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Murphy Brown Is Coming Back to Television

Candice Bergen is returning to CBS for a 13-episode revival of the sitcom. Here's what we know so far about the reboot.
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Murphy Brown is returning to television this fall on CBS, and we're learning more about the 13-episode revival of the series.

For the reboot, network executives told the Hollywood Reporter that the "returning characters, who anchored news magazine FYI in the original, now have a morning cable news show called Murphy in the Morning." Candice Bergen will reprise her role as a dogged investigative journalist and TV anchor, and her character's son (played by Jake McDorman) will star on a rival morning show.

Here's a preview of the new season, which premieres at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27.

Bergen, who also serves as an executive producer of the revival, told Elle, "Our characters are no longer working as television journalists, because the business has become so entertainment- and Trump-driven. The facts are really an option. We come back to the news with the idea of saving it."

The new cast was already getting into the Murphy Brown spirit back in April. Bergen posted a photo to Instagram featuring herself, cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Nik Dodani, and returning writer and executive producer Diane English on April 6:

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"MURPHY BROWN…together again. Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time…," Bergen captioned the image.

The actress told Page Six that the revival will start shooting this month in New York, which Bergen requested. "My life’s here," Bergen said of New York. "My husband’s here. We’ll work in Queens. Kaufman Studios in Astoria." The show was previously filmed in Burbank, California. And while Bergen also said the reboot is "lots of work," she's excited to return to TV.

The original sitcom aired for 10 seasons, from 1988 to 1998, and was set at the fictional TV newsmagazine FYI. It won 18 Emmys, five of which went to Bergen, and earned critical acclaim; Metacritic gave it a 100-point ranking and ranks its second season in the number-one spot on its list of the best TV shows of all time.


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Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown

Murphy Brown tackled political issues of its day, and then-Vice President Dan Quayle referenced the show in a speech during the 1992 presidential campaign. In its 30th anniversary year, it will return "to a much-changed media landscape, where the characters will play in a world of cable news, social media, 'fake news,' and a different political and cultural climate," USA Today reports.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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