I know of one TV star who sent herself a gun in the post to create publicity
But The Morning Show offers something more rooted in reality. I’ve come to it two years late (because I needed something to watch with my daughter and she loves the three main cast as much as I do). Its portrayal of TV news mechanics is fine.
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Its commentary on the demise of traditional broadcast journalism is depressingly accurate. But it’s the depiction of fame and celebrity that is really on the money.
I’ve been in and around the entertainment industry for 20 years. I’ve worked with TV faces of all flavours, from the serious and credible to the fluffy and absurd. I’ve scrutinised them as the editor of a showbiz magazine and I have dealt with them first-hand as a colleague.
I have come to regard the lives of these stars as something to pity as much as admire. The fragility of their status, the constant neurosis they carry around with them, the volatility with which they often express these muddled emotions. It is a tough life being famous.
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People think the money offsets the trauma but that’s trite and superficial. Most of them are all too aware that their financial security hangs by a thread and that their destiny is dictated by the whims of others.
I think it’s really hard to stay sane if you’re famous. I know of one TV star who sent herself a gun in the post to create publicity. She was so afraid of losing her sense of relevance that she was prepared to contrive her own death threat. That sort of shit is more common than you ever hear about.
The Morning Show encapsulates that frantic and unstable world with a beautiful, empathetic and often hilarious accuracy. This is an underrated gem of a show: perfectly written and superbly performed.
Season two of The Morning Show is on Apple TV+ now
Read more from Sam at samdelaney.substack.com
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