Candice Bergen to play Murphy Brown again on TV

Actress Candice Bergen, who played the title character of 1988-98 TV newsroom sitcom Murphy Brown. PHOTO: REUTERS

DALLAS (NYTimes) - If it was a hit in the 1980s or 1990s, there is a good chance it will be back soon. CBS announced on Wednesday that Murphy Brown, its 1988-98 TV newsroom sitcom, was making its return to prime time.

It joins revivals of numerous other vintage shows - including Roseanne, Will & Grace, Twin Peaks and The X-Files - to get the green light in recent years from executives eager to foist attention-grabbing names in front of an increasingly distracted audience.

CBS ordered 13 episodes and said the sitcom will be part of its 2018-19 season.

Candice Bergen, who won five Emmys for her work on the show, will return in the title role.

The winner of the best comedy Emmy in 1990 and 1992, Murphy Brown aired mostly on Monday nights and was regularly a top 10 show. While the sitcom, like its 1970s predecessor The Mary Tyler Moore Show, focused on the workplace, it included scenes from the main character's home life, many of which featured actor Robert Pastorelli as a perfectionist house painter. He died of a narcotics overdose in 2004.

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