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Why the New ‘Murphy Brown’ Includes a Dreamer

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Why the New ‘Murphy Brown’ Includes a Dreamer
Candice Bergen herself is now vivaciously buzzing over the power of apps.

“On Instagram I just get constant thank yous, and people saying things like, ‘I feel so much better. It has given me hope. It has given me joy,’” Bergen said on Saturday at the “Murphy Brown” panel at PaleyFest.

The 70-year-old star of the bold political comedy joked that she thought she might never work again after years in the industry. Today, she is happy about the attraction to the blast-from-the-past character. “I think people need comfort,” Bergen said. “I think the last couple of years have been upsetting to people and disorienting to people. I think it might in some way be about finding something that, ‘Well, I know that. That was when things were okay,’ and if I watch that show again, it will make me feel like things are okay again.”

Series creator Diane English
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'Murphy Brown' Boss on More Inclusive Revival, Prop That Standards and Practices Eyed

CBS' Murphy Brown revival features a more inclusive cast than the original version of the series, with new additions like Nik Dodani (who plays tech genius Pat Patel) and Phil's staffer Miguel (Adan Rocha).

Additionally, it was recently announced that Merle Dandridge will play Murphy and Co.'s arrogant network boss.

During a panel discussion with star Candice Bergen at Paleyfest NY on Saturday night, Murphy Brown creator and showrunner Diane English explained that she felt it was important the revival better reflect the U.S. today.

"We were a pretty white show back in the day,"...
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‘Murphy Brown’ Gets a #MeToo-Themed Episode and Reclaims Her Power With ‘#MurphyToo’

[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)

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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’: Merle Dandridge Joins Season 1 Of CBS Revival

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’ 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 Is ‘Murphy Brown’s Secret Guest Star; Another CBS Cameo To Come

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Hillary Clinton Is ‘Murphy Brown’s Secret Guest Star; Another CBS Cameo To Come
Almost two years after Hillary Clinton and most of the world thought she was going to become America’s first female President, it seems the candidate defeated by Donald Trump is making a new home on the small screen.

As Deadline predicted in our Murphy Brown review yesterday, tonight saw Clinton appear on the debut of the revival in what was a near-state-secret cameo. Teased by creator Diane English and left off critics’ review screeners, the brief turn by the ex-Secretary of State and First Lady saw her applying to be the assistant of Candice Bergen’s Murphy. In a trademark red pantsuit, Clinton mocked herself and the controversy that plagued her during the 2016 election with a line about “some experience with emails.” (you can watch a video below.)

The short stint on Murphy Brown follows a Late Show appearance with Stephen Colbert last week and Clinton joining former secretaries
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Hillary Clinton Guest Stars in ‘Murphy Brown’ Premiere (Watch)

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Hillary Clinton Guest Stars in ‘Murphy Brown’ Premiere (Watch)
Hillary Clinton was the first big name cameo of “Murphy Brown’s” revival season.

Clinton appeared in the Sept. 27 premiere of the Candice Bergen-led sitcom — but not as herself. Instead, she was “Hilary,” a woman who said she is often mistaken for the former presidential candidate but actually spells her name with only one “L.” She arrived at Murphy’s new cable news show, “Murphy in the Morning,” to interview for the “secretarial position.”

“Your reputation proceeds you, but I want you to know I’m not afraid of hard work, I’m qualified, and I’m ready on day one,” Clinton said to Murphy at the start of her interview.

Murphy went on to ask if she had any secretarial experience and if she had experience with technology and teamwork.

“I do have some experience with emails,” she said. And on the topic of how many people it takes to run a production,
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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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Why Candice Bergen Is Grateful Murphy Brown Is Back (Even If It Almost Got Her Hit by a Bus)

It's been 20 years since Murphy Brown ended its acclaimed 10-season run. That's 30 years since its original debut if you're doing the math. A lot has changed. Murphy Brown, the character played by Candice Bergen, has not. And that's why she's back now in a new era of TV news, politics and comedy. "Murphy Brown is back because there's a way for us to be very relevant again," creator Diane English said. "We're in a very interesting time in our country's history and it seemed like all the tumblers were clicking into place." And CBS has pulled out all the stops for the acclaimed show's return, including plastering Bergen's face all over a fleet of buses around New...
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Candice Bergen: Why ‘Murphy Brown’s’ Back In Town

Long before the cries of “fake news”, Murphy Brown drew the ire of Vice President Dan Quayle. So now that the news media is finding itself under fire, it makes perfect sense that Murphy Brown is coming back. And that was exactly the motivation that spurred the show’s creator, Diane English, to bring it back, [...]

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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: A Crusty Comeback

Moments before the start of Murphy Brown’s return to the world of TV news — which comes late in Murphy Brown‘s return to the world of TV sitcoms (it premieres September 27th on CBS) — Candice Bergen’s eponymous heroine has a rare moment of self-doubt.

“What if nobody watches?” she asks. “What if it tarnishes our legacy?”

Murphy’s first concern proves unnecessary, as show-within-a-show Murphy in the Morning — which reunites Murphy with most of the old Fyi team from the Nineties(*), including cocky Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), peppy
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'Murphy Brown': Everything to Know About the CBS Revival

Just nine months after announcing its return, CBS premieres the new Murphy Brown on Sept. 27. The fictional TV journalist, again played by Candice Bergen, blurred the lines between fiction and reality in the 1990s when the show's storylines became political fodder. But can it duplicate that buzz during the Donald Trump presidency?

Back are Bergen and creator Diane English, who penned the first episode of the 11th season — the series' first episode in more than 20 years. Here's a rundown of who else is back, how the show will look different and everything else you need to ...
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Murphy Brown Ep on the Revival's Pro-Press 'Mission,' Bracing for a Trump Tweet: 'We Kind of Hope It Happens'

Murphy Brown is back… and boy, news and politics have changed just a bit in the last twenty years, haven’t they?

The Emmy-winning sitcom returns to CBS next Thursday (9:30/8:30c) for the first time since leaving the air in 1998, with Candice Bergen reprising her role as the titular TV journalist. In the 13-episode revival, Murphy comes out of retirement to host a new cable news show, Murphy in the Morning, with old pals Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto), Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) and Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud) in tow. Plus, her son Avery — who we saw Murphy give birth to,
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Listen: Candice Bergen and Diane English on Revisiting ‘Murphy Brown’ in Trump Era

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Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s managing editor of TV, Cynthia Littleton, speaks with “Murphy Brown” star Candice Bergen and creator/executive producer Diane English about the revival of the CBS sitcom, which bows on Sept. 27.

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below and at Apple Podcasts:

“Murphy Brown’s” creator and star speak candidly about how the rise of Donald Trump drove them back into business together, 20 years after the original CBS comedy signed off. The pair also offers a glimpse into how the show is tackling a wildly different media landscape, and discusses the emotional journey of reuniting with cast and crew members.

English was a rare example of a female showrunner at the helm of a network primetime series in 1988 when
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TV News Roundup: Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ Drops First Trailer (Watch)

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In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix released a new trailer for its upcoming horror film “The Haunting of Hill House” and ABC has cast Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a guest star in the Season 5 premiere of “Fresh off the Boat.”

Dates

TBS‘ “The Guest Book” is returning on Oct. 23 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt with back-to-back new episodes. The second season will feature a new town, new series regulars, and new guest stars in the small ocean-side community of Mabel Beach, starring series regulars Jimmy Tatro (“American Vandal”), Kimiko Glenn (“Orange Is the New Black”), and Dan Beirne (“Fargo”). In future episodes, several guest stars will also make an appearance, including Pete Davidson (“SNL”), Will Arnett (“Arrested Development”), Michael Kenneth Williams (“The Wire”) and Matt Walsh (“Veep”) among others. Following the premiere, episodes will air on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt on TBS.

First Look

Netflix has released
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CBS Gives ‘Murphy Brown’ Premiere A Five-Minute Bonus

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CBS is giving Murphy Brown an extra five minutes for the revived series’ Sept. 27 premiere, the network announced today.

The “extended” episode begins at 9:30 pm Et/Pt, and runs until 10:05..

CBS describes the debut episode as the return of the Murphy character to the news business following a brief retirement.

“Amid a divided nation,” says the network, “chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves with her biting take on current events on the Cnc cable network’s morning news program, ‘Murphy in the Morning,’ for which she recruits her ‘Fyi’ team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg. Joining them is social media director Pat Patel,
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