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Posted Saturday 12/01/18 at 12:30AM EST
Nik Dodani talks being a gay man playing a gay character on Murphy Brown
Source: The Advocate
The Indian-American actor and comedian has always been out professionally. But what is it like being a gay character on Murphy Brown? “CBS, it’s America," he says. "I feel like seeing a gay, brown guy… makes such a huge impact, even if it’s not a huge part of the storyline or the plot.”
Posted Friday 11/30/18 at 1:25PM EST
Murphy Brown creator: How Trump inspired this week's "Beat the Press" episode
"It was something that we planned to do from the beginning when we first went into the writers’ room in May because of the angry rhetoric that was being directed toward the press, which I found shocking,” says Diane English of last night's episode, featuring real footage of a Trump rally, which was in response to the president's hostility to the media. “Then it escalated from there as we saw journalists get body-slammed by a politician and we saw the president, at his rallies, encouraging all of this vitriol against the press and CNN in particular — and even very recently saying that he would admire somebody that would body-slam a journalist.”
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Murphy Brown creator: "We are NOT CANCELED!!!!!"
"Several entertainment sites read a mid season schedule put out by CBS that did not have our show on it and the assumption was made that we were not renewed," tweeted Diane English. " Our order, at our request was 13 eps. We look forward to a second season."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 1:14PM EST
CBS sets midseason comedy schedule: Murphy Brown and Happy Together wrap in December, making way for Fam and Man with a Plan
Source: Entertainment Weekly
CBS has yet to announce if Murphy Brown or Happy Together will return next season. The Nina Dobrev-led Fam will take over Murphy Brown's Thursday timeslot starting Jan. 10, while Man with a Plan takes over Happy Together's Monday timeslot on Feb. 4. CBS also has more episodes of Life in Pieces coming, but hasn't committed to a return date.
Posted Friday 11/16/18 at 6:32AM EST
TV's revival era has brought about the end of endings
Source: The New York Times
"Didn’t endings used to mean something?" asks Amanda Hess. "Nothing ends anymore, and it’s driving me insane," she adds. "No property may rest: Not Jersey Shore, not Twins, not Mr. Mom. The series finales of Roseanne, Murphy Brown and Will & Grace were not finales after all. The speed with which stories are expanding is beginning to outpace our capacity for language." Every story has become like a soap opera, Hess notes, pointing to dead characters who are resurrected like Roseanne's Dan Conner. "For their part, television reboots feel less like storytelling opportunities than they do remixes, dutifully mashing up vintage properties with topical scenarios," says Hess. "The image of Murphy Brown in an 'Original Nasty Woman' T-shirt or Grace Adler of Will & Grace redoing Trump’s Oval Office does not supply the satisfaction of an insight or even the comfort of nostalgia. At best, it provides a twinge of recognition. At worst, it’s the shudder of the uncanny. Like dolls or wax figures, these reanimated properties provide something almost realistic but not quite; their characters feel like impersonations of characters, and watching them feels like dreaming. It works for David Lynch and basically no one else."
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 Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
Here are the five network freshman shows most likely to be canceled, from Rel to Murphy Brown
According to TVLine, The Alec Baldwin Show, Happy Together and I Feel Bad are also likely to get the axe.
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Network TV's new revivals and reboots are doing pretty well: The Conners is among network TV's Top 10 non-sports programs
So far, the "latest crop of retreads" are performing anywhere from solid to spectacularly, according to Josef Adalian. The Conners doesn't have a Roseanne-level audience, but it's among the Top 10 non-sports shows on TV this season. Tim Allen's Last Man Standing, meanwhile, is still going strong on Fox, averaging 9.8 million viewers. On The CW, the Charmed revival is outperforming lead-in Supergirl and other network staples such as Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning. The much-hyped return of Murphy Brown didn't have a "wow" number when it launched to 7.5 million viewers, but it has retained 90% of its same-day viewership. Finally, Magnum P.I. is delivering more viewers than ABC's picked-up rookie dramas A Million Little Things and The Rookie, but it's still below CBS' other new dramas and NBC rookies Manifest and New Amsterdam.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Nielsen announces its first-ever LGBTQ household ratings: Murphy Brown is No. 1
Nielsen parterned with GLAAD to determine the viewing habits of the LGBTQ audience. Murphy Brown came in at No. 1, followed by Manifest, American Horror Story and This Is Us.
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Is the TV sitcom in the midst of a multicamera renaissance?
Will & Grace and Roseanne last season helped paved the way for the popularity of the multicamera format this season with shows like The Neighborhood, The Cool Kids, Murphy Brown and spinoff The Conners.
Posted Friday 10/19/18 at 2:36AM EDT
Murphy Brown loads up on more big-name guest-stars, including Bette Midler and Brooke Shields
Katie Couric, John Laroquette and Peter Gallagher are also visiting the CBS comedy revival this season.
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 Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Murphy Brown adds Greenleaf star Merle Dandridge as the news team's tough new boss
Dandrige will recur in Season 1 as 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." She'll make her debut on next week's episode.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Murphy Brown "had fun" adding Sarah Huckabee Sanders to last night's episode using real news footage and a body double
Murphy Brown snuck into a White House press conference during the George H.W. Bush administration, "so we decided to do it again," says creator Diane English. "We dedicated one of our writer’s assistants to pulling every press conference with Sarah Huckabee Sanders," she adds. "We found five of them where she was wearing the same dress and her hair was the same, so we had a lot of choices for facial expressions and words. That took several weeks. Then you purchase the footage that you want and edit it into the show. We hired a voice double, auditioned body doubles, and our wardrobe people had to make the dress as close as possible. It took a village." How did they pick a body double? "They come into the casting agent’s office, they go on tape, and they do a 360-degree slow turn," says English. "We picked somebody who looked like her size and her height, and had shoulder-length hair."
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 3:04PM EDT
Murphy Brown returns to an okay 7.5 million on a "pretty dismal ratings" night for broadcast networks
The CBS revival failed to even come close to the big premiere ratings for the revivals of Will & Grace and Roseanne, but entertainment shows underperformed across the board -- including Grey's Anatomy. That might have been the result of Thursday's all-day Kavanaugh hearings, which concluded shortly before primetime. ALSO: Thursday Night Football debuts on Fox up from last year's opener on CBS.