Add Murphy Brown to the list of classic shows revived by networks. CBS has confirmed Warner Bros. Television’s Murphy Brown is returning to primetime with Candice Bergen (Rules Don’t Apply, The Meyerowitz Stories – New and Selected) set to reprise her starring role in the comedy series. The announcement was made by Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.
According to CBS’ official announcement, the series is returning for a 13 episode season set in a contemporary newsroom. The network did not confirm any additional actors other than Bergen who may be reprising their starring or guest starring roles in the upcoming new season. The original series featured Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Pat Corley, Robert Pastorelli, John Hostetter, and Lily Tomlin.
Murphy Brown was created by Diane English (Ink, Double Rush) and she’ll return for the new episodes as writer and executive producer. Bergen is also an executive producer of the new episodes which will air during the 2018-2019 season.
The multi-camera half-hour comedy earned 62 Emmy nominations during its initial 10 year run on CBS. It won 18 Emmys, with Candice Bergen collecting five Emmy wins. The series was also nominated for 15 Golden Globes and won three. Its other nominations include five Directors Guild of America nominations (with two wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, and four Writers Guild of America nominations (with two wins). The series was also recognized as part of TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”
The Plot: As its 30th anniversary approaches, Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.