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. 

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The 'Today' Show hosts (from l.) Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer, and Natalie Morales present the new Monopoly token.

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.

"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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