Murphy Brown is returning to CBS next fall, 20 years after the classic comedy ended its original run on the network. Per the official show description, the revival centers on “the eponymous broadcast news legend, played by Candice Bergen, and her biting take on current events, now in a world of 24-hour cable, social media, ‘fake news’ and a vastly different political climate.”
Following CBS’ upfront press breakfast, the network’s executives revealed more details about the setup of Murphy Brown 2.0, which comes from original’s creator Diane English.
Murphy is now anchoring a cable morning show, Murphy In the Morning, with her old team, lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford), investigative journalist Frank Fontana (Joe Regalbuto) and producer Miles Silverberg (Grant Shaud). Murphy’s grownup son, Avery (Jake McDorman), who shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, and has followed in her journalistic footsteps, is on a rival cable morning show that airs against Murphy In the Morning.
When someone pointed out similarities to the Fox & Friends and Morning Joe rivalry, CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl called that “pretty good characterization.”
Murphy Brown will air Thursday night at 9:30 PM, behind what CBS calls “Prime Chuck block,” the Chuck Lorre-produced The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon and Mom. Tyne Daly co-stars.
Asked about ratings expectations following the blockbuster success to fellow 1980s sitcom revival Roseanne on ABC, Kahl said, “We’re extremely hopeful. We’d love to get Roseanne numbers,” he said while cautioning, “I’m not sure we’re going to get Roseanne numbers.”