She’s back and more beautiful than ever. Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown. CBS next week.

In the late 1980s and through most of the 90s, Murphy Brown was the gold standard of scripted sitcoms. And, it was one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. The show ran for 10 seasons (247 episodes) and received 15 Golden Globe nominations (including 3 wins), 62 Emmy nominations (including 2 wins for Outstanding Comedy Series and 5 wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series).

The original series is still funny. Diane English’s concept and writing are perfect.

And in my eyes, Candice Bergen can do no wrong. This month, Bergen returns to series acting to inject her show into the current political landscape. The revived version of the series premieres Thursday, September 27th, at 9:30/8:30c.

Here’s a preview.

CBS says, “Multiple Emmy Award winners Candice Bergen and series creator Diane English reunite for Murphy Brown, the revival of the ground-breaking comedy about the eponymous broadcast news legend and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, “fake news” and a vastly different political climate.

“Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves and recruits her FYI team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana, and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg.

“Joining them is social media director Pat Patel, who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century. Murphy’s millennial son, Avery, shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, and is following in her journalistic footsteps—perhaps too closely.

“The team still lets off steam at Phil’s Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis. Now back in the game, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever.”

Here’s a peek behind the scenes. The first table reading of Diane English’s script took place on the recreated set of Murphy’s townhouse.

The show’s official website is on Enjoy. I’m 110% certain that I will.





By Stephen Brockelman

As a Sr. Writer at T. Rowe Price, I work with a group of the best copywriters around. We belong to the broader creative team within Enterprise Creative, a part of Corporate Marketing Services. _____________________________________________ A long and winding road: My path to T. Rowe Price was more twisted than Fidelity’s green line. With scholarship in hand, I left Kansas at 18 to study theatre in New York. When my soap opera paychecks stopped coming from CBS and started coming from the show’s sponsor, Proctor & Gamble, I discovered the power of advertising and switched careers. Over the years I’ve owned an ad agency in San Francisco; worked for Norman Lear on All in the Family, Good Times, Sanford and Son, and the rest of his hit shows; and as a member of Directors Guild of America, I directed Desi Arnaz in his last television appearance— we remained friends until his death. In 1988 I began freelancing full time didn’t look back. In January 2012 my rep at Boss Group called and said, “I know you don’t want to commute and writing for the financial industry isn’t high on your wish list, but I have a gig with T. Rowe Price in Owings Mills…” I was a contractor for eight months, drank the corporate Kool-Aid, became a TRP associate that August, and today I find myself smiling more often than not.

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