Amid questions about ITV's salaries, did GMB's first episode justify the numbers?
Critics and viewers have flooded the internet with reviews of ITV’s latest breakfast programme, Good Morning Britain. The new show, modeled after the US format Good Morning America, features four hosts and a glass table, all engaged in a lively discussion on the hot topics of the day, with a few interruptions for weather, curiosity stories and, at least in the first edition – a Wheel of Fortune feature, presented by Andi Peters, directly from Kirkgate Market in Leeds. The show also marked former BBC presenter Susanna Reid’s ITV debut. The three other panelists are Ben Shephard, Sean Fletcher and Charlotte Hawkins.
Susanna Reid appeared perfectly at home on ITV.
Mostly, GMB received favorable reviews, with a few reviewers questioning the new format.
Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher called the launch show "quite dizzying" but added "everyone has their best smile on and has done their vocal warm-ups".
The smiles of the perfectly polished presenters were a big point of conversation. The Mirror’s live-blogger Rob Leigh said: "They're smiling so much their faces will need planning permission for grinny extensions."
The main exclusive, which doubled as a human interest story was with Paul O’Grady. This was O’Grady’s first interview, since he was hospitalized for a heart attack this year. Some reviewers pegged this as a strange, rather low-profile choice for a first exclusive: Digital Spy's Fletcher wrote: "The first 'big guest' on Good Morning Britain is Paul O'Grady talking about his recovery from his latest heart attack. It's not exactly A-list and it's a strange shift from the fast-paced hard news style of the rest of the show. However, Ben and Susanna are more adept at switching between the desk and the sofa than any of the Daybreak hosts ever were."
The presenters as a whole seem to still be getting the hang of things.