What will ‘Murphy Brown’ make of modern times?


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Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen will return to CBS as ‘Murphy Brown’

Q: When will the new version of “Murphy Brown” be on? – David Robinson, via e-mail

A: CBS plans to air it as part of the 2018-19 lineup, though it wasn’t known at press time whether to would be a starter for next season (like NBC’s “Will & Grace” revival was) or be held for later (like ABC’s continuation of “Roseanne” is about to be). Title star Candice Bergen – who won five Emmy Awards for the role – and creator and executive producer Diane English will return for the new version, which has been ordered for 13 episodes.


Nicollette Sheridan
Nicollette Sheridan from ‘Dynasty’ on The CW.

Q: I’ve been enjoying the remake of “Dynasty.” How is it doing in the ratings? – Kim Bennett, Columbus, Ohio

A: While it hasn’t been an unquestionable hit, The CW has been satisfied enough with its returns to keep it going, though it will move to Fridays in early March. In all likelihood, the network is waiting to see if the arrival of Nicollette Sheridan as Alexis will jump-start things for the show, much as Joan Collins’ entrance in the role did for the original version.

Also, “Dynasty” has been valuable for The CW in adding some diversity to its schedule. That’s not only true in the makeup of its cast, but also in its being a different sort of show that – along with “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – is different from the superhero-driven and supernatural fare that largely has defined the network.


Q: I’ve heard that “The Orville” has been renewed for a second season. Is that true? – Gary Douglas, Buffalo, N.Y.

A: It is. It got that nod from Fox pretty early, less than two months after its premiere, and that may have been for a variety of reasons. It had a sizable audience for its premiere (counting all platforms, including DVR viewing), but also, series mentor Seth MacFarlane is a very busy guy … including for Fox alone, since the long-running “Family Guy” also is in his creative domain.

One of the thoughts likely was that the sooner he could get going on devising a Season 2 of “The Orville,” the better for all concerned. With the Disney-Fox deal moving forward, the show’s future beyond that remains to be seen – but at least for the time being, it will have a sophomore round.


Q: When will “The Bold Type” be back? – Kristen Dunn, via e-mail

A: Freeform has set the show’s Season 2 premiere for June 12, and one thing we can say is that fans can expect a lot more of the relationship between Kat (Aisha Dee) and Adena, since the actress who plays the latter role – Nikohl Boosheri – has been upped to series-regular status for the new episodes. There will be more to come beyond that, too, since “The Bold Type” scored a third-season renewal at the same time it was picked up for Season 2.


Q: When will the series finale of “The Middle” air? – Helen Wayne, Providence, R.I.

A: We’re told that ABC will air the concluding story in May, though no specific date for it had been set as of this writing. We spoke with star Patricia Heaton at last month’s Television Critics Association press convention, and while she told us she was glad “The Middle” was going out by tying “Everybody Loves Raymond’s” run of nine seasons, she allowed that nearing the end was getting increasingly difficult for all involved with each episode completed.


Q: I’m impressed with Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan in “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” but I didn’t watch “Glee.” Who did he play on that? – Chris Fowler, Stuart, Fla.

A: Also made by “American Crime Story” mentor Ryan Murphy, the Fox-televised “Glee” featured Criss as Blaine Anderson on a recurring basis in Season 2 and full-time for the show’s last three seasons. Blaine was a member of the Warblers, a singing group that rivaled New Directions, whose member Kurt (Chris Colfer) he became involved with. Blaine later transferred to Kurt’s school, McKinley High, and joined New Directions.


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Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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