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The Morning Show: The return of Apple TV + flagship series



The Morning Show: The return of Apple TV + flagship series

After a wait of almost two years, the Morning Show is back on Apple TV +, a series with Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon that has ennobled Apple’s streaming platform since its debut. Also with this second season, available starting from September 17 with episodes published weekly every Friday, The Morning Show is confirmed as one of the serial projects that best manages to adapt to the contemporary world. While the first season had managed to insert itself with punctuality and effectiveness in the debate projected on the agenda of the #MeToo, this second cycle of episodes must inevitably deal with the event that unfortunately has upset the lives of all of us in the last two years, i.e. the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The first episode of the second season of the series runs on two tracks. On the one hand, the continuation of the main plot, with Cory Ellison’s Billy Crudup busy convincing Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) to reform the lucky couple with Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) after the daring conclusion of the past cycle of episodes, with an unforgettable report on live television at the top of the network for toxic behavior in the workplace. At the same time, The Morning Show wedges itself into our imagination, showing us in the first few minutes the deserted streets of New York during the first wave of the pandemic and then bringing us back to a few months earlier with an appropriate flashback, which has the task of projecting us towards the arrival of COVID-19.

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The Morning Show: television in the time of the pandemic

The first episode of the season hits where it hurts the most, focusing on New York’s New Year 2020, a symbol of the lost sociality in these difficult months. Between gatherings, celebrations and harmless sneezing, which with today’s awareness become decidedly sinister, The Morning Show almost becomes the apology of a world that no longer exists, replaced by another that the series will explore in the next few episodes. Waiting to discover the evolution of events and the potential of the new characters (including those of Julianna Margulies, Valeria Golino And Will Arnett), the Apple series gives us again a Cory Ellison on the shields, who despite the changes, the rises and the falls, continues to stay in the saddle and plot behind the scenes. We also find Alex and Bradley: more and more launched (but not enough) the character of Reese Witherspoon, lonely and far from the spotlight that of Jennifer Aniston.

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Only the next episodes will be able to tell us if the technical and artistic cast has succeeded in the miracle of giving us a solid and coherent product, albeit with prolonged stops in production due to the pandemic and with extensive rewrites to include COVID-19 within the story. The prerequisites are all there, starting from the lucid and disenchanted gaze with which the behind the scenes of television is told, which despite the evolution of the public’s sensitivity is represented as an environment in which one continues to act with extreme cynicism and without the minimal respect for people. The den of self-centeredness, prevarication and opportunism that we have come to know and that will keep us company again in the coming weeks.