CBS' "MURPHY BROWN" TO DEBUT WITH A SPECIAL EXTENDED EPISODE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 9:30-10:05 PM
The premiere of the highly anticipated MURPHY BROWN revival will feature an extended episode, written by series creator/executive producer Diane English, Thursday, Sept. 27 (9:30-10:05 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Following MURPHY BROWN, the second season premiere of S.W.A.T. will air 10:05-11:05 PM, ET/PT. THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT will begin at its regularly scheduled time, 11:35 PM, ET/PT.
In the premiere episode, multiple Emmy Award winner Candice Bergen returns as the eponymous broadcast news legend. Back in the game after a brief retirement, and faced with a world of 24-hour cable, social media, "fake news" and a vastly different political climate, Murphy is determined to draw the line between good television and honest reporting, proving that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever.
Amid a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press, Murphy decides to return to the airwaves with her biting take on current events on the CNC cable network's morning news program, "Murphy in the Morning," for which she recruits her "FYI" team: lifestyle reporter Corky Sherwood, investigative journalist Frank Fontana and her former wunderkind news producer Miles Silverberg. Joining them is social media director Pat Patel, who is tasked with bringing Murphy and the team into the 21st century. Murphy's millennial son, Avery, shares his mother's competitive spirit and quick wit and is following in her journalistic footsteps with his own new show, as the liberal voice on the competing, conservative-leaning Wolf Network. The team still lets off steam at Phil's Bar, now run by his sister, Phyllis.
Thirty years since the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning show premiered, and 20 years since it concluded, this revival premiere reunites Bergen, also an executive producer, with multiple Emmy Award-winning series creator/executive producer Diane English and original series co-stars Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud. Jake McDorman, Nik Dodani and multiple Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly also star.