“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 (see Page 44).