CBS sets more ‘Murphy’

CBS has secured the centerpiece of its Monday lineup for a couple more seasons, coming to terms with Warner Bros. TV on a two-year renewal of “Murphy Brown.”

Sources say the Candice Bergen series, currently in its sixth season, will be extended through the 1995-96 campaign, with 24 episodes to be produced each year. That will increase the total syndication package to more than 195 episodes.

Although it has lost some ratings steam, “Murphy” remains a strong draw. The show is averaging a 16.3 rating, 24 share in Nielsen season to date, 10th among all series and 9% below the 17.9/26 the sitcom delivered for the 1992-93 term.

The show is represented by the William Morris Agency, which also is involved with “Roseanne’s” high-profile renewal situation at ABC. Both shows premiered during fall 1988.

Another key component of the Monday lineup, MCA’s “Northern Exposure,” is in the second year of a two-year pact and is expected to conclude a renewal agreement with the web shortly.

Monday and Sunday remain strongholds of CBS’ schedule, and the network has already made a deal to bring Angela Lansbury back for an 11th season of Universal’s “Murder, She Wrote.”

“Murphy Brown” was created by Diane English, who produces the show’s lead-out , “Love & War,” under an independent multi-series deal with the network.

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