CBS has pulled the plug on its revival of Murphy Brown after 13 episodes, opting to not deliver the resurrected collection again for a second season. In the previous couple of years, TV has seen an explosion within the quantity of reboots, sequels, revivals, and spinoffs of current fashionable reveals. Whereas Hollywood has at all times cherished increasing franchises, the uptick as of late on the small display screen has been very noticeable, with sitcoms like Arrested Improvement, Will & Grace, Roseanne, and Full Home all getting second possibilities at life.
A number of such revivals have carried out very properly, so it isn’t too onerous to determine why CBS thought bringing again Murphy Brown would comply with go well with. Murphy Brown initially ran for a whopping 10 seasons and 247 episodes, premiering in November 1988 and signing off in Might 1998, and was wildly fashionable for many of its run. The Candice Bergen-led comedy spent seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6 among the many high 10 highest-rated reveals on TV, and seasons 7 and eight nonetheless hung round within the high 20.
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Sadly, in at this time’s age of plentiful leisure choices, Murphy Brown’s revival simply wasn’t ready to attract even near that very same degree of viewers, coming in at #43 within the rankings, and averaging a mere 0.9 within the 18-49 viewer demographic. That quantity could be nice for The CW, however for CBS, it places Murphy Brown in cancellation vary. To be truthful that is not precisely what occurred right here, as in response to EW, the revival was at all times envisioned as working for less than 13 episodes. Nonetheless, CBS had the choice to – and absolutely would have if the rankings had been good – renew the collection for an additional season.
These unhappy to see Murphy and the gang go away the airwaves as soon as once more should not begin grieving the present but although, as two extra episodes are nonetheless left to air. The primary, entitled “Beat the Press,” will air tomorrow evening. The second, entitled “The Wheels on the Canine Go Spherical and Spherical,” which sees Murphy undertake a disabled canine after Corky lays a guilt journey on her, airs on December 6. The canine is known as Ari in actual life, though it stays to be seen what Murphy will title him on the present. Maybe she’ll select to name him Dan Quayle, in remembrance of the well-known 1992 incident when the then-Vice President publicly criticized the Murphy Brown character for being a single mom.
With Murphy Brown’s failure in thoughts, it is simpler to see why CBS ended up passing on a revival of Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt sitcom Mad About You earlier this yr, after first having proven curiosity in resurrecting the NBC collection. These type of revivals clearly aren’t assured hits anymore, and one assumes in all probability aren’t low cost, contemplating the type of salaries a bunch of long-lasting TV stars and producers possible command. Not all the things goes to be the Roseanne revival, and even The Conners spinoff, with regards to viewership.
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