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By Jonah Goldberg | March 28, 2013
Almost exactly 20 years ago, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead wrote a controversial essay for The Atlantic titled "Dan Quayle Was Right. " In case you forgot (or never knew), let me fill you in on what Mr. Quayle was right about. There once was a popular sitcom called "Murphy Brown. " The title character, played by Candice Bergen, was a news anchor. The show had its moments, but it was also insufferably pleased with itself and its liberalism. At least until the arrival of the Aaron Sorkin oeuvre ("The West Wing," "The Newsroom")
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By ALICE STEINBACH | May 14, 1992
Generally speaking, I grew up among adults who told me as little as possible about sex and where babies come from.In fact, most of what I knew about the subject came from an out-of-date health manual my mother kept semi-hidden in a dining room cabinet. Behind the wine glasses.But one thing I did know as a child -- from just observing the world around me -- was this: All babies had a mother. And a father.This didn't mean I had the sexual mechanics of what happened between mothers and fathers pinned down.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISON CRITIC | September 18, 1995
"Hi, I'm Murphy Brown, and you must be my new secretary," Murphy says to the guy in the dark suit, sitting head down at the desk outside her office.But it's not just the latest entry in her secretarial sweepstakes. The guy looks up, and it's -- gasp! -- John F. Kennedy Jr., smiling in all his People magazine glory.You have to hand it to "Murphy Brown." No prime-time television series since "All in the Family" has done a better job of playing American political life for both satire and ratings sizzle.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | April 23, 1992
Murphy Brown has a baby boy. Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson say goodbye. Cybill Shepherd says hello again as a private detective. Whitley gets married on "A Different World." "Beverly Hills, 90210" gets a new character. And the Bundys go to London.May sweeps -- bizarro time on Planet Television -- start today, bringing 30 days of high-impact and, in some cases, very strange TV into our living rooms.How strange? Well, if the Bundys in London starting for three weeks on May 3 isn't strange enough for you, how about Murphy Brown's baby shower, planned for May 11?
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | April 23, 1992
Murphy Brown has a baby boy. Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson say goodbye. Cybill Shepherd says hello again as a private detective. Whitley gets married on "A Different World." "Beverly Hills, 90210" gets a new character. And the Bundys go to London.May sweeps -- bizarro time on Planet Television -- start today, bringing 30 days of high-impact and, in some cases, very strange TV into our living rooms.How strange? Well, if the Bundys in London starting for three weeks on May 3 isn't strange enough for you, how about Murphy Brown's baby shower, planned for May 11?
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By Knight Ridder News Service | July 31, 1991
LOS ANGELES - Forget fashion shows. Television is the new launching ground for trendy styles. The latest example? The Murphy Bag, a $575 leather shoulder bag with buckles by Boston leather specialists Mark Cross.Candice Bergen, star of the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown," spotted the aptly named bag in a catalog; shortly thereafter, it appeared on the show.
NEWS
August 31, 1992
Candice Bergen, a.k.a. Murphy Brown, the forty-something character who opted to bear a child out of wedlock and thereby drew the censure of Vice President Dan Quayle, was named Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series last night at the 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.Craig T. Nelson, who plays "Coach" in the ABC television comedy of the same name, won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The awards for the best actress and actor in a drama series went respectively to Dana Delany, one of the stars of the canceled ABC series "China Beach," and to Christopher Lloyd, one of two actors to be nominated for a non-network show in the category.
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By New York Daily News | October 18, 1990
NEW YORK -- The tiny Kaufman Theater will soon host the play version of a landmark movie about the coming-of-age sex lives of two men two decades ago -- "Carnal Knowledge" by Jules Feiffer (who had originally written it as a play). Its stars, this time around, are Judd Nelson, Jon Cryer, Justine Bateman and Janine Turner (in roles played by Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel, Candice Bergen and Ann-Margret).The director is Martin Charnin. "Knowledge" is due to open Nov. 15.)Charnin, asked why the show was in such a small theater, said, "This is a close-up play; it's an experience that has to be seen as though you were eavesdropping on people's lives.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | December 27, 1992
It was one of those TV images that leaps out of the clutter and burns its way into that place in the back of the brain called shared memory: Bill Clinton in Blues Brothers' sunglasses, honking away on that big tenor sax, while a million late-night bright lights danced and glistened off his golden horn. It was hot. It was symbolic. And it was resonant all right.Clinton's saxophone-playing appearance on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in June, though, was widely mocked at the time by many members of the we-know-everything gang covering national politics.
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December 25, 2008
Tomorrow A Secret: (Strand Releasing) A 15-year-old boy unearths a shocking family secret. With Cecile De France, Patrick Bruel and Ludivine Sagnier. Next Friday Bride Wars : (20th Century Fox) Childhood best friends plan their weddings, each at New York's ultimate bridal destination, the Plaza Hotel. But a clerical error and clash in wedding dates pit the two brides against each other in a competition that quickly escalates into all-out war. With Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway and Candice Bergen.
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