If it’s Friday, it must be time for LinkFrogging, kids.
It’s Emmy weekend. Can you sense the Zoom anticipation?
The annual television award show is this Sunday and my wife and I have been doing out best to watch as many of the shows as we could to prepare for the big night.
That’s led us to some dark dark places.
With the exception of Schitt’s Creek, our recent viewing has included Better Call Saul, Succession and, this week, The Morning Show.
All of these shows were excellent, but they all featured people acting in the worst ways possible.
And none were more guilty of that than The Morning Show.
The reason The Morning Show is the worst offended is because it takes actors we all love – Steve Carrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon – turns them into the evil versions of the characters we are famous for.
In Carrell’s case it’s obvious. Michael Scott grew a beard.
His turn as a serial sexual predator who feels entitled to redemption is ugly and painful to watch.
Nowhere is more painful than in the first season’s eighth episode where the audience gets to watch, in excruciating detail as Carrell’s character boosts up a subordinate’s career only to use that as grounds to take sexual advantage of her.
It was haunting television
And LinkFrogging wouldn’t be LinkFrogging if I didn’t use that to choose this week’s cheesecake.
Please say hello to Gugu Mbatha-Raw.
Gugu gave a riveting, award worthy, performance as Hannah on The Morning Show.
Before that she appeared in other geek approved fare as Doctor Who, Odd Thomas, Belle and The Cloverfield Paradox.