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Lombard painted, 'Mom' returns, 'Murphy' revives

Carole Lombard served as the guest editor for the April 1936 issue of Screen Book, which we've previously reviewed (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672326.html, https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672670.html). Today, we're focusing on the cover, a delightful portrait of Carole by noted artist Zoe Mozert:

You can get an 8' x 10" version of this "very nice" picture for $6.99 by going to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-8x10-Photo-Picture-Very-Nice-Fast-Free-Shipping-32/232943370302?hash=item363c81c03e:g:fAgAAOSwuGhbrOS5. Without the cover clutter, it's decidedly more alluring.

As many of you know, today's been quite the newsday, so I have two suggestions to help you relax this evening. Just set your TV to CBS at 9/8c and laugh with some wonderful ladies for the next hour.

First, the season six premiere of my current favorite sitcom...

..."Mom." That's Oscar- and Emmy-winner Allison Janney, left, and pert, funny, talented Anna Faris as Bonnie and Christy Plunkett, recovering substance abusers progressing through life with help from their AA support group:

Between Anna and Allison are Beth Hall (Wendy), Jaime Pressly (Jill) and Mimi Kennedy (Marjorie).

With fine acting and smart writing, "Mom" ranks as one of network TV's top sitcoms. It's both truly funny and profound at the same time, and if you're not familiar with the series, its first four seasons in syndication all over the place -- both on local stations and networks such as FXX, the Paramount Network and others. With apologies to fans of the ultra-popular "The Big Bang Theory," it's arguably the best show in the Chuck Lorre stable.

In a smart bit of programming by CBS, following "Mom" at 9:30/8:30c is the return of a series that was topical in its day and promises to be once again...

Two decades have passed since Murphy and gang have graced prime time, and some things have changed. Instead of the newsmagazine "FYI," Brown's show is now on a cable news channel, called "Murphy In The Morning" (over the years, many broadcast markets, including D.C., have had a radio show by that name). The son Murphy had, Avery Brown, now works at the conservative rival Wolf channel -- a take-off on Fox, of course. And if you thought Murphy caused controversy in the days of Dan Quayle, imagine what things will be like in the era of another Indiana vice-president, not to mention the guy in the White House.

I'd go to an episode filming (which will apparently try to be as topical as possible) but unfortunately, "Murphy" 2.0 now films in Astoria, Queens at the behest of star Candice Bergen. The good news is that original showrunner Diane English is back as well as much of the original cast, so expect the jokes to be sharp, targeting left and right.

Looking forward to plenty of laughs tonight.

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