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    marty
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    I don’t know where it’s referred to that she’s 40, I’m pretty sure it’s more like 32, but it’s irrelevant. It’s about embodying the nature of the character, which is young and fresh and impulsive in the writing. Erskine and Konkle are in their 30s and portray teenagers in a manner which is almost uncanny in Pen15 (If that character is 40, it IS a writing problem, because I don’t think that character behaves in a way consistent with a 40 year old)

    Reese is not convincing me she has decades less experience than Aniston’s Alex, age of characters irrelevant. As for ageism, I don’t think that’s fair. I do think there are ageism problems in TV, but they’re often about not allowing actresses to simply play their age.

    She says “40 year childless woman” in reference to herself, S1E2 or E3, when berating Cory for making her an anchor on TMS. And she’s not supposed to have “decades less” experience than Alex, who is 50-55 at most (since she has a 16/17 yo daughter). Just pointing that out. I am not a fan of Reese’s performance on the show either.

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    I think this was a solid premiere, and I have this feeling I will enjoy the season, exactly like season 1, and I don’t care too much about critics who hated The show from the first minute and will never embrace it (of course general reception matters,so those reviews will hurt its awards prospects).

    I liked Greta Lee on first impression, i hope it’s not a thankless role.
    The episode was focused on the main 3 characters and once again Crudup and Aniston killed, loved them alone in their scenes and together.
    Witherspoon also for me doesn’t work as she should…I’m never rooting for Bradley.

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    She says “40 year childless woman” in reference to herself, S1E2 or E3, when berating Cory for making her an anchor on TMS. And she’s not supposed to have “decades less” experience than Alex, who is 50-55 at most (since she has a 16/17 yo daughter). Just pointing that out. I am not a fan of Reese’s performance on the show either.

    I stand corrected then! It has, to be fair, a long time since I watched Season 1. I think maybe I am remembering things poorly.

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    Honestly, I can’t take this show too seriously with its writing. I guess I’m not suppose to? I have mixed feelings about the premiere.

    I really think the performances, particularly those of Jennifer Aniston and Billy Crudup elevate the series.

    I missed Bel Powley’s character and I hope she comes back. It seemed like most characters in the cast were sidelined in the first episode outside of Aniston, Crudup and Witherspoon’s.

    IDK how I feel about the timing of when the story takes place (right before COVID shutdown). That’s not exactly something I want to relive or that I can imagine others would want to either.

    I guess I’ll see where Season 2 goes. I’m excited for the introduction of Julianna Margulies’s character. Hope she comes sooner rather than later.

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    The season opener is the lowest rated episode of the show on IMDB.

    Oscars FYC:
    "THE POWER OF THE DOG" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "SPENCER" – In all categories especially Director (Pablo Larrain) and Actress (Kristen Stewart)
    "SHIVA BABY" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "TOGETHER" – Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "FLEE" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "LAST NIGHT IN SOHO" – Director (Edgar Wright), S. Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy/Diana Rigg), Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design

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    Crudup will compete for Best Actor Drama no more in Supporting?

    2022 Award Season, FYC:

    Best Picture: TITANE, L'EVENEMENT
    Best Director: JULIA DUCOURNAU
    Best Actress: JODIE COMER
    Best Actor: BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH
    Best Supporting Actress: ANN DOWD, TONI COLLETTE
    Best Supporting Actor: WILLEM DAFOE, RICHARD JENKINS

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    I feel like this show doesn’t have any buzz

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    Crudup will compete for Best Actor Drama no more in Supporting?

    Are you asking or stating this? I haven’t heard of any such placement change. IMO Aniston and Witherspoon should be the only leads.

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    Everything surrounding Carell keeps bringing this show down because the scenes in Italy were a mess. The rest was good especially the dinner scene.

    I don’t know if it’s the writing or the way Witherspoon plays her (probably both), but even though Bradley should theorically be right (I guess?) she just comes off as an annoying entitled brat. Aniston continues to be superior to her in this show and it’s even more clear when they confront each other just like in this episode. It’s also ironic that Bradley has testing problems regarding the audience in the show just like Witherspoon has. Maybe Reese is just a method actress!

    Julianna Margulies is introduced next week so I’m looking forward to that.

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    Interested to know what people think the worst case scenario is for The Morning Show this year? Discounting a sight unseen Marguiles – would it be acting noms for Aniston and Crudup only? I can’t see either of those missing.

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    I don’t know if it’s just me but I feel like this is better as a binge. I might switch to waiting until there are four or five from herein. The balance of soapy but dramatic works better as a binge for me.

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    Another great episode. Crudup continues to steal every damn moment. Only stuff I could have done without was all the Daniel bits. Such an uninteresting and one dimensional character who is an absolute lead weight on all scenes. Witherspoon was a lot better here. I wish the dinner had stayed as just five of them. Could have been a real firecracker.

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    Crudup immediately became the MVP of the episode for me with the line reading when his character mutters “no” when he’s checking on whether Bradley is going to attend the part or not.

    This episode itself was actually quite solid. With the exception of the airline announcement of the flight “landing in Wuhan, China” which really didn’t do it for me personally (although I can understand why others may have liked it) I thought the atmosphere of the days leading up to the global outbreak of the pandemic was better executed than it was in the opener. I particularly found it interesting how they were exploring how it wasn’t really something the show wanted to cover.

    Aniston was mesmerising on screen in this episode (although no surprises there). I guess my only qualm with the episode really is the exploration of Carrell’s characters life in Italy. I honestly can’t tell whether the writers and Carrell are intentionally trying to make us feel so off-put whenever we see something surrounding his character and feel like it’s undermining the show or if his character is just poorly written and Carrell is just miscast in this role. I will say though that if we do have to see such an exploration of Carrell’s character that I hope Valeria Golino’s role here is of some important size. She’s a two time Volpi cup winner!

    Can’t wait for La Margulies’ introduction next week!

    Oscars FYC:
    "THE POWER OF THE DOG" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "SPENCER" – In all categories especially Director (Pablo Larrain) and Actress (Kristen Stewart)
    "SHIVA BABY" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "TOGETHER" – Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "FLEE" – IN ALL CATEGORIES
    "LAST NIGHT IN SOHO" – Director (Edgar Wright), S. Actress (Anya Taylor-Joy/Diana Rigg), Cinematography, Costume Design and Production Design

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    I kinda thought Carrell was decent in this episode. Even if it’s still not an Emmy nomination worthy performance

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    This show is so poorly written.

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