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    Spoilers:

    wait- y’all watched the same fourth episode that I did that started with her deciding to drop an abortion confession on live television and then proceeded to say it was a great episode??

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    Spoilers: wait- y’all watched the same fourth episode that I did that started with her deciding to drop an abortion confession on live television and then proceeded to say it was a great episode??

    Yes. It’s called popcorn entertainment – at least for me.

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    Yes. It’s called popcorn entertainment – at least for me.

    totally fair- can’t say this show isn’t entertaining, I just don’t want people asking for Emmy noms outside of acting when the writing of the show is really lacking of any complexities and for lack of a better word kinda corny.

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    There’s a lot of tension-building in episode 5.
    Carell and Aniston have potent on-screen chemistry. I love seeing the relationship between the two characters.
    Still don’t understand what Cory’s motivation is.

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    Babes, I’m loving how Reese so casually outacts the rest of the cast. A+ acting and episode.

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    This show reminded me why Jennifer Aniston is a star!
    The way she steals every scene she’s in!

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    I just can’t get invested in this show or its characters. And it mostly still comes across (to me) like it’s written by a 7th grader. Carrell is still ridiculously terrible in this.

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    So how about Crudup singing?  Does it secure him nominations?

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    Episode 5 was a weaker ep but still decent. It really picked up half way through. Crudup was the MVP and Aniston was still great even with lesser material. Anyone who thinks Witherspoon was anything in this ep is kidding themselves.

    So how about Crudup singing? Does it secure him nominations?

    I mean it was the best scene in the episode – although not for the singing but for the delicious tension between him and Aniston.

    I really hope he gets noms across the board as he’s been the definition of a scene stealer so far.

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    “by its finale, “The Morning Show” is less addictive train wreck than glum clunker, symptomatic of peak TV: it’s yet another lacquered, poorly structured ten-episode story, whose sparks are dampened as it becomes more earnest. The best bits just make you miss livelier shows. It has the pedantry of “The Newsroom,” minus its screwball zest, and the sleekness of “The Good Wife,” minus its canny wit. If it were nuttier, it could be “Scandal”; meaner, “Veep”; more at ease with its characters’ amorality, “Succession.” If it had more profound insights into Hollywood misogyny, it could be “BoJack Horseman.” Frustratingly, the script won’t let assholes be assholes. Instead, it keeps burdening us with their divorces, their environmentalism, their grief over their dented brands.
    The best bits of “The Morning Show” are actually its most warped, particularly its satirical portrait of the way people, no matter how complicit, mouth mealy platitudes about how much they care about the “brave victims,” even as many of those women stand among them, silent or silenced. “I feel so empowered,” one employee says, smirking. “Do I look empowered?” Carell certainly gives it his all as Mitch, a self-pitying rooster convinced that his comeback is imminent, and, if it isn’t, then he’ll take the network down with him. There’s an effective, creepy scene in which his character, pitching a fellow cancelled bigwig to direct a “nuanced” #MeToo documentary, realizes that his buddy is a predator, and not, as Mitch sees himself, a victim of cultural overkill. Crudup, too, is icily terrific, adding wit where the script lacks it; Gugu Mbatha-Raw is touching, as a booker with a secret. But, criminally, the show wastes Aniston, whose Alex is a seething phony whom we seem meant to feel for, based solely on the fact that she’s accessorized with Aniston’s halo of vulnerable warmth. As an antihero, she’s less complex than incoherent.
    It’s a shame, because the show keeps circling interesting themes, in particular the notion that from inside a system you can’t see how much it’s shaped you. There’s a singular late episode, an extended flashback to when Mitch was still an adored celebrity, that captures what it seems to be shooting for—a mordant map of a world in which women’s careers are snuffed as they become sexual trading pieces, while everyone shrugs. But by then it’s too late: when the show finally looks more closely at the women Mitch has messed with, it’s only to exploit their trauma, mawkishly so. They can’t stay in focus, because the camera has been facing the wrong way.” BY Emily Nussbaum THE NEW YORKER

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    Reese is…pretty bad? I find most everything from Bradley pretty unconvincing.

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