Murphy Brown is returning to CBS this month and the timing couldn’t be better. The show – which took home multiple Emmys and was a major success for the network – ran between 1988 and 1998 and flew in the face of conservative leadership in Washington. With the entire original cast set to reprise their roles, here is everything we know about TV’s latest reboot.
Candice Bergen starred in the show as the title character, a single woman struggling with sobriety who is also one of the best investigative journalists in the country. The show started with Murphy getting out of rehab and returning to work alongside her new colleagues, played by Grant Shaud and Faith Ford. Bergen one a grand five Emmys for her work on the sitcom and quickly became an icon in the feminist community.
I cannot wait for this show to return! Murphy Brown was a childhood hero of mine, and the writing of the show was on par with that of The West Wing. Hard-hitting, topical and filled with wit, oh how I have missed @MurphyBrownCBS! https://t.co/bO0WiBaatc
— We Are Not Amused (@BoxMeBaby) September 22, 2018
According to Entertainment Weekly, Bergen, Ford, Shaud, and Joe Regalbuto are all returning to the show to play their original characters. Regalbuto played the part of Murphy’s friend and co-worker, Frank Fontana on the show.
Just like the original series, fans can expect the reboot to tackle modern political issues, which should be interesting with Donald Trump’s conservative administration.
In fact, Bergen recently promised that Murphy will be “sticking up for the press and sticking up to the president” when the show returns later this month.
— BetaSeries News (@BetaSeries_News) September 22, 2018
Although Murphy Brown was a critical success, you will not find it on any streaming service, which might make it difficult gaining new fans. It is not even available through CBS because Warner Bros. owns the rights.
Even worse, finding seasons on DVD is difficult because the show features popular songs from the 1960s at the beginning of each episode. This made reproducing each season expensive and the network eventually gave up.
Murphy Brown will return to CBS Sept. 27.