Blame it on “Will & Grace.”
The surprising success of NBC’s reboot of its ’90s-era comedy has given license to lazy and frightened community execs to go to the TV graveyard — and see what skeletons is likely to be exhumed and despatched to wardrobe for a fancy dress becoming.
The most recent: “Murphy Brown.”
There’s no denying the recognition of the Candice Bergen hit, which ran for 10 years on CBS (1988-1998), barely past its sell-by date. Attacked for its politics, the sequence was a feminist milestone, notably throughout the 1992 presidential marketing campaign, when Vice President Dan Quayle criticized the Murphy character for deciding to change into a single mom and “mocking the significance of fathers by bearing a baby alone.”
However that was 26 years in the past. The TV viewers of “Murphy’s” day (36 million viewers watched the Sept. 21, 1992 episode) has scattered to the 12 winds.
McCormack and Debra Messing within the new “Will & Grace”Chris Haston/NBCThe reboot, set to debut on CBS subsequent season — with Bergen as soon as once more within the driver’s seat — goes to go one among two methods. We’re both going to have ourselves a “Heeerrre’s Murphy” scenario, the place a beloved CBS performer of yesteryear, like Lucille Ball — who was recycled in a single stale automobile after one other after “I Love Lucy,” with ever extra alarming shades of carrot in her hair — is trotted out for an exasperated stroll down reminiscence lane. Or Murphy will discover out within the premiere episode that her previous community, FYI, has been changed into an internet site and, anxious about her medical insurance, negotiates a buyout with the teen (“Younger Sheldon’s” Iain Armitage) taking up the corporate. Both situation sounds painful.
The concept of bringing again “Murphy Brown” or different sequence from its day, similar to NBC’s deliberate revival of “Mad About You” or ABC’s “Roseanne,” set to debut March 27, is one other signal that the networks have surrendered creatively to the mixed forces of cable tv and streaming companies, and don’t thoughts being utterly ignored of any type of cultural dialog. Their slavish devotion to risk-averse advertisers, whereas profitable financially, cements their obsolescence.
NBC obtained fortunate with “Will & Grace,” primarily as a result of its solid and writers have been able to rock and roll, and the revival had traction from a 2016 YouTube video the solid made for Election Day. However its followers received’t fare as nicely. Viewers will notice they’re being conned with one remake after one other and abandon them, as they did with the rebooted stink bombs that have been “Ironside,” “Charlie’s Angels” and “The Bionic Girl,” amongst others too quite a few to record right here.
With issues going the best way they’re, can it’s lengthy earlier than we’ve a reboot of that 1990s Don Johnson-Cheech Marin buddy present, “Nash Bridges”?
I’ve obtained the proper title: “Nash Bridgework.”