✭✭✭✭ pixelburp


    According to the Financial Times, Apple's total budget for its programming is floating around $6 billion; specifically regarding The Morning Show, apparently its budget of $15+ million (for reference, that's more than Game of Thrones' own per-episode budget). Methinks a lot of that is being sucked up by the cast. Crazy money.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,321 Mod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil


    Mad money. I hope they're throwing a few quid to some relatively unknown writers for smaller stuff, to give them a chance too.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,477 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    A decent opening 3 episodes to Apple’s flagship show the cast are all likeable there is a blandness to to the raw edge they are trying for.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,450 ✭✭✭ maudgonner


    Wasn't impressed by this I'm afraid. Given the cast I expected much better. Painfully slow moving without any great character development. I thought these three episodes could easily have been edited down to one and the pacing would have been the better for it.


    I read a comment online that it was trying to be an Aaron Sorkin series without Sorkin,and that rings true. It's like they've taken all the worst aspects of Studio 60 without the redeeming parts, full of people taking their show-within-a-show way too seriously - it is the equivalent of Ireland AM after all :D


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  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    I think if this had been 3 unknown actors in the main roles in the exact same show it would have got much better reviews. A lot of journalists try to be too cute with these things.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    I liked the first 3 episodes myself, I find it a good watch and not to slow so looking forward to fridays episode. The first two really are setting up the storyline for the series and not gonna be rocket quick.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,789 ✭✭✭ Shelga


    I had read meh reviews so I was preparing to be disappointed, but I binged the first 4 episodes recently and it was much better than I thought!

    Yes, some of the dialogue is off, it's not as hard-hitting as it wants to be, but I really like it. Just watching Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell in a TV show together is a big draw. I think Aniston and Witherspoon play well off each other, and I'm enjoying the complicated dynamic their characters have got going on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,477 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    I must say I have been really enjoying this.

    David Morse joined the cast this week and that is always a big plus for a show.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,492 ✭✭✭ Sir Oxman


    Enjoying this so far.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,875 ✭✭✭ Unearthly


    I was laughing that David Morse is playing the same type of role as he was in The Deuce

    But yes good show


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,449 ✭✭✭✭ Basq


    It's all a bit predictable but it's entertaining nonetheless!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,723 ✭✭✭ Bummer1234


    How we all getting on with this show, I found last weeks (15th Nov) very slow but this weeks (22nd) was alot more fast moving and enjoyable.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,492 ✭✭✭✭ partyjungle


    I wasn't expecting much so it's mildly entertaining. I find the #metoo stuff to be quite interesting. I haven't seen any other program to try and tackle it. It feels a bit repetitive with letting the loose cannon (Witherspoon) to go on live TV just to go off script again. I find it hard to believe that morning TV is this important or holds this much power, or else I'm oblivious to it. I can't help but think of Piers Morgan and Richard and Judy.


  • Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 17,321 Mod ✭✭✭✭ The Black Oil


    Finally decided to take a look at the first episode.

    I found it pretty good at the human level, and in the mechanics of broadcasting, though in reality the latter's fairly minimum, with next to no buttons pressed or actual dials adjusted. There is some stuff about 'this is what America wants', etc, that's part social commentary, part 'Hey, we're the news!' Didn't find it too showy or obsessively self-regarding there which was welcome. That said, with Apple still find its feet here, I doubt it'll take any big swings. It is fairly predictable, but I don't put that as a complaint and near the end we have just what Hollywood loves, a confrontation in the rain. Nor did it seem to have much pilot-itis going on and found it well paced. Anniston does most of the heavy lifting in the opener, though it's pretty clever in that when Witherspoon and her finally have an in studio tête-à-tête, it's the latter who manages to shift the microscope.
    I wasn't expecting much so it's mildly entertaining. I find the #metoo stuff to be quite interesting. I haven't seen any other program to try and tackle it. It feels a bit repetitive with letting the loose cannon (Witherspoon) to go on live TV just to go off script again. I find it hard to believe that morning TV is this important or holds this much power, or else I'm oblivious to it. I can't help but think of Piers Morgan and Richard and Judy.

    Frankly, I don't this get either. I can only assume these shows have some sort of historic watercooler effect or are in the background in the kitchen whilst half the US population are shooing their kids out the door to school.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 55,477 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    They went big on real life events this week with the mass shooting at the Las Vegas casino in 2017 and the Weinstein stuff.


  • Registered Users Posts: 55,477 ✭✭✭✭ Agent Coulson


    Wow that was some ending the season.

    Mimi Leder did an amazing job directing that.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,789 ✭✭✭ Shelga


    The finale was incredible, one of the best episodes of TV I've seen this year.

    Agree for the most part with the reviews that say the first few episodes are a bit cheesy and predictable, then it steps it up a notch. I did enjoy it from the beginning though! :)


  • Posts: 0 [Deleted User]


    That was excellent.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,480 ✭✭✭ Hodors Appletart


    Is this comparable to The Newsroom?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,082 ✭✭✭ xalot


    Have to say I thought that was fantastic. Took about 4 episodes to get going but was non stop once it did.

    I found it far superior to the newsroom. Thought the supporting cast were incredible, with some really interesting characters, I particularly liked Steve Carrell's arc, the scene with Martin Shortt was excellent.

    It's by far the most thorough exploration of the 'metoo movement' that I've seen. That Las Vegas episode was ground breaking for me by showing how men can be totally oblivious to the impact of their actions.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,492 ✭✭✭ Sir Oxman


    xalot wrote: »
    Have to say I thought that was fantastic. Took about 4 episodes to get going but was non stop once it did.

    I found it far superior to the newsroom. Thought the supporting cast were incredible, with some really interesting characters, I particularly liked Steve Carrell's arc, the scene with Martin Shortt was excellent.

    It's by far the most thorough exploration of the 'metoo movement' that I've seen. That Las Vegas episode was ground breaking for me by showing how men can be totally oblivious to the impact of their actions.


    That was a chilling and creepy scene.


  • Registered Users Posts: 276 ✭✭ Samuri Suicide


    What a TV show. Really enjoyed every episode, the final episode is just amazing....so well written and directed. 10/10.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,406 ✭✭✭ Rfrip


    This is up there with the west wing for me

    It was brilliant. Episode 10 in Las Vegas totally shook me. Ending was incredible

    Best show I’ve seen in ages


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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,746 ✭✭✭✭ gmisk


    I have seen the first 3 episodes....I really enjoyed it so far...not sure why reviews were a bit mixed.

    I do hope it doesn't get into a pattern of the same thing every week (i.e. one character going of script)


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