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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/11/18

Have you ever been at a loss as to what to watch? Too many shows to pick from? We’re here to give you our opinions on what we feel is worth watching. Check it out and then let us know in the comments below what you’re choosing for tonight!

Phoebe’s Choice

Twenty years ago, Murphy Brown premiered on CBS, starring Candice Bergen as the eponymous nationally syndicated newscaster. The series ran for ten years, and I watched a bunch of it as a kid. It came back this year almost as if in direct response to the raising levels of evil and stupid bubbling up in DC of late. Murphy is a very liberal left-wing pundit who once was one of the co-anchors of FYI, an acronym that rang as very clever in the ages before brb gtg tbh omg btw…

This reboot shows Murphy returning to TV on the early AM CNC network show “Murphy In the Morning,” with all the old crew back to support her plus one young Pat Patel as their social media manager. (Oh so 2018!) Instead of Phil running his bar, his sister Phyllis has taken over their favorite local watering hole. Also new to this version, in the rival time slot on Wolf Network, is Murphy’s son Avery, who is hired on there as the “token liberal anchor.”

Last week’s episode revolved around an “in” Avery had been developing with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She has the hots for him and is supposed to call on him for a question at the latest press conference. Murphy grows jealous and frustrated by the fact she can no longer get White House press credentials. The old FYI team comes together on a plan to sneak her in though, and that succeeds with disturbing, netsec-concern-developing ease. She hijacks the whole press conference and goes on a tirade calling out SHS’s incessant lying and gaslighting, which, while on point and cathartic, costs Avery his chance to ask his question. The episode ends after Murphy apologizes for stealing his thunder but not before Avery records the apology as his new ring tone.

The show is still funny, Corky is still hot, so I’m in. Sadly the actor who played Eldin passed away almost 15 years ago, so he will not make any appearances, though I do expect them to refer to him eventually. He did co-star on the show for the first six seasons of the initial run.

On tonight’s episode, “#murphytoo,” after Murphy attends a sexual harassment seminar for the “Murphy in the Morning” staff, she is surprised to find herself reeling from the long-repressed memory of her own #MeToo moment.

See what Murphy remembers tonight on CBS at 9:30/8:30c.

I’ll also be checking out the Titans premiere and maybe the latest I Feel Bad.
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