The Ar­chives

1989

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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 (see Page 44).

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