My Sneak Peak at “Murphy Brown” Reboot
If you enjoyed that show "Murphy Brown" when it was on in the 80s and 90s, I have some great news! The reboot is going to be awesome! I got a sneak peak at one of the episodes and am happy to say the old "FYI" gang is back and generating as many laughs as they during the original run. This is based on what I saw in Episode 5, the episode they were shooting Friday night while I was in the audience. I'll tell you how YOU might be able to sit in on a filming at the end of this post.
The audience gave Candice Bergen a standing ovation at the end of the night. Her Murphy had all of the smarts and sass we remember from the show's original run. Brown's colleagues from "FYI" are now with her on a new morning TV show. Frank, Corky, and Miles are back as though they never left. And the new characters, including Tyne Daly, will be great additions to the cast (based on what I saw Friday.)
So what's it like to watch a sitcom get made? It's exciting and fun to see a comedy get made. There's also a comedian to entertain the crowd between takes. But you should know it takes almost 4 hours to get a half hour show done. And because seating is first come first served, I encourage you to pack your patience. Tickets are free but there's no guarantee you'll get in so you have to make sure you read the fine print very carefully when you get your ticket. It explains that the process involves standing in line and having to lock up your phones. It provides a map of the studio in Queens where parking can be a challenge so if you're going to do this, I really suggest you leave yourself lots of extra time.
The payoff can be huge! It was so exciting to hear the actors' witty dialogue and to see those characters who were like old friends back in the day. "Murphy Brown" was on the air for 10 years and won 18 Emmy Awards. I have a hunch the reboot is going to be a huge hit too!
Were you a fan of the original show? Do you think you'll check out the reboot? The new season premieres Thursday, September 27th on CBS.