Murphy Brown: Loose Affiliations (1994)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Media Satire, Sitcom [TV], Workplace Comedy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This episode was inspired by the recent defections of several long-time CBS, affiliates to the upstart Fox network. It all begins when the ever-outspoken Murphy (Candice Bergen) uses her "FYI" forum to trash her own network's new fall-lineup. In retaliation, network boss Stan Lansing (Garry Marshall) orders Murphy to do a major suck-up job at a convention of angry network affiliates. Somehow or other this leads to a rare photo-op in which Murphy puts her arms around network "star" Jeri the Orangutan.