Stephen King on The Morning Show: ‘What’s not to like?’

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Stephen King
The director of Maximum Overdrive loves The Morning Show.
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Unlike many critics, horror legend Stephen King seems to be enjoying new Apple TV+ series The Morning Show.

In a tweet early Monday, King praised the show as “instantly involving,” with “characters you care about.” “What’s not to like?” he wrote. Coming from the writer behind It, The Shining and Shawshank Redemption, that’s high praise.

“Thank you so much for this,” The Morning Show showrunner Kerry Ehrin tweeted in response.

The Morning Show actor Mark Duplass also replied to King’s praise. “Thank u so much for the nice words,” Duplass tweeted. “u r a hero of mine and this means the world.”

King, it should be noted, recently received a big check from Apple. His novel Lisey’s Story is being turned into an eight-part series for Apple TV+. King himself is writing the show, which makes it something of a rarity among adaptations of his work.

Stephen King loves The Morning Show

With that said, King doesn’t need to suck up to Apple by praising its shows indiscriminately. While it’s not likely he would have slated the show if he hadn’t liked it, he most likely would have just said nothing.

Personally, I really liked The Morning Show. Early reviews slammed it as a “painful belly flop” and worse, so I went in expecting a disaster. Instead, I got a well-observed, timely drama that could very well rack up big awards for Apple TV+ next year. The show is already getting a second season.

Apple’s $4.99-per-month Apple TV+ subscription video service launched November 1. For more on Apple TV+, check out this explainer post from my colleague Charlie Sorrel.

Do you share Stephen King’s enthusiasm for The Morning Show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.