Apple is just days away from introducing the world to Apple TV Plus. The Netflix-like subscription service featuring Apple’s original TV shows and movies, Apple TV Plus will launch Friday for $5 a month. People who buy a new Apple gadget get to watch free for a year, while everyone else qualifies for a seven-day free trial. Apple TV Plus will launch with nine confirmed titles — and the early reviews of its high-priced shows have started rolling in. The service, which has a reported budget of $6 billion to rope in some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, is staking the most on The Morning Show, its marquee drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston. The Morning Show has an eye-popping $300 million reported budget for two seasons, but, so far, early reviews are mixed. As of Tuesday morning, Metacritic summarizes the critical reaction with a 60% score, and Rotten Tomatoes pegs it at 59%. Critics generally have praised the actors’ performances and some call it fun and intriguing. But others use gut-punching descriptions like brutally dull and muddled, with one saying the show and the service both “don’t need to exist.” Apple TV Plus’ other big launch titles have varied in critics’ estimation. See, a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Jason Momoa, has the coldest critical reception so far: It… Read full this story
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