There have been a lot of reboots announced in the past year, but this one might just be the most exciting yet! In late January, CBS announced that they ordered a 13-episode reboot of the classic sitcom Murphy Brown — and now, the show’s star, Candice Bergen, has shared the first revival cast photo. “Murphy Brown… together again. Coming to your neighborhood TV in the fall. Just in time,” the 71-year-old actress captioned the group snapshot on Instagram.
Variety previously reported that Candice (who played titular character Murphy Brown), Faith Ford (Corky Sherwood-Forest), Joe Regalbuto (Frank Fontana), and Grant Shaud (Miles Silverberg) will all reprise their original roles on the upcoming reboot. At this time, it’s still unclear whether Charles Kimbrough (Jim Dial) will be returning for the updated series. Newcomers Jake McDorman (playing Murphy’s adult son, Avery) and Nik Dodani (as Pat, the news program’s director of social media) have also joined the cast.
The revival show is actually set to return on the 30th anniversary of the original series and will follow journalist Murphy as she navigates a modern world of social media, reality stars, and kooky politics. Murphy Brown — which previously ran for a decade from 1988 until 1998 — was always known for its satire of the current political climate. The series’ brilliant social commentary earned 18 Emmys over the course of its lifetime, so we can only imagine what they’ll do with Donald Trump’s White House today.
Showrunner Diane Enligsh actually left the original Murphy Brown after Season 4 and returned for the final season. But, now that she’s returning for the reboot, we have very high hopes that the revival will be very true to the original as it was meant to be. Deadline recently reported that Diane was inspired to bring back the show by the 2016 election. She started having informal meetings with Candice and some writers, mulling over the potential of a reboot that covered the wild election. First, they were thinking of just making a few episodes during the election, but now it has blossomed into a full 13-episode season (and then, who knows!). We can’t wait to see Murphy and the gang back on the small screen!
The show’s original cast.