'Murphy Brown' Reboot: Everything We Know So Far

Murphy's rival is someone who's very familiar.

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Murphy Brown is back!

CBS for a 13-episode reboot of Murphy Brown, an award-winning sitcom about a team of investigative journalists working for a broadcast news station. This time around, showrunners say Murphy Brown will focus on "a world of cable news, social media, fake news, and a very different political and cultural climate," according to a press release.

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Here's a first look at the new season:

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And here's everything else we know (so far) about the Murphy Brown reboot.

It will air on Thursday nights.

There's no official premiere date yet, but CBS confirmed that they've added the show to their fall lineup for this year. New episodes will air at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday nights.

Several original cast members — including Candice Bergen — have signed on.

Star Candice Bergen will reprise her role as the titular character, CBS confirmed. Nik Dodani, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will also .

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Murphy Brown will host a morning news show, and her rival is someone very familiar.

On the original series, Murphy Brown hosted a primetime newsmagazine show, but the new series finds her taking on the morning beat. She'll be up against a familiar contender: her own son, Avery, who hosts a conservative show. Avery will be played by Jake McDormand.

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Per the network’s official character description, Avery is a “millennial journalist who is following in his mother’s footsteps, perhaps too closely, and has his mother’s competitive spirit and quick wit.”

The show's creators drew inspiration from real-life morning news rivalries.

Executives confirmed that the competition between Murphy's show and Avery's show will mirror the rivalry between MSNBC's Morning Joe and Fox News' Fox & Friends.

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The cast hopes that Vice President Mike Pence watches the show.

The original series attracted the attention (and criticism) of then-vice president Dan Quayle. In Season 4, Murphy gets pregnant and decides to have the baby despite not having the support of the baby's father.

Shortly after, Quayle said that Murphy Brown's character "mocked the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone."

In 2018, the cast hopes to once again attract the attention of the vice president.

A TV Guide interviewer asked a few cast members, "Do you hope Mike Pence has anything to say about the revival?"

Bergen replied, "We're hoping so much for a comment, but I think they'll be as restrained as they can be."

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Candice Bergen initially didn't want to do a reboot.

In an interview with E! News about her recent film Book Club, Bergen said she was hesitant to sign on for a Murphy Brown revival.

"They approached us about a year and a half, two years ago, and (creator) Diane English and I said, 'Eh, we already did it, why do it again?' But then, since the election, we thought it might be nice to have a counterweight to this administration."

And then her Book Club co-star Jane Fonda said what everyone was thinking: "Uh oh, it's gonna be wild! I can't wait!"

Murphy Brown will address the #MeToo movement.

In midst of the recent around CBS C.E.O. Les Moonves, show creator Diane English revealed recently that the revival will tackle the movement in a special episode entitled "#MurphyToo." It will air in the fourth week.

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“I can tell you that in the writers’ room we have a great collection of people — men and women, gay and straight — who developed this episode," Diana explained at the 's press tour. "I don’t think there is a woman out here who hasn’t had some experience with misogyny or misconduct. It’s a powerful moment and we wanted to do it justice.”

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