Strangely, at the time, I often felt like their writers were looking over my shoulder for script ideas. I had a painter named Frank who knew more about what was going on in my home with the kids and nanny than I did. When I got home from work, he'd be perched on his ladder outside and fill me in on all the day's events before I walked through the front door.
What does this have to do with writing? ...everything. As the creator, Diane English said, she visualized the entire show, characters and main situation while in her car stuck in traffic. She walked straight inside her office and wrote the entire first script.
It's amazing how that happens sometimes. The muse whispers, you listen, and take notes. I think the muse is whispering all the time, but sometimes we don't listen carefully enough. Meditative moments or the few moments before I come fully awake are my most creative times. I practice allowing those moments to flourish. When they come, I ask "what if? and then what?" before I assume I'm done imagining.
I'm going to enjoy revisiting these characters and situation on screen. Encore Classics is now showing commercial free episodes of the programs. Good to know!
Murphy Brown is an American situation comedy which aired on CBS from
November 14, 1988, to May 18, 1998, for a total of 247 episodes.