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“On and off cam­era, a fresh breed of women is seiz­ing con­trol of prime time,” Newsweek de­clared as new sit­coms like Mur­phy Brown and Roseanne cap­tured both rat­ings and crit­i­cal ac­claim. One ex­pla­na­tion: Men were shift­ing to ca­ble chan­nels, while women dom­i­nated the au­di­ence for prime-time pro­gram­ming. Also, times had changed. “Nice and sweet are out. TV’S new women aren’t try­ing to please other peo­ple,” said Mur­phy Brown cre­ator Diane English, who is re­viv­ing her cre­ation—a tough-minded news an­chor, played by Candice Ber­gen—this fall


Color “even makes com­mer­cials look good,” en­thused one of the few con­sumers who could af­ford a color-tv set. But the pro­hib­i­tive price ($1,000, or the equiv­a­lent of over $9,000 to­day), com­bined with tech­no­log­i­cal prob­lems, meant “the big year” wouldn’t come un­til 19 , when color pro­gram­ming ɿnally over­took black and white.


The cover story re­vealed the guilt that many in­tel­li­gence ofɿ­cials felt over the 9/11 at­tacks; its mas­ter­mind had been wanted since the 1990s. “Now, he has stirred Amer­ica’s wrath and may soon see its vengeance,” wrote Evan Thomas. In fact, Osama bin Laden would elude the United States for an­other decade.

Ac­tors Ber­gen and Mcdor­man reprise the hit series. In­set: Ber­gen as Brown in 1988.

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