For a recent feature in Entertainment Weekly, we spoke to showrunners who’ve had the pleasure — and pressure — of wrapping up some of TV’s most beloved series. Murphy Brown creator Diane English had left the CBS comedy after season 4 but returned for its tenth and final season and penned its hour-long 1998 series finale. In the two-part “Never Can Say Goodbye,” Murphy (five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen) — who’d battled breast cancer that year — contemplated retirement as she dealt with a second scare. While under anesthesia for a surgery that ultimately confirmed she was cancer-free, Murphy scored her biggest interview, God (guest star Alan King), who convinced her to keep working with the FYI family. In the final scene, Murphy returned home to find that Eldin (Robert Pastorelli, who’d also left the show) was back. Below is our expanded conversation with English, who talks about dealing with expectations, emotions, and network demands — but thankfully, not with Twitter. READ FULL STORY
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