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3/5 Stars

If you regularly enjoy waking up and tuning-in, but are sick of the doom and gloom of pandemic news, Apple TV’s “The Morning Show” might be for you. “The Morning Show” is a wake-up America type show in New York City centered around the lives of the people who are the cast and production members of a big-time production. Co-produced by Jay Carson and Kerry Ehrin through Apple TV, the show was filmed solely in Los Angeles, California, and released in 2019. 

Throughout the first season, the characters become both relatable and dislikeable as they face hardships and drama while attempting to keep their television news program afloat. The show may be considered controversial given that the show highlights a character who is suspected of sexual assault, however, many characters are relatable and enjoyable, such as Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon, who exemplify female power in the workplace.

The first season of the show earned a number of nominations and was the first Apple TV show to be nominated for a Grammy. “The Morning Show” was nominated for outstanding main title design and a Golden Globe for best television series in 2020. Aniston, starring as Alex Levy, won the Screen Actors’ Guild Award for outstanding performance by a female in a drama series. Additionally, she and co-star Witherspoon were nominated for Golden Globes in 2020. Martin Short earned the show a nomination for a primetime creative arts Emmy Award for outstanding guest actor in a drama series. Billy Crudup also won two awards for the show. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ehrin said a week after the first release date during an interview with Variety, “We’re writing the show now. We’ll film it this summer, and we’ll be on next November.” However, given the unpredictability of these times, the show has been amidst season two production for almost a year​. 

​If all goes as planned, the show will be ready for the season two release in October of 2021. ​Season two will feature all of the actors and actresses from season one, as there’s a lot of unresolved tension from the end of the first season.​ ​

Given that it was produced by Apple TV, the platform is the only place that has “The Morning Show” available for streaming. With 10 episodes so far, “The Morning Show” is easy to binge, so for all those looking for a weekend activity, gather the family or friends and stream “The Morning Show.”