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Saturday, January 27, 2018

The Groovy list is looking forward to Murphy Brown's return



The Groovy List is a weekly roundup of groovy gay pop culture:

1) Groovy Gal: Murphy Brown
The big television news this week was CBS's announcement that Candice Bergen will be returning as Murphy Brown next season in a 13-episode revival of the 1988-98 sitcom. Below you can watch a 1995 Murphy Brown retrospective special and an excerpt from a 2017 interview with Bergen on SiriusXM's TODAY Show Radio.




2) Groovy Gal: Olivia Cole
The actress, who died January 19 at age 75, won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series for the 1977 ABC miniseries, Roots. She also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for the 1979 NBC miniseries, Backstairs at the White House. Other television credits include the CBS daytime soap opera, Guiding Light (1969-73), the 1977-78 CBS sitcom, Szysznyk, the 1982 CBS sitcom, Report to Murphy, the 1985 ABC miniseries, North and South, and the 1989 ABC miniseries, The Women of Brewster Place, and its 1990 series spinoff, Brewster Place.

She also appeared in such films as Heroes (1977), Coming Home (1978), Some Kind of Hero (1982), Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984) and First Sunday (2008). Below you can watch her in Backstairs at the White House and Report to Murphy.




3) Groovy Guy: Mort Walker
The cartoonist, who died earlier today at age 94, was best known for creating the newspaper comic strip, Beetle Bailey, in 1950 and its 1954 spin-off, Hi and Lois, with Dik Browne (Lois was Beetle's sister). His other comic strips include Mrs. Fitz's Flats (1957-72) with Frank Roberge, Sam's Strip (1961-63) with Jerry Dumas, Boner's Ark (1968-2000), Sam and Silo (1977-95) with Jerry Dumas, The Evermores (1982-86) with Johnny Sajem, and Gamin and Patches (1987-88). In 1974, he opened the Museum of Cartoon Art, the first museum devoted to the art of comics, but it closed in 2002 (his collection is now part of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at Ohio State University). For Beetle Bailey, Walker received the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award in 1953 and its Humor Strip Award in 1966 and 1969. Below you can watch him in a 2010 interview with Bruce Blitz.



4) Groovy Music: Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass"
In honor of the South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, who died Tuesday at age 78, I'm featuring his 1968 single that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Pop Performance - Instrumental.



5) Groovy Gal: Lisa Kudrow
The actress, who is currently appearing in the fourth season of Netflix's Grace and Frankie, is a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!





6) Groovy Gal: Viola Davis
It's not every day that someone mentions the 1974-75 ABC sitcom, That's My Mama, but she does during her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!






7) Groovy Duo: Sandra Bernhard and Belinda Carlisle
They are guests on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.







8) Groovy Guy: RuPaul Charles
He is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.



9) Groovy Guy: Evan Todd
The actor, who is currently starring on Broadway in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, performs a medley of cartoon theme songs with The Skivviesp (Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley) on January 20 at NYC's 54 Below.



10) Groovy Cast: Daniel Levy, Eugene Levy, Annie Murphy and Emily Hampshire of Schitt's Creek
They discuss the fourth season of their series on AOL's BUILD Series, and Eugene Levy is a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.


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