Roger Michell directs the romantic comedy “Morning Glory” from Paramount Pictures with the screenplay written by Aline Brosh McKenna. Starring: Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Patrick Wilson, and Jeff Goldblum.
Despite all of her hard work, Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) has just been fired from her job for the local station news program and her career has reached a new low. Determined to bounce back, she takes on the challenge of bringing “Daybreak,” a national morning news program back into the public eye and into favor with the top brass. The show is at the bottom of the ratings and Becky thinks that bringing back Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), an anchorman that was a legend in his own time, is how she will get the job done.
But Becky soon discovers that stepping into the unpredictable and dysfunctional world of morning television is just as dangerous as unstable boyfriends. Not only does Pomeroy give everyone a hard time in general, he clashes viciously with the co-host of the show, Colleen Peck (Diane Keaton). While morning news programs are where people expect to hear the latest celebrity gossip, community service, entertainment and fashion news, Pomeroy balks at the very idea of doing “puff” pieces instead of “real” news.
Meanwhile Peck who is a longtime morning show personality and former beauty queen has no problem with these news items and dislikes Pomeroy’s pompous attitude. The on-air insults are flying and the network executives are upset because the ratings are not improving. Becky finds herself playing peacekeeper to keep Colleen and Mike from ripping each other to shreds.
But Pomeroy is well aware that working with him is no walk in the park, he finds that Becky is a lot like he was during his heyday and warns her of allowing the job to become her life. Colleen also knows that some of the news items are totally ridiculous, but a lot of them are a welcome break from reality. But most of all, she resents the fact that Mike is making a lot more money for doing the show than she is.
With all of the action on and off camera between these two personalities, Becky’s prospects for romance is slowly fading with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Patrick Wilson). As it becomes very clear that her great idea is not working, the pressure is on for her to find a way to save the show and her job.