Why the 'Murphy Brown' revival could become Donald Trump's worst nightmare?
Viewers can expect some sharp jabs keeping in mind the current political climate, issues of sexual harassment and the attack on media. Creator Diane English shares some insight.
Star reporter Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) is coming back on television with more politically-charged stories. The original CBS series, which aired from 1988 through 1998, will return for a 13-episode revival this fall and when that happens, viewers can expect some sharp jabs keeping in mind the current political climate, issues of sexual harassment and the attack on media.
Ahead of the series premiere on September 27, however, 'Murphy Brown' creator Diane English shared some early insight, telling the press at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour what to expect from the titular character, the show, and the topical episodes this time around.
"Our show has always been in the real world, but I'm focusing the show through the prism of the press," said English, as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter. "The First Amendment is under attack like we've never seen it before."
As the new season unfolds, viewers will be treated to a pantheon of topical and timely episodes, picking up the action right after the events of the 2016 election. Considering the titular character Brown's knack for hard news, chasing typical political stories and even featuring prominent political heads - it's highly likely that the revival won't shy away either, from addressing certain burning questions.
"We are concentrating on bigger themes — climate change, #MeToo, Russian meddling. These things aren't going to not be topical a year from now, so that's how we're planning our episodes," English dished at the event, hinting how the series could revolve around Trump's presidency. "Digitally, we have the ability to pop in a super-topical joke at the last minute if we wanted to," she added. In order to do so, they will keep the episodes timely and fresh and production will also be scheduled accordingly.
"We actually stopped developing stories because we don't want to get too far ahead," said the EP adding, "As we get into our production schedule, it becomes more and more compressed. We air three weeks from the time we shoot the show. By the time we get to our last episode, our turnaround time is six days. So we'll take advantage of that."
Not just Trump-centric topics, but also the issues closer to home (like the allegation of sexual harassment against CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves) would be a prominent theme in the new season. "Regarding the New Yorker article that appeared a couple days ago, we take the allegations of sexual misconduct extremely seriously — so seriously that we developed an episode about the #MeToo movement months ago," English added.
As for the cast, asides from returning actress Bergen, the revived 'Murphy Brown' will also see a mix of old faces including Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud.