Rosanne. Mulder. Will. Grace. Agent Dale Cooper. Classic characters from television past who have recently re-emerged on the “small-screen.”
Well, we can now add Murphy Brown to that list. That’s right, the iconic 90’s sitcom is coming back!
Deadline has just reported that the sitcom starring Candice Bergen at her exploits as a newswoman at FYI Network will soon be returning to CBS.
During its initial run from 1988 through 1998, the series was a commercial and critical darling.
Twice it won an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Bergen herself won the award five times! In fact, that was a record only recently broken by Julia Louis-Dreyfus for her work on “VEEP.”
The series returns right on the 30th anniversary of the original show, which ran for 10 seasons.
But the original creator, Diane English, left after season four.
It was known for its political satire and offered hilarious commentary and a respite from taking the world so seriously. It even caught the attention of the Vice President of the time!
Back in 2012, English said she was in talks with CBS about a revival just for that election year, but obviously that didn’t pan out.
But with our current climate, now may be the perfect time for a sitcom of its kind to make a grandiose return.
Just like other revival shows, “Murphy Brown” will return on its original network, CBS. Both “Will & Grace” and “Roseanne” did the same, returning to NBC and ABC, respectively.
In the original series, actors Charles Kimbrough, Joe Regalbuto, Faith Ford, Grant Shaud, and Robert Pastorelli (playing eternal house painter Elgin) joined Bergen.
There is no word yet on who will be returning in the next series.
In 2010, TV Guide ranked the 25 Greatest Television Characters of All Time. Brown came in at a respectable 25.
While we can’t be sure yet what topics this re-boot will handle, we can feel confident that they will be handled with a mix of humor and humanity.
Welcome back, Murphy!
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