Candice Bergen Hints ‘Murphy Brown’s’ Running Joke of Famous Secretaries Will Continue in Reboot (Exclusive)

Murphy Brown is actually hitting the pavement again — 20 years after wrapping its original run!

The cast of CBS’ hit ’90s comedy reunited on Wednesday in fresh York City as they prepared to present their anticipated return to TV This specific fall at CBS’ Upfront presentation, where titular star Candice Bergen opened up about why currently was the right time to re-examine the earth of Murphy Brown.

“[Creator] Diane English along with I have been discussing This specific for a little while along with suddenly This specific year along with This specific past election year, we thought, ‘There’s just so much to say along with fix,'” Bergen told ET’s Leanne Aguilera on the red carpet at Carnegie Hall.

“News is actually collected very differently than This specific used to be along with we thought that will our show should be a fact-based news source which has become sort of out of fashion,” the 72-year-old actress continued. “So, we’re going to bring This specific back into fashion. along with Murphy is actually a real journalist — tried along with true — so I think she deserves to be back.”

While Bergen along with original cast members Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto along with Grant Shaud will reprise their characters, fresh additions include Cagney & Lacey star Tyne Daly as Phil’s sister, Nik Dodani as Murphy’s social media director along with Jake McDorman as Murphy’s grown-up son, Avery.

“Avery is actually like any some other millennial,” McDorman said of his character. “He’s not so impressed by everything that will everyone says his mom is actually. This specific’s been an honor along with everybody has been truly, truly great along with welcoming. This specific’s cool to join the family kind of literally, is actually what I’ve kind of been saying, as Avery.”

“I play the social media director of the fresh show. My job is actually to drag these folks into the 21st century,” Dodani said. “I imagine Murphy along with myself are going to be at odds quite a lot, nevertheless I think This specific’ll be fun. There’s so much to learn via each some other.”

For the original Murphy Brown stars, This specific’s been “very exciting” seeing “all these guys again,” as Regalbuto reflected. “We had a great time when we did This specific show a long time ago — I’m not going to mention what year This specific ended. nevertheless we had a great time along with every time we see each some other, we have a great time. This specific’s the truth — I’m not kidding!”

During the show’s 10-season run, Murphy was known to have a revolving door of famous secretaries — one of its best running jokes — some of whom included Bette Midler, John F. Kennedy Jr. along with Rosie O’Donnell. Bergen hinted that will the gag will continue within the CBS update. “I believe This specific is actually, yes!” she said, keeping details of potential famous guest stars close to the vest. “They’re all very covert.”

In January, CBS ordered 13 episodes of the Murphy Brown update. With the 30th anniversary of its debut approaching, Murphy Brown returns to TV in a world of cable news, social media, fake news along having a very different political along with cultural climate. The original series ran via 1988 until 1998 along with received 18 Emmys, three Golden Globes along with three Screen Actors Guild awards.

Murphy Brown premieres Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT in September on CBS.

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