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    Turd Ferguson
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    I finally watched this and it is a lot better than I thought it would be. The acting is it’s strongest suit, with Aniston, Witherspoon, and Crudup all expectedly being fantastic. Mbatha-Raw and Duplass were surprisingly stellar to me. One moment that kind of took me out of the finale was the story about the cruise ship going into quarantine. Did they predict this shit?

    Big fan of Better Call Saul, Sex Education, Barry, BoJack Horseman, and, especially, Survivor

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    Watched this again for the second time as my partner hadn’t seen it and what else is there to do during quarantine.

    Overall, I think the show hits its stride a bit late in the season. Episodes 7 onwards the show really shines. First 4 dragged and it definitely leans heavy on the melodrama. It’s very Sorkinesque but not as witty or punchy. The show benefits from centering around a topical and relevant social issue that invites discussion and a fair bit of contemplation.

    Acting is strong across the board, with Jennifer Aniston leading the pack. Girl’s got range and I’m glad she’s got this platform to really show us what she’s capable of doing. Reese Witherspoon is the only one I’m not super hot on, which is a shame because I LOVED her in Big Little Lies. She settles in better towards the end though. Gugu Mbatha-Raw doesn’t get to do much in the first half of the show but when she gets the material, she hits it out of the park.

    The men definitely take a backseat on the show, which is understandable. Billy Crudup has the best character: bit of a bad boy hero who’s slightly chaotic and flexes a lot of his boyish charm around. It’s a highly entertaining performance from Crudup. Mark Duplass is effective if not a bit boring. Steve Carell is great in a limited role. He doesn’t get to do much other than shout and whine in the first few episodes, but I thought his speech to the staff in episode 5 was very well-done and he was truly remarkable in episodes 8 and 9. He humanizes this one-dimensional and villainous character in a way that’s a bit confusing to watch as a viewer; you see why people are drawn to this narcissistic prick but he’s also just horrible and selfish and completely unaware.

    Part of the reason why I wanted to rewatch the series was because of this forum’s extreme dislike for Carell, which I’ve not observed elsewhere. I wanted a rewatch to see if I’ve misjudged his performance and honestly, I still like him a lot. It’s not an easy role to do and I credit him for fleshing out a despicable character and make him more real, and not just a device/trope as a “sexual abuser boss”.

    The show works best when it’s addressing  workplace sexual politics, beyond that the writing is a bit thin. The whole forest fire episode was so unnecessary and tedious. I’d be happy if they just end the show right here, it would work quite well as a limited series, but I’m not going to complain about the opportunity to watch more of Aniston and Crudup.

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    Katie Couric said on the Everything Iconic With Danny Pellegrino podcast: “I thought some of it was really interesting.” Said that the writers of the show did a good job in portraying the “long-term impact and the serious devastation that results from certain behaviors.” As for Jennifer’s rumored depiction of her, Katie thought her acting was “great” but described the character as lacking in the charm that a TV host would typically possess. “I wish they had made her more charismatic because I think you need a certain ebullience to pull off a show like that,” Katie noted. Couric refused to go more into detail and told the host, “I’ll just leave it at that.” I agree with her. I also felt that Alex Levy lacked charisma as a TV host. Maybe it was because she was going through that whole mess but still I thought Bradley Jackson was more compelling as a host when they weren’t trying to make her mess up the show on air.

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    I’m not sure this is really news – wasn’t the whole plotline that Alex had lost her magic years ago and that Cory had wanted her gone even before the sexual harassment revelations?

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    I’m not sure this is really news – wasn’t the whole plotline that Alex had lost her magic years ago and that Cory had wanted her gone even before the sexual harassment revelations?

    This. She was supposed to have lost her magic before the event of the show started.

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    Currently in the middle of the ninth episode, and I’m liking this way way more. Started off extremely rough, but they really found their stride.

    I agree with what someone (might have been Luca) said about it, it’s strongest when it’s focusing on the workplace harassment and relationship issues at its core.

    Carell has grown on me. I still don’t think he’ll make my personal lineup, but at least now I won’t be frustrated if he’s nominated (just maybe a little disappointed cause there’s better contenders out there).

    I really wish Mbatha-Raw had been guest. Her role is so small for so much of the season that she probably could have been taken out of most of the early episodes and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference until episode eight. But after that, she’s SO so good, and I’d love to see her get a nomination somewhere, but in supporting she doesn’t stand a chance. It’s strange, her character is just so confined to those last few episodes that she feels like a guest role.

    Witherspoon just does not feel right for the role of Bradley. She’s good, but she just doesn’t really fit that character. I hate to say it, but I think she may have been a little too old? I think it would’ve fit better to have someone in their early to mid 30s as that sort of brash and idealistic foil to Alex (a Brie Larson or Alison Brie type maybe), would’ve made more sense and emphasized the differences in their experience and life outlook if there’d been a bigger age gap.

    I’m liking it a lot better as it goes along, but this should’ve been WAY shorter. Seven or eight episodes would’ve cut the filler out and given a stronger focus on its best topic: the workplace relationships.

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    Witherspoon just does not feel right for the role of Bradley. She’s good, but she just doesn’t really fit that character. I hate to say it, but I think she may have been a little too old? I think it would’ve fit better to have someone in their early to mid 30s as that sort of brash and idealistic foil to Alex (a Brie Larson or Alison Brie type maybe), would’ve made more sense and emphasized the differences in their experience and life outlook if there’d been a bigger age gap.

    I never thought about Bradley/Witherspoon being a miscast and I loved the idea of Alison Brie playing her.

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    So that finale RULED. Most of my opinions about the show stated earlier are the same, but it’s crazy how it went from barely C-grade stuff to A material over the span of just ten episodes. That finale was really great television.

    I’d say Aniston, Mbatha-Raw, and Crudup are all deserving of nominations. I still think Aniston was outshone by Kidman and Linney, but she would still make a very deserving winner, and I’d have no complaints. Crudup was very good, but I would be a little disappointed if he won, just because there were others who were better in his category. I was also impressed by Duplass and may end up putting him in my personal lineup.

    I was predicting Kaling to nab a guest nomination just off of goodwill and name recognition (Nanjiani-style), but now I won’t. I really thought she was going to have more of a presence, but she completely disappeared. Doubt voters will remember her at all, even if they watched the whole season.

    I stand by my earlier statement that Witherspoon was miscast. Should’ve gone for someone about a decade younger to add some more nuance to her differences to Alex. Bradley was also just not a well-written character. I hope the writers can really nail down who she is in season two.

    Seems like Steve Carell won’t be back next season, and I’m okay with that. His story seems pretty done, and I think maybe one more guest appearance to fully wrap things up with him could be good, but he just wouldn’t have much purpose going forward, so good to see that they’re being smart.

    They have a LOT of places they can go in season two, so I’m excited to see where they end up taking things. As a season overall it was very uneven and had some focus issues, but I’d give it a solid B. However, since the second half landed so well, if they continue on the improvement road they’re going down, season two is looking to be great A-level stuff, so I’ll definitely be tuning in when it comes back.

    A series nomination would be pretty meh, but I wouldn’t be upset about it.

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    I never thought about Bradley/Witherspoon being a miscast and I loved the idea of Alison Brie playing her.

    I just feel like we were always TOLD that Bradley was a dangerous loose cannon, but we never really SAW it in Witherspoon’s performance. Not really Reese’s fault, I just think the writing was uneven for the character and she went a little too subdued for a character that should’ve been more bold and brash. Witherspoon just made her too likable. I think Alison Brie would’ve been fantastic because (as we’ve seen on GLOW) she’s so good at characters who are extremely abrasive and pretty unlikable, but she can still make you root for them and want to see them succeed. I think Reese made us root just a little too hard for Bradley and didn’t give her that edge that was needed to fully realize her character.

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    I just rewatched the season and my opinion of Bradley improved during episode 4 after she is established as co-anchor. Like the rest of the show, IMO, she is at her best when in storylines commenting on #metoo. The fact that she was older than Ashley, Mitchs victim who was interviewed, and Hannah added a matriarchal quality which was an asset to those scenes. Bradley as both a seasoned journalist but major network tv novice provided an objective set of eyes to the toxic culture, which was a good contrast to the rest of the cast.

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    I am halfway through the season and think it’s so good. I don’t think Reese was miscast and enjoy seeing her be more outlandish and animated, though her accent is inconsistent. The scene in the pilot with her screaming was so reminiscent of her scream in the finale of “Little Fires Everywhere” that made me not appreciate the moment in LFE since I realized she’d done the same thing (saw LFE before TMS). I think if they make the second season a compelling continuation then it’ll land more nominations (i.e. Series and Supporting Actress) for the next go round.

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    ‘The Morning Show’ Adds Greta Lee & Ruairi O’Connor To Cast For Season 2: https://deadline.com/2020/10/the-morning-show-greta-lee-ruairi-oconnor-cast-season-2-1234594696/

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    I wonder how big Steve Carrel’s role will be next season and whether he’ll stay lead or not.

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    I can imagine a situation where Carell ends up going Guest like Ted Danson in Damages.

    Obviously it depends on how much material he gets next season.

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