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Modernizing proves difficult for the series, which is often downright preachy about politics. While the show was a progressive touchstone that mixed real-world politics with fiction, there's something naive about its approach to 2018 politics.
Just as Murphy strives to place her journalistic integrity above the sensationalist cravings of cable news, Murphy Brown would be well served to place the connection between its characters above its mission to make the ugliness of our reality funny.
Murphy Brown feels like visiting with a friend we haven't seen in a while. Once the novelty fades, it reminds us how many years have passed and that we might not want to spend that much time together any more.
Murphy's not wrong on much... But her (and the show's) positions are laid out with such a smug, leaden hand that it seems designed to alienate the people who agree with it at least as much as the Trumpists who won't be watching in the first place.
It's wonderful to see old friends after they've been away for years, but sometimes these get-togethers illustrate that you can't rekindle the fire of friendship in quite the same way. That's the vibe one gets from CBS's revival of Murphy Brown.
Murphy ultimately has it both ways regarding Shannon-rhymes-with-Bannon, but it's not clear yet whether the revived Murphy Brown is going to be so lucky, striving as it does to be both mainstream comedy and liberal agitprop.
There's a whiff of The Newsroom about the rebooted Murphy Brown, not so much in the show's sitcom bones-which are very, very creaky-but in the disconnect between all its highfalutin thinking about what the media can and should do.
In short, Murphy Brown was a lovably fractured mess and nobody's poster child for anything. Turning her into a geriatric Rachel Maddow-style Stalinist (Bergen is 72, around the same age as her character) does lethal damage to the heart of the show.
The early episodes don't suggest this humility. They don't seem to have learned that the world has not changed in the ways that Murphy most dislikes only because of the absence of journalists like her, but also because of the limitations.