Candice Bergen to star in CBS' 'Murphy Brown' revival

Candice Bergen is returning to TV in a revival of ``Murphy Brown,'' the agenda-setting 20th-century comedy.

CBS said in a Wednesday announcement that it's ordered 13 episodes of the sitcom for its 2018-19 season.

Diane English created the original series that starred Bergen as a hard-charging TV journalist. English is back as writer and executive producer for the reboot.

CBS suggested the show is ready for to embrace the current zeitgeist.

``As its 30th anniversary approaches, 'Murphy Brown' returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate,'' the network said in a statement.

Bergen, who won multiple lead-actress Emmys for the original, will be an executive producer, CBS says. The 71-year-old actress will be reprising her role, while other casting wasn't announced.

The series addressed hot-button social and political issues, drawing applause and the ire of critics including then-Vice-President Dan Quayle. It ran for 10 seasons from 1988 to 1998.

``Murphy Brown'' became a focal point during the 1992 George H.W. Bush-Bill Clinton presidential campaign when Quayle criticized a plot line that had the unmarried Brown having a child. He said it damaged family values.

When Bergen won her second Emmy for the role that year, she jokingly thanked Quayle and ``the members of the cultural elite.''

Bergen won five Emmys for the role, finally taking herself out of the running to in 1996 give other actresses a chance. Overall, ``Murphy Brown'' captured a total of 18 trophies.

In the final season, a story line about Brown's breast cancer revived attention to the show as its ratings fell. In one episode, Bergen's character smoked marijuana to ease the pain of chemotherapy, a move both praised and condemned.

In a 1988 interview with The Associated Press, the Oscar-nominated Bergen (``Starting Over,'' 1980) said seeing the first script about an aggressive TV reporter fresh out of alcohol and nicotine rehab persuaded her to take the job.

``I wasn't quite ready to do a television series, but then there were whispers about this pilot script,'' Bergen said, with people telling her, ``'You know there's this pilot script that's as if it's been written for you.'''

Other cast members in the original series included Charles Kimbrough as Jim Dial; Joe Regalbuto as Frank Fontana; Faith Ford as Corky Sherwood and Grant Shaud as Miles Silverberg.

Robert Pastorelli, who played Eldin the housepainter, died in 2004.