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The Morning Show is one of those glorious series that thrives on soap opera-ish melodrama, but infuses it with real-world stakes. As in: ripped-from-the-headlines re-dramatizations of events we’ve all survived, but made more entertaining because it’s Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon who are living it.
Season 3 of The Morning Show premiered Wednesday, and there’s no shortage of real-world echoes in all of the drama. UBA, the network that Aniston’s Alex Levy and Witherspoon’s Bradley Jackson work for, is struggling in a post-pandemic market. A charismatic and befuddling plutocrat is looking into buying the company (sound familiar?). He also recently launched a space program (sound even more familiar?). OK, it’s Elon Musk. Well, not exactly him, but Jon Hamm joins the cast this season as Paul Sparks, a billionaire who is interested in taking over UBA.
(Warning: Spoilers ahead.)