Murphy Brown: Candice Bergen's Iconic Character Returns To Tackle The 24-Hour News Cycle

In the current-day revival, Brown enlists three original cast members, along with a few new faces.
Posted on May 16, 2018 | 06:30am

In a landscape of fake news and online disinformation, we're in desperate need of a real-deal reporter who knows the difference between fact and fiction.

Enter Murphy Brown, which will make its long-awaited return to CBS for the 2018-2019 broadcast season with Candice Bergen in tow, ready to reprise the role that earned her five Emmy Awards and the distinction as one of TV Guide's Top 25 Greatest TV Characters of All Time.

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In addition to Bergen returning to the series' titular role, original cast members Faith Ford (Murphy Brown, Hope And Faith), Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and Grant Shaud (Murphy Brown, Younger) will also reprise their roles as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana and Miles Silverberg, respectively.

As we inch toward the series' 30th anniversary, the revival—which has been given a 13-episode commitment—will offer fans a look at how Brown tackles the current state of cable news, clickbait, and a VERY different political and cultural climate.

Also back for a second go-around is original series creator Diane English (Murphy Brown, The Women), who will serve as Writer and Executive Producer of the multi-camera comedy. Bergen will also be an Executive Producer.

When the current-day revival of Murphy Brown returns, actor Jake McDorman (Lady Bird, Showtime's Shameless) will go head-to-head with star Candice Bergen (Brown) as her son, Avery, a millennial journalist who followed in his mother's headline-making footsteps.

However, the traits they have in common—like a competitive spirit and quick wit—might be the same things that cause friction between the two.

Also joining the cast is Nik Dodani (Angie Tribeca, Atypical), who plays Pat, the director of social for the news show that's tasked with bringing Murphy & Co. into the 21st century.

Finally, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly (Judging Amy, Cagney & Lacey) will also join the fray as Phyllis, sister to beloved (and deceased) bar owner Phil, who appeared in the original series. Now a friend of Brown, Phyllis also runs her brother's bar, which is where the former FYI-ers used to toss back a few cold ones after a long day in the newsroom.

During the series' original decade-long run on CBS, Murphy Brown garnered 62 Emmy nominations (with 18 wins), 15 Golden Globe nominations (with three wins), and three Screen Actors Guild awards among many, many other accolades.

Bergen personally earned five Emmy Awards for her portrayal of the ambitious investigative journalist and news anchor of FYI, a fictional TV magazine show.

Watch Murphy Brown this Fall on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.