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FYI, CBS is reviving Murphy Brown
January 24th, 2018 under Candice Bergen, CBS. [ Comments: 1 ]

Remember when NBC announced that they were reviving Coach and you were like who asked for that? Well, today CBS announced that they are bringing back Murphy Brown next season for 13 episodes. I liked the news sitcom, but who asked for it? I guess CBS is going for the older demographic like AARP and above.

I mean, I am glad to have Candice Bergen back on TV, but wow. Just absorbing their decision to bring the show back after 20 years. It just feels dated since so much has changed since it went off the air in ’98. So what is the premise for the revival? CBS says, “Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”

Back when the show aired, it was controversial because Bergen’s real life pregnancy was written into the show and her character was not married. Then Vice President Dan Quayle took issue with that storyline and the sitcom took issue with him. Which makes you wonder how political it will be this time around. Something I am not looking forward to and it is a big reason why I am not loving the Roseanne revival. I want to escape politics with scripted TV and not be reminded of it when I am trying to get away from it.

When it comes to the rest of the cast, we do not know who, if any of them will return. When I say this show is going for AARP demo, I ain’t kidding. Faith Ford is the youngest cast member and she is 53. Grant Shaud is 56, Joe Regalbuto is 68, Bergen is 71 and Charles Kimbrough is 10 years older than her. Sadly, Robert Pastorelli passed away in 2004, so he will not be part of it. Also, it will be hard to bring Scott Bakula back because he is starring in NCIS: NoLa on the network. But then there is their kid. No word how old he will be. If Roseanne can change up the kids’ ages on her show, then Bergen can do the same with hers.

What do you think Murphy Brown coming back? Which show do you wish they brought back instead? When it comes to which CBS show I wish they would have revived first, I have been rooting for Still Standing. So I think that is why this news bums me out.

Fox is the only network of the Big 4 not to bring back show. What they are waiting for? I guess Modern Family to end already, so they can get Ed O’Neill back. And if Murphy Brown costs me Superior Donuts and gives Fox Katey Sagal, then I am going to boycott it.

One last note, isn’t Great News just like a modern day version of Murphy Brown? And look at how that show is doing in the ratings? I like it, but not too many other people do.

I lied, finally if you have never seen Murphy Brown, then you can watch it on Antenna TV weeknights at 10p.


Are Scorpion and Criminal Minds in trouble?
January 11th, 2018 under CBS. [ Comments: none ]

Scorpion and Criminal Minds have both taken a huge hit in the ratings this season on CBS, and now both shows will be ending their seasons in April instead of May. The eye network announced today that on April 30th, Elementary will take over Scorpion’s slot and that Wednesday, Code Back takes over for Criminal Minds. What that means for future of those two shows that have occupied those slots all season long, we will find out in May. I hope they do not cancel the procedural with geniuses because I am still enjoying it.

You see, it used to be and still sometimes mean, that if a show does not end its season May, it is a goner for the Fall. Ghost Whisperer was one the first shows that kept getting picked up even though it barely ever made it to May sweeps.


I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show in color and still as great!
December 22nd, 2017 under CBS, Dick Van Dyke. [ Comments: none ]

We might be days away from 2018, but CBS is turning the clock back over 50 years tonight. They will air two hours of classic comedies and these shows will do better than almost all the other shows did this week in the ratings. That is because no matter how much time has passed, I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show still feel fresh and make everyone laugh out loud.

At 8p, we get a retrospect Christmas episode of I Love Lucy that shows us some sweet moments for the Ricardos. Like the time when Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant and then when she went into labor. They are two moments that will forever be etched in television history, so to see them in color makes them even more special.

Then at 8:30p, Lucy left NYC for Hollywood and she wants to dress like a star. Ricky gives her $100 to buy a dress and she goes to a fancy shoppe to buy one. While she is there, she overhears that there is going to be a fashion show at the store tomorrow and the models are celebrities’ wives. Of course, Lucy finagles her way into the show and buys a dress. A dress that cost 5X more than she was allowed to spend. Ethel and her come up with a way that Ricky cannot get mad at her, but it comes at a cost. One that makes it perfect for a colorized version of the black and white classic.

Then at 9p, it is time for The Dick Van Dyke Show to be seen in living color. I recently read that the classic sitcom was the last one to be shot entirely in black and white. Had it gone on another season, that one would have been filmed in color.

Anyways, in the first episode, Laura feels that her marriage to Rob might be in trouble and she needs to do something to save it. Millie tells her whenever she wants to spice up her marriage, she bleaches her hair. Laura gets some peroxide and goes blonde. Then Rob calls her and tells her he loves her as a brunette. She gets some hair dye to go back to her natural color, but Rob comes home early and she was only able to dye half of her hair. Seeing this moment in color makes a funny scene even more hysterical. Black and white just didn’t do it justice.

Just like the episode at 9:30p, when Sally goes to an art show and sees a painting of Laura naked. Now Rob and Laura have to come up with a way to make that painting go away before anyone they know sees it. Their biggest obstacle is that the now renowned painter doesn’t want to give it to them and several people have offered to buy it for more money than they can afford. Will they be able to get that painting before everyone in NYC sees it?

Back in the ’80s, Ted Turner tried to colorize classic movies and it was ugly. CBS has done such a beautiful job retouching these shows, you would never know that were not originally shot in color. Therefore, it is like watching these beloved classics, that we have seen hundreds of times, for the first time. What is a better Christmas gift than that?


Celebrity Big Brother gets an air date!
December 1st, 2017 under CBS. [ Comments: none ]

If you are me, then you were wondering when will America’s first version of Celebrity Big Brother air and now I know the answer. CBS announced today that it will debut on February 7th and run all the way throughout the Olympics. Which means they are putting a lot of faith into it. In order for the show to be a hit, they are going to need names. Will they get them? I doubt it.

That was not their only announcement for the midseason. They also revealed that The Amazing Race returns on January 3rd, Living Biblically debuts on February 26th replacing 9JKL, Survivor is back for its, who can count that high, season on February 28th and finally Instinct takes over for Wisdom of the Crowd on March 11th.

Still missing from the schedule is Elementary and Code Black. I am assuming both show will debut in May and run through the summer. My gut says that they want to get Code Black as far away from The Good Doctor as possible.


Elementary gets 8 additional episodes this season
November 29th, 2017 under CBS. [ Comments: none ]

Even though, CBS has yet the slot the 6th season of Elementary, they announced today that they want 8 more episodes from the show. Bringing the total to 21, 1 short of full season.

Which makes you wonder if the network is doing that so the drama could have a proper sendoff since I doubt it will get a 7th season. But then again, I said that after 4th and 5th seasons.

My gut says that this will be a summer show and they want to see how it will do. But considering how bad it has been doing during the regular one, the Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu will not be back. But nowadays, you never know.


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