MURPHY MAKES THE NEWS
CONFESSION: Murphy Brown, along with Mary Tyler Moore, made me want to become a journalist.
Candice Bergen was feisty, fearless and funny as hell as the cantankerous host of So to have her back trolling Donald Trump and getting her take on ‘real news’ – on this fake show, – felt just like watching a Gladiator arrive on a chariot, with her same ol’ sass and a new Twitter profile, ready to make sure there would be ‘hell toupee.’
Some of the canned laughter is a little forced at first, but having the band back together is nostalgia TV at its best – including neurotic news producer Miles, frisky reporter Frank, and Corky Sherwood (still her glamorous self but sweating through the early stages of menopause) and their return to morning television. Joining the cast is ’80s favourite, Tyne Daly (of
fame) as the new bartender at their favourite hang, Phil’s. Murphy’s son Avery is all grown up and also in the journalism game, which invites a new audience to engage; while the rest of us oldies get all the retro jokes.