Pat Corley, whom TV fans may best remember as Phil the bartender on Murphy Brown, died of congestive heart failure on Sept. 11. He was 76. The actor's five-decade career also included roles in the films Coming Home and Against All Odds, and TV's Hill Street Blues.... An estimated 6.9 million viewers tuned in for Meredith Vieira's Today debut on Wednesday, maintaining the NBC morning program's lead over Good Morning America (which had 4.4 mil).... Fox News Channel has axed its long-running DaySide ? is that what those studio-audience recruitment signs outside our building have been about? ? and replacing it with The Live Desk with Martha MacCallum, starting Sept. 25.