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CBS to Revive ‘Murphy Brown’

Eye Net Orders 13 New Episodes of Classic Comedy

CBS has given a 13-episode, series production commitment to a current day multi-camera revival of sitcom “Murphy Brown” from Warner Bros. Television, which aired on the network from 1988 to 1998 (and resulted in five Emmy Award wins for Candice Bergen as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series). Bergen will reprise her role, set in a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.

Original creator Diane English will return as writer/executive producer through her Bend in the Road Productions banner. Bergen will also be an executive producer. There is no word on what other actors from the comedy, if any, will be reprising their parts.

With “Murphy Brown” making a comeback on CBS, three of the Big 4 networks have a former comedy returning following the successful revival of “Will & Grace” on NBC and the upcoming return of “Roseanne” on ABC in March. Had Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal not been busy on ABC’s “Modern Family” and CBS’ “Superior Donuts,” respectively, I would not be surprised to hear that “Married With Children” on Fox is next.

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Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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