Monday, June 17, 2024

Coin Toss: Tonight’s “Murphy Brown” Special Guest Star is Probably Michelle Obama (Plugging Book), Maybe Hillary Clinton


The press screeners for “Murphy Brown” feature a little intro from show creator Diane English. She says, just to make sure no one blurts it out, a scene has been held back from critics from tonight’s premiere on CBS at 9:30pm.

There’s a spoiler. English is referring to a previous alert that a major political figure would turn up on the 1st episode of the revived series as one of Murphy’s many secretaries.

Some did bet on Hillary Clinton, the obvious choice, now out of work. That would be funny.

But I’m hearing the good betting is on Michelle Obama, who is about to launch her publicity campaign for her book, “Becoming.”

It would be very ‘becoming’ of her, as long as Murphy doesn’t fire her too meanly.

Other candidates for the surprise could be either of the husbands, although I don’t think so. Stormy Daniels would be funny, also. Dan Quayle would be a hoot, but I don’t think they’ll go there.

We’ll really stand by to see who it is. But my guess, for better or worse, is Michelle.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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