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Murphy Brown returning to CBS

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by DougF, Jan 25, 2018.

  1. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
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  2. Cainebj

    Cainebj Well-Known Member

    Nov 10, 2006
    New York
    THAT is a surprise.
    I wonder who of the original cast is coming back.
    Didn't the older anchor character actor pass away not too long ago?
  3. series5orpremier

    series5orpremier Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2013
    No, but he is almost 82 and hasn’t worked in 5 years. His wife passed away a few years ago.
  4. DougF

    DougF Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2003
    North Dakota
    Someone from the show died in the last 5 or 10 years, I thought. I only saw it a few times during the original run so I'm not incredibly familiar with the cast.
  5. Jonathan_S

    Jonathan_S Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2001
    Flipping through IMDB it appears a couple people have died -
    Pat Corley ... Phil 160 episodes, 1988-1998 [Bartender at the bar the characters apparenly sometimes went to]
    Robert Pastorelli ... Eldin Bernecky 135 episodes, 1988-1998 [new age house painter guy]

    I remember the 2nd character, but not really the bar tender. But then I was never a devoted watcher and it's been a long time since I've seen an episode.
  6. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    robert pastorelli, who played murphy's "gruff but mushy-hearted house painter" for 7 season, died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2004.
  7. ScubaCat

    ScubaCat Shades of Blue......

    Jun 26, 2003
    N.E. GA
    I’m very happy to see this show coming back. I can’t wait for Murphy’s take on the current political situation. :)
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    TIVO_GUY_HERE I miss the ocean

    Jul 10, 2000
    Dallas Texas
    They recently started from season one on one of the lesser cable channels here in Dallas
    Almost through 1st season.

  9. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey
    I liked Murphy Brown, but I'm not a fan of bringing back these old shows. I never think they are as good as they used to be, and I only watch for Nostalgia purposes.

    Then again, I'm enjoying the reboot of the X-Files and the other shows they seem to bringing back such as Will and Grace, Roseanne and so forth I never liked.
  10. doom1701

    doom1701 Time for a new Title TCF Club

    May 15, 2001
    His character was the heart of the show for me. Granted, it's been a very long time since I've watched it, but I can't imagine things working without him around.
  11. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

    Apr 19, 2012
    sweet home, al
    his character was a great counter-balance to murphy in the few eps i watched, their relationship was definitely a highlight of the show for me, too. even with his absence, i'm willing to give the reboot a try.
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  12. sharkster

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I watched the show but my memory doesn't work too well anymore, so I don't remember a lot of detail. I do, however, remember the painter guy and that was a good character for expanding the show.

    I might give it a look-see.
  13. zalusky

    zalusky Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 5, 2002
    Cupertino, CA
    Reboots can always take a different tone from the original. While Batllestar Galactica wasn't a true reboot the production definitely had a darker tone.
    Lou Grant as a spin off from Mary Tyler Moore completely changed.

    These days they can be more topical and get away with a lot more and with 10-12 episodes have a much tighter story arc.
    I dont expect Roseanne to change a lot expect to be edgier.

    Murphy Brown I expect to be older and crankier.
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  14. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Hopefully, they work his passing into the show. Please, not a "Becky no. 2 . . ." (although, that could be interesting).

    An issue I've seen with re-boots, especially ones after many years: not to be crass, but, we remember the shows and characters from their earlier days, and the actors now have aged, often dramatically so, and we've not had the benefit, oftentimes, to have seen them in the shows' absence and to get used to that fact gradually over time.
  15. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Murphy Brown cranky?!? ;)
  16. tim1724

    tim1724 Active Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2007
    Temple City, CA
    Of all the random shows to be brought back from the dead, this one seems like it has the best chance of working. The original series had fun mocking Dan Quayle… but think of the material they'll have to work with now. Wow!
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  17. GoPackGo

    GoPackGo Well-Known Member

    Dec 28, 2012
    I was a senior in high school when the show's run ended. Even then I liked it. This is the first of the returning shows that I will actually watch.

    I did watch Roseanne and Will and Grace, but I haven't gone back to the new Will and Grace episodes, and I'm not planning to watch Roseanne with all the other TV there is to watch.
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  18. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Jay Thomas died in August.
  19. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

    Mar 20, 2001
    Faith Ford is still available. So are Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud.

    I wonder who they'll get to play Avery, Murphy's son? He'd be 20 or 21 by now.
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  20. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    I can’t wait until they revive the Good Place in 2027.
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