Television Q&A: ‘Murphy Brown’ appears done for now – Herald & Review

Q: Is “Murphy Brown” done?

A: For now, yes. CBS ran the 13 episodes it ordered, and recently left it out of its announcement for the next TV season. TVLine noted the ratings dropped after its premiere, especially with young adults. I also thought it was a bad show, not that I’ve been asked. But, added TVLine: “The veteran cast surely didn’t come cheap, either, so CBS couldn’t be happy to keep shelling out big bucks for its lowest-rated comedy.” But series creator Diane English has joined calls on Twitter for streamers Hulu, Netflix or Amazon to pick up the show.

Q: We hear that the terrifically funny and smart sitcom “The Kids Are Alright” is canceled. I can’t help but think had it been better promoted, it would have had a longer run. Any chance another network might pick it up?

A: I certainly remember plenty of ABC promos about the show, and at least one report said the ratings were OK when it had “The Conners” leading into it. But it did not meet the network’s needs, and series creator Tim Doyle tweeted, “‘The Kids Are Alright’ is dead. … Goodbye.” That comment also indicates no plans to shop the show around, and I have not seen any. The last new episode, called “Irish Goodbye,” is set for May 21.

Q: My daughter and I watch “The Orville.” Do you know if it was renewed for a third season?

A: Yes. Fox says it will be back in 2020.

Q: Is “Life in Pieces” coming back or isn’t it?