When the new iteration of Murphy Brown premieres on CBS next week, be prepared to see a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin.
There were multiple ties in the original show to Franklin; her music was featured in the premiere episode, and even down the road she made an appearance on the critically-acclaimed series. If you were a diehard fan of the show, there is a reasonably-good chance that you are familiar with the connections that are there to Franklin.
It’s with all of this in mind that series creator / showrunner Diane English confirms to TVLine that you will have a chance to see a tribute of some sort to Franklin in the very first episode on September 27. If you want some other news about the show itself, the synopsis that CarterMatt has for you below provides those:
Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves with her biting take on current events on the CNC cable network’s morning news program, “Murphy in the Morning,” for which she recruits her “FYI” team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana, and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg. Joining them is social media director Pat Patel, who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century. Murphy’s millennial son, Avery, shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit and is following in her journalistic footsteps with his own new show as the liberal voice on the competing, conservative-leaning Wolf Network. The team still lets off steam at Phil’s Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis.
This is a show that will feel very similar to the original, though you can probably expect there to be at least some differences as it moves forward into the modern era. We hope that this iteration of Murphy Brown isn’t overshadowed entirely by the original’s legacy, as we know that it does have a lot that it can say and bring to the table now.
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