With shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and, more recently, Roseanne returning after several years off air and finding incredible success, it seems that we like to catch up with old friends. So, we’re rapt that we’ll now get to see what our FYI pals from Murphy Brown have been up to.
All the key people – Murphy (Candice Bergen), Corky (Faith Ford), Frank (Joe Regalbuto) and Miles (Grant Shaud) – will be back, and Jim (Charles Kimbrough, now 82) is set to pop up every now and again, too. Sadly Eldin (Robert Pastorelli) won’t be able to make it – imagine if Murphy’s redecorating was still going? – as he passed away back in 2004.
New faces will include Tyne Daly as Phil’s Bar & Grill proprietor Phil’s sister Phyllis, Nik Nodani (TV’s Atypical) as the younger, tech-savvy Pat and Jake McDorman (TV’s Greek, Limitless) as Murphy’s now grown-up son, Avery.
Using real world current events as the basis for their fictional news magazine programme, the original Murphy Brown first hit the air way back in 1988, and went for 10 years. In that time there were 247 episodes (so, 247 classic Motown tracks as intros), and the show scooped up 18 Emmys, three Golden Globes and a bunch of other shiny things to boot.
So, why is Murphy Brown returning after 20 years off air? It seems that one person can be thanked – Donald Trump. At least… no, let’s not go there.
Murphy Brown is set to air in the US this September. Here’s a look at the cast’s return, along with some classic moments from the original series.