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Murphy Brown Reboot Gets A Democratic Surprise

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In her fantastic pink chariot hat, she plunges once again into the Phil-less Phil’s bar. Ladies and Gentlemen! Murphy Brown is officially back! After 20 years Murphy Brown whipped out a log of burning sage and cleansed their revival in the best way they could. Everything, unlike other reboots, is not pretty much the same, but things are exactly how they would have been if the show were to continue in this era. Conceptually there are both positives and negatives, but it is not like the negatives do not make us laugh. The only unfortunate part was, in several instances we laughed at the wrong things.

Things Decades Later

The series dwells in November 2016, the era of the national catastrophe. Murphy Brown wakes up to her nightmare going live: Trump is sworn in as America’s new president. Cut forward two years, the real action starts. The series premieres on an extremely disillusioning note. Not sure if it was written to deliver the same effect or not, but its forays into the unfortunate reality of news veterans. Without even the slightest consideration for the social motive behind widespread rebellions, Murphy who used to be very unconventional in her approach scorns the regular protests as aimless time-wastes like any other senior citizen today.

She is quickly joined by her colleagues Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) who further her belief in the wrongs of protest. Vividly, yet whimsically the show opened the very doors to the authentic mindset of senior journalists. We are also introduced to a new character Phyllis (Tyne Daly), who tries hard but does not fill into her late brother’s shoes. Murphy later ponders over her need to return to TV, as she candidly chats with Frank scrutinizing and later disdaining Trump’s travel ban on the Muslims. The pace quickens, followed by ingenious conversations about how authentic reporting has now be contaminated by false claims and subjectivity. True, we do crave for the correct facts, but ranting about it does not solve the problem.

Who is Back and Who is New

Once Murphy decides on a comeback, she is joined by another character domestically. This is Avery (Jake Mc Dorman), the son we saw being born in the show’s original airing- and who is now a dapper, charming aspiring liberal journalist. The both will be living under the same roof, having shows airing at the same timeslots- Avery is on a conservative Wolf Network (or simply Fox News for us) while Murphy is on CNC (the name holds enough hints). It is going to be Brown Vs. Brown and the world is never going to be the same as before.

At the CNC Office, Murphy gets Miles Silverberg ( Grant Shaud) to executive produce for her again, he shows some reluctance but is too vulnerable to stand against the might of his Friends. Grant is timeless. Regardless of how graceful on an actress Lily Tomlin is, we greatly missed him when his character was replaced by Tomlin.  Now that he is back, he has turned in the tour de force show we had waited all this time. Nik Dodani has also joined CNC as the technical expert for Murphy’s show ‘Murphy in The Morning). Also, if the previous sentence had you thinking ‘…Indian and Tech Guy…….’, well it’s also there on the show. Dodani is a wholesome entertainer, a fresh breath of air in a mature environment.

A Democratic Surprise

Once the formalities are over with, Murphy is asked to conduct one of for infamous interviews for secretaries. Well, we kind of knew the job seeker, she is a famous secretary. IT WAS THE FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: HILARY CLINTON. Yes, there is an ‘l’ missing before, but that was just Hillary playing Hilary. In her surprise cameo, Hilary gets interviewed by Murphy before of course being denied the job for being overqualified. The interview is hilarious, hilariously sarcastic, and on several levels quite sardonic. When Murphy asks Hilary if she good with technology, she replies: ‘Yes, I have a thing with emails’. I swear I laughed until my belly hurt. When she is eventually dismissed, she leaves behind her card that says: [email protected] God that show is so funny.

Roseanne honey, Where Are You?

That was not, of course, the show’s only brushed with mockery. When discussing the importance of social media with her son in reporting time today, Avery replies to Murphy on her tweet about dating Donald Trump to be more careful with what she puts on the internet. He follows this by ‘shows are being canceled for a lot less’. Damn Roseanne! The show is consciously aware of what is happening, and what has happened.

Verdict

Sadly, the show is not as internally aware as we would have wanted. Murphy Brown decides to break on TV with intellectual talks in greater light of facts. She ends up having a twitter accusation feud with Donald Trump. What was exactly cited to be the problem to solve unfortunately becomes the problem by the end of the show. Murphy too laments the idea but doesn’t really do something about it. It is not like Morning with Murphy was not funny; it is just that there was jovial opera rather than news satire. Overall, the sitcom did a lot to impress but left some veridical rough patches. To continue the legacy, the approach needs to evolve otherwise the repetitional misinformation will take a toll on the show.

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