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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Murphy Brown comedy reboot coming with Candice Bergen back in her former role for a 13-episode first season.


A Murphy Brown comedy reboot is coming, with actress Candice Bergen who will reprise her former role as investigative TV news woman Murphy Brown for a first season of 13 episodes.

America's CBS network gave the green light for a new Murphy Brown version, with executive producer and writer Diane English also returning. The new Murphy Brown will be produced by Warner Bros Television that also produced the original series.

The long-running Murphy Brown is yet another of the American TV series that South Africa's public broadcaster the SABC, started showing but never completed. 

The last two seasons of  the 10 seasons of Murphy Brown were never broadcast on the SABC - and never anywhere else - after TV4 started Murphy Brown for a few seasons, with the show that then shifted to CCV and got dumped during SABC TV channel restructuring.

Will & Grace that was on SABC3 is back on M-Net (DStv 101), The X-Files that was on TV1 is back on FOX (DStv 125 / StarSat 131 / Cell C black 201), and there is also a Roseanne reboot in America with the original series that was shown in South Africa on CCV and with the new version that hasn't found a TV channel home yet. 

Murphy Brown that was set at the fictional TV news magazine show FYI, started in 1988 - making it exactly 30 years since the start of the show - the same as M-Net's long-running weekly investigative magazine show Carte Blanche that will also be celebrating its 30th anniversary in August this year.

Murphy Brown "returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate," says CBS.