Sunday, June 16, 2024

SPOILER: Steve Carell Finally Extricates Himself from “The Morning Show” Mess, Gets Back to Movies


If you watch Apple’s “The Morning Show,” then you know what’s happened. And if you don’t, I’ll tell you anyway:

Steve Carell is out of the series, at last.

In Episode 7, Carell’s Mitch, who was a very unlikable and irredeemable Matt Lauer like character, dies in a car accident, possible suicide. It was a season too late, but alright, we’ll take it.

I could not understand why Carell, a terrific actor with a great resume, would take on this role. There was nothing good about Mitch, and no way to bring him back from his long list of malfeasance. He caused incredible heartbreak, and death. He was a liar and a cheat. Didn’t anyone explain this to Carell up front? Now he can read Katie Couric’s book to get a better handle on it.

Carell is lined up for a new series called “The Patient,” about a troubled psychotherapist. But he really has to get back to genial comedies. He’s done well with drama — see him in “Foxcatcher” — but enough is enough. Play to your strengths! Goodbye and good riddance to Mitch!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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