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Monday, November 5, 2018

Video: Murphy Brown – A Lifetime of Achievement (Preview) – With A Little Bette Midler – Thursday, November 8, 2018

The ‘Murphy in the Morning‘ team, Avery and Phyllis join Jim Dial at an eventful lifetime achievement award gala in his honor, hosted by Katie Couric (playing herself) and attended by Murphy’s worst-ever secretary (Bette Midler), who has a surprising new connection to Murphy. Also, Murphy discovers a kindred spirit in Judge Nate Campbell (John Larroquette), another gala attendee, Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9:30/8:30c. Only CBS

Bette Midler guests on Murphy Brown, Thursday, November 8
Bette Midler guests on Murphy Brown, Thursday, November 8
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Paramount Network picks up First Wives Club reboot as half-hour series – To Premiere On TV Next Year

Paramount Network picks up First Wives Club reboot as half-hour series
By Alakananda Bandyopadhyay · 19:51 PST, 3 Jun 2018

Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton

Paramount Network’s latest venture is in the form of a new comedy series, “First Wives Club” – 10 half-hour long episodes of which have been picked up from Paramount Television. The blockbuster hit film ‘Girls Trip’ writer, Tracy Oliver, is attached to write and serve as executive producer.

Based on the favorite 1996 film from Paramount Pictures, which featured Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, the half-hour series resembles the movie in its setting, which is New York City. The plot revolves around a group of women who band together after their marriages fall apart, and who find strength in their sisterhood – and of course a little revenge. Read More

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018


So much of TV entertainment footage in the past has been wiped out, including ABC-TV’s Countdown and GTK. However the National Film & Sound Archive has started to put online footage from the daytime The Mike Walsh Show which ran in the 1970s and 1980s to a weekly audience of 5 million. Footage included Johnny Cash, Bette Midler, Village People and Queensland singing nun Sister Stansilaus Zgrajewski, whose debut appearance caused such a storm (a good one) that she was invited back the next day. Read More

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

From An Intimate Evening With Bette

From An Intimate Evening With Bette: “Did you like the TV special?” I did…I was real proud of it. The network was very nice, too. The only thing they asked me not to do was mention drugs. Gee..I didn’t realise drugs were the enemy in television, I thought they were the sponsor… Melody Maker, 1978) – Bette Midler

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BetteBack March 10, 1975: Why Did Bette Midler Drop Out Of Sight?

Lima News
March 10, 1975


Q: Didn’t Bette Midler drop out of sight for awhile ? Who got her back to work? — H.P., N.Y., N.Y.

A: Yes, she did drop out because she got scared. She felt her voice had lost its unique quality and she feared she might not get it back to its proper timbre. But her agents finally convinced Bette she had to end her year’s hiatus. So she started with that Cher guest spot on TV. is set to work again on Broadway and do a tour, plus a recent press conference and lots of publicity. Phil Greenwald, the Sol Hurok of the Catskills, is negotiating to bring the Divine Miss M. to the Concord Hotel. Read More

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Monday, October 30, 2017

The 25 Absolute Best Halloween Movies to Watch Right Now

The 25 Absolute Best Halloween Movies to Watch Right Now
Kate Samuelson
Oct 18, 2017

Whether you’re a scary movie junkie or more of a hide-under-the-blanket kind of viewer, this ultimate list of the best Halloween movies is guaranteed to contain something you’ll want to watch this Oct. 31.

From the original Halloween to the cult classic Hocus Pocus, TIME has collated a list of the best scary, horror-filled, classic and Disney Halloween movies — as well as the best Halloween movies of 2017 so far. Read More

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Out On Film: ‘Freak Show’ illustrates red state hysteria; Bette Midler Comes Up In Conversation

Georgia Voice
Out On Film: ‘Freak Show’ illustrates red state hysteria
By Shannon Hames
October 3, 2017


When Out on Film released the roster for 2017’s festival, “Freak Show” was one of the films set to be screened at the festival on Oct. 5 at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema. This brilliant movie is about boldly confident, eccentric gay teen Billy Bloom, raised by a fabulous (although alcoholic mother) played by Bette Midler. Billy is forced to move to a “red state” to live with his Southern father in a small town where Christ is king and girls are homecoming queens — that is, until Billy decides to run. Read More

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore

San Francisco Chronicle
Notable reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore
January 25, 2017


Reaction to the death of Mary Tyler Moore at age 80:

“There are no words. She was THE BEST! We always said that we changed each other’s lives for the better.” — Dick Van Dyke, TV husband on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” via Twitter


“She’ll last forever, as long as there’s television. Year after year, we’ll see her face in front of us.” — Carl Reiner, in an interview with The Associated Press Read More

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

BetteBack June 24, 1998: Bette Midler Won’t Make It To Small Screen Soon

Lowell Sun
June 24, 1998


Looks like Bette Midler won’t be making the trip to the small screen anytime soon. La Bette had been in talks to star in a mid season ABC sitcom.

She was reportedly close to a deal with the network, but couldn’t work things out with production company, Carsey-Werner.

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BetteBack October 13, 1991: Bette Midler To Talk Of Geraldo Fling On Barbara Walters Special. Read More

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Friday, November 4, 2016

BetteBack June 12, 1997: Bette Midler heading to TV in ‘The Harlettes’

Cedar Rapids Gazette
June 12, 1997


HOLLYWOOD — Bette Midler is turning her talent to weekly TV.

She and her All Girl Productions partner Bonnie Bruckheimer are executive-producing a sitcom titled “The Harlettes” — which, of course, is the name of Bette’s backup group. It will deal not only with the personal lives of the trio, but with their professional responsibilities and pressures working with a temperamental superstar. Guess who? You don’t have to guess. Read More

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