Get ready for more Murphy! Just in time for its 30-year anniversary, Murphy Brown is coming back to your TV screen. CBS has ordered a new fall 2018 season of the Warner Bros. Television-produced comedy, which ran for 10 years between 1988 and 1998, and Candice Bergen, 71, is set to return as the show's eponymous main character.
Once again, the reboot of the 18-time Emmy Award-winning series will feature the smart, straight-talking TV journalist, but this time in a "world of cable news, social media, fake news, and a very different political and cultural climate," according to a press release. The return of Murphy Brown is the latest in a craze of nostalgic revivals including Roseanne, Magnum P.I., Dynasty, The Munsters, Mad About You, and more. Here's everything we know about the new Murphy Brown (so far):
1. The show will be centered on a morning show rivalry.
Think MSNBC/Fox News Morning Joe vs. Fox & Friends, says CBS executives confirmed. That's right: This time around, Murphy will anchor a cable morning show called Murphy in the Morning.
"We fully expect a lot of people are going to come to [Murphy Brown]," Kelly Kahl, CBS entertainment president reportedly said. "We felt… this could be a great piece to make this block the strongest on TV."
2. And Murphy's own son, Avery, is her opponent!
It gets even more interesting: She'll be going head to head with her own son, Avery, to be played by actor Jake McDorman of Limitless.
"Avery is like any other millennial," McDorman told of his character. "He's not so impressed by everything that everyone says his mom is. It's been an honor and everybody has been really, really great and welcoming. It's cool to join the family kind of literally, is what I've kind of been saying, as Avery."
3. Candice Bergen will return.
Naturally, a Murphy Brown reboot just wouldn't work with its leading lady. When we last left her, Murphy was a breast cancer survivor and single mother to a young son (a controversial move at the time which was criticized by ). Now, our protagonist is two decades older (and presumably with a 20-something son).
4. So will creator Diane English.
Although she left after Season 4, the show's original creator is confirmed to write and direct the revival.
5. Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana, and Miles Silverberg are back, too.
Actress Faith Ford, 53, who you might remember as Corky Sherwood, that she'll reprise the role. And Joe Regalbuto, 68, who played investigative reporter Frank Fontana, and Grant Shaud, 56, known as Miles Silverberg, were both spotted in the first-ever photo of the reunited cast.
reports that negotiations with other original cast members are underway, but no word yet on Charles Kimbrough, 81, the man behind FYI news anchor Jim Dial; nor Robin Thomas, 68, who played Murphy's ex-husband and father of her child, Jake Lowenstein. Likewise, we haven't heard if they'll bring in Lily Tomlin's Kay Carter-Shepley again.
6. Some of the cast cannot return.
Sadly, of course, not all the actors can come back. Robert Pastorelli, who portrayed Murphy's lovable live-in painter-turned-nanny Eldin Bernecky, died in 2004, and Pat Corley, the show's bar owner Phil, in 2006. Brittany Murphy, who guest-starred as Frank's sister, also passed away in 2009.
7. There will be new faces.
Emmy Award-winning actress Tyne Daly (of Judging Amy, Christy, and Cagney & Lacey) will join the cast as Phyllis, sister of deceased bar owner Phil and new friend to Murphy. Don't expect to see Haley Joel Osment or Dyllan Christopher, both of whom played Avery at one point. As we mentioned, actor (Limitless) has as Murphy's adult son, also a journalist. and (Atypical), who also appeared in the reunion photo, will play Pat, a social media director.
8. This will be the show's 11th season.
And it comes 20 years after the last one wrapped. It will be interesting to see how the writers handle the timelapse. Did Eldin ever finish those murals? What became of Murphy and Corky's careers? Their love lives?
9. There will be 13 episodes.
That's about half as many episodes as previous seasons, which averaged around 25 each.
10. Murphy Brown's reboot is set for this fall.
The 30th anniversary might seem like perfect timing, but the revival has actually been a long time coming. Conversations started back in 2012, according to , and the idea got even more buzz last year around the election. The show will air Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT in September on CBS.
11. The show will delve into current events.
Murphy Brown was always known for inserting real political storylines and highlighting public figures as guest stars (actual anchors and journalists Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Paula Zahn, Mary Alice Williams, and Faith Daniels all made appearances). As the press release notes, this theme will continue in the reboot.