Lifestyle: Spotlights

Hampton Habitues

By Dawn Watson - March 9, 2018

Don’t you just love it when favorites from the past return to make the future just a wee bit better? It’s happening soon for one of our legendary locals and we couldn’t be happier about it. 

What’s old is new again, in the very best way, for East Hampton’s Candice Bergen. The Emmy-winning actress is probably not strapping on her memorable shoulder pads, but she is gearing up to play her most famous character, “Murphy Brown,” for a CBS reboot of the wildly poplar and groundbreaking television show from the 1980s and ‘90s. The updated version of the classic sitcom will focus on the title character’s millennial son, Avery, whose birth viewers might remember caused quite the commotion back in the day.

Picked up for 13 episodes so far, which are set to air later this year on CBS, Ms. Bergen will be joined by former cast mates Faith Fork, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud, as well as the original series creator, Diane English. The original show aired from 1988 to 1998 and was nominated for 62 Emmy Awards, winning 18, as well as earning three Golden Globes, two Directors Guild Awards and two Writers Guild Awards.

Since “Murphy Brown” ended, Ms. Bergen has appeared in a number of television shows and films, including “Sex and the City,” “Boston Legal,” “Miss Congeniality” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” to name a few. Of late, she’s gained additional success in a wholly new medium—as a painter of pets on purses. Clients such as Barbra Streisand and Lena Dunham have commissioned her acrylic works on designer handbags, with proceeds donated to charity.

East Hampton rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April, is also busy getting his side hustle on too. He and his son, Jesse Bongiovi, along with French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, are launching a rosé wine called Diving into Hampton Water. The wine, which “captures the spirit shared between the Hamptons and the South of France,” according to Bertrand, is said to be “crisp, refreshing, quaffable and well suited for drinking in the sun, poolside or beachside.” Retailing for $25 a bottle, the wine hit shelves stateside in February.

Speaking of adult beverages and talented moguls, Jimmy Buffett’s signature drink now has its own Broadway show. The North Haven resident—known for his catchy tunes, laid-back attitude and food- and beverage-based empire—is making his “Escape to Margaritaville” debut on the big boards. The show, which tells the tale of a singing bartender named Tully, opens on March 15 at the Marquis Theatre in Manhattan. It features original and classic songs by Buffett, such as “Fins,” “Volcano” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise.”

Fans of the surprisingly literary kids lit “Lemony Snicket” series, and of East Hampton’s Neil Patrick Harris, will be happy to see that the Netflix televised take on the 13-volume epic tale starts back up on March 30. But, alas, we have to gird ourselves against the bad news that “A Series of Unfortunate Events” is ending far too soon. Mr. Harris, who plays Count Olaf and is also a producer of the show, has confirmed that season three will be the show’s last. The final episode, aptly titled “The End,” will bring us to the end of the sad tale of the Baudelaire orphans. Sniff, sniff.

On a happier note, did anybody else notice that Cathy Moriarty recently showed up on NBC’s blockbuster “This Is Us?” The Hampton Bays resident appeared in a blink-and-you-might-miss-her-but-of-course-you-could-never-forget-her-distinctively-smoky-voice role in “The Super Bowl” episode in early February. Fingers crossed that we get to see, and hear, more of this talented lady soon.

And travelers to NYC on the Long Island Rail Road who stop happen to prick up their ears and pay attention whilst waiting for the train should notice another familiar voice. That’s right, it’s Amagansett’s own Matthew Broderick imploring you to please not smoke on the platform. Good!

Want to hear and see more Mr. Broderick? We’re all in luck, as the former “Ferris Bueller” is set to star in the Irish Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Seafarer.” Performances begin on March 30, and opening night is set for April 18. To poorly paraphrase the actor’s most famous quote: Get your tickets now, because life moves pretty fast and we certainly don’t want to miss this.

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