Apple made a brave choice when commissioning ‘The Morning Show’ as their first major drama for the new Apple TV+ platform. With media and film still shaking in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and abuse allegations. The Morning Show bravely places the #MeToo movement centre stage. While also unflinchingly exploring the role of men who have used their power and position as leverage in sexual desire. The exploration of both victims, female empowerment and male dominance creating a compelling drama that isn’t afraid to raise difficult and challenging questions on the changing landscape of media.
Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston), is co-anchor of a morning talk show. Her life and career thrown into turmoil when her co-host Mitch (Steve Carrell), is accused of sexual misconduct and fired. The troubled TV Show receiving a fatal stab to the heart as the dynamic duo that kept it afloat lies tattered after 15 years. However, as the show is thrown into chaos, Network Executive (Billy Crudup) spots an opportunity for change. An opportunity to bring in new talent that speaks to a changing American appetite for news. Enter regional reporter, Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon), who is experiencing viral video fame after loosing her shit on live TV.
The talent both on screen and behind the camera shines through in every scene of The Morning Show. And while some dialogue feels clunky, performances and direction keep the drama rolling. However, it is within it subject matter that The Morning Show truly excels. Creating a snapshot of a changing media landscape that not all encompasses the empowerment of women, but also the changing dynamics of TV News. The power of social media and soundbites replacing the once trusted role of the TV anchor person. As the general public digest only what they want to hear through a range of handheld media.
The Morning Show never seeks to answer every question it raises in relation to #MeToo, social media, female empowerment and male power. But it does provide us with fascinating and at times uncomfortable exploration of an industry changing alongside a society of instant news.