When the dramatic load of a television series hits you for real, you don’t forget it. The tribulations of his characters have reached him deep inside and, if he is presented with what happens to them with enough audiovisual skill, with that blow they can even knock him out. So some of us found it impossible not to be wanting to see season two of The Morning Show (Jay Carson and Kerry Ehrin, since 2019), Apple TV +’s proposal on the ins and outs of a successful American morning show, for these reasons.
It could not be otherwise after the shocking climax of pure brilliance with which the first season ends, a direct to the pit of the stomach that, if it does not knock you down, at least makes you see the stars. An extraordinary final fireworks, with all the journey there supported by a handful of outstanding actors in each of their roles.
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It cannot be surprising that the American Jay carson set out to tell this kind of story, having been the producer of the unmissable House of Cards (Beau Willimon, 2013-2018) and the screenwriter of The Candidate (Jason Reitman, 2018): which, after all, is pure political intrigue.
However, his companion Kerry Ehrin, a much more experienced compatriot, has diversified her thing before ending up on The Morning Show; from his participation in Fame (Christopher Gore, 1982-1987), through The problems grow (Neal Marlens, 1985-1992), Moonlight (Glenn Gordon Caron, 1985-1989), Those wonderful years (Carol Black and Marlens, 1988-1993), Boston Legal (David E. Kelley, 2004-2008), Friday Night Lights (Peter Berg, 2006-2011) or Parenthood (Jason Katims, 2010-2015), until the creation of Motel Bates (2013-2017 ) with Carlton Cuse and Anthony Cipriano.
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The Morning Show is the type of television series in which sometimes contemplative planning is used to capture a state of mind, and here, fully aware of what the characters ruminate in their stressful daily routine; with dynamic sequence shots occasional and slow motion emphasis.
But that doesn’t mean that conversations, and interpretation during them, Don’t be your greatest dramatic asset in keeping viewers’ attention fleeing and raising the cinematic bar. Because they turn out so credible eloquent and sharp as they should be. And it gives one the feeling that, if the scripts came from someone almost always great like Aaron Sorkin from The Newsroom (2012-2014), the fiction of Jay Carson and Kerry Ehrin for Apple TV + would be a blow to the table. of the most resonant. But make no mistake: here there is not enough fabric to cut in that sense.
And those really good parliaments that write to us return in the second season, with real spark and juicy concepts, like the metaphors from the eloquent Cory Ellison of Billy Crudup (Big Fish); a very pleasant caustic sense of humor, never avoiding bitterness, and some high voltage face to face in the power struggles and conflicting interests of The Morning Show; which remind us of the aforementioned House of Cards, but with few violent resources.
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Come back too the know-how of Jennifer Aniston (Friends) as Alex Levy, the high capacities of Steve Carell (Café Society) in the shoes of Mitch Kessler to offer us a very expressive but not histrionic incarnation; same as Reese witherspoon (Election) as the combative reporter Bradley Jackson or the one of the full-fledged Billy Crudup.
AND the priceless support of his co-starsBe it Mark Duplass (The Darkest Night), Karen Pittman (The Americans), Nestor Carbonell (Lost) or the charismatic Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) as Chip Black, Mia Jordan, Yanko Flores and Maggie Brener respectively. Joined by Julianna Margulies (The Sopranos) by Laura Peterson. In the absence of Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Loki), she was splendid as Hannah Shoenfeld in season one.
Oh and a great daring to pose certain social and historical problems with an honest complexity that stirs up and that sectarians of any kind will not like. AND the moments full of intensity drama that it gives us are the kind that give you goose bumps. A real treat to face The Morning Show again on Apple TV +.