'Murphy Brown': Bette Midler, Peter Gallagher and Brooke Shields to appear on CBS Comedy
Candice Bergen reprises her role as the famous investigative journalist and TV anchor Murphy Brown as the world grapples with social media and fake news
Candice Bergen has returned to reprise her role as the famed investigative journalist and TV news anchor Murphy Brown. This time, she is returning with a plethora of new characters who will see Murphy fight through a very different kind of political and cultural atmosphere as a journalist where she will try to bring back the authenticity of reporting in an age of fake news. Bergen will also be joined by some of the most well-known faces of television and film as Nik Dodani from 'Atypical', Bette Midler, Brooke Shields, and Peter Gallagher will join the gang.
The show will feature some of its old stars as well including Grant Shaud as the strong-headed producer of Murphy's show, Miles Silverberg, Faith Ford as the former beauty pageant and Murphy's most annoying secretary, Corky Sherwood, and of course there will also be Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana, an investigative reporter who's traditionally been willing to take risks.
Midler will also return to take up her role as the socialite Caprice with the dog, although this time she goes by the name Caprice Morton, instead of Caprice Feldman. Caprice might also have some surprises for Murphy which will probably turn the events in a very different direction.
Shields, on the other hand, will take up the role of Holly Mackin Lynee. Being in a coma for almost a decade, Holly has pretty much made a name as the Sleeping Beauty for herself. As one of Corky's friends from their beauty pageant days, Holly's case was named as the Sleeping Beauty Case almost 10 years ago but as there was no progress in the case, it was never truly resolved.
Holly will finally wake up when she appears on the show's November 15 episode. Since no TV personality is complete without a prominent rival, Gallagher will fill up space as a conservative right-wing news anchor John Haggerty for the WOLF Network. A notorious "manspreader", John will cover an election with Avery Brown, Murphy's son who has some serious ideological clashes with his mother, who will be played by Jake McDorman.
Just like all other TV show revivals, 'Murphy Brown' is returning in a time when diversity is key to acceptance, and this very idea will be projected by Nik Dodani who stars as the tech-savvy Pat Patel who will introduce Murphy to the ongoing trend of SEO, social media, and fake news.
Hillary Clinton too had appeared on the sitcom's September 27 premiere, but just as a look-alike of the former Presidential election candidate. In fact, this character played by Clinton spells her name with just one 'L'. She had initially appeared in the newsroom to interview for the position of Murphy's secretary. Although ultimately she does not land the job as she is a little too "over-qualified".
Unfortunately, Charles Kimbrough who had played the spectacular TV anchor Jim Dial in the original show will not re-appear to take over his role. However, creator Diane English had mentioned at the Television Critics Association that Charles would appear for three episodes in the upcoming reboot. Also, Robert Pastorelli, who had played Murphy's goofy house-painter Eldin will be missed after his death in 2004. Pat Corley who passed away in 2006 will not appear on the show as well, however, Phil's Bar will safely pass into the hands of Tyne Daly who will play Phyllis, Phil's sister.
'Murphy Brown' airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS. Watch the trailer below.