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Posted Thursday 12/06/18 at 8:43PM EST
TV Academy should look at Golden Globes' TV nominations as an example of what not to do with the Emmys
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Ridiculous, scattershot, influence-free and pointless." That's how the Golden Globe TV nominations are like every year, says Tim Goodman. The TV Academy should look at the Globes' nominations as an opportunity to "own television, because they were created to celebrate television and television only," he says. The Globes, on the other hand, "don't really care about television." He adds: "If I were someone at the Television Academy, the lesson I would take from the Globes' television nominations is not 'Oh, my God. Those idiots!' It would be this: 'Oh, my God. We have to do everything in our power not to be those idiots.' And the only way to do that is something I hammer home at every opportunity (and yes, today is another excellent opportunity): by expanding every single Emmy category to 10 nominees. The level of simplicity here should not be lost on anyone. This is an easy fix. It's a justifiable fix given the glut of the Peak TV era. And there are zero credible reasons not to do it."
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Murphy Brown premiered 30 years ago today
The news-set sitcom starring Candice Bergen kicked off its 10-season run six days after the 1988 presidential election, on Nov. 14, 1988. In The Hollywood Reporter, critic Richard Hack wrote of Murphy Brown: "In short, Murphy is one clever cookie, surpassed only by Bergen’s portrayal of the woman. She supplies just the right amount of hard temper with soft emotion to make Murphy Brown likable in spite of all her self-centered composition. Bergen doesn’t play comedy — like Roseanne Barr or Jackee. Rather, the role becomes comedy because she takes everything so seriously while those around her mug and strut their stuff."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Jonah Hill's SNL "Five-Timers Club" sketch made a cringe-worthy mockery of sexual harassment
The sketch featuring Hill, Tina Fey, Candice Bergen and Drew Barrymore "is not only capped by a sexist joke about the women redesigning the jackets to look like fitted blazers, but it’s full of punchlines that make a mockery of serious allegations of sexual harassment," says Meghan O'Keefe. She notes that this is the second tone-deaf SNL guest spot for Fey in recent years, following her controversial Weekend Update Charlottesville sketch in the summer of 2017.
Posted Friday 10/12/18 at 1:39PM EDT
Murphy Brown's #MeToo episode was equally careful and cartoonish
Source: The Atlantic
The "#MurphyToo" episode airing Thursday offered a nuanced take on the #MeToo movement, says Megan Garber. Yet she says the episode arrived amid a revival season that has featured cringey jokes that have come at the expense of women, including one joke implying that women who are sexually harassed are weak. "The episode devotes a relatively nuanced plot line about sexual violence to its white, rich, famous, powerful protagonist," says Garber. "All around that storyline, however—in the earlier episodes of the Murphy reboot, and in the rest of the '#MurphyToo' episode itself—sexism and harassment as broader phenomena are treated, largely, as jokes. Frank treats the new awareness about the prevalence of sexual harassment as an inconvenience. Corky’s lifetime worth of experiences with that harassment manifest, in the show, as quirky anecdotes. Miles is attracted to a woman who works for him, and can’t stop asking her, the Id being what it is, to keep him 'abreast' of professional developments. The studio audience laughs and laughs. Here it all is, in one 30-minute package: progress and backlash. Empathy and its impediments. A culture that wants to be better—and a culture that, despite it all, isn’t." ALSO: "#MurphyToo" episode felt more like it was working through a checklist than revealing much of any new insight.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Candice Bergen suggested early on that Hillary Clinton make a Murphy Brown cameo
Creator Diane English says Clinton filmed her cameo on a closed set, without a studio audience. English adds that Bergen suggested the cameo when she was starting to write the pilot script. "She said, 'You know who would be a great secretary? Hillary Clinton.' And I thought, Oh, that’s a genius idea. Then we started a campaign," says English. "I have good friends who work very closely with her. I ran one of her PACs during the 2016 campaign. So we reached out and we sent her the script. It had to go through many hands. She really liked it, and then it was a matter of making it work in the schedule, which was the difficult part. So we did film it separate from the filming we did for our first episode, where we had a live audience. It was filmed actually two weeks later, in early August." ALSO: English says Clinton "knew her lines and she's kind of a natural."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
Hillary Clinton made a surprise cameo on Murphy Brown premiere
Clinton's surprise appearance Thursday on the CBS revival series was a "near-state-secret cameo," reports Deadline, which adds that the brief was let off of review screeners sent to TV critics. Clinton reportedly didn't tell any friends or family about the cameo. "She came and did a beautifully written little sketch, but not only did she do it and she was so gracious, but she was humiliating because she was a wonderful actor," Candice Bergen said of Clinton's cameo. "She doesn't overplay. She's very honest. She's very contained. She's very, very real." ALSO: Murphy Brown premiere mocked Roseanne's downfall.
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 6:27AM EDT
A sense of preachy self-importance that permeates the Murphy Brown revival
The CBS revival of the classic Candice Bergen sitcom "is conscious that the world has changed in the 20 years since we last saw Murphy and friends," says Alan Sepinwall. "The problem is that Murphy Brown itself really hasn’t, and that does more to tarnish the real show’s legacy than anything else. The original series was both a classic and very much of its time. Murphy — simultaneously glamorous and pugnacious, a recovering alcoholic who took on titans of industry and government without fear — is a Hall of Fame sitcom character. The show around her had its charms ... but also a weakness for jokes dependent entirely on name-dropping famous political and media figures of the day." The reference humor is still there in abundance, says Sepinwall. He adds that there is also "the sense of preachy self-importance that permeates the entire revival. Murphy Brown comes out of retirement to try to save America itself, and Murphy Brown seems convinced it can do the same thing."
- Murphy Brown can't escape the gentler era it was engineered for: Its attempts at takedown are tame, safe or delivered from a soapbox
- The revival has become the kind of sitcom that prefers applause to laughs -- or "clapter"
- Murphy Brown succeeds simply by being more of what it originally was: fast, sharp and unwaveringly pointed
- Murphy Brown represents both the best-case scenario and the worst-case scenario for revival series
- Murphy Brown’s political chatter has been reduced to a lot of Trump jokes
- Candice Bergen seems ill at ease, delivering dialogue that seems better-suited for the page than the rat-a-tat pace of the newsroom
- Murphy Brown is like visiting an old friend you haven't seen in a while -- and realizing the novelty of the relationship is gone
- Murphy Brown shoots itself in the foot by becoming almost entirely dependent on Trump
- There's too much emphasis on Murphy's age and being out of touch with technology -- as if she's been living in a cave for two decades
- The best aspect of Murphy Brown is how it acknowledges the meta elements of its existence without sacrificing the quality of its comedy or breaking the fourth wall
- How costume designer Patricia Fields updated Murphy's look for the cable news era
- Jake McDorman on auditioning to play Murphy's son: Bergen told him, “McDorman, get your a** in here!”
- Creator Diane English: "There’s been so much single-camera comedy that it really is great to have an audience out there"
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
Murphy Brown creator watched Will & Grace's revival very closely, says it'll be "fun for us" if Trump tweets about the show
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I don't think he's going to be able to resist making a comment, and we welcome that," says Diane English. "That's fun for us. We don't welcome what might be a very aggressive reaction from some of the supporters out there. We're bracing ourselves." English says she studied Will & Grace's revival to see how topical and relevant her revival should be. In fact, an upcoming episode features a storyline that is very similar to the recent controversy over The New Yorker inviting Steve Bannon to participate in its Idea Festival. Meanwhile, the fourth episode, titled "#MurphyToo," will tackle the #MeToo movement. "In the episode '#MurphyToo,' we have a very in-depth look at the issue — for a 21-minute show. We wanted to look at both generations' perspectives of the huge issue of sexual harassment," says Candice Bergen. "There's a dramatic scene between Murphy and her son." ALSO: Revisiting the original Murphy Brown, whose cultural imprint endures.
Posted Thursday 8/02/18 at 3:05AM EDT
Murphy Brown is pretty much living in the same home in the revival series
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Candice Bergen posted several images from her CBS revival, including the same townhouse was used in the original series. The old townhouse does have some new decor, including a pillow that reads “tired-ass honky ho.”
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 6:54PM EDT
Hollywood Walk of Fame's new star recipients include Kristen Bell, Candice Bergen, Lucy Liu, Guy Fieri and Alvin and the Chipmunks
Veronica Mars alum and The Good Place star Bell will be honored not for her TV work but for her resume as a movie actress. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also announced that Sid and Marty Krofft, Stacy Keach, Dianne Wiest, the late Julia Child, Cedric the Entertainer, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Robert De Niro and Dolly Parton will all be honored in 2019.
# TOPICS: Kristen Bell, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Candice Bergen, Cedric the Entertainer, Dolly Parton, Guy Fieri, Idina Menzel, Judith Light, Julia Child, Lucy Liu, Mandy Moore, Robert De Niro, Terrence Howard, Tyler Perry, Hollywood Walk of Fame
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Candice Bergen jokingly hopes Vice President Mike Pence comments on Murphy Brown
Source: TV Guide
Bergen wouldn't mind having a repeat of the 1992 kerfuffle in which then-Vice President Dan Quayle made a jab about her character being a single mom. ALSO: Murphy Brown may revive the running joke of having famous secretaries.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
Stephen Colbert and Candice Bergen take shots at Trump at CBS' upfronts
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Bergen explained why there's no footage of the Murphy Brown revival, saying: “We wanted to stay really topical, so we didn’t shoot a pilot because if we did we’d already be several news cycles and Stormys out of date." Meanwhile, Colbert used CBS shows to mock the Trump administration and Fox News. “To former members of the Trump administration looking for jobs at CBS …a word of warning to Steve Bannon, The Amazing Race is not about what you think it is," he said. “CBS has a great lineup of game shows — Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right — by the way, those two sentences were the entire conversation between Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels.” Colbert also said that with the Murphy Brown and Magnum P.I. revivals, "CBS is on its way to being the number one network in 2018 and in 1988."
Posted Friday 4/27/18 at 9:17PM EDT
Candice Bergen: We're rebooting Murphy Brown as a "counterweight" to the Trump presidency
Source: E! Online
Before the 2016 election, Bergen recalls that she and Murphy Brown creator Diane English both said, "Eh, we did it. Why do it again?" But she tells E! News that Trump's victory changed their minds. "We sort of thought that it might be nice to have a counterweight to this administration," she said, adding: "We just thought the country might be in need of another fact-based voice."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
See the Murphy Brown cast back together for the CBS revival
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"MURPHY BROWN...together again," Candice Bergen captioned her Instagram photo. "Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time..."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Murphy Brown casts Jake McDorman as Murphy's "millennial journalist" son
The 31-year-old Greek and Limitless alum will play a “millennial journalist who is following in his mother’s footsteps, perhaps too closely, and has his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit.” The CBS revival has also cast actor Nik Dodani as Pat, the director of social media for the news show whose job is bring Murphy and her colleagues up to speed with technology.