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When season two of The Morning Show was announced, it looked rather promising, packed with drama that would keep fans wanting more.
The American series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell first aired in 2019 to great acclaim.
It landed an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild nomination, and a SAG win for Aniston as lead actress.
The much anticipated second season has just aired on Apple TV+, but folks seem well and truly disappointed.
If you haven’t seen the finale, here’s the trailer so you can understand more about what everyone is going on about in the reviews:
Leisure Byte is wholly disappointed, barely wishing for a season three, saying that “Reese Witherspoon and Mark Duplass deserve better” as the series needs to go a bit more beyond just its star power.
It is Mashable who spat the real flames, though, wishing that the “self-absorbed second season” of the show had “made better choices”:
After ten weeks of trauma-baiting with the imminent introduction of coronavirus storylines, the show dove headfirst into the pandemic by giving Alex (Aniston) COVID-19.
Up until this point, The Morning Show’s COVID-adjacent plotting was cringeworthy but not quite painful. It was still too preoccupied with the ethics of cancel culture and a supposition that the world itself revolves around an American daytime talk show even with a global pandemic looming on the horizon. And even as the pandemic reaches the U.S. and Alex and her colleagues face down the shock we all lived through in 2020, they cannot look beyond their own insular worldview.
The review goes on to add that there was not nearly enough work put into understanding what “being cancelled” means or why it exists in the first place:
I don’t want to waste too much time on what The Morning Show does and doesn’t understand about its own industry, but it is frankly insane that a so-called news outlet would consistently sideline news of a deadly virus to promote (and sometimes cover up) its own self-important drama.
Perhaps the show’s “rampant egomania” might just be its downfall.
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