There is a great tradition of comedies featuring ambitious young women, from the 1940 film His Girl Friday to the modern dramedy Working Girl. In Morning Glory, the comedy is set in the frequently funny world of morning news broadcasts. It stars Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller, a talented television producer who tries to make peace between an egotistical news reporter (Harrison Ford) and a morning show host (Diane Keaton) so she can turn the falling ratings around.
“If you’ve seen any clips on YouTube, you know that morning news is full of some of the most absurdly hysterical stuff that’s ever been captured on video. It was exciting to think of all the comedic potential in that,” says Bryan Burke, who co-produced the film with J.J. Abrams.
Screenwriter Aline Bruch McKenna, who also wrote The Devil Wears Prada, believes strongly in research to accomplish. To get the right touch of realism for the film, she spent nights and early morning hours behind the scenes at New York morning shows to experience the action firsthand.
Newsman Morley Safer, who has a cameo in the film, asked McKenna if she had ever worked in news because he felt everything was so incredibly accurate, notes executive producer Sherryl Clark.
“Morning Glory” is now showing on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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