THE MORNING SHOW: SEASON THREE
Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Jon Hamm, Greta Lee, Julianna Margulies, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Nicole Beharie, and Holland Taylor
Creator: Jay Carson
Although The Morning Show hasn’t changed all that much over the course of its three seasons, I think it has just run out of narrative steam for me. I found it extremely difficult to be interested in any of the way-too-many characters, even if the performances themselves are solid across the board. It just tries to tackle too many hot-button issues at once, even featuring COVID and January 6th, neither of which I need to see more of in late 2023. Add in a few too many soapy elements, and The Morning Show has become something I may cancel from my watchlist.
The Morning Show had a great two-year run, but its newest offering feels a little lost. With the conclusion of the Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) storyline last season, there was no clear path forward, and this season reflects that. Yes, Jennifer Aniston continues to thrive as Alex Levy while Jon Hamm is a solid addition, but it just doesn’t work as well. Everything feels watered down, including Billy Crudup's Cory Ellison, who was a highlight of the previous seasons. With no clear party to root for and haphazard storylines throughout, this series must bring more to the table to justify a fourth season.