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#MeToo Movement at the Center of ‘The Morning Show’

Kimberly Jones

The entertainment industry was shook in 2017 when news broke that Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct by several women. More than a dozen of them claimed that the film producer sexually harassed and raped them. Following the allegations, the #MeToo movement came to the forefront with women around the country uniting to take a stand against sexual harassment and sexual assault. The Morning Show is right on time tackling the very real and uncomfortable situations women often face in the workplace.

The Morning Show premiered on Apple TV+ on November 1. It is centered around the anchors and producers of a very popular and successful morning program. The series follows the aftermath of the show after its lead anchor Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) was fired due to sexual misconduct allegations. The world of The Morning Show is now forever changed.

Mia Jordan (Karen Pittman) is a producer on the show and is at the center of the controversy. She is a sharp top-notch producer but her good work is being overshadowed by the fact that she had an inappropriate relationship with her superior Mitch Kessler. Working in an industry heavily dominated by men, Mia has no choice but to speak up for herself and tell her truth. In episode 7 Mia reached her boiling point. After being taunted by a male colleague, she decides to address the elephant in the room. “We’re all human. We all have regrets” she grabbed the studio microphone and made a statement in front of her colleagues, “No matter which side of that #metoo line you fall on we are all just people who want to do our jobs, do good work. So, that’s what I’m going to focus on my work.”

Unfortunately, Mia is not the only victim of sexual misconduct in the office. Chief segment producer Hannah Shoenfeld (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) had a non-consensual encounter with Mitch when she was still a rookie on the team (ep. 8). After an emotional day covering the deadliest mass shooting in US history in Las Vegas, Mitch invites the young and ambitious junior producer to his hotel room leaving her in a powerless situation. When Shoenfeld reports the incident to Fred Micklen (Tom Irwin), the president of the network, he offers her the head booker position instead of addressing the issue and trying to resolve it. She accepts. Despite the promotion and moving up with the company, the incident has left Hannah’s life in shambles – she turned to drugs and alcohol to help her cope with her new reality.

The Morning Show Season 1 | Episode 8 Gugu Mbatha-Raw in “The Morning Show,” now streaming on Apple TV+

Pittman and Mbatha-Raw are joined by veteran actresses Jennifer Aniston (Alex Levy) and Reese Witherspoon (Bradley Jackson) – both are the anchors of the revamped version of The Morning Show trying to set a new tone for the show under female leadership. It has been a bumpy ride for them all as they try and navigate a new normal in the workplace and the women fight to take their power back.

The Morning Show is nominated for Best TV Drama series at the upcoming Golden Globe Awards and new episodes are available every Friday on Apple TV+.

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Teyana and Iman’s Reality Show Renewed For 2nd Season

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert are set to return with their unscripted reality series We Got Love Teyana & Iman, The Jasmine Brand exclusively reported. According to the publication, E! will renew the show as it scored high viewership ratings.

The series gives an unfiltered peek behind the curtain as the power couple – the R&B singer and NBA champion, along with their tight-knit entourage of family and friends, continue building their empire, all while juggling their careers and busy home life.

We Got Love Teyana & Iman first aired in June. The final episode dropped on Wednesday, September 15.

Prom scene, We Got Love Teyana & Iman S01 Ep8

In the season finale titled Fast Tunes at Aunties High, Teyana and Iman can be seen attending a recreated High School prom. Since the R&B singer missed out on the experience, the NBA champion and his team attempt to put together a dream prom for Teyana.

After episode 8 aired, viewers took it to Twitter to share their reactions.

One user wrote, “The Prom was beautiful glad she got to have one, The team did a great job bringing everything together.”

Another said, “Aww so sweettt! And he bought Hot Cheetos and Skittles!? LOL He the one sis!”

Fans also have expressed wanting more of the show. @SusieCarmichael tweeted, “I just wanna thank Junie for allowing Teyana and Iman for being on her show this season. Looking forward to a new season in the future.”

E! has not made an official announcement of the renewal at this time, but we are expecting it any day now.

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Lizzo Wants to Star in ‘The Bodyguard’ Remake with Chris Evans

Lizzo has been expressing her interest in Marvel’s Chris Evans for some time now. In her latest social media post, the Grammy award-winning singer suggested that both of them should star in the recently announced remake of The Bodyguard.

After the news broke on Monday that the 1992 classic starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner was getting the remake treatment, Lizzo posted a video on TikTok.

In the published video, the Rumors singer reacts to the announcement of the new Bodyguard movie using the “What are we talking about?” format. She then shows another tweet that suggests she and Evans should co-star in the upcoming Warner Bros. remake. 

“What y’all think?” Lizzo captioned her post with a smirking emoji.

@lizzo

What y’all think? 😏

♬ original sound – berlinXchiaki

Lizzo and Evan’s back-and-forth started earlier this year when the singer shared with her followers that she’d slid into Captain America’s DMs while drunk. Evans later responded on Twitter, “no shame in a drunk DM.” Both have been having what seems like a great friendship since then.

What do you think, would they be good leads for the new Bodyguard movie?

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ Renewed For Season Two

Peacock’s Emmy-nominated late-night series has been renewed for a second season, Variety reported.

“We are thrilled to keep doing what we love for another season,” said host, writer, and executive producer Amber Ruffin in a statement. “Margaritas for everyone!”

The show is a mix of weekly news and comedy, now with a live studio audience. It sees Ruffin sharing her signature take on important events with added bits, songs, and bowties.

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‘The Amber Ruffin Show’ poster

Season one of the critically-acclaimed series will conclude this Friday, September 17. The second season will kick off on Friday, October 8, with all-new episodes dropping every Friday.

In addition to hosting her own show, Ruffin is also a writer and performer for NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She was the first African American woman to write for a late-night network talk show in the U.S.

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