I know a TV star who mailed himself a gun to advertise
Corn The morning show offers something more grounded in reality. I got there two years late (because I needed something to watch with my daughter and she loves the three lead actors as much as I do). Its representation of the mechanics of television news is good.
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His comment on the disappearance of traditional broadcast journalism is depressingly accurate. But it’s the portrayal of fame and fame that is really about the money.
I have been in and around the entertainment industry for 20 years. I’ve worked with TV faces of all flavors, from serious and believable to fluffy and absurd. I scrutinized them as the editor of a showbiz magazine and dealt with them firsthand as a colleague.
I have come to see the lives of these stars as something to pity as much as to admire. The fragility of their status, the constant neurosis they carry with them, the volatility with which they often express these confused emotions. It’s a hard life to be famous.
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People think that money makes up for the trauma, but it’s trivial and superficial. Most of them are only too aware that their financial security is hanging by a thread and that their fate is dictated by the whims of others.
I think it’s really hard to stay sane if you’re famous. I know a TV star who mailed himself a gun to advertise. She was so afraid of losing her sense of relevance that she was ready to invent her own death threat. This kind of shit is more common than you ever hear about.
The morning show sums up this frenetic and unstable world with beautiful empathetic and often hilarious precision. It’s an underrated gem of a show: perfectly written and superbly performed.
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