The 'Fake News' We Deserve: 'Murphy Brown' Is Back!
Who knew all America really needed was Murphy Brown back in the studio to deliver the news?
Get it, girl.
If last night's premiere of Murphy Brown is any indication of what we can expect this season, we're all in! From a surprise guest appearance to zingers that left us on the floor gagging, here are 5 reasons why — even after 30 years since its original premiere — Murphy Brown is still the "fake news show" America truly deserves.
1. Murphy Brown, 2018
We hit the ground running in the premiere. Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) has peacefully "retired" from FYI news — that is, until the 2016 election takes place. You know the one: That little election that placed us in a real-life version of The Upside Down from Stranger Things. Yeah, Murphy was effected by it, too.
Being the spitfire she is, Murphy can no longer sit back and yell at the TV all day. Murphy's marching. Murphy's protesting. Murphy's ready to speak her mind again!
In fact, Murphy rallies up the original gang and presses forward with her own new morning show, Murphy in the Morning. Other than Corky's (Faith Ford) fight against menopause and Miles' (Grant Shaud) mental breakdown after co-hosting The View for two years, the original group is still sound of mind and body. But, can this fab four keep up with our present day, social media obsessed world?
Without a doubt. Murphy quickly proves she knows how to play the social media game by tweeting about the time she went on a date with Donald Trump and how he made her split the bill.
2. Avery, The Big Bad Wolf
As Murphy prepares for her return to TV, her son Avery (Jake McDorman) decides to crash at her place due to a big career move. Murphy welcomes Avery with open arms, unaware that Avery's "big news" actually involves hosting his own morning show on Wolf News (which is the equivalent of "Fox News" in Murphy's world).
Not only is Avery joining the side of those who "believe the world is flat," but his show airs at the same time as Murphy in the Morning. Talk about a major slap in the face!
Here's the real problem: We can't help but fall for Avery because he truly does have the best intentions. He hopes to be the voice of reason on Wolf News and create a morning show that gives real people a platform to speak their mind — no news pundits or personalities allowed.
Thanks Murphy, for blessing America with Avery and reminding all of us of just how feeble our morals can be when they are presented by someone who looks like that.
3. Murphy Brown: Older, Wiser, And Still The Same
Nothing could have prepared us for Murphy's on air feud with Trump!
As soon as Murphy in the Morning goes live, they are bombarded with tweets from the man himself. In his attempt to discredit her reputation as a real journalist, Trump calls her "old Murphy."
Rather than ignoring him, Murphy engages. She digs her heels deep into the ground and fires the best clapbacks possible, reminding us that Murphy Brown hasn't changed! Yes, she might be older, but Murphy is still that smart, no nonsense woman who was once labeled as "difficult" because she was brave enough to speak her mind.
4. Murphy Needs A Drink (Don't We All?)
One of the most exciting additions to the show is Phyllis (Tyne Daly), Phil's sister who now runs his bar.
When Murphy returns from a march to have a drink — removing her pink gladiator helmet, because a pink knitted cap is no longer an appropriate symbol of solidarity in Murphy's eyes — Phyllis genuinely comforts Murphy. They share laughs and similar concerns. Phyllis and Murphy are both older women who are struggling with where the world is headed and their position in it. I, for one, cannot wait to see how this beautiful friendship evolves with time.
5. Murphy's Potential New "Secretary"
I was gasping for air during Hillary Clinton's guest appearance as potential employee Hilary, with "one L." When Murphy discovers that she's going to be given a new secretary, she has no idea who she's about to interview. Then, behold — the one and only Hilary walks in, and the jokes don't quit!
Murphy quickly recognizes "Hilary Clendon" as Hillary Rodham Clinton, but plays along, asking her about her previous experience in secretarial work. "Hilary" says she worked the last four years for a big organization and is good with emails. When "Hilary" walks out, she hands Murphy her business card which reads: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bravo, Murphy Brown. Carry on, I'm just going to continue to lie here, dead.
You can catch Murphy Brown on CBS Thursday nights at 9:30/8:30c.