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'Murphy Brown' Finds Love With Guest-Stars Katie Couric, Bette Midler

[This story contains spoilers from Thursday's "A Lifetime of Achievement" episode of CBS' Murphy Brown.]

Murphy Brown’s “A Lifetime of Achievement” saw the Murphy in the Morning gang getting in touch with both their competitive and romantic sides as they sparred with Bette Midler and Katie Couric and found life with John Larroquette and Analeigh Tipton (and, technically, recurring guest-star Charles Kimbrough, who reprised his role as Jim Dial).

The episode featured the entire crew — Murphy (Candice Bergen), Corky (Faith Ford), Frank (Joe Regalbuto), Miles (Grant Shaud), Pat (Nik Dodani), and even Phyllis (Tyne Daly), plus Murphy’...
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Murphy Brown: Is the CBS TV Series Cancelled or Renewed for Season 12?

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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
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Murphy Brown: Bette Midler, Brooke Shields and Others to Guest on CBS Sitcom

Some big stars are coming to CBS. This week, the network announced Bette Midler, Brook Shields, and more will guest star on Murphy Brown.

The sitcom revival centers on the return of Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen), who decides to forsake retirement for a new Cnc morning show, Murphy in the Morning. The cast also includes Grant Shaud, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Nik Dodani, Jake McDorman, Adan Rocha, and Tyne Daly.

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‘Murphy Brown’ Sets All-Star Guest Lineup, Including Alums Katie Couric and Bette Midler

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Murphy Brown” just added several guest stars to appear on the CBS revival, including Katie Couric and Bette Midler, who appeared on the sitcom’s original run. Brooke Shields, John Larroquette and Peter Gallagher are also set to appear.

Midler will reprise her role as Caprice Morton, previously known as Caprice Feldman, Murphy’s former secretary. Now, though, Caprice has a surprising new connection to Murphy, making her, if possible, even more entitled and unbearable. Midler will appear in the Thursday, Nov. 8, episode.

Couric previously appeared on the series in 1992, attending Murphy’s baby shower. She will appear in the Thursday, Nov. 8, episode as herself, hosting a Lifetime Achievement event and running into her old friends, Murphy and Corky.

Also Read: Murphy Brown Crashes Sarah Huckabee Sanders Press Conference to Ask 'Why Do You Lie?' (Video)

Also appearing on Nov. 8 will be Larroquette, playing Judge Nate Campbell, a kindred spirit to Murphy.
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‘Murphy Brown’: Bette Midler, Brooke Shields, John Larroquette, Katie Couric & Peter Gallagher To Guest Star In CBS Comedy

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Exclusive: Some hefty star power is coming to Murphy Brown. Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Bette Midler, Golden Globe nominee Brooke Shields, Emmy and Tony winner John Larroquette Emmy-winning news anchor Katie Couric and SAG winner Peter Gallagher are all set to guest star in upcoming Season 1 episodes of the CBS/Wbtv comedy starring Candice Bergen.

The revival is continuing the tradition of the original series, which frequently featured celebrity guest stars, both playing themselves, as well as various roles.

Midler and Couric both appeared in the original series, Midler as Caprice, and Couric playing herself. Larroquette, Shields and Gallagher are Murphy Brown newcomers.

In the revival, Midler reprises her role 20 years later as Caprice Morton,
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‘Murphy Brown’ Gets a #MeToo-Themed Episode and Reclaims Her Power With ‘#MurphyToo’

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[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the “Murphy Brown” episode airing Thursday, Oct. 11, entitled “#MurphyToo.”]

Near the beginning of “#MurphyToo,” the fourth episode of the CBS revival “Murphy Brown,” eternally perky Corky (Faith Ford) is reflecting back on times in her life when she had to deal with inappropriate men. “I don’t know any woman who hasn’t had an experience,” she says, turning to Murphy (Candice Bergen), expecting her to agree with her.

Murphy instead jokes, “What guy would be stupid enough to try something with me,” but the formidable journalist is holding back. As she later reveals to her son Avery (Jake McDorman), she does have her own story.

It’s a touchy time for a CBS sitcom to take on #MeToo so directly, given that former CEO Les Moonves, recently exited following a number of sexual misconduct allegations. While creator Diane English teased “#MurphyToo” this summer at the Television Critics Association press tour,
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‘Murphy Brown’ Tackles #MeToo, but Falls Short of True Insight (Column)

  • Variety
After more than 20 years off the air, “Murphy Brown” has had to justify its rebooted existence in 2018. Murphy (Candice Bergen) has to grapple with the wild world of 24-hour cable news, while her son (Jake McDorman) tries to break through his conservative Fox News facsimile network with the power of reason. And as creator and showrunner Diane English has said, the reboot’s goal is to remain as timely as the original run was, hewing as close to real world events as it possibly can.

So it was only a matter of time before the new “Murphy Brown” confronted the chaotic new reality borne of the #MeToo movement, which has proved one of the most lasting, consequential cultural flashpoints of this generation. “Murphy Brown” was always known for tackling issues head-on, especially from the perspective of a staunchly feminist career woman. It should be a perfect fit for this particular topic.
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'Murphy Brown' Takes on #MeToo Movement With "Murphy Too"

Murphy Brown has taken on President Donald Trump and Sarah Huckabee Sanders in its first two episodes, and in its third outing the CBS sitcom revival focused on the #MeToo movement.

It was sexual harassment seminar day at Murphy in the Morning, and while Murphy (Candice Bergen) and her co-workers Corky (Faith Ford) and especially Frank (Joe Regalbuto) weren't too pleased to sit through the talk, Miles (Grant Shaud) was adamant that every employee be educated about gender dynamics in the workplace.

"Even a seemingly innocent comment about a co-worker's attire can constitute harassment," warned the instructor, to ...
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‘Murphy Brown’: Merle Dandridge Joins Season 1 Of CBS Revival

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Exclusive: Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) and her news team cohorts are getting a tough new boss. Greenleaf star Merle Dandridge is set for a key recurring role on CBS’ Murphy Brown revival.

She’ll play Diana Macomber, the team’s arrogant Crc network boss, a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails career woman who is proud to have worked her way up to where she is today. Her character will be introduced in the October 18 episode.

“I am excited to have Merle Dandridge join us,” said showrunner/executive producer Diane English. “She plays Diana brilliantly, and her comic timing is fantastic.”

In the revival, Bergen reprises her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor, as Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate. Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to
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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 the TV show 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 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 in the Morning. She
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'Murphy Brown' Faces Off Against Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The second episode of CBS' Murphy Brown revival, much like its first, put politics front and center. The half-hour featured Murphy (Candice Bergen), being banned from the White House press briefing room, then sneaking in and confronting Sarah Huckabee Sanders about immigration policy — and being promptly kicked back out.

The episode started with the Murphy Morning gang — Murphy, Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) and producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) — discussing the rigorous hours of a morning show (Murphy wears pajama bottoms and slippers under her desk so she can sleep that much longer)....
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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.

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), Frank Fontana (Regalbuto),
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Murphy Brown

Network: CBS.

Episodes: 247 (half-hour); Ongoing.

Seasons: 10; Revived.

TV show dates:

November 14, 1988 -- May 18, 1998;

September 27. 2018 -- present.

Series status: Cancelled/ended; Revived.

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 and adds a perky former Miss America,
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‘Murphy Brown’ Premieres With Surprise Hillary Clinton Cameo

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‘Murphy Brown’ Premieres With Surprise Hillary Clinton Cameo
Hillary Clinton made a surprise cameo appearance on the premiere of the “Murphy Brown” revival Thursday night, making several jokes at her own expense.

At the beginning of the episode, Candice Bergen’s Murphy Brown interviews a new candidate for a “secretarial position.” Enter Hillary, who says she spells her name with just one “L,” and insists she just looks like the ex-Secretary of State.

“Hilary” references one of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign blurbs, saying “I’m qualified, and I’m ready on day one,” and quips that she has “some experience with emails.” The she adds that her experience includes four years as a secretary in “a very large organization.” And of course, “Hilary” also references one of Clinton’s books, saying that in a TV news production, “everyone works together. It takes a village.” Wokka wokka wokka.

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Hillary Clinton Makes Surprise Cameo In ‘Murphy Brown’ Revival Premiere

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After two decades off the air, the former crew of the Fyi News team returned to television on Thursday for the long-awaited premiere of the “Murphy Brown” revival — and a big-name guest star joined them for the exciting occasion. The new season — technically the show’s 11th — reunited original stars Candice Bergen (as the show’s eponymous journalist), Faith Ford,
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‘Murphy Brown’ Review: Candice Bergen-Led CBS Revival Is Yesterday’s News

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Spoiler Alert: This review contains details of the revival of Murphy Brown, debuting tomorrow on CBS. This review originally ran on September 26

Shined up with tweets about dating Donald Trump, fourth-wall-cracking quips and Roseanne implosion asides, the revival of Murphy Brown is very meta. Yet despite those lofty lunges, the CBS sitcom still led by Candice Bergen just can’t grasp the big-picture reality of 2018.

To put it another way, Fyi, if you really don’t want to “tarnish” your legacy, to quote Bergen’s now-unretired TV journalist Brown in the first episode of this de facto 11th season, then hit the reset button on this revival Asap before irrelevance comes knocking.

Even with a sideswipe of Charlie Rose that would have never shown up on a network show just a year ago, the revival of the Diane English-created series (returning more than two decades after its last season
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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival: Here’s Where It Picks Up as CBS Sitcom Returns After 20 Years

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‘Murphy Brown’ Revival: Here’s Where It Picks Up as CBS Sitcom Returns After 20 Years
After 20 years, Candice Bergen’s irascible news journalist Murphy Brown will return to CBS for its “11th season” on Thursday.

The revival of “Murphy Brown” reunites Bergen, also an executive producer, with series creator and executive producer Diane English and original series co-stars Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

It picks up as Murphy, following a brief retirement, is back hosting a cable news morning show, “Murphy in the Morning.” She is joined by her “Fyi” team, including lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Ford), investigative journalist Frank Fontana (Regalbuto), and her former news producer Miles Silverberg (Shaud). Shaud left “Murphy Brown” after eight seasons and his character left town for a new job.

Also Read: 'Murphy Brown': Candice Bergen's TV Son Works at the Wolf Network, Which Is Definitely Fox News

Helping the “Fyi” gang learn how to use social media is social media director Nik Dodani (Pat Patel). Murhpy’s now-adult son,
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‘Murphy Brown’ Review: The Original Nasty Woman Is Back With a Much-Needed Roar

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As with so many recent revivals and remakes, some things are best left in the past. However, if any show is suited for these times, it’s “Murphy Brown.” It was always an idiosyncratic, politically engaged sitcom and, given the state of current events, it is thus a genuine delight to have Candice Bergen back as the uncompromising yet flawed reporter, angry as hell and ready for a fight.

Creator Diane English brings the show about the making of a television news show into 2018 by having Murphy, accompanied by longtime colleagues Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), anchor a cable news morning show — one that happens to be in direct competition with a show hosted by Murphy’s adult son Avery (Jake McDorman) on the “Wolf” Network.

It may be a sitcom shot weeks in advance, Murphy and her team very much live in our world. Episode 2 of the revival,
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'Murphy Brown' Then And Now — Plus Why We Need The Reboot More Than Ever

It's difficult to look back at 1988 and not recognize how important it was in terms of television sitcom history, as writers had begun tackling issues that previously had not been as fully explored before. Roseanne put its focus on a blue collar family struggling to survive economically; The Wonder Years offered up a look back at the 1960s — and everything that decade represented — that was humorous yet so realistic that virtually anyone growing up at that time could fully identify with it; and Murphy Brown took on politics, the media, and the idea of an older woman in the workplace. Significantly, two of the three shows have been revived, with Murphy about to hit the air. In terms of the latter, Candice Bergen plays the title character, a recovering alcoholic who returns to the fictional TV newsmagazine Fyi following a stint in rehab. Notes Wikipedia, "Over 40 and single, she is sharp-tongued and hard as nails.
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Murphy Brown Review: CBS' Sitcom Revival Too Often Feels Like Old News

This doesn’t qualify as breaking news, but the current glut of TV revivals we’re experiencing isn’t exactly fueled by creative necessity. As fun as it is to see some of these old casts yukking it up together again, let’s be real: Most of these revivals are solely designed to provide a short-term ratings fix for desperate broadcast networks — and quality is beside the point. CBS’ revival of Murphy Brown, which debuts this Thursday (9:30/8:30c), at least has a compelling hook to hang itself on: the election of President Trump and the war on the press he’s currently waging.
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