‘Murphy Brown’: 5 things to know about the CBS reboot


By now, it is abundantly clear that, in the world of television, everything old is new again. So cue the reunion of Candice Bergen and her “Murphy Brown” pals, who showed up at the TV critics press tour on Sunday to chat about the CBS revival of the groundbreaking sitcom that ended its original 10-episode run in 1998.

Bergen was accompanied by executive producer Diane English, original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud, and newcomers Jake McDorman and Nik Dodani.

Here are five things we learned about the “Murphy Brown” reunion:

— The 13-episode series will pick up on on Nov. 8, 2016 — the night Donald Trump was elected president — before jumping to the present day. Murphy has returned to the airwaves via a new morning TV news show. She has recruited her “FYI” team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood (Ford), investigative journalist Frank Fontana (Regalbuto), and her former wunderkind producer Miles Silverberg (Shaud).

Joining them is social media director Pat Patel (new cast member Nik Dodani), who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century.

“When we went off the air, there was no internet and no social media. Cable news just getting started,” English said. The idea of “putting our characters in the world of 24-hour cable news was very rich for us.”

— Murphy’s son Avery (Jake McDorman) is all grown up, of course. And he happens to be working for a rival company — the Wolf Network (a thinly veiled stand-in for Fox News).

But Avery is the odd man out there — as the liberal on the staff. He shares his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit, and is following in her journalistic footsteps – “perhaps too closely.”

— The revival will be largely focused through the prism of the media, which, as …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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