From the opening scene with the Foo Fighters singing for Alex’s (Jennifer Anniston) return to THE MORNING SHOW, I can’t help but wonder how much money is being poured into this series? With the large budgets and profile, my expectations are higher for THE MORNING SHOW than sleeper hits like DAVE or WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. Of course, that expectation is unfair, but I want more than just the latest news headlines and bad Aaron Sorkin dialogue from season two. So far, all I’ve gotten is set up for a big bang that hasn’t happened yet in four hours.
Just like “Rose without Jack,” Alex and Bradley (Reese Witherspoon) are now back together on THE MORNING SHOW. Audiences might think this is time to rejoice, but instead of staying with these two powerhouse characters and actresses, the show strangely decides to focus entirely on the supporting cast. As a result, we get a throwaway plot with Mitch (Steve Carell) and Paola (Aleria Golino), Yanko Flores (Néstor Carbonell) learning about appropriation, and Daniel (Desean Terry) fighting for equality in the workplace. That might sound like a lot, but it doesn’t add up to anything more than what the last three episodes were about – setup.
As I watched the latest soapbox episode with a slew of relevant ripped from the headlines issues, I kept thinking, what happened to the engaging fast-paced dialogue? Why did this week slow down to show us not one B-Story character but four-plus? For a cast full of A listers, THE MORNING SHOW can do better. And it should.
It’s available on Apple TV+ (soapbox is optional).