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Murphy Brown, on CBS
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This ran for ten seasons, from 1988-98. It was about a news show called "FYI," with reporters Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen), Frank Fontana, Jim Dial, and Corky Sherwood. FYI's executive producer was Miles Silverberg. There were other really good characters, including Eldin Bernecky, who spent seven seasons painting Murphy's townhouse. There was Phil, the owner of the bar where the FYI gang hung out a lot. And there was a running gag of Murphy constantly getting new secretaries, who were all terrible, in their own unique ways. And... by the time I started writing reviews, this show had been over for some years. So I didn't remember much of anything specific I'd like to say about the show, except that it was pretty great. But someday I really have to try to recap some of the most important events of the series, and some important recurring characters. But I will mention that Murphy has a baby at the end of season 4. She names him Avery, after her mother (who was played by Colleen Dewhurst).

Season 11
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In 2018 (twenty years after the show ended), the show was rebooted for a 13-episode eleventh season (though you could also call it the first season of a new series). Murphy comes out of retirement to host a news show called "Murphy in the Morning," on which she's joined by her old "FYI" colleagues Frank and Corky, though without Jim. (He does make an appearance in the fourth episode.) Like "FYI," Murphy's new show is executive-produced by Miles. Joining them is a young man named Pat Patel, the director of social media for "Murphy in the Morning." Meanwhile, Murphy's son, Avery, is now a journalist himself, and in the season premiere, he accepts a job at the "Wolf Network" (a fictional version of FOX News), where he will be the lone liberal voice. He's currently living with Murphy until he can find his own place. And since their two shows air at the same time, there is some competition between them for ratings. Murphy and her friends continue to hang out at Phil's bar; however, since Phil died, it's now run by his sister, Phyllis (Tyne Daly). And of course, both Murphy's show-within-the-show and "Murphy Brown" itself tackle a lot of major contemporary issues, such as Donald Trump, fake news, #MeToo, etc.


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