Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Toldya: “Murphy Brown” Will Revive The Wolf Network, Parody of Fox News, for Reboot


I suggested back on February 14th that “Murphy Brown” should revive the Wolf Network for its reboot. That’s the Fox News-like place where Jim Dial went to work when he had a fight with “FYI” and its own CBS network 20 years ago.

So it turns out that Murphy’s son Avery will have a job at the Wolf Network as the “liberal voice” — whatever that means. This will make for outrageous satire, as it did back in the day. Only back then Fox News was only a tenth of its current awfulness.

If anyone has a clip of that show, please email me at

Meantime, here’s my favorite “Murphy Brown” clip. Stuart Best was fired from “FYI” before the show became a hit. His name was a nod to Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, the Beatles who left the group early on. Stuart, a weasel, is now a congressman played by Wally Shawn, and he has special interests:

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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