Another day, another reason to bow down to the TV gods, because we’re getting another reboot of a comedy classic. First, there was NBC’s Will & Grace, followed by ABC’s Roseanne shortly thereafter (airs this spring), and now, ’90s darling Murphy Brown is getting the revival treatment at CBS. The network has given the show a 13-episode series order. Not only that, but Candice Bergen, who played the title character, and show creator Diane English are both set to return, and we couldn’t be more excited!
A program ahead of its time, Murphy Brown was known for its caustic social commentary. It tells the story of a single mother working as a hard-nosed investigative reporter and news anchor, who wasn’t afraid of tackling hot-button issues and events plaguing the nation, most notably the undoing of Vice President Dan Quayle.
Over the course of its 10-year run, Murphy Brown garnered an impressive number of prestigious awards.
That includes 18 Emmys (out of 62 nominations), three Golden Globes, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. So needless to say, our expectations are pretty high for the revival, but we’re confident that the show will deliver — especially because it’s as relevant as ever.
With the ever-changing political landscape, the show — which returns two decades after wrapping — has plenty of opportunity to put the spotlight on pressing social issues like it did in the past.
The question now being, what exactly will Murphy Brown have to say? We’ll have to wait and see about that when the show comes back in the 2018-19 season. In the meantime, there’s plenty of time to binge-watch the original run (but it’s never too early to start).