It was confirmed today by CBS that the network has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current day revival of the Network’s classic comedy “Murphy Brown”. The series will be from Warner Bros. Television, and is scheduled for the 2018-2019 broadcast season. The confirmation was announced today by Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. Of course you can’t have Murphy Brown without Murphy Brown, and CBS has already confirmed that the titular character will be returning, played by the original actor.
Candice Bergen, who starred in the title role from 1988-1998, will reprise her role in the new series. 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.
Warner Bros. Television, 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.
In 2010 TV Guide named Murphy Brown one of the “25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.”
Other than Candice Bergen, the network stopped short of announcing any other casting details at this time, but we imagine some of Brown’s old crew will shop up in the first season of the new series. CBS set a 2018-19 schedule for the new comedy, but we won’t have a firm release date for a few weeks. Bergen starred alongside Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Robert Pastorelli, and Grant Shaud in the comedy series during its decade-long run on the network.