|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|April 23, 2013|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and paperback) EBOOK|
Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV is a 2013 non-fiction book by the American journalist Brian Stelter. The book was first published on April 23, 2013, through Grand Central Publishing and centers on the world of morning television. A lengthy excerpt appeared in The New York Times Magazine in the week before publication.
In Top of the Morning Stelter discusses several daytime television shows, their hosts, and events that he oversaw while working as a media reporter for The New York Times. The book focuses heavily on Ann Curry's replacing Meredith Vieira on the Today show, as well as covering other events such as the rivalry between Good Morning America and the Today show over morning television ratings.
Critical reception for Top of the Morning has been mixed to negative. The Washington Times gave a mostly positive review for the book, while Entertainment Weekly gave a mixed one.Entertainment Weekly stated while the book's quality improved as it progressed, the book was unlikable, and some elements - such as Robin Roberts' cancer - "has been documented better elsewhere". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Hollywood Reporter both panned the book, with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette criticizing it as reading "more like a dispatch from someone working at TMZ than a New York Times reporter".
On December 17, 2013, the Lifetime television network announced it was adapting the book into a two-hour television film, but by 2016 the cable network's option on the project had lapsed.
The book now serves as inspiration for the upcoming drama series The Morning Show and will focus on the life of people working in morning television. The series will star and be executive produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon for Apple TV+.
A version of this article appears in print on April 21, 2013, on Page MM24 of the Sunday Magazine with the headline: Waking Up On The Wrong Side Of A Rating War.Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
Book focuses on rivalry between 'Today' and 'Good Morning America'
...the project has been out of development for about a year, leaving in question whether the general public will ever see a ripped-from-the-headlines TV movie with actors playing such key figures as Matt Lauer, Curry, Al Roker and Robin Roberts, or any of the executives who work with them behind the scenes.
There remains the possibility that the project could be shopped around and ultimately find another home.
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