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Today in Soap Opera History (September 14)

1966: Constance went into labor on Peyton Place.

1981: General Hospital's Susan was in the hospital after having baby Jason.

2009: Guiding Light's Lillian visited Maureen Bauer's grave.

2010: One Life to Live's Dorian threw water on Bo and Nora."History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into different and unexpected images."

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"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

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1936: NBC debuted Frank and Anne Hummert's radio soap opera John's Other Wife. The story revolved around John Perry (Hanley Stafford), the owner of a department store, his wife Elizabeth, and an assistant secretary named Annette. John got more than he
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Kari Lizer Empty-Nester Mom Comedy Gets ABC Production Commitment

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Exclusive: ABC has nabbed a multi-camera comedy from The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer and Sony Pictures TV with a production commitment.

This marks the first sale for Lizer under the the significant multi-year overall deal she signed with Sony Pictures TV a couple of months ago.

Written and executive produced by Lizer via her Kari’s Logo Here banner, the untitled comedy centers on an empty-nester mom who wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. Fed up with the unanswered texts and blocked from their Facebook feed, she decides — much to their horror — that her place is with her family. First she inserts herself into their lives, then she becomes an indispensable part of them.

In addition to CBS’ New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran for five seasons and earned star Julia Louis-Dreyfus an Emmy,
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Um, Brian Austin Green Initially Rejected a ''Really Persistent'' Megan Fox

Um, Brian Austin Green Initially Rejected a ''Really Persistent'' Megan Fox
It's safe to say that Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox got off to a rocky start. In fact, they almost didn't date at all. On Barstool Radio's KFC Radio, the actor admits that he nearly jeopardized their entire future together. "I had just gotten out of a relationship… and I wasn't looking for a relationship at the time," the BH90210 star shares. But fate has a funny way of pushing people together. While working on an episode of Hope and Faith in New York city, alongside Kelly Ripa and Faith Ford, he met the fresh-faced actress. There seemed to be an instant attraction since the actor's first thoughts were, "This isn't this....
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On the Set of 'Murphy Brown' as Candice Bergen, Faith Ford Film the Series Finale

The future of Murphy Brown was still up in the air when the revival from series creator Diane English and star Candice Bergen was filming its finale in New York in November.

Amid a reboot frenzy, CBS brought back Bergen's trailblazing TV journalist and much of the original cast after 20 years off the air. The new iteration of the hit 1990s multicamera comedy from Warner Bros. TV — which re-created Murphy's iconic townhouse at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens — was picked up straight to series and had been one of the most anticipated new shows of ...
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Murphy Brown: Is the CBS TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season 12?

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Is Murphy back to stay? Has the Murphy Brown TV show been cancelled or renewed for a 12th season on CBS? The television vulture is watching all the latest TV cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of Murphy Brown, season 12. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

A CBS TV series revival, Murphy Brown stars original cast members Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, alongside Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly. Amidst daily attacks on the press, Murphy Brown (Bergen) decides to forsake retirement for a new Cnc morning show, Murphy in the Morning. She reunites the old Fyi gang, Corky Sherwood (Ford), Frank Fontana (Regalbuto),
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‘Murphy Brown’: CBS Still Open To Classic Reboots Despite Cancellation Of Candice Bergen Comedy

CBS is still open to rebooting classic shows despite the cancellation of Murphy Brown after one season.

The Candice Bergen-fronted series made headlines as the second wave of revival fever hit new heights last year, with the Emmy winning show returning to CBS in September almost 20 years after the original run of the Diane English-created series ended.

However, the show, which was initially conceived as a limited series, was unable to cut through.

Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment, told Deadline that the cancellation will not impact its interest in bringing back other classic formats.

“We loved working on the show and it did a great job. We just felt this season we had stuff that was better to put in. In terms of reboots, we’re open, we’re not closing the door, if there’s something that’s the right fit, we’re fully open to that.
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Murphy Brown, Life in Pieces, and Two More Canceled at CBS

It's a sad day to be a fan of the more marginally rated comedies on CBS

The network has canceled four series ahead of upfronts. 

Murphy Brown was revived back on the heels of the eye-popping ratings Roseanne pulled in for ABC

But CBS failed to realize that Murphy Brown was never as popular as the ABC classic, and viewers did not show up in their droves. 

Related: The Rookie, Bless This Mess, and Three More Renewed at ABC

The Candice Bergen-fronted revival launched to a paltry 1.1 demo rating last fall. Over 13 episodes, it averaged just 6.1 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating in the demo. 

Not even bringing back original stars Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana), Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood) and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg) could save the show. 

When CBS opted to not order more episodes for the first season, it became apparent that the network was done with the show.
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Murphy Brown

Network: CBS.

Episodes: 260 (half-hour).

Seasons: 11.

TV show dates:

November 14, 1988 -- May 18, 1998;

September 27. 2018 -- December 20, 2018.

Series status: Cancelled; Revived; Cancelled.

Performers include: Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Charles Kimbrough, Robert Pastorelli, Pat Corley, Ritch Brinkley, Lily Tomlin, John Hostetter, Garry MarshallNik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha. and Tyne Daly.

TV show description:

In the original series, recovering alcoholic Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is a tough investigative reporter and news anchor for a national TV newsmagazine named Fyi.

She works alongside stuffy and old-style newsman Jim Dial (Charles Kimbrough), and her best friend, insecure undercover reporter Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto). Young and neurotic Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) becomes the show's producer
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Murphy Brown: Season 11 Ratings

Everything old is new again. Revivals are still trending, and CBS does not want to be left behind, so it has brought back its Murphy Brown TV show for an 11th season. In this era of charges of "fake news" and the viral spread of "alternative facts," the nation arguably needs Murphy, but will a big enough audience tune in to justify future installments? Will Murphy Brown be cancelled or renewed for season 12? Stay tuned. **Status update below.

A CBS sitcom revival, season 11 of Murphy Brown stars original cast members Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, alongside Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly. Amidst daily attacks on the press, Murphy Brown (Bergen) decides to forsake retirement for a new Cnc morning show, Murphy in the Morning. She reunites the old Fyi gang, Corky Sherwood (Ford),
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Murphy Brown: Season 11 Viewer Votes

How's Murphy's comeback during the 11th season of the Murphy Brown TV show on CBS? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like Murphy Brown is cancelled or renewed for season 12. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the Murphy Brown season 11 episodes here.  **Status update below.

A CBS sitcom revival, Murphy Brown stars original cast members Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, alongside Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha. and Tyne Daly. Amidst daily attacks on the press, Murphy Brown (Bergen) decides to forsake retirement for a new Cnc morning show, Murphy
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Murphy Brown: Cancelled; No Season 12 for CBS Series Revival

It's farewell to Murphy Brown, for a second time. The revival of the long-running CBS sitcom from the 1990's has been been cancelled. There won't be a 12th season -- unless there's another revival some day in the future.

Murphy Brown stars original cast members Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, alongside Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly. Amidst daily attacks on the press, Murphy Brown (Bergen) decides to forsake retirement for a new Cnc morning show, Murphy in the Morning. She reunites the old Fyi gang, Corky Sherwood (Ford), Frank Fontana (Regalbuto), and Miles Silverberg (Shaud) for her new endeavor, as well as social media director Pat Patel (Dodani). She's determined to prioritize solid reporting over sensationalism. The team members still decompress at Phil's bar, which is now run by his sister, Phyllis (Daly), with help from college student, Miguel (Rocha),
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‘Life in Pieces,’ ‘Happy Together,’ ‘Murphy Brown’ and ‘Fam’ Canceled at CBS

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CBS has canceled a quartet of shows.

Three of those, “Fam,” “Happy Together,” and “Murphy Brown,” will come to and end after only one season, while “Life In Pieces” will end after its fourth season, which is currently airing.

The “Life In Pieces” news comes only five episodes into season 4. So far, it is averaging a 0.84 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 5.75 million viewers per episode, which represents a dip on last season which averaged a 1.11 rating and just under 6.5 million total viewers.

Created by Justin Adler and starring Dianne Wiest and James Brolin, the comedy revolved around one big, happy family and their milestone moments.

Freshman comedy “Fam” starred Nina Dobrev as Clem, a woman whose idea of a perfect life with her fiance (Tone Bell) is thrown off course when her out-of-control 16-year-old half-sister (Odessa Adlon) unexpectedly comes to live with her.

Corinne Kingsbury created “Fam” and
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‘Murphy Brown’ Officially Canceled By CBS After Last Year’s Low-Rated Revival

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The return of Murphy Brown will not be returning to CBS. The network officially canceled the Candice Bergen-led series Friday after weeks of speculation on a possible eleventh-hour comeback.

In the second wave of revival fever fueling networks in recent years, the Emmy winning show returned to CBS last September almost 20 years after the original run of the Diane English-created series ended. However, tackling the fake news and politics of the Donald Trump era onscreen and the NFL on Fox on the schedule, the revival of the acerbic sitcom proved a pricey ratings disappointment.

Initially conceived as a one-time 13-episode run, the 11th season of sorts dived by 39% in viewers and the 18-49 demographic from its premiere to its December 20, 2018 finale, which had a 1.1 rating and an audience of 7.01 million.

Averaging a 1.4 rating and 9.1 million viewers overall, the Warner Bros TV-produced high-profile Murphy came with greater than usual sitcom
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Murphy Brown Cancelled at CBS

Breaking news, and it’s not good: CBS has cancelled the revival of Murphy Brown after one season, TVLine has learned.

Candice Bergen returned to the title role that won her five Emmys during the show’s original 1988-98 CBS run, with series creator Diane English back as showrunner. The revival also brought back original cast members Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana), Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood) and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg), and added Jake McDorman as Murphy’s son Avery — now a reporter for the rival Wolf network — Tyne Daly as bar owner Phyllis and Nik Dodani as social media whiz Pat.
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Kari Lizer Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV

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Kari Lizer Inks Overall Deal With Sony Pictures TV
Exclusive: In a competitive situation, The New Adventures of Old Christine creator Kari Lizer has signed a significant multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Under the pact, seasoned comedy creator/showrunner Lizer will develop new television projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services though her company, Kari’s Logo Here.

In addition to CBSThe New Adventures of Old Christine, which ran for five seasons and earned star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss an Emmy award. Lizer also created and executive produced the CBS comedy series Maggie Winters toplined by Faith Ford.

She also did a four-year stint on the original Will and Grace. Over the past several years, Lizer wrote a number of broadcast projects that went to pilot, most recently, Dream Team at ABC in 2016, which she co-created with Bill Wrubel.

Lizer is repped by CAA and attorney Bob Getman.
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Murphy Brown: CBS Boss Addresses Series' Future (and Mentions Life in Pieces)

What's going on with Murphy Brown? Recently, CBS boss Kelly Kahl spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the TV show revival.

The comedy series stars Candice Bergen as the titular Murphy Brown, who is now hosting the Cnc morning show, Murphy in the Morning. The cast also includes Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly.

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Murphy Brown: Not Cancelled Yet; Diane English Talks Season 12 Possibilities

Murphy Brown: Not Cancelled Yet; Diane English Talks Season 12 Possibilities
Murphy Brown recently wrapped its 11th season, but will there be a 12th? Recently, creator Diane English spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the future of the CBS TV show.

A revival, the comedy series stars Candice Bergen as the titular Murphy Brown, who is now hosting the CNC morning show, Murphy in the Morning. The cast also includes Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, and Joe Regalbuto, Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly.

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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Ends With Whimper, VP Mike Pence (Kinda), MSNBC Cameos & The Door Open For More

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Spoiler Alert: This story contains details of tonight’s season and likely series finale of Murphy Brown

If the revived Murphy Brown is really and truly ending for good with tonight’s Season 11 finale, creator Diane English made sure the Emmy winning journalism comedy went out with a mix of fictionalized bigwigs and real life talking heads. Unfortunately, all that couldn’t blow the wig off anyone in a return that has never captured the tenor of the times nor any real traction.

On the sidelines in many ways from its September 17 debut, the 13-episode latest round of the Candice Bergen led series has been up against the primetime dominance of Thursday Night Football on Fox week after sometimes series low hitting week. Tonight there was no Tnf but now the “Happy New Year” episode faced the last half hour of the feature length Timeless series ender over on NBC.
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'Murphy Brown': Brooke Shields Makes News as Coma Patient

CBS' Murphy Brown on Thursday recruited a big-name guest star for the second week in a row in "The Coma and the Oxford Comma," as Brooke Shields visited the comedy as former beauty queen Holly Mackin Lynne, a close friend of Corky's (Faith Ford) — who happens to have been in a coma for 10 years.

Miraculously, while Corky was visiting her friend, Holly's eyes fluttered and she uttered "Pam" before drifting back to sleep. Later, Corky told the Murphy in the Morning gang what had happened. Everyone there remembered their own time covering the high-profile trial ...
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Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 8 Review: The Coma and the Oxford Comma

On Murphy Brown Season 11 Episode 8, we have another solid episode with politics present, but on the peripheral.

Corky's beauty pageant buddy has been in a coma for 11 years, and it's no surprise to anyone that Corky visits her on a regular basis.

That's totally Corky.

What's also Corky is her optimism, which was the underlying current of the storyline.

It was Corky "Pollyanna" Sherwood vs. Murphy "Negative-Nelly" Brown.

We were thisclose to losing what makes Corky, Corky.

Why don't you just hit her over the head with a bedpan?

Corky Permalink: Why don't you just hit her over the head with a bedpan? Added: November 14, 2018

Who would've imagined her doing vodka shots in the morning, let alone doing vodka shots at all?

It's a good thing Murphy set her straight. We need naysayers in our society, just like we need Pollyannas to balance out each other.

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