In the Murphy Brown episode “Three Shirts to the Wind”, Murphy (Candice Bergen) isn’t sure if she should accept an exclusive interview with fearmongering former White House senior advisor Ed Shannon (David Costabile). She’s feeling pressured by the arrogant network boss Diana Macomber — but Murphy doesn’t want to further promote Shannon’s ideology nor his new book.
Network boss Diana Macomber is portrayed by Merle Dandridge. She’s known for her roles on Oprah’s drama series Greenleaf (Grace Greenleaf), The Night Shift (Gwen Gaskin), Sons of Anarchy (Rita Roosevelt), and All My Children (Lois), among others. Fun facts: Dandridge was born in Okinawa, Japan (her mother is of Korean and Japanese descent; her father is African-American), and she’s starred on Broadway as The Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot” (directed by Mike Nichols), among other productions. Murphy Brown airs Thursdays at 9:30 pm on CBS, right after Mom and right before S.W.A.T.