“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.