‘Murphy Brown’ revival to deal with sexual misconduct with #MurphyToo
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Emmy-winning comedy “Murphy Brown” will return to CBS tv for the primary time in 20 years with an episode that addresses the #MeToo motion of girls breaking their silence about sexual harassment, the collection’ creator stated on Sunday.
FILE PHOTO: Forged member Candice Bergen poses on the premiere for the film “Book Club” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., Could 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photograph
The brand new season starring Candice Bergen as a pioneering newswoman is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 27.
Creator Diane English advised reporters the fourth episode can be titled #MurphyToo. The episode was written months in the past, English stated, however her remarks got here as CBS Corp itself is investigating sexual harassment allegations.
#MeToo sprouted on social media final 12 months when girls started sharing tales of sexual harassment and abuse amid widespread accusations towards entertainers, businessmen and politicians.
A July 27 New Yorker article detailed claims by six girls who accused CBS Chief Govt Leslie Moonves of sexually harassing them in incidents between 1985 and 2006.
Moonves has stated he “may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances” many years in the past, which he known as errors that he regretted immensely, however that he understood “‘no’ means ‘no’’ and had by no means used his place to hurt anybody’s profession.
CBS employed two regulation companies to research the allegations and the community’s broader tradition.
The “Murphy Brown” solid and producers help the investigation absolutely, English stated at a Tv Critics Affiliation assembly, including that “none of us have had any negative experience in that regard at CBS.”
She stated #MeToo was “a powerful movement” and that they wished to do it justice on the present.
Throughout the authentic 10-year run that started in 1988, “Murphy Brown” steadily tackled topical points. English stated the brand new episodes uphold that custom.
“It’s always been a political show with something to say,” she stated. “I’m focusing the show really through the prism of the press. The First Amendment and the free press is under attack like I’ve never seen before.”
The season begins with Murphy popping out of retirement to reunite with journalists Corky and Frank and producer Miles on a cable TV morning present.
Again in 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle famously attacked “Murphy Brown” when the character gave delivery to a child exterior of marriage. Murphy’s son, Avery, now works as a liberal voice on a rival conservative channel known as the Wolf community, solid members stated.
“Murphy is a fierce mom, and she is a competitive mom,” Bergen stated. “Avery has his work cut out for him.”
Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Enhancing by Daniel Wallis