Murphy, Corky, Jim, and the rest of the news crew is back!
Early this spring, 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, show runners say Murphy Brown is focusing on "a world of cable news, social media, fake news, and a very different political and cultural climate," according to .
Want more info? Here's everything else we know so far about the return of Murphy Brown:
Murphy Brown will premiere on Thursday, September 27 on CBS at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Get ready to add another show to your fall TV list. New episodes will air on Thursday nights throughout the leaf-peeping season. Though most episodes will end at 10 p.m. on the dot, the premiere will extend an extra five minutes, according to .
Several original cast members — including Candice Bergen — have signed on.
Star Candice Bergen will reprise her role as the titular character, CBS confirmed. Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud will also .
Murphy will host a morning news show, and her rival is someone very familiar.
On the original series, Murphy 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.
Per , 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.” To help Murphy keep up with her son (and, really, the rest of the world), Pat, played by , will be heading Murphy's social media department.
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.
Not surprisingly, things are going to get political.
Given that ", it's a safe assumption that today's contentious political conversations will play a big role in the series. from September revealed the name of another episode — "I (Don't) Heart Huckabee." The synopsis is that Murphy and her team strategize on how they can sneak her into a White House press briefing. Meanwhile, Murphy's close pal Phyllis (), who works at a bar, hires a college Dreamer.
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."
Candice Bergen initially didn't want to do a reboot.
In an interview with 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 around former CBS C.E.O., show creator Diane English revealed that the revival will tackle the movement in a special episode entitled "#MurphyToo." It will air in the fourth week.
“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 in August. "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.”
Watch Murphy Brown this fall on CBS at 9:30 p.m. ET starting Thursday, September 27.