The 2018 revival of the half-hour comedy series Murphy Brown has signed up Jake McDorman (Limitless, Lady Bird) in a key role. McDorman joins the cast as Avery, “Murphy’s millennial journalist son who is following in his mother’s footsteps, perhaps too closely, and has his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit.”
The network also announced Nik Dodani (Atypical) has joined the cast and will play Pat. Pat is the “director of social media for the news show who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the gang into the 21st century,” according to CBS’s official announcement.
Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani will be joining returning Murphy Brown cast members Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Bergen is back in the title role with Ford reprising her role as Corky Sherwood. Joe Regalbuto returns as Frank Fontana and Grant Shaud is back as Miles Silverberg.
CBS is planning to air 13 new episodes of the award-winning comedy series during the 2018-2019 broadcast season.
The new season of Murphy Brown arrives 30 years after the original series premiered. Murphy Brown ran for 10 seasons and earned 62 Emmy nominations, winning 18 times. It also collected three Golden Globe wins out of 15 nominations, three Screen Actors Guild awards, two Directors Guild wins out of five nominations, and two Writers Guild wins out of four nominations. The series’ titular character also made TV Guide’s list of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”
Original series creator Diane English returns as writer and executive producer with her Bend in the Road Productions. Candice Bergen is also executive producing the new season.
In addition to Limitless and Lady Bird, Jake McDorman’s filmography includes Me Him Her, Manhattan Love Story, American Sniper, and Shameless. Nik Dodani’s credits include Enemies of Dorothy, The Good Neighbor, Kevin From Work, and The Comeback.