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HIP AND FUNNY The Buffalo News

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With time to kill, she reluctantly began to read the script about an aggressive television anchor for a magazine show. In other words, a female "Buffalo Bill" Bittinger.

"And then I went, 'Oh, my God!' " related Bergen in an interview in Los Angeles. "And I got up, and it was the first time I ever made a phone call from an airplane. I was so panic-stricken that I might have waited too long. And so I called my agent and said, 'What do I have to do?' "

You can understand Bergen's surprise about the quality of the script. After all, this is a CBS comedy. Well, really it is more of an NBC-style comedy that just happens to be airing on CBS. "Murphy Brown," which premieres at 9 tonight on Channel 4, is witty, cynical, hip, outrageous -- and most importantly -- funny <a href="http://smokingsaleusa.com">Duty Free Marlboro Cigarettes</a>. Wait until you hear Bergen's Aretha Franklin imitation, singing "Natural Woman." You will gain R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Bergen's willingness to look so foolish just to get a laugh <a href="http://cigarettessupermarket.com">Newport Cigarettes For Sale</a>.

CBS, most notably with the new Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore shows, has been looking for warmth more than humor. In the days and nights of Geraldo, Mort and Maury, warmth is out and controversial is in.

English said she created Murphy with Howard Cosell and Mike Wallace in mind. In tonight's premiere, hyperactive Murphy is back at "FYI" magazine addicted to chewing No. 2 pencils after drying out at the Betty Ford Clinic. When she returns home to unwind to Aretha, Murphy has to deal with an eccentric house painter.

English, the Buffalo native who also has written "Foley Square" and "My Sister Sam" for CBS, admits the show starts slower than she'd like. But as all the eccentric characters appear around Murphy <a href="http://usacigarettesshop.com">Cheapest Marlboro Cigarettes</a>, you realize this show has great potential.

All you have to do is look at today's headlines to see it. It probably won't be long before Murphy has to referee a fight on-stage.

Let's hope she doesn't suffer the same fate as Geraldo. Bergen's cover girl face shouldn't be messed with.

CBS initially balked at the casting of Bergen but relented after English became persistent.

Bergen really has trained for the part all her life. She auditioned for "60 Minutes" when she was 23, has been the host of some talk shows and, perhaps, most importantly, is used to talking to dummies.

Her "brother" was one. Her late father, Edgar, was the ventriloquist-comedian who put Charlie McCarthy's words in his mouth.

"It was always a sibling rivalry with Charlie," said Bergen, before being asked if she thought he was her brother. "When I was a child, I couldn't figure it out," said Bergen. "He wasn't flesh and blood, but he had almost more clout than a human being <a href="http://cigarettesss.com">Cigarettes Online Free Shipping</a>, and he wasn't a doll, either. But he was really like some kind of sacred calf, because he brought home the bacon."

Her father loved to play tricks with her.

"He would ring the doorbell when I was a teen-ager and I was getting dressed for a date, and I would have my hair in rollers and in my robe. And then I'd hear him talking to my date, who was like an hour early. And then he would say, 'Oh, sure, Peter, she's right in here, come on in.' I would say, 'No, no, I'm not ready, not yet.' And then my father would go, 'Ahh!' and just fall over laughing."

Bergen had been shouting no, no, I'm not ready to producers who wanted her to star in a series. Married to French film director Louis Malle, she lives in New York and France with their child, Chloe.

She finally said yes to "Murphy" because of the script and because she felt a successful series would give her a fixed place to live for awhile.

English will have to hope CBS gives "Murphy" a fixed place, too. The network has the tendency to move good shows so often that viewers can't find them.

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