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Saturday / May 11 / 2019

CBS Cancels Murphy Brown

It’s official, Murphy Brown will not be returning for a twelfth season.

The return of Murphy Brown will not be returning to CBS. The network officially canceled the Candice Bergen-led series Friday after weeks of speculation on a possible eleventh-hour comeback.

In the second wave of revival fever fueling networks in recent years, the Emmy winning show returned to CBS last September almost 20 years after the original run of the Diane English-created series ended. However, tackling the fake news and politics of the Donald Trump era onscreen and the NFL on Fox on the schedule, the revival of the acerbic sitcom proved a pricey ratings disappointment.

Initially conceived as a one-time 13-episode run, the 11th season of sorts dived by 39% in viewers and the 18-49 demographic from its premiere to its December 20, 2018 finale, which had a 1.1 rating and an audience of 7.01 million.

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Saturday / February 02 / 2019

CBS Boss on the Future of Murphy Brown

During the CBS panel on this year’s Television Critics Association’s winter tour, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl addressed the future of Murphy Brown, via Hollywood Reporter.

Murphy Brown likely didn’t perform the way you would have hoped. Looking back, is there anything you’d have done differently? Why do you think it didn’t find a larger audience?
No. It actually improved the time period from a year prior. I heard from people that they really enjoyed the show. [Creator] Diane English came to us and said this was the show she wanted to do and we let her do that show. I think she would agree with that. It was a very fun show to be involved with and it certainly remains in contention for next year.
I’d heard from sources that multiple people associated with the production wanted some sort of additional episode order beyond the initial 13 it was picked up for. But in success, had Murphy Brown delivered a Roseanne-like rating, would you have done a back order?
Diane and Warner Bros. TV came to us from minute one and said we’d like to do 13 episodes of the show — and only 13 episodes of the show. We understood we were doing 13 episodes of the show and planned it that way. There was really no talk of anything beyond that because that’s what we understood; that was the deal with the show when it came to us.
So even if it popped, you would not have ordered one, two or five more?
I stick with what I just said.
Would you want another 13 or a shorter order?
It depends. You get to May [upfronts] and you have to look at all the pieces in contention and piece together a new season. You have to try to make everything fit the schedule to the best of your ability.


Murphy Brown  -  News

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