Thursday, April 18, 2024

UPDATES: Madonna Loses Co-op Court Case, “Murphy Brown” Won’t Go Beyond This Season, Spirit Awards Aim for Lower Ratings



“Murphy Brown 2.0” is over. The ten episode order for a reboot will not be renewed. Low ratings and terrible scripts killed the reunion. The show averaged just under 6 million viewers, was adding nothing to the CBS ratings for other shows, and just seemed…old. I’m sorry they didn’t get it, or try to update it. But the show was basically a harangue. The only young character, Avery Brown, Murphy’s son, looked like a skier or snowboarder. He certainly didn’t look like fictional father Jake Lowenstein, played Robin Thomas (who’s disappeared after a long run on TV) who was dark-haired and Jewish. All of 2.0 was misconceived. Too bad.

Madonna has lost her case against her co-op board. Madonna lives in a two-house wide building on the Upper East Side. But she still owns a mega co-op on the West Side, where she was housing various kids, nannies, maids. I guess Lourdes was living there. But Madonna wasn’t, and the co-op board said No. So did a New York judge. So that party is over. It’s nice to see justice overcame celebrity.

Last year’s Independent Spirit Awards scored just 95,000 viewers when it was shown live from Los Angeles last March. So to make it score lower, they’ve selected actress Aubrey Plaza as host of next February’s show. The nominees are exceedingly dull already. No one knows who Aubrey Plaza is. I thought she was a shopping center. Film Independent is the oversight group for the Spirit Awards. They just announced they’re discontinuing the LA Film Festival. I don’t think these people have a clue about what they’re doing. But they all have nice six figure salaries.




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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