Television is all the about the reboots these days. “Fuller House” caught us up with the Tanner family on Netflix; NBC brought back “Will & Grace.” And of course, everyone is excited for the revival of “Roseanne.” Now, fans of the 1980s/1990s sitcom “Murphy Brown” will get to see their beloved journalist on the small screen because the show is getting a reboot! And the best part is that star Candice Bergen is back to reprise her role as a news anchor on “FYI.”
The original “Murphy Brown” premiered three decades ago in 1988 and aired until 1998. In a press release, CBS acknowledged the different world in which both the reboot itself and “FYI” would take place:
“As its 30th anniversary approaches, ‘Murphy Brown’ returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”
Original creator Diane English will be on board as writer/executive producer and Bergen will also serve as an executive producer. So far, there is no word yet on which other original cast members, if any, will be a part of the new show. CBS has given a 13-episode series commitment to the show for the 2018-2019 broadcast season, but so far no premiere date has been set.
The original series received 62 Emmy nominations and 18 wins during its 10-year run. “Murphy Brown” tackled a number of controversial topics, including Bergen’s character becoming a single mom, which then-Vice President Dan Quayle criticized in a campaign speech:
“Failing to support children one has fathered is wrong. We must be unequivocal about this. It doesn’t help matters when primetime TV has Murphy Brown, a character who supposedly epitomizes today’s intelligent, highly paid professional woman, mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.”
Given the state of the world in 2018, it will certainly be interesting to see which hot-button issues the new show takes on. Will you be watching the “Murphy Brown” reboot?