CBS orders Murphy Brown revival, Candice Bergen to return
CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current-day revival of the Network’s classic comedy Murphy Brown for the 2018-2019 broadcast season. Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role.
Hailing from Warner Bros. Television, the series will mark the 30th anniversary as Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.
WBTV, producers of the original series, will produce the new multi-camera comedy with original creator Diane English serving as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer.
During the show’s original 10-year run on CBS, Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), three Screen Actors Guild awards, five Directors Guild nominations (with two wins) and four Writers Guild nominations (with two wins). Bergen won five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. The original series also starred Pat Corley, Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Robert Pastorelli, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, with John Hostetter, and Lily Tomlin.
In 2010, TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”