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News show exposé 'Top of the Morning' may be adapted as a TV movie

'Top of the Morning,' by Brian Stelter, generated a lot of buzz but reviews of the book were lukewarm. 

By Staff Writer / January 3, 2014

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Brian Stelter's book "Top of the Morning," which focuses on the behind-the-scenes stories of TV morning news shows – including "Good Morning America" and "The Today Show" – is being developed as a TV movie for the Lifetime Channel, according to Deadline.

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"Top of the Morning" was originally released this past April.

Since the book covers some high-profile morning shows, the question now is, as Deadline writer Lisa de Moraes puts it, "the important stuff – casting! Who should play Matt Lauer? Ann Curry? George Stephanopoulos? Robin Roberts? Sam Champion?"

As we reported this spring, "Top of the Morning" received a lot of advance buzz but reviews were tepid, with critics saying the book has "more than a little overblown prose" and what Hollywood Reporter writer Andy Lewis called a lack of original reporting.

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