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Murphy Brown

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An image from an advertisement for “Murphy Brown” in 2018. ";s:

The late-80’s hit television series “Murphy Brown” makes its way back to primetime this fall. Centered on the life of a top female broadcast journalist with a knack for calling out hypocrisy and sparking controversy, the show won five Emmy awards over the course of 10 seasons.

In the 80s, the larger conflict was between traditional news and entertainment news.

The 2018 reboot revolves around the 24 hour news cycle, social media and and the “MeToo” movement.  

Most of the original cast including, Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown, returns to Brown’s fictional television news magazine show FYI.

Today on All Sides, we talk about the comeback of “Murphy Brown.”


  • Eric Deggans, NPR TV critic
  • Joe Saltzman, professor of journalism and communication at USC Annenberg, expert in the image of the journalist in popular culture
  • Colleen Marshall, co-anchor NBC 4, longtime Columbus-based TV journalist
  • Maghan “Maggie” Jackson, PhD student in the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University 

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