Murphy Brown

1988, TV Show


Jim Belushi Returning to ABC in New Comedy

Jim Belushi

Fans who miss Jim Belushi on According to Jim may not have to mourn for long.

ABC has just bought You Won't Even Know I'm Here, a new comedy starring and executive-produced by Belushi, has learned.

Fall TV: Get the lowdown on this season's must-see new shows

In the comedy, a... read more

Rescue Me's Peter Tolan Joins Sean Hayes' Sitcom About Two Gay Dads

Peter Tolan, Sean Hayes

Rescue Me co-creator Peter Tolan and his writing partner Michael Wimer have joined Sean Hayes' upcoming NBC sitcom about two gay dads, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The untitled project, which was first announced two weeks ago, will star Hayes as half of the couple raising a 12-year-old. Tolan will serve as ...
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Mad Men, Modern Family Win at Writers Guild Awards

Mad Men

Mad Men won the Writers Guild award for best dramatic TV series, and Modern Family for best TV comedy series.

Mad Men also took the prize for dramatic episode ("The Chrysanthemum and the Sword") while 30 Rock took best TV comedy episode honors ("When It Rains, It Pours") at the 2011 Writers Guild of America awards, held Saturday night in New York and Los Angeles.

HBO snagged three awards. The TV movie The Special Relationship was named the... read more

Short Cuts: Murphy Brown Vet Passes, and More

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. read more

Who cares about the Lost snub ...

Question: Who cares about the Lost snub and Ellen Burstyn? The Emmys got a big one right this year: Leslie Jordan has made me howl in everything he's done, from Murphy Brown to Dharma & Greg. Kudos to the Academy for awarding him for his guest role on Will & Grace. To me, this makes up for nominating Kevin James. Answer: To me, Kevin James' clowning falls under the same heading as Leslie Jordan's broad and often very funny shtick. Be that as it may, I have no gripe with Jordan winning the guest-performer Emmy. The only one of those guest-actor wins that made my jaw drop was Christian Clemenson (a fine actor in an over-the-top role) beating Michael J. Fox for Boston Legal ... read more

When The West Wing closes ...

Martin Sheen, The West Wing

Question: When The West Wing closes down for good on May 14, Bartlet & Co. will leave and a new president will be sworn in. What a simply perfect way for a show to end — when it's supposed to! It's no secret that the series lost a lot of fans and critical appreciation after Aaron Sorkin left three years ago. So here's my question: Years from now, when you think back to The West Wing, how will you remember it? Will you remember a top-notch Emmy-winning drama that influenced the face of dramatic TV, or will you remember a disappointing show that went downhill and never recovered? Answer: What an interesting legacy question to welcome me back from some time off (so much to catch up with). This got me thinking about other shows that went off the air long after they peaked, and I think it's fair to say that most of us will remember The West Wing kindly, without even putting an asterisk after it. The show's impact, and its overall quality up to the reelection season (after which the show ... read more

Can you tell me who played ...

Question: Can you tell me who played Mr. Hall (the flying man) on Ally McBeal and what show he used to be on?

Answer: You mean the Mr. Hall who winged it across the river and collapsed of a heart attack so that narcissist Ally (Calista Flockhart) could once again make someone else's tragedy all about her? (No doubt it was only the belief that a better script lay across the river that kept the poor man aloft, and the disappointment at finding it wasn't there laid him low.) And did I mention that whole flying plot was ripped off from William Wharton's far superior book Birdy (though since no one in Hollywood reads, Kelley and Co. probably cribbed it from Alan Parker's movie version, which definitely had its moments, too)?

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I'm a Reba watcher and would ...

Question: I'm a Reba watcher and would like to know if Christopher Rich is the same person who played a reporter on Murphy Brown. Thanks.

Answer: That he is, Patricia. The Dallas, Texas, native — who portrays estranged husband Brock to Reba McEntire's Reba Hart on the WB sitcom — played anchorman Miller Redfield on the hit CBS show from 1995 to 1997. Fans will recall that on the series, the newsman's job depended on style rather than substance. You also might remember him as Dr. Neil, a plastic surgeon who hung out at the bar with George Carlin's George O'Grady on Fox's short-lived The George Carlin Show, as Sandy on Another World or from his work in a variety of TV movies.

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House The good thing about a House...

HouseThe good thing about a House repeat is getting a second chance to savor the one-liners. The show is full of them, and Hugh Laurie's delivery is dead-on. Though you wouldn't be able to tell that from his surly staff. If House were a documentary rather than a drama, there's no way I'd believe that doctors Chase, Foreman and Cameron wouldn't at least smirk occasionally at some of the stuff that comes out of House's mouth. Instead they all give him that disapproving I-need-a-laxative look. Even his dry-erase marker is a source of amusement. When House isn't admonishing Cameron about touching his pen, he's writing something snarky with it on his board, like "dead man dying" regarding his death-row-inmate patient. There's a certain macabre humor that I could see C read more

Once again, your humble ...

Singled out: Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Question: Once again, your humble readers call upon you to settle an argument, Mr. T. My dope of a brother claims that years after Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown for its single-mother story line, Candice Bergen came out and said she agreed with him after all. I can't believe that. Is there any truth to that?

Answer: None whatsoever, Dee. For those who have already forgotten, the whole dustup assumed gigantic proportions when then-vice-president Quayle took his famous potshot at the show as part of the GOP's 1992 "family values" campaign. It again reared its ugly head briefly when former Quayle speechwriter Lisa Schiffren claimed in a 1998 Los Angeles Times op-ed column that Bergen had seen the light and stated in an interview that "the body of the speech was completely sound." Bergen fired back in a letter to the p read more

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Premiered: November 14, 1988, on CBS
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Premise: Diane English's hit sitcom about the brassy star reporter for a TV newsmagazine and her coworkers. Based in Washington, D.C., Murphy is mouthy, driven, assured and frequently politically incorrect. She also has a real problem holding on to secretaries (going through 93 of them during the Emmy-winning show's 10-season run). In 1992, Murph ran into criticism from Dan Quayle (and scored loads of free publicity) when the vice president slammed the working single mom's `alternative lifestyle.'



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