Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018|6:01 p.m.
LOS ANGELES– Candice Bergen is returning to TELEVISION in a revival of “Murphy Brown,” the agenda-setting 20th-century comedy.
CBS said in a Wednesday announcement that it’s ordered 13 episodes of the sitcom for its 2018-19 season.
Diane English created the initial series that starred Bergen as a hard-charging TELEVISION reporter. English is back as author and executive manufacturer for the reboot.
CBS recommended the program is ready for to accept the present zeitgeist.
” As its 30th anniversary methods, ‘Murphy Brown’ returns to a world of cable news, social networks, phony news and an extremely various political and cultural climate,” the network said in a declaration.
Bergen, who won multiple lead-actress Emmys for the initial, will be an executive manufacturer, CBS says. The 71-year-old starlet will be reprising her function, while other casting wasn’t revealed.
The series dealt with hot-button social and political issues, drawing applause and the ire of critics including then-Vice President Dan Quayle. It ran for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998.
” Murphy Brown” became a centerpiece throughout the 1992 George H.W. Bush-Bill Clinton governmental campaign when Quayle criticized a plot line that had the single Brown having a kid. He stated it harmed household worths.
When Bergen won her second Emmy for the function that year, she jokingly thanked Quayle and “the members of the cultural elite.”
Bergen won 5 Emmys for the function, finally taking herself from the going to in 1996 give other actresses an opportunity. In general, “Murphy Brown” caught a total of 18 trophies.
In the final season, a story line about Brown’s breast cancer revived attention to the show as its scores fell. In one episode, Bergen’s character smoked marijuana to reduce the pain of chemotherapy, a relocation both praised and condemned.
In a 1988 interview with The Associated Press, the Oscar-nominated Bergen (” Beginning Over,” 1980) said seeing the very first script about an aggressive TELEVISION reporter fresh from alcohol and nicotine rehabilitation convinced her to take the job.
” I wasn’t rather ready to do a television series, but then there were whispers about this pilot script,” Bergen said, with people telling her, “‘ You know there’s this pilot script that’s as if it’s been composed for you.'”
Other cast members in the original series included Charles Kimbrough as Jim Dial; Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana; Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood and Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg.
Robert Pastorelli, who played Eldin the housepainter, passed away in 2004.