Television revivals are all the rage right now, with classics like Roseanne, Will & Grace, and The X-Files all returning to the airwaves. But in this era of “fake news,” perhaps there’s one revival we need more than ever: Murphy Brown.
Well, good news! A 13-episode revival of the classic CBS sitcom is in the works with star Candice Bergen and creator Diane English returning, as well.
Bergen played the famous investigative reporter and recovering alcoholic for ten seasons, starting in 1988 and ending in 1998.
English won three Emmy Awards for her work throughout Murphy Brown’s run, with Bergen taking home five trophies for Best Actress.
The show is best remembered for the controversy it garnered when then-Vice President Dan Quayle criticised the show’s decision to have brown raise a child alone.
The issue became a centerpiece of the “family values” presidential campaign between Quayle and President George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton/Al Gore.
In a 2002 interview, Bergen revealed that she actually agreed with most of what Quayle had to say, calling it “a perfectly intelligent speech.”
There’s no word yet on any of the supporting cast members will return for the new Murphy Brown but there are two who most definitely will not.
Robert Pastorelli, who played Brown’s New Age house painter Eldin Bernecky, unfortunately died of a narcotics overdose in 2004.
Pat Corley, who played the owner of the eponymous bar Phil’s where Murphy and her friends spent their downtime, passed away in 2006 at the age of 76.
That leaves main cast members Faith Ford, Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud (who was replaced by Lily Tomlin in the final two seasons). All four actors appear to be available, as they’re not currently regulars on any other series, though the 81-year-old Kimbrough appears to be at least semi-retired, with his last on-screen roles coming in 2002.