UPDATE: Murphy Brown's creator is disputing the claims of the Hollywood Reporter. See bottom of post for more.
The far-left Murphy Brown revival has been cancelled after just 13 episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The entertainment outlet explained that the show managed just a “0.9 in the key 18-49 demo.” Ouch. The only reason the show came back at all, according to its stars, is the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
The most recent episode saw the title character, (played by Candice Bergen) threatening and intimidating ICE agents in order to stop a raid.
Bergen appeared on the September 26, 2018 CBS This Morning and openly admitted that the show returned as a result of Hillary Clinton’s loss: “We didn't have a motivation do it. We didn't really have the meat or a story. And then when the election happened, I mean, if Hillary had won, we would just be dancing in the streets.”
Co-host Gayle King promoted the absurd fiction that the series isn’t “a Donald Trump bashing show either.”
Co-star Ford agreed, claiming:
No, it's not. It's really not. We're staying on point with issues. I mean, there really are a lot of issues going on that were going on then and are still going on. And we’re dealing with them. And that’s predominately what our show is about.
Regarding the cancellation, Hollywood Reporter writer Lesley Goldberg explained:
A day after doubling down on unscripted fare come January, the network is firming up its comedy slate for 2019, with its Murphy Brown reboot and Damon Wayans Jr. vehicle Happy Together both ending their respective runs after their initial 13-episode orders.
Goldberg, however, claimed that the show “was always intended to be a closed-ended order of 13 episodes.”
There are four yet-to-air episodes left of the series. According to an episode synopsis for the November 29 show, it seems as though the series will attack conservatives until the bitter end.
When Frank is physically attacked while covering a political rally, Murphy becomes afraid to dispute the opposing viewpoint of a guest on her show.
UPDATE: Diane English, the show's creator, claims Murphy Brown has NOT been cancelled: